A little comedy for all of us right now

Programming Language honest slogans
Programming Language honest slogans
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Software engineering is one field where experiences can vary. Some relish programming while others can find it frustrating. Building software can stress anyone out, no doubt about that.

In order to avoid that, here’s a list of honest slogans depicting some of the popular programming languages — with no intention of offending anyone. Humor helps build connections and I hope some of these would make you chuckle.

Java

We’re getting old and were always verbose. But pay us and we’ll give you long term support.

C

I might be the oldest, but you still have to allocate me space. …


The new iOS 14 privacy feature spells trouble for advertisement agencies and promises to end an era of personalized ads

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When Apple’s WWDC 2020 digital-only Keynote event kickstarted, all eyes were on the new mac OS Big Sur and the ambitious Apple Silicon chips.

But, from the perspective of advertisement agencies, it was the new iOS 14 privacy-based features that sent shockwaves in their industry and became the major talking point.

For the uninitiated, a lot of apps today use an Advertising identifier (IDFA). It allows developers and marketers to track activity for advertising purposes.

Plenty of marketing agencies backed by Google and Facebook run campaigns to record purchases, usage time, user actions, and subsequently serve personalized ads.

Over 100K…


You don’t need Google Workspace on your iPhone and iPad anymore — Apple offers 10 better alternatives

iOS 15 FaceTime, Safari, iMessage and Photos ditch Google services
iOS 15 FaceTime, Safari, iMessage and Photos ditch Google services
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Google has charted its course towards a more privacy-focused web in the past year. They’ve also made Bluetooth-based location tracking an opt-out feature in Android 12.

To add to that, only recently, they’ve opened up Workspace integration into its services like Docs, Sheets, Gmail, and Meet. This means Google services would now have even deeper integrations with each other. As icing on the cake, these services are totally free.

From a distance, it may seem like Google is finally listening to its customers more than ever today. …


“What’s on your iPhone, stays in your iPhone” is about to get real

All iOS 15 Privacy Features Coming To Your iPhone
All iOS 15 Privacy Features Coming To Your iPhone
Screengrab from WWDC 2021 Keynote

The WWDC 2021 week is finally over and we’ve got plenty of new features to talk about. While the iOS 15 software upgrades were mostly subtle, Apple hasn’t left a stone unturned on the privacy front.

After an aggressive privacy push with iOS 14, a lot of people might’ve expected Apple to take its foot off the pedal this year. But the company surprised us once again by doubling down with at least ten major privacy features.

App Privacy Report

Bringing nutrition labels to the App Store in iOS 14 was a masterstroke from a privacy standpoint. …


Some of my favorite interview pieces published on Better Programming

Hey Better Programming readers,

I hope y’all are doing well. Apple’s WWDC 2021 week is just about to end. If you’re an iOS developer, it’s been like Christmas week and I’m sure you’ve had a blast.

In this weekly issue, we’re experimenting with a new theme. Our topic of the week is job interviews (thanks to Better Marketing’s editor Brittany Jezouit for the idea and inspiration).

An interviewee always shares a love-hate relationship with job interviews. Some relish the process while others fret over it. Over the years, Better Programming authors have published their invaluable interview experiences with us. …


The new Mail Privacy Protection feature ensures that email marketers can no longer track your activity

Mail Privacy protection in iOS 15 and macOS hides your email activity from newsletter
Mail Privacy protection in iOS 15 and macOS hides your email activity from newsletter
Screenshot by the author from his iPhone 6s running iOS 15 beta 1 — pasted on a simulator

Spoiler alert: If you’re reading this piece through the latest Apple Mail app update on macOS 12 or iOS 15 (currently in beta), I won’t be able to know it.

A lot of people were bummed when Apple didn’t announce new hardware during WWDC 2021 Keynote event. More so since Silicon chips got so much limelight and a positive reception last time.

However, privacy has always been at the heart of Apple and they ensured it stays the major selling point this year as well.

When the Keynote started, a good fifty minutes were given to showcase subtle software upgrades…


Markdown support, new button styling, customizable lists, and more

Purple flower
Purple flower
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SwiftUI is Apple’s declarative UI framework. At WWDC 2021, it was once again greeted with exciting new enhancements, features, and some deprecations for our own good.

SwiftUI 3.0 should be available on iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS 12, and watchOS 12.

Before we start, it’s worth noting that the Info.plist file is no longer visible by default in the Xcode 13 project structure. Instead, you’ll have to access it from the Project Navigator tab.

In the next few sections, we’ll look at the new features of SwiftUI for iOS 15 (though most of them will work in some form on…


A look at iOS 15 framework updates from the Platforms State of the Union event

WWDC 2021 technological advancements, API updates
WWDC 2021 technological advancements, API updates
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Apple’s WWDC 2021 week is finally underway. For those who’re new, the keynote presentation is particularly focused on consumer-centric software updates. So I won’t be covering the tech features of iOS 15, iPadOS, macOS 12, watchOS 8, etc., in this article.

Instead, I’ll do a quick round-up of the Platforms State of the Union event. The SOTU session follows the keynote and is more developer-oriented.

iOS engineers who want to get their hands on the latest API changes and framework advancements and wish to dig deeper into the tools always look forward to the State of the Union event more…


From Zoom and Slack to Google Docs and Lens, Apple picks the best of all worlds

WWDC 2021 Keynote highlights
WWDC 2021 Keynote highlights
Screengrab from Keynote

Apple’s annual developers’ conference, WWDC 2021 Keynote has finally concluded. Like every year we’ve witnessed a great opening sequence, followed by a slew of software updates across their devices, sneak peeks into the API enhancements for developers, and most importantly — a bunch of rug pulls.

Yes, Apple has literally Sherlocked every possible third-party service and used them to its advantage.

With the State of Union already underway, there’s a lot to digest. …


My favorite picks from the last two weeks

Hey Better Programming readers,

I hope your June is off to a great start. Last week, Better Programming’s founder and publisher Coach Tony ran a quick survey to assess the value of Medium’s subscription for programmers. The results are out and it’s insightful for both readers and writers on Medium.

Now that we’ve got these exciting announcements out of the way, let’s walk through five of my favorite pieces published on Better Programming this week (plus some additional programming goodies from around Medium).

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Pouring thoughts in technology and code. Writer with over 2M views. An Android and iOS developer by the day. Investor. Sometimes funny. linktr.ee/anupamchugh

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