How come there are no comments on this blog?

Apr 17, 2017 • Marco Cecconi

I was asked on Twitter the other day how come it's not possible to comment on my blog posts. Here's a list of possible reasons, maybe it will make you rethink how useful comments are. Spam source This is the easiest-to-understand reason. If people write nonsense, or attack each other, or write s…

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Fine grained unit tests are harmful

Apr 12, 2017 • Marco Cecconi

Last evening I had an interesting exchange with a @GeePawHill on twitter that went something like this: @GeePawHill: if a function involves a chain of objects, A -> B -> C -> D, and we satisfy ourselves, A works if B works. B works if C works, and so on... ..we have come very close to satisfying…

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Helping developers in a different way

Mar 29, 2017 • Marco Cecconi

One of the things that absolutely inspired me in my tenure at Stack Overflow was remote work. In fact, I loved it so much that I chose it as an absolute prerequisite for my next job. Why do I love remote working? For traditional office jobs, it just makes much more sense. Why should people be force…

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First steps in programming: loops

Mar 16, 2017 • Marco Cecconi

If you haven't read my other articles on getting started with coding you should do so before proceeding: I will assume that you can open a JavaScript console and run a basic program, know how to use variables and conditionals. In the last post we learnt how to make the computer execute commands con…

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First steps in programming: conditionals

Feb 23, 2017 • Marco Cecconi

If you haven't read my other articles on getting started with coding you should do so before proceeding: I will assume that you can open a JavaScript console and run a basic program and know how to use variables We ended the last instalment with a program that remembers the user's name and greets t…

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First steps in programming: variables

Feb 22, 2017 • Marco Cecconi

If you haven't read my first article on getting started with coding I suggest you do so now before proceeding: I will assume that you can open a JavaScript console and run a basic program. In short, we explained that a program is a series of instructions ("statements") which are run together by giv…

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So long, Stack Overflow!

Feb 20, 2017 • Marco Cecconi

February 17th, 2017 I left Stack Overflow. I remain a moderator on Skeptics where I was elected, but beyond that I am no longer working or managing any other community in the network. We parted ways very amicably, with lots of support, love and a few tears. I will miss them all terribly. I joined …

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Which programming language should I start with?

Feb 17, 2017 • Marco Cecconi

One of the most common questions about programming is what language should be used. I think that at this point in time the answer is clearly JavaScript. The reason is simple: it's everywhere a browser is, and it is powerful enough to be way more than a toy. How do I get started with JavaScript? Pr…

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Open Letter On "Muslim Ban"

Jan 29, 2017 • Marco Cecconi

An Open Letter from United World College Graduates Regarding the Trump Administration’s Ban on Muslims We are the alumni of the United World Colleges movement. We are citizens of over 150 countries. We are people of different ethnicities, backgrounds, religions, sexual orientations, genders, poli…

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I built a hardware RNG for Christmas

Dec 03, 2016 • Marco Cecconi

Winter Bash is a festive celebration of Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange communities. People compete to be awarded crazy hats for completing random, and often undisclosed actions. I've been involved in building a lot of this year's celebration, which will start soon and will be kept secret until th…

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Julia Silge • Mar 28, 2017

We can say that Mr. Robot is having a moment. The main character was one of the top choices and thus is perhaps the most/least realistic/annoying/inspiring portrayal of what it’s like to be a computer programmer today.

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