Posts about Coding Languages
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What is AngularJS?
At its core, Angular is a web application framework. The whole point of a framework is to streamline common tasks to make the whole process go more quickly.
You’ve already learned the basics of using the command line for beginners in Part 1. It’s time to get a bit more advanced. Now that we can move around and see where we are in our file system, we can use the file systems to create new files and directories. Personally, this is one set of commands that I find to be much faster than any method of creation offered by the operating system.
Setting up new directories & files
mkdir <new-directory-name> – This command is short for Make Directory. It may come as no surprise to you that this command creates a new directory. Like cd, mkdir needs an argument to use for the name of the new directory.
We’re taught to believe that there is a logical progression when it comes to our careers, that there are just certain things you can’t do in entry-level positions. One of those things is undoubtedly speaking at conferences. Conference speakers, in this collective narrative, are subject matter experts with years and years of experience under their belts. They know their stuff better than just about anyone. I’m here to tell you that, at least in tech, this isn’t always the case. You can start speaking like a developer quite early on in your career!
We all love shortcuts. CTRL + C to copy some text. Brownie mix. You name it. We find workarounds in all aspects of our lives to save time. For programmers, using the Command Line is a shortcut that makes certain tasks, like creating files and directories, faster and easier. Are you new to coding and looking for a way to up your programming game? Read James’ tips for using the command line for beginners!
Using the Command Line Interface (CLI) or terminal for common operating system tasks can be intimidating. Personally, I was kind of resistant to learning how to do it when I started coding. Once I took the plunge I actually found that it was much faster to complete common operating system tasks, like creating files and directories. Now, doing it the ‘old way,’ like creating a new file in a text editor, feels very slow and clunky.
Getting started with the terminal is as easy as launching the Terminal on your OS X device (found in the Utilities folder in Applications. For this blog we will be using Unix commands. As OS X is based on Unix, all of these commands will work natively on a Mac. Are you a Windows user? Probably the easiest way to follow along would be to install a Unix-like environment such as Cygwin or the Git Bash terminal for Windows. (There’s also a more robust terminal called PowerShell, but including all of its commands is beyond the scope of this blog.)
Let’s get started! At first glance, most terminal commands look like the incoherent scribblings of an over-caffeinated five-year-old. That’s because almost all of the commands are abbreviations of the actual thing you want to do. This will seem clearer as you see a few of the commands and what they mean side by side.
Getting Around the Command Line & Terminal
Float is one of the most ubiquitous CSS properties that new students learn. As soon as the concept of using CSS for layout is introduced float becomes the standard option and is frequently one of the first taught. It has become so entrenched in web design as a tool for layout, that any curriculum that omits it would seem highly incomplete. So it may surprise you that I’ve stopped using float in my own designs and started cautioning my students to do the same. Why? I’m glad you asked!
Would it interest you to know that float was never intended to be used for layout? At least, it was never intended to be used in the way it has been used most commonly. Float was originally included into the HTML specification as a way to mimic a common layout trick in the print industry. If you’ve ever looked at a newspaper or magazine, you’ve seen an image appearing in the body of an article with the text flowing down and around it. Float was introduced to allow designers to create similar layouts for webpages. At the time float was introduced, there were not a lot of options for creating columnar layouts that did not involved using tables. As we all know, using tables for layout is like wearing white after Labor Day in my homestate of Alabama. So in order to avoid being publicly shamed by southern Gramma’s everywhere, but still achieve two or three column layouts, designers began to float larger elements. After all, you can float pretty much anything. (more…)
The differences between the two largely boil down to set up and configurability. It’s worth noting that Jasmine is usually used with a browser and Mocha was created for testing Node (server code). However, both can be configured to test either front-end or server code.
I get a lot of questions from new coders who are just taking their first steps into the wide world of software development. These questions typically range from job availability, what language they should learn first, or how I became a developer.
For background, I started out as a musician and got into software development in my early 30s. I pretty much had all the same questions when I was getting my start. There’s a lot of stress and tension when you’re making a decision as big as changing careers. First let me say this – take a breath. It’s not as bad as it seems. I’d like to focus on some of the technical advice I received and now give to the padawan learners I encounter (for you non-Star Wars fans, padawan = beginner) (more…)
The life of a developer is full of choices. The industry moves so quickly that there’s always some new tool to try or an updated best practice to incorporate. It’s impossible to pick the best overall framework or the most efficient workflow because different tools lend themselves better to different projects. That being said, there are certainly a few things that absolutely every developer should be comfortable with. Version control is one of those things. Don’t believe me? Check out our guide to preparing for a bootcamp!
When I think back to the very first websites I built as a kid, a chill runs down my spine. Hours upon hours of work could be completely lost if the power went out or I hit the wrong keys. Even if my site worked exactly the way I wanted it to, I’d have to save more than one copy if I ever wanted to go back to a previous version. (My file names got very creative!) This strategy for managing the different versions of my sites felt clumsy and wrong, but it wasn’t until much later that I was introduced to the concept of version control. (more…)