Knowledge does not come from nothing. It can only come from reason, from experimentation, or from preexisting knowledge. Yet throughout the history of our civilisation, those in positions have power have claimed access to greater versions of knowledge, whether through divine revelation, or through being "like, really smart."
I recently rebuilt my personal website on KeystoneJS and immediately fell in love with it. I think it's for the following reason: Keystone has successfully married NoSQL with the basic concept of the CMS.
As soon as I started to use Git I recognized that I would never look at a folder the same way again.
I have been spending some quality time with Clojure, not because I think I'm likely to use it for a real project any time soon, but because both the syntax and behaviour of the language are so different from what I'm used to that I feel like a total n00b again. This is uncomfortable, but it's a good thing: I'm looking at my even my production code in a whole new way.
I am constantly looking for practical ways to get all the beautiful images in a design to load without hampering the page load unreasonably.
The first time I needed to access a third-party API on the web I remember doing something like the following (in PHP):
$data = file_get_contents('http://a/resource/somewhere');
This has the advantage of being really easy to read: like all other parts of my code, I assign a variable to an expression and expect that it will be filled with a value of some sort. What I never thought about at the time was how much was going on behind the scenes: unlike an basic expression that performs a math operation or comparison, a whole HTTP request and response is going on before
$data can be filled. During this time, my program pauses and no further code is executed.
The oldest gene we possess carries the information to make something called the 5S RNA, a component of the ribosome. This molecular machine is responsible for translating a DNA sequence into a protein sequence. The reason this is critical is that chemical properties of DNA are pretty simple: it's more or less just a carrier for information. Proteins on the other hand, have astoundingly complex chemistry: they can synthesize or break down sugar, create pigments to give us a specific hair colour, give us or prevent cancer. In short: everything.
One facet of web sites that often confuses clients who have not been involved with the web before is that they have to pay separately for their domain and their hosting. While the different bills can be annoying and seem like a scam, there is very good reason to keep them distinct and one should actually be wary of any "package deals" that sell both at once.