Swift Playgrounds

I tried out Apple’s Swift Playgrounds app on my iPad today and I’m surprised at how fun it is. 

It’s a bit sluggish on my iPad Mini 2, but still worth playing. 

I’m now learning how to write functions to make the little creature move, collect gems and toggle switches. 

If you are interested in programming, check out this free app. 

Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software

Wow. I wish I had read this book back when I was in college as it was much more interesting / easy to read than my college text books.

It carries you along from the very fundamentals of both codes (like braille) and electric circuits in the telegraph days all the way to the web, with plenty of verbal and diagrammatic explanation.

I really appreciated the author’s efforts to provide such an exhaustive dive into how computers work (and I regained much of my awe at these machines we take so for granted nowadays).

100 Days of Code Update

It’s been 18 days since I’ve started the #100DaysOfCode Challenge and I’m really enjoying it.

It’s been bit of a challenge to find an hour each day to work on code, but as soon as I start, I get lost in what I’m doing and the hour (or more) flys by.

I’ve spent the majority of the time working on my free WordPress plugin called As Heard On. For the first 10 days, I’ve reworked how the plugin stores options in the database and wrote a test routine so current website will have their options automatically moved to the new format and won’t need to reconfigure.

In the last couple of days, I’ve been working on punch list items that need to be updated on Your Website Engineer.