What is a Programming Paradigm?

Why I Built My Own Shitty Static Site Generator

Hiding data from humans and computers in GIF files

Issue #37

11/25/2020

A Byte of Coding Issue #37
Greetings
A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream.

What is a Programming Paradigm?

Published: 22 November 2020
Tags: philosophy


This is more of a philosophical article, where Jonathan Goodwin explores the nuances of what a programming paradigm is, very much in a Theory of Knowledge-esque essay for anyone who did the IB. Jonathan first looks at the "unhelpful" Wikipedia definition, then Thomas Kuhn's, ultimately ending with an analysis of George Floyd thought and the relevance of both opinions in the 21st century.

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Why I Built My Own Shitty Static Site Generator

Published: 9 November 2020
Tags: web


There isn't always a good reason for doing something. Sometimes, you do it just because you feel like it. That can lead to great, or terrible results, but either way you use usually learn something useful. In this article, Erik Winter discusses why he chose to very much reinvent the wheel from a web development perspective. Erik covers the limitations of available static site generators and the impact choosing an existing tool has on your creativity and design choices. It's a casual article, but I connected with it because I like to build things from scratch, sometimes even when it's not justifiable with anything other than I wanna know how it works :)

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Hiding data from humans and computers in GIF files

Published: 25 November 2020
Tags: encoding


Conspiracy theories are a dime a dozen, but did you know that over 80% of GIFs online have some sort of secret message encoded in them? Naah just joking, but that would be cool. Or am I? In this concise article, Calder White presents an algorithm for how messages can be encoded into GIFs using the global palette and rearranging elements in patterns. The end result is that your memes could all be secret messages from aliens.

PS. I was definitely kidding. Or was I?

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