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The Art of Computer Programming

Friday, March 4th, 2011

The web is filled with clutter and some of this clutter are code snippets. While this may seem to be a bad idea, especially with all the wrong snippets of code lying all over the web, but immersing yourself into this world will give you plenty of ideas on how to solve programming challenges and get you up and running on some of the major programming languages, the common being JavaScript. JavaScript is one of the easiest languages to learn and the net is filled with client-side web scripts that can be accessed by simply accessing any web page, right-clicking and selecting “view source code”. Check out ways that other programmers have used to resolve a particular programming challenge or how to do a certain task.

Soliciting feedback from people who already have more knowledge about a computer programming language will also go a long way in helping you think along fresh lines or think about old ideas in new ways. How though, do you solicit for feedback? One way is to join a strong helpful community. These communities are all over the web. One good community is the Ruby-talk mailing list for Ruby language developers. Here you get to learn the culture, best practices for a particular language and you get to have your questions answered by experts. Another way is to pair with another programmer and learn the ropes. This is fashionable practice that has gained respect through the rise of the agile development computer programming methodology where 2 people get to work together on a project. The potential value of pair programming is indisputably superior when compared to programming on your own.

Computer programming also requires following predefined steps if you are to avoid typing time-consuming and tedious code that will not do what it’s supposed to do. Programmers start by prototyping their programs. This involves creating the program interface with all the windows, dialog boxes and pull-down menus without adding action to them. The next step involves choosing a programming language that will be easiest to write the program. The last step is to create mock-up instructions known as pseudocode that describe exactly how the program will work. Pseudocode is thus a valuable tool that you can use to outline the structure of your program and spot flaws in your logic. Now you are ready to get down to writing code and seeing it work.

The Art of Collecting Vintage Guitars

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Have you ever considered becoming a collector of vintage guitars? This can be a rewarding, albeit expensive hobby. However, if you make wise choices, your investment can pay you back ten fold. Many famous rock stars have had their guitars sell for as much as a million dollars. While this is most likely too rich for your blood, there are still some great vintage guitars out there that you can invest in. One good thing about the vintage guitar market is that it has rarely if ever fallen off, like sports card did when they hit rock bottom in the mid 90s. The appeal of older guitars has seemed to grow over the last several decades, and many of these guitars have not only held their value, but increased substantially.

While monetary gain is a great reason to start collecting, there is more to investing in vintage guitars than a return investment. There is something to be said for hanging one of these beauties on the wall of your favorite room and showing it off to friends and family. It is a major understatement to say that it is a good conversation piece. Vintage guitars come in all shapes, sizes and types and like a vintage muscle car, just being old doesn’t qualify it as a collector’s piece. It must have been discontinued by the manufacturer or some other influence to make it a collectible piece. Many other factors also come into play such as condition, rarity, previous owners and of course the manufacturer.

Buying and selling these guitars takes a good amount of dedication and learning about the history of each manufacturer. It simply isn’t possible to become an expert on the subject overnight. This “hobby” has a way of sucking you in and enriching your life in many, many ways. If you do your homework, it is very plausible that a vintage guitar you buy today could double or triple in price within a decade. Talk about a return on your investment! It simply doesn’t get much better than that.