Blog - Arthur Dick

The XY Problem

Friday, April 5th, 2024

We've all been there. You're neck-deep in code, staring at an error message that makes about as much sense as a cryptic fortune cookie. Frustration mounts, and in a desperate attempt to regain control, you head straight to your favorite developer forum, ready to unleash your question upon the world. But hold on a second! Before you fire off that question about how to manipulate the 17th element of a nested array within a specific function (solution X), take a step back. You might be falling victim to the classic XY Problem.


Tags: software developmentcommunication

The Art of the Command Line Interface

Friday, March 29th, 2024

For some, the command line is a daunting black box, filled with cryptic symbols and indecipherable jargon. But for software developers like me, it's a symphony of power and precision, a canvas for creativity and efficiency. It's more than just a tool; it's an art form.

Sure, the initial learning curve can be steep. But once you master the basic commands, a whole new world opens up. You navigate with lightning speed, manipulate files with surgical accuracy, and automate tasks with awe-inspiring efficiency. It's like wielding a scalpel instead of a blunt axe, crafting solutions with pinpoint control.

But the beauty of the CLI goes beyond its functionality. It's raw, unadorned, and stripped to its essentials. There's no flashy interface to distract you, no clickbait buttons to tempt you. It's just you, the computer, and the pure, unadulterated power of text.


Tags: command linemini project

The Enigma of the Black Pawn

Friday, March 22nd, 2024

Chess is an ancient game, a battlefield where strategy and foresight determine the victor in a war fought with pieces on a 64-square board. Each piece plays a crucial role, from the imposing rook to the humble pawn. In the vast expanse of the digital universe, these age-old symbols have found a place in Unicode, ensuring that they transcend the limitations of the physical world to make their mark in digital communication. However, not all is well on the digital chessboard. A peculiar anomaly has emerged - the transformation of the black pawn, a change that has raised more than a few eyebrows and sparked frustration among chess aficionados and Unicode enthusiasts alike.

First, let's thrust ourselves back to 1993, a pivotal year when the black pawn was christened into the Unicode family as part of Unicode 1.1 (♟︎.) Fast forward to 2018, and we witness the addition of this iconic piece to Emoji 11.0 (♟️.) Yet, within this transition lies a tale of inconsistency and vexation.


Tags: chessUnicode

Diving into RSS Feeds

Friday, March 15th, 2024

As you might have noticed, I recently implemented an RSS feed for this blog! While it may seem like a small addition, it's actually a gateway to a whole different way of consuming content online, and it involved delving into the fascinating world of syndication and aggregation.


Tags: web developmentrss

Every Reduction Counts

Friday, March 8th, 2024

Climate change can feel like an overwhelming issue. The news bombards us with stories about rising sea levels, extreme weather events, and melting glaciers. It's easy to get discouraged and think, "What's the point of reducing my emissions if everyone else keeps polluting?" But here's the secret: every effort to reduce emissions makes a difference. Here's why.


Tags: environmentsustainability