“A change of titles — a new Chairman here, a CEO there — won’t transform the way today’s Apple works and makes money. Yet we, the community, are inclined to taking this on a personal level, because let’s face it — a little part of the Apple fan in us died today. Not because of the sadness, the desperation, or the aforementioned predictions of Apple’s upcoming “problems”. Not even strictly because Steve Jobs is a geek’s favorite hero and it’s sad to see him “go”. It’s a much more subtle feeling running through the veins of the Apple community. It’s that feeling of times changing, of you and your friends growing older and perhaps with a better understanding of things — it’s watching what you took for granted be upgraded to something new you think will be fine eventually, but you’re still not completely used to.”—MacStories, on today’s top news.
Browser-based code classes look promising for classroom teachers: there’s no need to install compilers or even text editors, making this environment much easier to set up in a lab. Students can also continue their work easily at home, with (some level of) instant feedback from the built-in help system.
The associated Hacker News post has some interesting suggestions, and the comments from non-programmers about the course’s difficulty can be quite enlightening to anyone trying to teach a programming course.
This article on the (new?) The Sass Way blog describes how you can “pre-stack” parent selectors in Sass. In other words, as you’re working on a selector, you can style a parent selector above it using Sass’s nested syntax.
This is great when styling for IE with Paul Irish / HTML5 Boilerplate’s conditional IE classes — for an element misbehaving in, say, IE7:
(Marginally related: When looking for a “go away, IE6 users” message for our new GuestDay web app, we came across Microsoft’s IE6 Countdown, which currently pegs Singapore at only 3.1% IE6 usage. Not bad.)
(Yes, this is how we do launch announcements — in a footnote of a marginally related post.)