Where Eagles Dare Book Review

Where Eagles Dare Book Review

Author: Alistair MacLean First Published: June 1st 1967 ISBN: 1560254556 (ISBN13: 9781560254553) Review by Catalin Avram Where Eagles Dare is a fantastic fictional story of an allied infiltration behind enemy lines. It’s starring five elite commando members who parachute themselves deep into nazi Germany at the height of the second world war. Their mission is to infiltrate a high security castle situated on a peak of a mountain accessible only by gondola. It is a story of courage, deceit and irony. A great narration…

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Beginning of Infinity Book Review

Beginning of Infinity Book Review

Author: David Deutsch First Published: March 1st, 2011 ISBN:  0670022756 (ISBN13: 9780670022755) Review by Catalin Avram Beginning of Infinity is one of the most complete book written on what it means to be human and intelligence, covering a wide range of topics such as quantum computing, philosophy, psychology, politics and climate change. It is one of the most comprehensive pieces of literature for someone interested in learning, in plain english, about very complex topics. David Deutsch has an amazing quality of…

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Casual games compete with Facebook and YouTube

Casual games compete with Facebook and YouTube

A buzzword when releasing a game or when trying to raise revenue to develop your casual game is “competition”. Usually when releasing a game, you might think the competition is another game of the same type. Or other games in general. But the reality is that your game will be in direct competition with Facebook, YouTube, Netflix and other content consumption service. So when you think about releasing that “match-3” type of game, you’re not only competing with another 10,000 existing…

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What is a full stack developer? (and where do they fit)

What is a full stack developer? (and where do they fit)

To begin the understanding of what a full stack developer is, let us first step back and define what the opposite is. Someone who is not a full stack developer, is then, a specialist in a particular area. The specialists are, in general, categorized based on work areas which are familiar to everybody. The categorization usually starts at “front end” and “back end”.  This is by default misleading, because even if you have a the “front end” and the “back…

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How to jump from ActionScript to Javascript / HTML5

How to jump from ActionScript to Javascript / HTML5

When I started thinking about this subject I thought maybe it was just me, in my particular situation and work experience, who got left behind web technologies.  But after conversations with many senior developers, I concluded this is a pretty common theme among us and a problem worth tackling. The purpose of this article is to shed some light onto web technologies from a principles point of view.  This is targeted to senior developers who have experience in more formal languages such…

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