Two for Tuesday: The Oatmeal and Readable Code

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1) Many of you are probably familiar with the Oatmeal, where Matthew Inman regularly posts hilarious and insightful comics on a variety of topics. This story about running really caught my attention, though. It’s funny, memorable, and a pleasure to read. Why isn’t more online learning like this? What’s wrong with simply telling a story in an engaging way? Here’s my pitch to you: ask your learners for actual stories about the next learning need you’re trying to tackle, then create a comic around that story.

2) This one’s for the geeks… We’ve all heard about the importance of white space in graphic design. How about the importance of white space in our code? I’ve certainly worked in plenty of XML files that were created with no white space, indenting, or nesting — it ain’t fun.