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"UNIX is simple. It just takes a genius to understand its simplicity"
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Flocking algorithms in JavaScript


Have you ever watched a school of fish, a flock of birds, or even a crowd of people and watched how they move? Moving together, yet without a leader, they are exhibiting a behaviour known as "flocking". In this fantastic article, you will learn how to code different flocking simulation algorithms in plain JavaScript!

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Tying a React SPA to WordPress as a Backend [w/ WP REST API]

Tying a React SPA to WordPress as a Backend


Combining WordPress and React is a powerful way to build web applications. Read this intro to the WP REST API and step-by-step tutorial for a neat React SPA with WordPress as a backend.

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How we rolled out one of the largest Python 3 migrations ever

How we rolled out one of the largest Python 3 migrations ever


Dropbox is one of the most popular desktop applications in the world: You can install it today on Windows, macOS, and some flavours of Linux. What you may not know is that much of the application is written using Python and that the codebase underwent a huge migration to move from Python 2 to Python 3.

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The 12 Things You Need to Consider When Evaluating Any New JavaScript Library

The 12 Things You Need to Consider When Evaluating Any New JavaScript Library


How do you know if a new technology is worth investing time into or if it is good to use within the specific requirements of your current project? This article suggests 12 practical rules to evaluate any new JavaScript library.

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Timsort - Wikipedia

Timsort - an efficient sorting algorithm


Recently introduced in V8 to speed up Array.prototype.sort, Timsort is a hybrid stable sorting algorithm, derived from merge sort and insertion sort, designed to perform well on many kinds of real-world data.

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Underrun – Making Of - PhobosLab

The making of Underrun


Underrun is a wonderful WebGL game playable in the browser that, believe it or not, is made only of 13kb of assets (JavaScript and images). This article describes some of the design techniques used to keep the asset size so small without penalizing style and gameplay.

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What’s the difference between an integer and a pointer? – Embedded in Academia

What’s the difference between an integer and a pointer?


In an assembly language we typically don’t have to worry very much about the distinction between pointers and integers. Some instructions happen to generate addresses whereas others behave arithmetically, but underneath there’s a single data type: bitvectors.

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Book of the week

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Agile Web Development with Rails 5
by Sam Ruby

Rails 5 and Ruby 2.2 bring many improvements, including new APIs and substantial performance enhancements, and the fifth edition of this award-winning classic is now updated! If you're new to Rails, you'll get step-by-step guidance. If you're an experienced developer, this book will give you the comprehensive, insider information you need for the latest version of Ruby on Rails.
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