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The Power of HTML

By Simon St. Laurent
April 4, 2014

For a growing number of developers, “web” means “JavaScript”. Programmers like to focus on programming languages, but the Web’s basic power comes from its support for communications, not programming. I asked Jen Simmons, host of the Web Ahead podcast, to …

Starting Small With Great Expectations

By J. Paul Reed
October 3, 2013

Our lives are rife with expectations. When we flip the light switch, we expect electrons to flow; when we issue CPU instructions, we expect to get the correct answer; when we look at commit logs in the source repository, we …

Efficient, Effective Communication Still Often Elusive

By J. Paul Reed
September 25, 2013

Editor’s note: This is part two in a four-part series on the “-ations” of aviation that can provide further insight into DevOps best practices and achieving them. Part one, on how standardization helps organizations scale and is actually a part …

Sorry I was laughing during your funeral

By Jim Stogdill
October 31, 2012

Since the advent of Twitter I’ve often found myself laughing at funerals, crying at parties, and generally failing time and again to say the right thing. Twitter is so immediate, so of the moment, but it connects people across the …

Four short links: 6 August 2012

By Nat Torkington
August 6, 2012

Deepflight Kickstarter — built like an aircraft, this submersible flies underwater. Saw footage of it at scifoo, looked mind-bogglingly fun. They’re kickstarting the aero(hydro?)batics test of maneuverability and reward levels include trips in it. — explains the discoveries of …

Empowering digital diplomacy at the edge of the network

Empowering digital diplomacy at the edge of the network
By Alex Howard
March 1, 2011

When the State Department launched new Twitter accounts in a number of languages, it provided an opportunity for digital diplomats to engage in a global conversation at the edges of the network.

Dancing out of time: Thoughts on asynchronous communication

By Terry Jones
October 26, 2010

A look at the core differences between synchronous and asynchronous communication, and how technology has given asynchronous methods tremendous reach. (Part 1 of a 2-part series.)

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bot

By Mark Drapeau
July 7, 2009

Web technologies often allow you to scale things that weren't scalable before. Unfortunately, that list of scalable things includes spam. From unsolicited phone calls to unwanted emails to unnecessary tweets, it can seem like we're getting progressively overloaded with information we don't necessarily want. One group blamed for the increase in online spam are Twitter bots - Twitter accounts...

Concept Management

By Eric Larson
January 30, 2009

Distributed version control systems have brought up some pretty important questions. A DVCS adds a good deal of complexity to an already complicated system. Source control is rather sticky business as it not only deals with complex content, but the...

A Climate of Polarization

By Gavin Starks
January 28, 2009

We are entering an new era of seismic change in policy, business, society, technology, finance and our environment, on a scale and speed substantially greater than previous revolutions. More than ever, we need to create space for learning, communication and understanding.

Communication from SD Best Practices 2008

Communication from SD Best Practices 2008
By Andy Oram
October 30, 2008

The biggest theme I kept running into at this year's SD Best Practices conference was the centrality of communicating with users and team members. Scott Ambler and Terry Quatrani presented the results of a survey on modeling tools, and in this blog I draw some conclusions about communication and other themes.

Ultra-lightweight Charts For AJAX

By Andrew Trice
March 14, 2008

To continue the theme of using seamless Flash/Flex/AJAX applications, here's a really simple example how you can use Flash and AJAX together seamlessly within your applications. Yes, i said Flash, not Flex. In this example I created an ultra-lightweight ActionScript-only charting project that can be used within AJAX applications.

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