I have returned back to the basics and to my hobby – programming.
Lua is simple and basic language that I would definitely recommend for anyone as their starting point to develop programming skills. I think it could happily serve as a replacement for BASIC that we used to learn as our first programming language. Laravel, on the other hand, has such a steep learning curve that it still confuses me from time to time, specially when trying some of its yet-untried features.
After I had been through some of the versioning systems in the past (CVS and Subversion as far as I remember) and hated all of them I finally found Git and love it (although I rather use GUI over command line as it resolves some of the issues automatically). My public repos are at Github.
I still play with WordPress but it has become so bloated, I sometimes wonder if this how all CMSes end. Maybe something new and agile has to come and reach critical mass.
I love to play with APIs and APIs remind me of the classic hacking culture and virtually unlimited possibilities of “gluing” them together. Yes, I am talking about API mashups. We can be thankful to AJAX and the emergence of JSON as any web app basically offers some kind of (even unpublished) API these days. It’s good that musty XML has been replaced by JSON. I have seen plenty of ugly XML schemas, but JSON usually keeps things simpler.
And what do you enjoy programming these days?
(the book in the featured image was one of my first ones beside the manuals)