Four Books to Help You Teach Yourself to Code

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If you have time to learn something new, consider taking up coding. You may not see any immediate need for it. But the knowledge and skills you will learn could prove handy in the long run. Besides, it is always fun and fulfilling to do something you have not done before. And if you are wondering how to teach yourself to code, you might be surprised by the wealth of resources you can find.

You can take up coding courses from online platforms like Code Academy, Coursera, FreeCodeCamp, Khan Academy, and Udemy among others. Books are also excellent sources of information and how-to guides. Here are some of the best ones suited for beginners.

1. Absolute Beginner’s Guide to C by Greg Perry and Dean Miller
As the title suggests, this book will help you through the basics of C programs. It is written with beginners in mind and offers simple and helpful instructions to guide you as you learn how to write C codes.

2. Android: Programming in a Day! The Power Guide for Beginners In Android App Programming by Sam Key
Imagine if you can turn an app idea to a fully functional reality. Android: Programming in a Day! Is a noob-friendly read for anyone interested to learn how to develop an Android app.

3. Python Programming: An Introduction to Computer Science by John M. Zelle
Don’t let the title intimidate you. This book is written with beginners in mind. It is one of the standard textbooks of many computer science students in their first year. It is a good read to learn about programming and Computer Science in general.

4. The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master by Andy Hunt and Dave Thomas
From learning to code to putting the programming skills you have already learned, The Pragmatic Programmer is a helpful companion in your coding journey.

The Worst Games of All Time

For every Mario 64 that we all enjoy, there’s a thousand crappy games that’s released.

Some games didn’t even try. You know what I mean?

Like, “Hey! I have an idea for the game that we will create, let’s create 52 shitty games about nothing then release it with a price of $199”. That’s what the creators of Action 52 thought.

So, here are the list of the worst games ever.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Nintendo NES

Dr.Jekyll

I’ll give you 5 bucks if you finish this game without cursing.

This is one of the worst games ever because of the boring storyline, nonsense gameplay and super bad hit detection.

You can’t hit anything except a bee when you’re playing as Dr. Jekyll. Yes. A puny little bee. Try it out. There are emulators now so you don’t have any problems getting the cartridge.

Big Rigs – PC

Oh. My. God.

This game. This game just sucks! Yeah, it looks cool driving your own truck. But no, I promise you. When you play this game, all hell on earth will break loose. Little to no collision detection, monotone sound, enemies that don’t move, faster speeds when in reverse and gravity defying moves.

E.T – Atari

The Granddaddy of all bad games. This one is one of the worst, if not the worst game of all time.

Pathetic graphics that barely looks like E.T, stupid gameplay and countless glitches. Atari even buried the rest of the copies of this game in the New Mexico landfill. That’s how much it sucked.

 

You want some good games to play? Try out Tree of Savior, Halo, DMC, anything just not these games! When does Tree of Savior release? Check out by clicking on the link.

Thanks for reading and see you next time!

 

Sometimes Life Just Wants You Down

We all know the feeling. That feeling when we feel like our life is being annoyed by so many annoyances, and it really is tiring to have so many things happen right after eachother. I had created some updates for this blog that I was so ready to publish. However, because of my Dropbox decides to remove and format all its data I am now stuck in this annoyance of a situation. It is really pissing me off how today has been going. I managed to get on first page of 9gag with this  post. However, it got removed because some of the admin of 9gag were corrupt and this is really an annoying process to go through.

When it couldn’t get worse….

Then my computer starts making an annoying sound I quickly turn it off to realize that my ssd has been destroyed because of its age. And now I am browsing some SSD tests to determine which ones I am looking for. Could this day be any worse.

 

Simple Digg like pagination solution with JQuery for Umbraco XSLTs

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I wanted to implement Digg like pagination in one of my recent project with Umbraco XSLT lists and I have done it using the pretty JQuery plugin available here

Please note that its not an SEO friendly solution since the pagination is completely relied on JQuery and will not be available if the JavaScript is turned off.. as an alternative for search engines/no-javascript browsers I have added a simple Next Previous navigation inside a <noscript> tag..

Steps

  1. Download and include the jquery.pagination.js and pagination.css in your template
  2. Open jquery.pagination.js and comment line 123 ( //$(‘a’, fragment).click(eventHandler); ) .. Alternatively you can download the altered JQuery plugin from here.
  3. Follow the code sample below or download the XSLT sample- comments are added in each line. If you have any doubts let me know through the comments