Why do beginners rely so heavily on tutorials?

»I'm always amazed at how beginning coders rely so heavily on tutorials. If your library doesn't have a tutorial, it doesn't exist.«
Nolan Lawson/ ‏@nolanlawson (link to tweet)

Indeed: From my own experience it is nearly impossible to learn a library (or programming language or mathematical method or…) without a …

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Reactive Views and the needed JavaScript Toolchain

Reactive Views are the big thing in the Applications-with-JavaScript field. Applications-with-JavaScript are mostly slightly more interactive Web pages. The basic idea is that, when you change the underlying data (Let’s say a username), the library figures out how to update what you see on the screen.

The big player …

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Writing Links

Writing good text to appear as a link is admittedly not the most exciting topic. But if you do it right, you can avoid hassle for the user and improve accessibility.

Let’s start with an anti-pattern: The »click here« link. I use it myself. But it is a bad …

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Exploratory Data Analysis

If you do anything related to research and data you will have been in contact with numerical summaries, like average, standard deviation and – more complex and more often abused – the sacred p value, tool of truthiness creation in quantitative research. By reducing your dataset to a single value, you reduce …

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Visual Representations of Knowledge

You know the »list of figures« in academic works. But do you know the »list of texts«? 1 This seems silly, since in almost any (academic) work you have a one text which tells the main content. It may be occasionally supported by images, diagrams or tables if such information …

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From Wordpress to Pelican

Recently, I switched from Wordpress to a static site generator – Pelican. Here are some of my experiences. If you don’t want to read the reasons and the techbabble , scroll down and read the summary.

Static site generator?

The best known static site generator is probably the ruby-based jekyll. As …

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