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Do yourself a favor. Learn to code. Here’s how.

boomeyer:

I’ve said this to my non-techie friends countless times. It’s no secret that being able to code makes you a better job applicant, and a better entrepreneur. Hell, one techie taught a homeless man to code and now that man is making his first mobile application.

Learning to code elevates your professional life, and makes you more knowledgeable about the massive changes taking place in the technology sector that are poised to have an immense influence on human life.

(note: yes I realize that 3/5 of those links were Google projects)

But most folks are intimidated by coding. And it does seem intimidating at first. But peel away the obscurity and the difficulty, and you start to learn that coding, at least at its basic level, is a very manageable, learnable skill.

There are a lot of resources out there to teach you. I’ve found a couple to be particularly successful. Here’s my list of resources for learning to code, sorted by difficulty:

Novice

Never written a line of code before? No worries. Just visit one of these fine resources and follow their high-level tutorials. You won’t get into the nitty-gritty, but don’t worry about it for now:

Dash - by General Assembly

CodeAcademy

w3 Tutorials (start at HTML on the left sidebar and work your way down)


Intermediate

Now that you’ve gone through a handful of basic tutorials, it’s time to learn the fundamentals of actual, real-life coding problems. I’ve found these resources to be solid:

Khan Academy

CodeAcademy - Ruby, Python, PHP

Difficult

If you’re here, you’re capable of building things. You know the primitives. You know the logic control statements. You’re ready to start making real stuff take shape. Here are some different types of resources to turn you from someone who knows how to code, into a full-fledged programmer.

Programming problems

Sometimes, the challenges in programming aren’t how to make a language do a task, but just how to do the task in general. Like how to find an item in a very large, sorted list, without checking each element. Here are some resources for those types of problems

Talentbuddy

TopCoder

Web Applications

If you learned Python, Django is an amazing platform for creating quick-and-easy web applications. I’d highly suggest the tutorial - it’s one of the best I’ve ever used, and you have a web app up and running in less than an hour.

Django Tutorial

I’ve never used Rails, but it’s a very popular and powerful framework for creating web applications using Ruby. I’d suggest going through their guide to start getting down-and-dirty with Rails development.

Rails Guide

If you know PHP, there’s an ocean of good stuff out there for you to learn how to make a full-fledged web application. Frameworks do a lot of work for you, and provide quick and easy guides to get up and running. I’d suggest the following:

Cake PHP Book

Symfony 2 - Get Started

Yii PHP - The Comprehensive Guide

Conclusion


If there’s one point I wanted to get across, it’s that it is easier than ever to learn to code. There are resources on every corner of the internet for potential programmers, and the benefits of learning even just the basics are monumental.

If you know of any additional, great resources that aren’t listed here, please feel free to tweet them to me @boomeyer.

Best of luck!

Urgent security update

heatherbat:

daveio:

herdivineshadow:

staff:

Bad news. A major vulnerability, known as “Heartbleed,” has been disclosed for the technology that powers encryption across the majority of the internet. That includes Tumblr.

We have no evidence of any breach and, like most networks, our team took immediate action to fix the issue.

But this still means that the little lock icon (HTTPS) we all trusted to keep our passwords, personal emails, and credit cards safe, was actually making all that private information accessible to anyone who knew about the exploit.

[ bad advice snipped ]

You’ll be hearing more in the news over the coming days. Take care.

But don’t change your password yet? 

That’s what daveio says on the twitters

Heartbleed is a very, very big deal, and it’s quite rightly scaring the crap out of people. The response here is more complicated than ‘change your passwords’, and that complication is very important.

Heartbleed dumps a portion of the server’s memory out to the attacker. This chunk of memory can contain sensitive information, including your password.

Here’s the kicker: the more recently a vulnerable server has processed your password, the more likely it is to appear in one of these chunks.

And more importantly, if you change your password, you are risking both your old and new passwords.

What do?

  • Go to filippo.io/Heartbleed. Type in the domain name of the site you want to check (for tumblr, you would enter tumblr.com) and press “Go!”
  • If and only if you get a message saying that the site is “not affected”, change your password on that site and any other sites that you use it on. In future, use unique passwords for each site.
  • If you get a message saying that the site is vulnerable, do not use that site. Keep checking every so often, and only use the site again when you get the “not affected” response.

Send me an ask if you need help or more information, I’ll do what I can.

::points:: listen to this man. this shit is his job AND his passion.

Len: When are you release a new theme??

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;) hopefully, in the next 1~2 weeks! Depending on how much time and inspiration I get. I’m still trying to organize my summer plans so I’m a bit preoccupied. But for sure, I’ll have at least the current ettudis tumblr theme released in a couple days :D

Hi! I looked through your tags an answer for this (forgive me if someone has), but I was just wondering what font you used for your 'about me' page theme (not for the titles and stuff, just for the description like where you'd write "Hi! My name is...") I'm so sorry if that doesn't make sense. Thank you! ^^ — love-like-a-shawol

I think it’s lucida sans unicode

Hello, i am looking to use the updated version of your theme #17, whaletalk. However, the updated version of the code is not available? The note on pastebin says "THIS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR 72 HOURS AS OF SEPT 1, 2012". Since it is already a long time since then, would you mind reuploading the code? Thank you! — Anonymous

OH CRAP I AM SO SORRY, I guess I missed that one, thanks for letting me know and I apologize again that it’s taken me so long to reupload. It’s working now (download here).

How come there is no theme #2? I see #1 & #3, but no #2. :/ — sparist

Well, it’s the best theme ever because it’s imaginary, and everybody knows that imaginary things are the best

Actually, it’s because I originally wanted to revamp it but it didn’t turn out well so I gave up on it and I didn’t want to re-number everything so there is no theme #2