HTML5 Tutorial Building a StickyNotes App – Part II

In this html5 tutorial, we will go a step farther from where we left. Yesterday, I showed you how to use HTML5 Web Storage API in my first html5 tutorial post. Today, I want, as promised, to embark on the next phase of the application. I hope you will enjoy this as much as I do. Before I jump in, let me do a recap really fast:

html5 tutorial

So, here is what we covered in my first post:

  • localStorage has setItem, getItem, length and key() features that come with it among other things.

Important Skills Self-taught Programmers Might Need

Hello there. Thank you for stopping by. Many people today are self-taught programmers in the software industry and that is quite commendable. Some however,  still view the idea of a college education rewarding in the computer science field in particular while some don’t agree. The fact is, going to college doesn’t guarantee you the skills you need to succeed just as being self-taught doesn’t.

self-taught programmers

 Top 5 Skills You Should Have

I will go right to the point here. If you feel this list is too short, please add more ideas using the comments section. Thank you in advance.

After 15 Hours of Ruby and Ruby on Rails

Hello! Three days ago, I spent two hours each learning Ruby through Lynda dot com. This was not necessarily my first encounter with Ruby but I will say that it was the first serious attempt at learning to program in it. One thing that I did a month ago was to go through the highly recommended Ruby on Rails online book (approx 8 hours). This post will describe briefly what I thought. Let us get started.

programming with ruby language

Perhaps it might be of help(to those who might not know) to mention the fact that Ruby on Rails is NOT Ruby. Instead, Ruby on Rails (commonly written as RoR) is a Framework written in Ruby language.

MacBook Pro – My First Ever Apple Product

Hi there! I finally did it. I took the first step towards a new experience. I have been using Windows machines since I started computing and I had several reasons for it – like the …. wait for it …. the price tag and then of course availability of solutions to common problems associated with Windows. Today, am happy to say that I am now a MacBook owner! Let us go celebrate – but after work.


How To Build a Blog Using Google App Engine – Publishing

Today, I did both a video recap and got my simple blog published. I am going to create a new video demonstrating how to publish your own blog after you feel confident enough to let users see it in public.


You are probably thinking ..what happened to the blog posts? I know, I just played around with the css and rotated them at an angle – so it is not by mistake that they appear tilted. Cool huh? I figured there was no need to repeat what everybody has been doing for years! Bend the rules!

Storing and Retrieving Data From Google App Engine Datastore

Today, I created two videos as a continuation of my YouTube series (How To Build a Blog Using Google App Engine). This post will be short because you might need just a little over 5 minutes a piece to watch the two tutorials. Basically, the first video shows you how to store posts in the datastore while the second video shows you how to retrieve and display the same posts on a web page! Pretty fun stuff. Let us get to them, shall we?

Now here is video 5 in the series:

How To Build a Blog Using Google App Engine – part 5

Object Oriented Programming In Java – Inheritance

Object oriented programming in java is very powerful and a clear understanding is important. While I was trying to dig deeper, I realized that there is more to it than I actually knew. So, I looked around the web and spent some time on StackOverflow! Now let us create a simple file here

public class Base{
public static void main(String[] args]){
//do some cool stuff here

Ideas to Automate Your Home

So you want to turn your home into some kind of  ‘cool’ high-tech place where everyone wants to be right? I want to one day do that too!

ideas to automate your home

Today I am going to share with you several ideas that could help you achieve your dream. Be warned: Some of the concepts listed here may require professional skills – so don’t burn your house down trying to go high-tech. While I try to describe what they are, you can always find more details online.

Moving Out of WordPress

Hi! Thanks for stopping by. Today, I decided to migrate my blog from WordPress to a self-hosted  domain : I was lucky enough to find available and so I grabbed it and ran away!.


When I realized that I could do more outside WordPress, I decided to take the risk. I am still using WordPress as a blogging platform. What I changed is where my blog is hosted. One other important thing is that I don’t have to type .wordpress when visiting my site anymore! Now a few takeaways:

Programming With Google Maps APIs – Part VI

Hello! Nice to see you and thanks for stopping by. In the last two days I took a detour from programming but today I am going to pick up from where I left Google Maps APIs – Part V . Today’s post will be relatively shorter than previous ones because I am completing a section (at the end, I will give an app idea). Let us get to it. We should start with our previous finishing code:

(function () {
window.onload = function () {
var mapDiv =  document.getElementById(‘map’);

var options = {
zoom: 3,
center: new google.maps.LatLng(37.09, -95.71),
mapTypeId: google.maps.MapTypeId.ROADMAP
var map = new google.maps.Map(mapDiv, options);