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Monthly Archives: January 2013

LOL charsets

by Rob Friesel

Or: an almost certainly incomplete but hopefully accurate enough (and succinct) front-end developer’s guide to charsets and character encoding. Before we begin, I will summarize the problem with the following picture: Do you see those funny diamonds with the question marks in them? That’s about the size of the problem, right there.1 You have some […]

Linkdump for January 26th

by Rob Friesel

Quinoa bad for Bolivian and Peruvian farmers? Ignore the media hand-wringing. Ari LaVaux, writing for Slate Magazine. tl;dr: It's OK to buy quinoa, just do everyone the favor of looking for Fair Trade, sustainably cultivated quinoa. (tagged: politics food economics sustainability quinoa ) Writing Testable Frontend Javascript Part 1 – Anti-patterns and their fixes Shane […]

dream.20130126: in the caves

by Rob Friesel

She returns unexpectedly. Unannounced. She is laden with some package, something wrapped and concealed. A burden. She has been gone for years — almost as long as you have lived here — and not a word from her in all that time. Your son, who was just a baby when you all found the caves […]

Linkdump for January 24th

by Rob Friesel

Solving Problems The Square Way Austin Carr, writing for Fast Company: "We try to keep everything related to each other across our products and videos and marketing–they should all speak to each other," [Robert] Andersen says. "We hold each other accountable for designs that seem arbitrary at Square." (tagged: collaboration Square design ) AngularJS is […]

Linkdump for January 18th

by Rob Friesel

A Strategy for i18n and Node.js John Resig on internationalizing a Node/Express app. If you've never internationalized an application before, it's a pretty good survey of the intricacies and techniques and worth the read. I'm a little skeptical about using sub-domains for different languages — especially if you're already planning to use the Accept-Language header […]

Linkdump for January 15th

by Rob Friesel

Filling in Python’s gaps in statistics packages with Rmagic Randal S. Olson on Rmagic, a tool that allows you to execute R code more/less from within your Python scripts: Rmagic lets me pass my data to R, run the R function on the data, then seamlessly return the data back to Python before I start […]

Linkdump for January 7th

by Rob Friesel

Tenth of December author George Saunders in conversation with his Random House editor, Andy Ward. At Slate Magazine. I wish I had an editor like this. (tagged: editing writing ) Are People Being Unfair to the House Republicans? Over at The Atlantic, Molly Ball interviews the recently resigned Rep. Steve LaTourette (R) about the House […]

Linkdump for January 3rd

by Rob Friesel

Testing Grails – A Collection of Useful Resources Compiled by Tomás Lin. Some familiar, some new, some practically useless, some awesome. (tagged: testing Grails ) What We’ve Really Lost to the Fiscal Cliff: A Sense of Form Nancy Scola, writing for The Atlantic: But the approval of the Sunday-night resolution suggests that, no matter what […]

review: JavaScript Enlightenment

by Rob Friesel

tl;dr: It’s a 150 page essay on auto-boxing, full of dangerous code examples and anti-patterns and soft warnings to “not do what I just did”, and some of the wording is not-wrong-but-not-quite-right, but hey there are some decent parts, I guess. Cody Lindley’s JavaScript Enlightenment (O’Reilly, 2012) has an awesome title, and I wanted very […]