What's a hackathon?

Hackathons: intense and innovative programming retreats

What is a hackathon, and what happens at one? Very little sleep, innovative ideas, and a lot of hard work! In addition to a definition of a hackathon, and an explanation of how it works, we also provide a few examples of hackathons in the US, as well as some of the amazing projects that came from them, such as mental health apps, and organ transplant aides.

Screenreader

Screen readers: enabling the blind to work on computers

For people who are blind or visually impaired, working on a computer is extremely difficult. However, technical developments in the past few years have meant that blind people can now use computers in their daily work without encountering major problems. So-called screen readers provide the written text as an (text to speech) or as braille. The purpose of this software is to enable blind users to...

Enable JavaScript

Enable JavaScript: How to turn on the script language in your browser

It’s hard to imagine the modern web without JavaScript. Next to HTML and CSS, the programming language plays a decisive role in the implementation of user-friendly and attractive web projects. A website without scripts written in JavaScript that provides the desired amount of interactivity is hardly possible. In this guide, we explain why many users decide to block the language in their browser...

Microservice Architecture

Microservice architectures: more than the sum of their parts?

Microservice architecture has established a relatively new way of structuring complex applications. Instead of dealing with huge source code, you build a program made of many self-contained services. This also leads to a restructuring of workflow in terms of agile project management. What are the pros of this method? This article will explore how microservices are designed, what advantages they...

Website accessibility

Web accessibility: reach more people online

Accessible websites remove obstacles: People with disabilities, the elderly, mobile users, or young visitors have different needs and demands when surfing the net. Many website operators have already implemented changes to make their sites more accessible to everyone. It’s not just the user that benefits from accessible web design, however: companies will find their websites rank better in the...

Arpanet | Definition & history of the internet predecessor

ARPANET: The internet in its infancy

Before the internet, there was Arpanet. In the beginning, the network was only four computers, yet, it was extremely important for the development of the digital world. During the Cold War, several American scientists and technicians created the cornerstones of a global network. Learn more about the interesting history of Arpanet and the network’s technical achievements.

Source code explained: Definition & Examples

Source code: What exactly is it?

Programs and websites are based on comprehensive documents without which nothing would work: the source code. In this code, programmers and web designers determine how their application should function. So that you, too, can understand what exactly a source code is, we explain simply and clearly how it’s structured. Find out more about programming languages, compilers, and the framework of a...

HATEOAS: information on the REST constraint

HATEOAS: what does the acronym mean?

REST (Representational State Transfer) plays an important role in the development of modern web applications. Part of the concept, which distinguishes itself from comparable solutions due to its demand for a universal interface, is an internal application structure that follows the HATEOAS approach. This article reveals what’s behind this acronym and why exactly HATEOAS is so important for REST.

Socratic: Testing the Homework App

Testing Socratic: an App for Homework

The Socratic app claims to be able to assist with homework from a wide range of subjects thanks to artificial intelligence and text recognition features. The homework app solves mathematical equations with just a photo from the phone’s camera, and the app is also helpful with physics, English grammar, and world history. It is also available for iOS and Android. Our test guide will show you what...


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