Radio Show - Dec 15

Here's another conversation had on Roundhouse Radio with Jana Lynne White. This week's show is talking about my trip to Prince George for Codecreate and giving gifts to geeks. We take a bit of a side-trip into wearables and why we need to collect all that data. Take a Listen If you have any comments or questions about this post, please feel free to shoot me an e-mail at don (at) donburks (dot) com. I...

Radio Show - Dec 8

Here's another conversation had on Roundhouse Radio with Jana Lynne White. This week's show is talking about the Codecreate event started by Melody Ma and the BC Ministry of Education. I outline the event that was held in Vancouver and talk about rubber-duck debugging. This was connected to the Hour of Code event held around the world. There's also some time spent talking about online shopping and some do's and don'ts with using credit cards...

Radio Show - Dec 1

Here's the first archive of the conversations I have on Roundhouse Radio. The lovely Jana Lynne White is the host of HOME, an afternoon show on Vancouver's newest talk radio station, Roundhouse Radio. They have had the good sense to have me come on frequently to be a tech expert, and so I'm happy to be sharing my expertise with them on a semi-regular basis. This week's show is talking about Startup Weekend in Vancouver,...

What is Programming?

In all of my years of being a developer, it's only been in the past few years that I have really had to sit back and think about the philosophical side of what I do. Prior to that, there was always dealing with crushing deadlines, unreasonable specs, the thrill of a working implementation, and all of the assorted parts of a developer's life. However, as I have moved into more of a teaching role than...

MkObj - VanillaJS Library for Instance-safe objects

Part of my job as an instructor at Lighthouse Labs is to teach Prototypal Inheritance in JavaScript. It’s usually left for one of the advanced lectures in the later part of the bootcamp, and also typically turns students’ heads on one end and spins them around when they first wrap their heads around the idea that all inheritance isn’t like class-based inheritance in Ruby, for instance. (pardon the pun) However, I recently came upon a...