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Getting started with Stripe – part 2

05/19/2014

This is a follow-up to my introductory post on Stripe. I covered Stripe’s merchant and marketplace products in the first post, and in this one we’ll try building some basic web apps that use Stripe Checkout and Stripe.js. Note that to keep the focus on the API I kept things as minimal as possible, which […]

Getting started with Stripe – part 1

05/15/2014

Online payments is probably one of the hottest fields in tech right now. After a long period of quiet since PayPal debut over 15 years ago, there’s now a renaissance in this space with the rise of startups like Stripe, Balanced, WePay, Dwolla, BrainTree and many others. I recently spent some time trying to understand the offerings by Stripe, one of the leaders in this […]

TronicalTune

12/11/2013

This is blowing my mind right now. TronicalTune can “auto-tune” any guitar in about 5 seconds. Check out the video.

Big O in plain english

12/11/2013

This answer on stack overflow is one of the nicest explanations I’ve seen of the Big O notation used in software engineering. However, this other answer easily wins for best example; using various activities you’d perform on a phone book to explain different complexities is genius. (Quick recap: Big O notation is used to capture the upper bound […]

Keeping backup history when switching to a new Mac

12/05/2013

If you use a Mac, I highly recommend using Apple’s Time Machine feature to maintain local data backups (you should also of course maintain off-site backups). Time Machine works best with a NAS, like Apple’s own $299 Time Capsule, as it can then take frequent snapshots of your disk without you even noticing. This is […]

Getting started with Boto

12/04/2013

Boto is a python library for interfacing with Amazon Web Services (AWS). It supports nearly the entire AWS stack and is under active development so you can expect support for any upcoming AWS functionality as well. Boto is hosted on GitHub, and is available under the MIT license. This is a quick post on the […]

Wave simulation in WebGL

12/03/2013

I can’t get enough of these physics simulations on the web. Simulation of waves on an ocean by David Li. Bonus: ripples on a pond by Jonas Wagner.

Spaceglasses

12/01/2013

The augmented reality / gesture control space is really heating up. Spaceglasses is the latest entrant into the market, following Leap Motion, Myo and Oculus Rift, and of course Google Glass, Microsoft Kinect and the Playstation Camera. The prototype in the video looks super dorky; the $667 dev kit shipping in Jan ’14 less so, […]

Getting started with CocoaPods

11/11/2013

If you’ve ever worked on a large project that used several 3rd party libraries, you’ve probably run into what programmers lovingly refer to as “dependency hell” – the painstaking task of getting the right version of each 3rd party library installed and configured correctly, and then later keeping those libraries up to date. CocoaPods is […]

Getting started with GitHub

11/10/2013

This is a 10 minute intro for folks who are new to git and GitHub (like me, just a few weeks ago). The best way to get started with social coding and GitHub is to clean up any old side-projects you have lying around and publish them to GitHub. Keep reading to find out how […]

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