Best Programming Language (and Tutorials) for Beginners

Which programming language to learn or which one to learn next is one of the eternal struggles of being a developer. For beginners there is a myriadic jungle of choices and every developer they know tells them something different.

The key to learning your first language or which language to recommend to beginners actually is not the language itself, but which path they’re going to take. There is a lot of opinion on which language somebody should learn first, so here’s mine.

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Chester Bennington

News have travelled the internet quickly and the note of Linkin Parks front singers suicide hit me like a truck. Through a Tweet.

Linkin Park were one of the first bands I could basically quote music from in my teenage years and probably one of the reasons why I learned English a lot quicker than I usually would have. To really understand and appreciate their lyrics.

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Watched: Arrival

Arrival is a different Alien coming to Earth movie and it was probably one of the best ones I’ve seen so far, along District 9. It’s a thriller and not a horror film and the main plot revolves a lot around how to establish a meaningful channel of communication with the foreign visitors, which is exactly what makes this movie so interesting.

For everybody who’s just a bit into languages, the movie will be interesting. It’s bundled with some very high grade cinematography and very pleasant to watch.

International politics and trigger happy military leaders play an important role in the movie too and how the world in general would react to such a powerful threat.

I really liked it, give it a watch, even though you usually aren’t into Aliens.

Watched: Hidden Figures

I recently watched Hidden Figures. It’s a great movie that shows how broken the world was 60 years ago and how wrong racism still is today.

It reminded me a lot of the Imitation Game or Mona Lisa Smile in the way that it takes a painful sting at injustice.

The movie is very powerful and makes your blood boil and to see the struggle of both women and especially women of colour, both through very direct humiliation and through passive aggressive behaviour.

Even though it’s a slow drama, the dialogues and characters make it shine. Go watch it!

Watched: Wonder Woman

I watched Wonder Woman and even though it’s kinda predictable action and Hollywood stuff, it was a pretty good!

Obviously there was a lot of hype around the movie and the fact that it had a female protagonist, that’s not why you should watch the movie though. It’s important that the film exists because it culturally teaches girls that super heroines are a thing!

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What has been your best career choice so far?

I’m really curios, what was your best life choice career wise so far? I think I know what mine was, but I really want to know what yours is before publishing it.

Was it when you decided to go work for a specific company?

Did you learn a specific skill that helped you go where you are now the most?

Did you start a side project or business that took over and you could quit your day job?

Did you decide to switch industries at some point?

Did you adopt some kind of mindset that helped you get really far?

My own path has been kind of crooked, but full of cool surprises. I can’t wait to read your story in the comments and I’ll be sure to respond to each and every one!

Review: Problogger

I just finished reading Problogger by Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett After my many years of blogging I still believe that blogging is very beneficial to my life and the indie publishing culture very good for society. When all platforms milk us dry or kick us out, blogs will prevail.

I must say it wasn’t bad and everything that is not related to technology (except WordPress and email newsletters) is still very valuable even if it was written about a decade ago.

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Concatenating / Merging .csv on the Linux or Mac OS Terminal

For data analysis .csv files with houndreds of thousands of data sets still play a role. You might think:

Hey, why worry about .csv, that’s an ancient format, nobody uses that!

Think again! CSV files, comma separated values (that also can be separated by tabs or kind of any character you want, but never mind that) are still used a lot on in data analysis as a raw input format.

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Taking Full Page Screenshots with Headless Chrome

A returning subject on this blog, how to automate device screenshots with Node.js and Chrome. This post will cover installation and running the script on either Mac OS or Linux. If you’re brave, you can use Windows too 😉

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