Optimizing for Questions

A couple years ago, Jeff Atwood published a blog on Stack Exchange about their (then) philosophy for improving the quality of their community. The blog was titled “Optimizing for Pearls, Not Sand” and his conclusion was that answers are far more important than questions and therefore Stack Exchange would optimize so that answers were valued […]

Lessons Learned for Project 2

This was the first and last group project at GA for our cohort. All in all, very great experience. Working in groups is never without it’s difficulties, but we had a group willing to work together and whose individuals were capable of carrying their own weight. Everyone contributed equally to our success, crushing any fears […]

Express: What’s It Doing? In a Nutshell …

Let’s walk through an app and talk about all of it’s parts. Since there’s a lot of details, I’m going to stick to bullet-point format and walk through each line of code, putting explanations in layman’s terms. Here we go! Express API Here’s our app:

var express = require('express') Remember: we’re using Nodejs, which is sufficient on […]

The Future of Education NOW

In many ways, more than perhaps we’re able to realize, developer bootcamps and immersive programs like General Assembly (GA) are pioneering a frontier of education that will become a staple of the future economy. I’ve been witness to the erosion of university systems, not least because of the staggering cost. But also because Americans seem to […]

Pitchforks Project: Lessons Learned

Honestly there were many lessons learned. I caught as many as I could remember here on Github: https://github.com/Protosac/pitchforks/wiki As an aspiring web developer, ever see a really cool website and think “OMG WHAT A GREAT IDEA!”? Somewhere in there you know it took a lot of work, but you also tend to believe that what makes […]

Git Ignore

There’s actually no such command. But if you’ve got files in your repo that you’re tired of seeing in “untracked” because you’re not going to commit them:

You’ll also have to add the .gitignore file to it’s own list so that it doesn’t show up as well.