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Jeffrey Huang • 2nd
LinkedIn phenom | Motivational speaker | Visionary | Award-winning father

Wish your LinkedIn posts got more VIEWS? Want to break into the Silicon Valley ELITE? Hope to get more likes and feel like less of a LOSER?

As one of the most admired people on LinkedIn — with millions of followers at the ripe age of only 25 — I am beloved for the inspirational posts I share with this community. …


What do snakes and coffee have to do with programming, anyway?

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You may have heard the saying that there are only two hard things in computer science, one of which is naming things. Some programming language names make a lot of sense, like Google naming their language Go(lang). Other names — like Python and Java — are not so obvious.

Let’s explore the history of some of the most iconic programming languages and how they got their name.

Python

Python was created by Guido van Rossum as a “hobby” programming project to keep him occupied during the Christmas holidays. For his language, van Rossum wanted a name that was short, unique, and…


Inexplicably poor design choices from the music-streaming behemoth.

Spotify was released over 10 years ago, and its core product hasn’t changed much since. They’ve added some features like podcasts, exclusive content and wider platform support, but music-streaming is undoubtedly what Spotify lives and dies by.

You’d think that by now, Spotify would have a carefully fine-tuned user experience, with every single possible user flow thoughtfully designed and planned out. Every little nook and cranny of their app precisely and meticulously crafted for a seamless experience… right? Wrong.

Spotify’s iconic green logo. Image: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

I use Spotify every day, and it always frustrates me. Basic user flows are unintuitive, there are inconsistencies across different pages…


A better, smarter way to organize your browser bookmarks

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Your browser bookmarks are a cluttered, disorganized mess. They’re a mishmash of reviews for a phone you don’t want and cookie recipes that you’re never going to try. A hodgepodge of not-so-funny cat videos and not-so-useful guides on how to be successful.

You’ve bookmarked some sites that you visit frequently, but it’s faster to open a new tab and search Google than it is to find the bookmark you’re looking for.

You tried creating some folders, but you never really use them. In fact, you’ve decided to hide your bookmarks bar entirely.

The only real use you have for bookmarks…


The future is wireless, and it’s closer than you think

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Three years ago, to the horror of consumers, reviewers and investors alike, Apple pulled the plug on the headphone jack. Was this the beginning of the end for Apple? How could they make such a senseless, boneheaded decision?

Yet when the dust settled and the smoke cleared, it was obvious to most that Apple had made the right choice. The company understood that the future was wireless, even if the public didn’t realize it yet. Today, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a phone still boasting the now-antiquated 3.5mm connector.

There’s one port on your phone that hasn’t been removed yet…


Django on Rails in a Flask with a Vue of Laravel and Hadoop

the words const name= “Django” on a black screen
the words const name= “Django” on a black screen
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Some of you may be able to guess where libraries like React or Vue got their names from, but what about the likes of Django or Laravel? Did you know that Flask was originally created as an April Fool’s joke?

Let’s explore the history of some of the most influential libraries and frameworks and how they got their names.

Flask

Believe it or not, Armin Ronacher created Flask as an April Fool’s joke in 2010. At the time, there were a slew of Python “micro” frameworks appearing, where the idea was to build web services from a single web.py file.

Ronacher…


CODEX

The 20 biggest headlines from an otherwise forgettable year

From COVID-19 to racial inequality, the Beirut explosion to the passing of Kobe Bryant, and the US election to Brexit, 2020 has been a year to forget. It’s been filled with uncertainty, grief, and misery as the pandemic has turned our lives upside down.

Yet, in the face of adversity, we have launched humans to space, rolled out blazing-fast 5G across the globe, and learned to connect with our colleagues and friends over Zoom. …


Some more tips and tricks for everyone’s favorite editor

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It seems like there’s a new list of undiscovered, “revolutionary” VS Code goodies every other week. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about: 26 Miraculous VSCode Tools, Super secret VS Code hacks, 7 VS Code Extensions that will make your life significantly easier, etc…

But here’s the thing: For whatever reason, I find myself always clicking on those articles. And well, here you are, reading this list. What gives?

Despite the inevitable overlap that occurs in each collection, I always find 1 or 2 new extensions or shortcuts that I hadn’t heard of before. Something that I now use…


Inspired by the infamous left-handed oil test

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The other day, I stumbled across these fascinating YouTube videos where a design and usability expert, Dan, reviews a variety of novelty kitchen gadgets.

The first thing he evaluates is effectiveness. This is straightforward — he puts each contraption to the test to see if it performs as advertised. Is a funky kitchen gadget any more efficient than doing it the old-fashioned way?


Oh, how times have changed…

Apple released the AirPods Pro yesterday, as of the time of writing. Do you remember when the original AirPods were first released?

The original AirPods. Photo by Harpal Singh on Unsplash

I remember as if it were yesterday. They were mocked. Ridiculed, actually. Reviews were heavily critical, skeptical at best.

Here’s what The Verge had to say:

“ AirPods feel very much like a first draft…I cannot get them to stay in my ears for long periods of time.”

TechRadar gave them 3.5/5, concluding:

“Ultimately the AirPods end up disappointing…for that kind of money we think that you can find better products elsewhere.”

The Guardian wasn’t nearly as kind…

Jeffrey Huang

Sometimes writing, usually coding, always learning. Computer Engineering student at UWaterloo. https://jzxhuang.com

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