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Seth Godin on The Tim Ferriss Show

Tue, 16 Feb 2016 04:20:06 +0000

Tim Ferriss has done a bunch of great interviews or, more to the point, interviewed a bunch of great people well. On the latest episode, he interviewed well-known marketer Seth Godin. I enjoyed the whole show, even the bit about how to make chocolate at the end. This part about education at about 1 hour 35 … Continue reading Seth Godin on The Tim Ferriss Show



Remix OS for PC: Android on the Mac

Tue, 12 Jan 2016 15:44:45 +0000

I don’t have any Android devices at present, but I am sometimes curious about various things going on with Android. For example, it would be nice to be able to try out the Khan Academy app for Android. Remix OS is a way to run Android (with a desktop-like UI) on various Intel-based computers. People have … Continue reading Remix OS for PC: Android on the Mac



The Jai Programming Language

Tue, 12 Jan 2016 15:01:51 +0000

Jon Blow’s videos about the development of his new game are really interesting. To build the game he wants to build, he decided to create the language he wanted to use to build the game (kind of like Mozilla created the language they wanted to use to build a browser). Blow’s language Jai has not … Continue reading The Jai Programming Language



Ditching Scrum for Kanban

Wed, 06 Jan 2016 14:17:29 +0000

I’ve blogged about the switch we made on the Brackets project from Scrum to Kanban and also, more recently, on our use of Kanban at Khan Academy. This article by Grant Ammons mirrors my own experiences: Peter told me that indeed, many companies follow the same path that we did. They go from no system to Scrum, … Continue reading Ditching Scrum for Kanban



What is functional programming?

Mon, 04 Jan 2016 16:35:58 +0000

Kris Jenkins has one of the best little descriptions of functional programming that I’ve seen. A good link to send around when the questions come up. I put it to you that every function you write has two sets of inputs and two sets of outputs. Two? Only one, surely? No, two. Definitely two.



Side Effects vs. Promises

Fri, 02 Oct 2015 01:47:11 +0000

This past weekend, I saw Chris Armstrong (@radix) talk about Side Effects as Public API. From the description on the Strange Loop page for the talk: Haskellers have been isolating their side-effects from their pure code for decades, but most people write code in languages that allow ad hoc side-effects anywhere. In a lot of … Continue reading Side Effects vs. Promises



My onboarding experience at Khan Academy

Fri, 29 May 2015 14:27:46 +0000

I’m in my third week at Khan Academy and thought I’d write a little about my experience with the onboarding process here. I’m a remote employee and my first two weeks have been here at home, 2,000+ miles away from most of my coworkers. This means that I don’t have the benefit of in-office osmosis … Continue reading My onboarding experience at Khan Academy



The Changelog talks about TypeScript

Mon, 04 May 2015 20:00:51 +0000

Our guests this week are Anders Hejlsberg and Jonathan Turner. Anders is the language architect and Jonathan is the Program Manager for TypeScript, a typed superset of JavaScript that compiles to plain JavaScript from Microsoft. I think Microsoft’s approach with TypeScript has been great. Check out this podcast episode for a detailed view into the … Continue reading The Changelog talks about TypeScript



Measuring and patching phase for React components

Fri, 01 May 2015 16:42:25 +0000

On the latest episode of JavaScript Jabber, Amit Kaufman and Avi Marcus talk about how your web app performance is killed if you interleave your reading and writing from the DOM. For their now React-based app, they needed to measure certain elements for their layout work. Their solution sounds clever: components specify what information they’re … Continue reading Measuring and patching phase for React components