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The Daily Six Pack: June 10, 2013

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Welcome to a new week. I hope that you had a better weekend than mine. I was busy bringing my laptop back to life due to a slight case of (assumed) rootkit infection. Nevertheless, I managed to put together The Daily Six Pack on one of the 5 PC’s in the house and here it is for your reading pleasure.

You will notice that I have included some links to previous articles of mine. For those of you looking for a really great story to read, head on over to the article of Paul Miller, who spent a whole year without the Internet. The video clip is well worth watching.

Lastly, you can look at my Featured Link by K K Kodoth where he discusses the power of Delegates in C#.

Monday is here, let’s make this week better than the last! Here is The Daily Six Pack!

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Dirk Strauss
Dirk is a Software Developer and Microsoft MVP from South Africa. He loves all things Technology and is slightly addicted to Twitter and Jimi Hendrix. Apart from writing code, he also enjoys writing human readable articles. "I love sharing knowledge and connecting with people from around the world. It's the diversity that makes life so beautiful." Dirk feels very strongly that pizza is simply not complete without Tabasco, that you can never have too much garlic, and that cooking the perfect steak is an art he has yet to master.

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  • Hey Dirk: Good stuff as always. Question, I’m a better designer than programmer. I’m learning my way around PHP pretty well. I just read this article in LifeHacker about a guy who taught himself to code in 8 weeks ( and it got me thinking, if I ever find free time (yeah right), what coding language would you recommend that would suit me best? Is there one that’s more versatile than others? Thanks!

    • Dirk Strauss

      Hey Josh. Man, where do you get the time dude! Well programming is quite a personal choice I guess. For me the choice was .NET, starting off with VB.NET and then moving over to C# which I love. If you’re into PHP, keep at it. PHP rocks.

      If you want to delve into some Microsoft Tech, have a look at LightSwitch and C# as a language. For me, C# is easy, but that is only because I have been doing it for several years. If you learn the basics of programming (loops, lists, arrays, variables etc.) you can easily apply that knowledge to any language. It then boils down to learning the syntax.

      If I had to start over, I would learn Objective-C to program iOS apps. Other than that, I would venture to say that once you find a language you are comfortable with, stick with that until you can program. Then move on to another language and explore it.

      As always, if there is anything I can help you with, just drop me a mail! I’ll always help!

      • Great recommendations. Thanks! I really want to spend some time if I can find any. Thanks again.

  • Janes Oosthuizen

    Hey Josh. I have been coding PHP for around 7-8 years now. started with some basic stuff and moved on to more advanced things later on. Though after all these years I still dont know all there is to know. But I would say look at what you want to do. If you work with wordpress alot knowing PHP will only benefit you. Doing utom things for wordpress is super easy. I have started experimenting with ios a bit but find it hard to wrap my head around, though I think if you started with C# and had to move over to PHP it would be easier. Just my opinion..

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