28.06.2018 02:00

Tower, the awesome git app for Mac and Windows are moving to a subscription model. I’m not against subscriptions. Seriously. I’m not. But I’m not going to subscribe to Tower, because I think it is too expensive. The yearly price will be the same as I have paid for both versions up to this date. I would not have any problems with the subscription if it was somewhere between $20 and $25 a year.

Lightroom CC

28.06.2018 02:00

I have used Lightroom CC for a while now, and I’m very happy with it. Everything about it looks and feels much more modern than the Classic Lightroom. You don’t mess around with Preview Generation or any of that crap. You just import your photos and Lightroom and the Adobe Cloud deals with the rest. If you like me want a local copy of all your raw files you can tell Lightroom CC to store it at a separate location (or the same).

What I love about it is that it is cloud first. That means that instead of generating previews and a like on your machine, Adobe does it in the cloud. This is good news if you have a great internet connection, and not so great if you don’t. But it also means that you can import your photos any time, and still be able to use your computer while you wait for the previews to get back. This was a huge problem with the old version. I had to always do it outside of when I was doing some real development or work, because Lightroom would occupy most of my systems CPU for hours upon hours.

The one thing I wish they would focus on bringing back from Classic is batch operations. For example to be able to apply “Auto tone” to a set of images, and a button for purging rejected images. Other than that an awesome app.

I know a lot of people aren’t fund of subscriptions. But CC makes it much more worth than previous Lightroom versions.


27.06.2018 02:00

LISP is one of those languages. Very old, but still very relevant. And probably the most beautiful language ever. Some languages you learn because you want to use a framework, other times you learn them to run code on a certain device or even because of the job market. But you also have languages that you should learn because they will bring a different perspective to stuff. Both Haskell and LISP is like that.

LISP is not one language though. You have many different versions. The most popular ones are probably Common Lisp, Emacs Lisp and Clojure. My advice is to start with Clojure because the tools are much better and it is just much easier to work with than some of the other Lisp versions.

I have written about Lisp a few times because I think it’s awesome. It is a little bit weird, and it takes a while to get into it. But you kind of don’t care that much for other languages once you get into it.

Being forced into a structure

26.06.2018 02:00

Some languages and / or frameworks force you to structure your code in a certain way. I have always hated that. The reason is simple: very few projects are at the right size for that structure. Because it is either way too complex for your silly little app, or not complex enough for your large enterprise app.

My personal preference is that the languages and or frameworks don’t force much structure on you. But instead give you good defaults and advice on how you should do it. And then just let you do it as you think works best for where your project is at.

When you start out learning something it might be the best to just have on file, and then start splitting it into different stuff. And that process is very good for learning how shit works. Something you lose when you are forced into a structure.

Getting into web development

26.06.2018 02:00

1. Django / Ruby on Rails

Pick either one; both are great. ## 2. Learn how to use it well enough to build a web site or web app with it Focus on building stuff, learning how the different parts work together. ## 3. Learn how to build a RESTful API with it Learn about RESTful and building HTTP api’s. ## 4. Learn React or Vue Pick either or; some like React while others prefer Vue. Learn how it works, when it is appropriate. ## 5. Use the API with React Learn how to bind your Django or Rails stuff together with your web app through the API’s you wrote. ## 6. Dig into the following technologies - HTML - CSS - JS - React / Vue - Django / Rains - Databases - HTTP Protocol


25.06.2018 02:00

Using keyboard maestro to auto tune images because Lightroom CC don’t have real batch editing yet

The Power Broker

22.06.2018 02:00

The Power Broker is one of my all time favourite books. It is very long, but still a fantastic read. I have dragged myself through the audio book three or four times. And I love it.

What makes a biography a good biography is that the person it is about is interesting but also that the author presents good and the bad sides of a person and manages to tie them together.

Robert Carro does this masterfully in The Power Broker.

Here is the thing, there are sides regarding Robert Moses that I hate, while at the same time I respect a lot of what he was trying to do and appreciate how much he did get done and how much power he managed to build up.

It’s weird to sit here without being able to say if I like him or hate him or anything between.

My next MacBook.

21.06.2018 02:00

I think my MacBook Pro is something like a year and a half now. And it still works pretty great. Except for the keyboard. There are many things about this machine I don’t like. But there are also some stuff that isn’t good enough.

What I don’t like:

  • Not enough USB-C Ports
  • No SD slot
  • Nothing like MagSafe

These are things I’d love to see fixed. And it would make the computer more usable to me. But they are in no way a “must”. But there is one thing Apple have to fix: the keyboard. I don’t love it. But that’s not the point. It is unacceptable to have a unreliable keyboard on any computer. I don’t care if it costs $50 or $3000 the keyboard should be reliable. Your computer sucks if it doesn’t.

If Apple doesn’t fix the damn keyboards on their MacBooks in the next couple of years, I think I have to either go for a Hackintosh setup or a Linux + iPad setup. Because I’m not buying another laptop with a unreliable keyboard.


20.06.2018 02:00

Ordered a 144 pack of Golden Bears.

Picking the right language for your project.

20.06.2018 02:00

Languages like Python are very easy to develop in. That means that you can do a lot more in it, in a shorter period than with something like C# or Java. There are a lot of reasons for this. The awesome thing about Python is how productive you are while using it. But there are a reason many of us use them at home, and pick other languages for our work projects. At work I use C#.

The reason I pick languages like C# for large work projects even though the productivity coding in it is way worse is simple: Types.

All languages have types, some of them give you more control over them than others. When you deal with compiled languages things can either fail in the run time or in build time. This is one of the bigger differences between Swift and Objective C. Obj-C is a very dynamic language, this means that more stuff happens I the run time while Swift is less dynamic, which means more validation and type conversion have to be done before you get it to compile. There are good and bad sides to both; dynamic are easier and more flexible, while the other side crash less often but takes longer time. ยจ

The way it works is that every value has a type, and if you try to pass a value to somewhere that can’t deal with that type it won’t build. And there are also standard checks and error handling anywhere you might get data that don’t match. What I enjoy about working with languages like C# above everything else is that when I run “dotnet build” and it succeeds I know that all of it will run. If it does what I think it will is another case. But I do at least know that there are no syntax mistakes or someone using the wrong values.

It takes more time than it would take. But the result is that we write a lot less “make sure this really is a number” code. And often we write something once and don’t touch it in a very long time. That almost never happens with Python or PHP.