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Here's your first look at all the new emoji coming next year

Unicode just released the beta versions of the 2018 emojis and redheads, bagels, and kangaroos are on the list.

The new 2017 emojis may have just arrived on iPhones, but it’s already time to start thinking about next year’s emoji candidates. 163 more words


Which Collation is Used to Convert NVARCHAR to VARCHAR in a WHERE Condition? (Part A of 2: "Duck")

So, the actual question is a bit more specific than would reasonably fit into a title, and it is:

In a WHERE condition (in Microsoft SQL Server, if that’s not obvious), when a string constant containing Unicode characters but… 2,753 more words


Here are the new emoji likely coming to iOS next year, including redheads, a teddy bear & more

(Source: 9to5mac.com)

The Unicode Consortium has outlined all of the new emoji that are on the docket for 2018. This time around, new emoji include figures such as a teddy bear, mango, party face, and at long last, support for redheads… 335 more words


Python testing: Asserting raw byte output with pytest

The Code to Test

When writing code that can run on both Python2 and Python3, I’ve sometimes found that I need to send and receive bytes to stdout. 1,388 more words

URL Encode only Unicode Characters

When dealing with Unicode Characters in URL strings, we need to encode Unicode characters to percentages for them to be readable by URL. We do so using the following code:


Typing characters that are not on the standard keyboard can be done if you are willing and able to: (a) create your own custom keyboard layouts; or (b) wait for someone else to (for a fee) upgrade and enhance their word processor program to cater for the new characters; or (c) use Latex (in particular, xelatex) and define your own mnemonic macros and then use them in your essay/report/thesis/paper. 515 more words


Board Games Are the Hidden Feature of 280-Character Tweets

(Source: gizmodo.com)

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Anyone who tells you Twitter is social media’s closest approximation to hell on Earth is utterly, unimpeachably correct. This is, after all, the company that decided to deal with its role in a rising tide of digital fascism by verifying a white supremacist, and doubling the amount of space anyone can use to shout racial epithets at strangers. 275 more words