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Linkdump for October 2nd

by Rob Friesel
  • John Maguire, writing for The Atlantic:

    How should one train students to give good, vivid examples in their writing? Should you tell them, Be more specific? I used to do that but I don't any more, because it's too vague, not operational. Today I give students a shortcut. I say, "Write physically. Write with physical objects. Put physical objects in your essay."

    He's writing more about expository essays (the kind you write for college classes) but I think the advice works equally well for fiction.

    And it's timely. I had a conversation with one of my beta readers today, and he told me that he wound up feeling a strong connection to a character that I kill off in the very first chapter. When I asked him why, he thought about it for a second and said (paraphrased): "It was the fingerless gloves. Just the one little detail gave him this whole life that you didn't even need to include."

    (tagged: writing )
  • "The greatest tool for sorting CSS properties in specific order."
    (tagged: CSScomb CSS )
  • Slava Oliyanchuk, writing at Smashing Magazine. CSScomb isn't a linter, but it promises to enforce a sane/sensible and "functional" ordering of your properties within your CSS files. Which sounds great–now it just needs to support Sass/SCSS (where I write all of my "CSS" anyway) and I'll be all set. (Consider me chomping at the bit for that.)

    UPDATE: I installed the SublimeText plugin and tried it out on some SCSS files with… mixed results. If I selected a small and specific block, the re-ordering worked pretty well. (It put the mixin at the top, but I fixed that…) However, trying to “comb” the whole file made things an irrecoverable mess. YMMV.

    (tagged: CSScomb CSS )
  • Isaac makes it sound like TypeScript is to JavaScript, as Groovy is to Java? (Only in reverse? Or maybe calling it JavaScript's Scala is a better analogy?)
  • @kjbekkelund:

    In this blog post I will gradually refactor a bit of code from how I used to write JavaScript before, into proper Backbone.js code using models, collections, views and events. Hopefully this process will give you a firm understanding of the core abstractions in Backbone.js.

About Rob Friesel

Software engineer by day, science fiction writer by night. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

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