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How Do Programmers Have Fun?

Programming is a very intense job. It requires a lot of work, long hours, and it can also be very stressful. That being said, it’s important for programmers to know how to cut loose. And no, I don’t mean partying. There are plenty of activities that programmers can do that wont add to their work stress. If a programmer spends his week slaving away at his computer, then binge drinks all weekend, it will only serve to amplify their work stress.

We are going to list a few ways that programmers can have fun on the weekends. These are aimed to be a healthy way a programmer can cut loose, relax, and refuel before the work week starts again.

  1. Hiking: there are few better alternatives to getting out in nature. Hiking gives you the chance to explore new places. It’s usually low stress, and it’s a great way to not only take your mind off of work related issues, but it also helps you therapeutically by the experience of bonding with nature! There are plenty of places to go almost everywhere. I would check with your local city office if you’re having trouble finding a place!
  2. Water sports: water sports are a great stress reliever for plenty of reasons. First, as we stated before, it’s just great to get out in the wildness just because it can be therapeutic. A great way to do this is by engaging in some sort of water sport. It might be a good idea to try canoeing, but canoeing can be relatively demanding. The best approach would be to try paddle boarding. Paddle boarding requires the boarder to have balance and focus, it’s almost like yoga on water!
  3. Cooking: cooking, at least to me, is one of the most therapeutic experiences someone can treat themselves to. Cooking requires focus, motivation, and good judgement. It also gives off incredibly good smells and tastes than can be paired with wine. Do all this with some music playing in the background, and you are set! Very few other activities can be as relaxing and rewarding as cooking a great meal.

I hope this helps! We know the value of great programming work, but we also know how stressful and demanding it can be. We strongly recommend that you take up weekend activities that promote a healthy mind and body. Whether this be paddle boarding, cooking, hiking or any other great weekend activity. If you have any questions, concerns, comments, please feel free to leave us a comment below, and we’ll try to respond as quickly as possible.

Happy programming!

How to Be a Programmer and Still Maintain a Family

As we have discussed in previous articles, programming requires you to be a little bit of an introvert. That’s alright for those in your 20′s maybe early 30′s. But eventually, most people want to get hitched. So after that happens and you two have a few kids, how do you balance your family and your programming job?

There are a few tricks that I have up my sleeves that I learned from my friends who are programmers and have families. I put together a short list for you!

1. Make sure that your weekends are full of activities: It’s always good to have traditions, rituals, activities that you can enjoy with the family. Whether you go hiking, fishing, or grab a tandem fishing kayak and your kid and hit the river for a day, it’s always good to be able to get out there and spend some quality time with the family. Plus, it’s just fun for everyone.

2. Have at least one night a week that is family night: a lot of my friends would have a night where his family would all sit down and watch a movie together or even better, play a board game. It’s great to develop together by watching cool movies or playing games that make you think.

3. Help your child study: I mean, you’re a programmer, you’re the brains, help your child study for a bit every night. This shows them that you care and you want them to succeed.

4. Plan long trips with the extended family: my father was a programmer too. He would always make sure to take off long periods of time from work to go to Georgia and see my extended family. We would always go to the lake, take a float trip, heck, I even learned to fish from a kayak. they were great times, and I’m glad I got to spend that time with my father even though he was stuck in his office most of the week.

Programming: The Lonely Person’s Profession?

Those who are extroverts usually gravitate toward professions like sales and consulting. People who are introverts usually gravitate toward professions like writing and programming. Not to say that just because you’re an introvert that you are lonely, but most lonely people are introverts.

This isn’t a bad thing, but we did notice that programming might be the perfect profession for lonely people. I mean, the majority of the job is sitting in front of the computer coding or writing instructions. If you work at a firm, the boss is almost certain to leave you alone because of the risk of breaking your concentration. You usually work in a department full of people who are also introverts. When I worked at a larger firm, the programming department was by far the quietest department in the building.

I would argue that programmers are programmers because they usually grow up a little more isolated, and they enjoy being with the computer working on their creations. I would argue that programmers are usually born programmers the same way athletes are born athletes, usually.

This isn’t a bad thing. I think it’s important for everyone to find what works for you. I have a lot of programming friends. They feel most at ease when they have a project that they can just sit in front of the computer and do.

However, I don’t want to be stereotypical. The purpose of this site it to discuss products, programs, news, fun facts, etc. all about programming. I’d like to hear your own experiences and how you think I am wrong! Or right. Thanks for reading, and make sure to leave me a comment below!

3 Ways Programmers Can Make Money Online

Programming has become sort of an art. There aren’t a ton of people who know how to do it. So if you know how to program, you can put yourself in a very unique position to, not only get a job, but also to make money on the site by exploiting the good ol’ internet.

I have put together a short list of things that programmers can do to make a few extra bucks on the side. And it’s always nice to have a few extra bucks to go to the movies… or whatever you’re into.

1. Start a website: Since programming is such a unique field. People do need to know how to do it. So what if someone needs to do some programming work on their own endeavor, but they don’t want to actually take the steps to complete coursework and such? They usually go online to read about it. If you operate a blog that shows people how to do basic programming work, that is a great place to start. You can monetize the site with advertisements or even sell your time through workshops.

2. Build Applications: “There’s an app for that.” We hear it enough.  Basically there is an application for just about everything. But there are always ways of joining things together to make peoples lives easier, games, exploiting trends, etc. If you’re a programmer who is well versed in developing, these applications can take off like wild fire, and you can make a ton of money through ads or subscriptions. I mean, snap chat doesn’t even have ads or a paid subscription and it’s valued at over $1 billion.

3. Directories: You can always advertise your freelance programming services in online directories. This will allow your name to get out there, and for people to contact you for freelance work. You can advertise your particular areas of expertise and you will likely receive messages from people who need you on projects per contracts. It’s a good way to make money and get more experience.

What Changes Came with the New Apache?

It’s been quite a while since Apache Cocoon has some out with version 2.1.12, but I thought we should run through it and see what they have done to improve it.

First, if you’re not too familiar with Apache Cocoon, then I’ll take a quick second to update you. Cocoon is a web development framework that is designed to separate concerns so that people’s duties do not overlap. It’s been out for years, and it’s tried and trusted!

In this last update, Cocoon was rid of some of the bugs that it had. The list is quite extensive so we wont go into all of them. But I’ll put together a comprehensive list of what some of the most important fixes (to me) were.

There was the Ajax error where an active state widget became the counter – an invisible state widget. We all know this caused some issues, but after the latest update, we should be good to go.

Another error that was fixed is the host selector should have been case sensitive, but it wasn’t. This was a big pain in the rear, and it was a long time coming since this bug was fixed, but I’m glad to report it was updated in the latest version.

And one of the biggest ones: the command line hasn’t been working since Cocoon per 1985. Some of the older Cocooners should be glad to hear that has been fixed. But it has been quite a while.

Lastly, just a small, annoying little error: in the suggest list, the initial value wasn’t being displayed. This wasn’t as big as some of the other bugs, but the ripple effects from it did cause a bunch of hassle. I’m particularly pretty happy to see that this has been fixed.

Thanks for reading! Go ahead and leave us a comment telling us your favorite fix!

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