Which Web Development Programming Languages Should I Learn?

I am often asked this question by other Web developers. In fact, I regularly need to figure decide which web programming languages and technologies I need to learn next as part of my life long learning. Start with Web Browser Technologies Did you know? Even after over 20 years of mainstream web technology, web browsers only natively understand 3 things: HTML, CSS and JavaScript. That’s it, that’s all! There actually used to be a fourth, vbScript, but it was only available in Internet Explorer and Microsoft finally deprecated it as of IE11. Anything more and it is usually an add-on, plugin or … Continue reading

Shopping for the best laptop for web developement

As a developer with a diverse background in IT and web development, I prefer to purchase a solid laptop that will serve me for 5-7 years rather than replace it every 1-2 years. This is because it takes me over a week to install and configure all the software, tweaking the registry and getting things working just the way I need it. It’s been getting better since I discovered Ninite and Chocolatey but I still prefer not to do it any more than I have to. Another advantage is that, by the time I am through with a laptop and ready to replace … Continue reading

Git for Moodle Developers on Windows

The Git for Developers page on Moodle.org is pretty helpful in getting you started in developing for the Moodle LMS platform. However if you need to use Git on Windows for your Moodle development, there are some differences as the Git for Developers page often assumes you are using Git on Linux. This page summarizes how Moodle developers can use Git on Windows to create fixes and patches for Moodle core code however much of it could be applied to other open source projects on GitHub. This article covers the following topics: Setting Up Your Moodle Development Environment Configuring Git … Continue reading