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It Doesn’t Matter What JavaScript Framework You Use

Keeping up with JavaScript libraries is a full-time job. Even if you pick one to specialize in, the constant stream of changes made to it is going to make you feel like you’re always behind the times. On top of this, people who write about JavaScript and Web Development or make YouTube videos about it …

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Okay, I’ll give you my thoughts on ChatGPT

It’s the topic du jour, and since I was the person who predicted the path we’re now on, I’ve been getting some requests for my thoughts about OpenAI’s ChatGPT, which is currently busy cranking out thousands of poorly-written articles about itself for publication by every news outlet in the world. I’ve ignored every request to …

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My Latest Book: Coding All-in-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition

Coding All-in-One For Dummies 2nd Edition

I’m excited to announce that the latest book I worked on, Coding All-in-One For Dummies (2nd edition), will be available in stores starting this week! When I was asked to be the lead author for the 2nd Edition of Coding All-in-One For Dummies, I immediately said “YES!” It was thrilling to work together with so many …

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Backpack Living – Lessons Learned

Prior to the pandemic, I used to travel a lot, and I traveled with a lot of stuff. I’d bring a large suitcase (to check) and a laptop bag and sometimes also a backpack for even a 3-day trip. When I got tired of checking and hauling the suitcase, I switched to using Dufl.com, which …

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Chris Answers Questions About Writing

People often ask writers about their daily schedules, hoping to get some nugget of advice that’s going to help them finally start or finish the novel they’ve been planning. I totally understand where this question is coming from, and I ask the same question of anyone who manages to exercise on a regular basis. Writing …

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How I Plan to Sell One Book Per Week

I've decided to pull out all the stops and sell one copy of my novel per week. I realize that this may sound like a completely unrealistic and "pie in the sky" sort of a goal, but I've never been one to back away from the difficult things. It's like JFK said, "We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard."

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From Writing to Public Speaking

A few months ago, I was asked to speak at a large conference for software developers in Vienna. The organizers of the conference invited me based on some articles I wrote that they enjoyed, and not because of my speaking ability. Not one to turn down an opportunity to travel to Europe, I said yes.

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Howl.com

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by startups,         weakened caffeinated bloated, hunching themselves over glowing screens at night looking         for a syntax error, filthyheaded coders burning for the algorithmic         connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of Steve, who overworked and malnourished and burned-out and tired stayed …

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