Instructions for your program from an online spreadsheet


Suppose you're a programmer contracting for a client who pays you to do analyses on a bunch of data. They give you a slightly different spreadsheet every week, and you're so lazy that you've scripted everything up. The only thing you need to do is take that spreadsheet, save it on disk or whatever, and press "run".

Here's an idea for a workflow that goes one step further, using GitHub's online editing. Of course GitHub's competition offers this too, and I dislike this Microsoft owned company as much as is currently in fashion.

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How to use fewer variables


Using variables may benefit program readability, but many programmers regard it as a bit of a weak move (source: Yegor Bugayenko- programmer, blogger, and entrepreneur). Giving stuff names is emphasised in beginner tutorials, and I expect many of my programming readers use variables a little bit too much, perhaps not realising it is merely a programming technique. I will explain the drawbacks of this technique, and give some alternatives, so that by eschewing it you might improve your craft further.

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Marx on Agile


Agile is a modern way to organise software development. Karl Marx (1818-1883) was a philosopher, economist, historian, political theorist, sociologist, journalist and revolutionary socialist. His ideas, and revolutionary socialism he kickstarted, have caused quite a stir in the XX century, and it's still not certain whether they were good or not, because they were never properly implemented and truly tried. I'm not going to try convince you to agree with Marx, dear reader, or say that I do. We're going to merely examine some of his ideas, and see how they apply to the modern tech world.

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Customise your Internet


It's quite hard to have your own piece of internet these days. Blogging isn't easy, even if you don't have many readers. Sites ran by companies don't let you have your own piece, and they're made less usable by attempts to track the movement of your eyeballs and the like. My reader, I know you are yearning for something different. This post will teach you how to make bits of the modern Internet into what you may want them to be.

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Upgrade from object-oriented to functional programming with this weird trick


Picasso was a great man, but fond of exaggeration, so I always take it with a pinch of salt when people say it took him a lifetime to learn to draw like a child. As you might have guessed already, this post will be about me, and how I write Perl, and tracing the influence of my early periods of being sold on Haskell at university, training myself to appear worthy at interviews, and subsequently becomming a maintenance Java programmer.

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