Category Archives: findings

A catch-all category for stuff I find around the interwebs and feel like sharing.

Atwood’s Law at work…


Any application that can be written in JavaScript, will eventually be written in JavaScript.
Jeff Atwood

Before working at the company, I had programmed mainly in C, C++, and PHP (and therefore MySQL).  During my interview, I said that my favorite programming language was C (and it was).  I had been working as both a web programmer and research assistant.  As a web programmer, I had done a few tricks with JavaScript, but the websites were driven by PHP and CSS.  I hadn’t yet discovered jQuery.  When I had to develop a network traffic blaster and receiver, I wrote them in C++.

Today, I write all webpages in pure JavaScript.  There is a single HTML page: index.html.  It only serves to load the necessary CSS and JavaScript libraries and application  The <body> is empty, except for a single onload="init();".  I use jQuery to build the DOM.  And I’ve recently started using D3.js to build data-driven documents.  Yesterday I stumbled upon Bootstrap, which I plan on integrating when I don’t need jQuery UI widgets.

And if I had to build that network traffic generator again, I would do it in Python, which is now my preferred non-web language.  If it’s not on the browser, I write it in Python.

This is a really boring post, but I’m going to post it anyway.

More exciting: I am playing Dead Space 3 (not as good as the first two–the first was the best), and Borderlands in now on my Steam Wishlist.

Investment opportunity?…

Email is great.  Spam filters are super great.  Yesterday, I actually looked in my spam folder, looking for an email I should have gotten.  It was there.  After marking it “not spam”, I glanced at everything else.  I don’t get too much spam because I worked hard to keep my email address from family members who send forwards (and I maintain that I never got one until I got a forward from my grandma).  So now, like everyone else, I get a lot of offers to increase my manhood and stamina.  I also had a bunch of spam from a crappy dating site where someone created a false account with my email.  Luckily, I was able to get the password and delete it (but not until after 48 hours–lame).  However, yesterday was different, because hidden between emails for Viagra knock-offs was this little gem: Continue reading Investment opportunity?…