Joe Armstrong on how you’ll think about Swift

One last quote from Joe Armstrong, which highlights how a person looks at something based on their background: “If you’re coming from the Erlang/Haskell world you’ll think, ‘Swift is verbose and a bit of a mess,’ but if you’re coming from Objective-C you’ll think, ‘Swift is concise and elegant.’”

How to put a background image behind a translucent/opaque TextView in Android

I just had an unusual Android need: I wanted to put an image behind a TextView, where the TextView was occupying the fullscreen. But, I didn’t want the image to be completely visible, I wanted the TextView to be mostly opaque so that you would only get a hint of the image. You can think of this as wanting a watermark image behind a large text editing area.

Jumping right to the solution, this Android XML layout code gave me the solution:

How to control/configure vim colors

vim colors FAQ: Can you provide details on how to control/configure colors in the vim editor (vim color settings)?

When using vim syntax highlighting, a common complaint is that the default color scheme is a little too bold. In this article I'll try to demonstrate how you can change the colors in vim to be a little more pleasing, or at least be more in your control.

Gimp: Textured backgrounds, chalky lines, straight lines, and more

I spent several hours today working with the Gimp software application today, mostly doing work in trying to create textured areas, canvas backgrounds, and irregular lines (like chalk lines), and I'm writing this post for myself so I can remember everything I tried, and specifically what worked.

How to draw a straight line in Gimp

I think I've written this before, but to draw a straight line in Gimp:

Set your Mac screensaver as your desktop background

A Mac screensaver desktop tip: Hey, it's almost Friday -- wanna have some fun? How about setting your Mac OS X screensaver as your desktop background? If you set your Mac screensaver to something interesting, this can make for a very cool, animated desktop background.

I was just reminded of this Mac screensaver desktop background trick when updating my website and I ran across it again. Here's how to do it:

1) Open a Mac OS X Terminal

A Java text area with a background image (watermark image)

Java image FAQ: How can I place an image in the background of a Java text component, such as creating a background image for a JTextArea, JTextPane, or JEditorPane? (i.e., How do I create a Java background or watermark image.)