I enjoy programming. I love being creative. Solving problems is a challenge for me. If you’re a fellow nerd you might relate to that. You might also agree that sometimes our tools suck big time. “But hey, they are just tools. Use the most appropriate one for your tasks, you have a choice!” – Well, nope. More often than not I don’t have a choice. I can’t just switch to another language when I have to do maintenance work or bug fixing on a project. I can’t choose a tool that’s not compatible with our back-end system. Sorrowful I had to realize on numerous occasions that there are simply no alternatives. Frown Continue Reading…

If there is one thing that is clearly getting out of hands these days it’s copyright law and the numerous cases involving alleged copyright infringements. Twitch recently made headlines when they announced on their official blog that they “will be implementing technology intended to help broadcasters avoid the storage of videos containing unauthorized third-party audio”, effectively muting Video on Demand (VoD) content that plays unlicensed audio. If only it were that simple… Continue Reading…

I am not planning to continue writing exclusively about programming languages, but since I seemed to get away fairly well with my last rant about why PHP sucks, let’s continue down the same road and bash just a little on JavaScript. Repeatedly. With a sledgehammer. Smile While JavaScript’s quirks aren’t nearly as bad as PHP’s, they are still annoyances and will make your life miserable. It’s another example of a language that’s here to stay, simply because it is the only one that has been widely accepted and adopted for client-side browser scripting. At least with PHP you have a choice, with JS you don’t. You’re stuck with it. And guess what, it sucks. Continue Reading…