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So I've a talk to give at an Open Source event and my topic is Life Without Open Source.
I'm stuck a little, both creativity and mentally. Need some help from the community on these two things.
How different would things be if GNU/Linux wasn't open-source?
In a real world, there would have been other closed source alternatives so it wouldn't matter. So what are your thoughts?
Also, how different the world would be if Mozilla Foundation didn't existed or wasn't open-source?
Hope you guys can help me in getting the message for open source movement out properly.6
How many have used or made something with ServerLess? I'd love to get some ideas on what cool things you've done.
1. Start a project.
2. Complete 40% of it in first day.
3. Lose interest or get stuck.
4. See it again after 4 months and 9 days
So here's something interesting. WordPress was using ReactJS for building their new Gutenberg project and this happened: https://ma.tt/2017/09/...
Finally, I can VueJS!!!1
Entire Bitcoin market is going down. Any thoughts?
Just curious to know what the devs think about BTCs. I've started trading recently and I'm still positive it'll go up. I haven't invested much so even if the marker crashes, it won't have a really big impact on my life.22
I want to rant about a person I know in person and he is here on devRant. It's gonna be a big rant and I'm gonna take all.my frustration out.
So my fellow devRanters, should I do it?6
So I'm doing a conference talk about the topic "Life without open-source." I'm currently preparing it so any inputs?
What are some open source projects that have made a really big impact? Don't mention Linux. We all know that.19
What's the best way for someone who is terrible at maths to get better at algorithms. I'm pretty good at programming but when it comes to write an algorithm, it scares me because of my poor math.
Is there another way or do you think going back and starting maths from scratch will help?5
Bloggers are the biggest scum bags ever. Mind me, I'm not talking about the people who blog about something they love, are passionate about and focus on the quality of content.
I'm talking about those people who blog for money, put low quality content and are sucking everyone's dick for views. I've no respect for them. They'll start blogs about the topics they know shit about and will add duplicate content. And then they'll call themselves SEO experts.
You're shit bags. Don't decrease the name of blogging. We all start somewhere and often copy but doing it as a beginner and doing it for money is different.
I'll take example of one genius person I know. He runs a blog where he his topic was essentially about "Laptops for Indian students which are under 30,000 Indian rupees."
Title of that article read: LAPTOPS IN INDIA UNDER $500.
YOU'RE WRITING A BLOG POST FOR INDIAN STUDENTS AND USING US CURRENCY IN THE TITLE. WE ALL SEARCH IN RUPEES WHEN BUYING ONLINE.
I love bloggers who focus on quality of the content and take pride in crafting their content. You're awesome. But if you're one of those "professional bloggers" then suck my dog's dick.12
I come from a city which isn't a tech city. It's hard to find developers or people who actually code outside of their college work.
The best thing that I've ever done is to start a Meetup. We started WordPress community and we found people. Some awesome people who we didn't know we're in Kanpur. And we also found a Docker meetup in our city which was inactive but became active our community grew. The guy who started the Docker meetup is a brilliant developer who has helped us by sponsoring his office space for our meetups and even volunteering to speak and help people various times.
Because of community building, now we also have a Hackerspace and Python meetup group, as we as we're working on bring Random Hacks of Kindness to our city.
It's not because of WordPress or Docker, but just because of bringing like minded people together. It has done wonders.
So if you can, join a Meetup group in your city and spread knowledge. Try to bring people together and do some awesome stuff. Spread the knowledge.
Don't have any meetup groups? Start your own one. Make it about the language you like, or start a devRant meetup.
So, anyone interested in making this come true? Having a devRant meetup? Bringing local devRanters who are sick of their clients together to make something better?15
WordPress 5.0 will change how you make posts and layout in WordPress. The team is working on a React-based editor called Gutenberg which is pretty cool.
I'd recommend everyone who works with WordPress or blogs to check it out and see, even if you don't like WordPress.
It's pretty buggy, given it's on beta, but it's also pretty awesome to use.6
I promised few days ago that I'll talk about my first job. So let me begin and tell you the job that made me hate idea of working for someone.
So I was 17 at the time and I was a blogger turned developer, who started with basic HTML when was 16 and then started to play with PHP and JS when I migrated my blog to WordPress. I loved to develop but never learned it so didn't think I could ever learn it. I wasn't a student of computer. So I learned PHP and JS by playing with WordPress. Soon started to make plugins, non-WordPress projects.
I didn't have much money then so once I started to find a job and found a company near my house which was looking for a PHP/WordPress developer. I didn't think I'm good for it but applied. I got the job. My first project was to make a portfolio plugin as a trial and he gave me seven days to finish it.
I did it in few hours and presented him with the final outcome in the first day of my job. And then he gave me themes to develop, I did 2-3 of them in a single week.
So that's about what I did. Let me tell you about the company. Every guy who worked there was a good person and supportive but the boss was a dipshit.
He didn't see the team or people but just money. I was being paid some $100 to work 8 hours a day while I was doing projects that would make him more than $100 in a single day. But that's financial stuff.
And one day he asked me to fix an issue on one of the clients he was maintaining for a client. It used WooCommerce and the payment part wasn't working. I found out that he hasn't enabled shipping to client's country and that's why it wasn't working. So basically it was something that his company fucked up. I fixed it and then he asked me to undo the changes. Then he called the client and told him that it was broken by client and it'll require more money and time. I WAS SHIT CRAZY. YOU FUCKED IT UP AND NOW YOU'RE CHEATING THE CLIENT. NOT ETHICAL.
WordPress was at 3.9 version then and he was using 3.4. I was like what?
I quit the job after 7 days. He made me hate working for someone.
One good thing happened, because of all the work that I was doing there I got enough confidence to start my own projects so that was great. And one day one of the companies from Romania saw my project and offered me a job which paid 10x the money for working half the hours. And I've been working for them for almost three years now. They are ethical and genuinely care about the people working for them.
So one more thing, I saw my former boss sometime ago and he told me that HE INSTALLED KEY LOGGER ON ALL THE COMPANY LAPTOPS TO TRACK THE EMPLOYEES. I WAS LIKE WHAT THE FUCK?
Code quality doesn't matter for him as long as the solution works, even if it's not secure. He had so many people with great talent working for so less pay.
Tell me your worse job experience.2
So I'm gonna say this once in my entire life:
You guys are awesome. I love you all. I love this community and everyone involved.
From this sentence forward, forget that I ever said anything senti.12
So a lot of users running WordPress run their site on older versions of PHP. Plugin/theme/WordPress itself keep asking them to update to 7.14 but they won't.
But then after months and months of notifying when a plugin drops the support for older version (for new features of course) they complain about how plugin isn't keeping their users in mind.
No, it's not their fault that they want to take advantage of latest features of PHP to improve their products. If you upgrade in time, it'll be less painful. They don't upgrade in favor of the plugins that don't work on PHP 7+. Those plugins should be uninstalled, not the ones that use latest code.8
I've a job that I love but I want to start my own side work too. Like a website or some frameworks or agency that I can run and overall do some awesome stuff.
But I can't find the motivation. I feel stuck inside my own head and can't do anything. I see other people succeeding and sometimes it's little hard on me, and I know it shouldn't be. I shouldn't feel jealous to see other people succeeding, even if I'm better at the same work.
But I can't help it. What would you suggest me? I just wanna make awesome things. Money isn't my goal.7
I love to work and I love to make things but I PROCRASTINATE A LOT. It's usually me watching educational video about science and stuff, but it takes me away from my work everytime.
How do you deal with this and avoid procrastinating?6
How would you describe devRant to a non-techie?
Mine is, "A place where geeks make fun of things together."11