Cache! A-ah. Saviour of the Universe

Caching is awesome. Instead of repeating an expensive operation, just reuse the result from last time! But properly using cache can be tricky… But there are a couple of things I’d like to not have to deal with:

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Time & timezones

If you’ve ever been far away from someone you want to communicate with, you’ll know how annoying daylight saving times & timezones make it to coordinate time across the world.

You don’t want your users to have to have to reason about that, so you’ll have to make your application do the work for them & display them the time at their location.

Dealing with time isn’t necessarily difficult, you just have to be consistent.

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I had to display thousands of coordinates

I recently pushed some PHP code to cluster coordinates that helped me cope with hundreds of thousands of geographic locations.

Turns out drawing all of those on a map isn’t that trivial…

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How JavaScript promises work

The world of JavaScript has had promises since long, in the form of libraries like Q, BlueBird and many others, like jQuery’s deferred. And it’s been native in JavaScript for awhile now.

I love them!

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5 things remote working taught me about productivity

Since I started working remotely, now almost 3 years ago, I’ve learned a thing or two about my productivity. These lessons are not necessarily tied to working remotely per se, they’ll also apply in a traditional working environment. The remote aspect just forced us to rethink how we deal with time & communication.

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