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5 PaaS Anti-patterns

By Steven Citron-Pousty
April 30, 2014

Today I am going to cover 5 ways developers may be on a Platform as a Service (PaaS) but have not really embraced the new platform effectively. If you have done any of these things below while building your application …

Just Fork It

By Simon St. Laurent
April 30, 2014

Brian Kardell (вкαя∂εℓℓ) ‏ tweeted: Forking another spec: generally less than ideal. Spooning w another spec: weird. Knifing another spec: generally indicative of larger issues — вкαя∂εℓℓ (@briankardell) April 28, 2014 Kip Hampton ‏replied: @briankardell Sporking another spec: "welcome to the w3c, …

Four short links: 25 March 2014

By Nat Torkington
March 25, 2014

Meet the Super-Taskers (Psychology Today) — As part of the Nissan GT Academy challenge, the top 10 players of the car-racing game Gran Turismo are given the chance to race real automobiles in competition. They’re very good—too good, in fact. …

How To (Semi-)Automate JavaScript Refactoring

By Simon St. Laurent
February 20, 2014

Computers aren’t ready to write much of our code for us, but they can still help us clean and improve our code. At Fluent 2013, O’Reilly’s Web Platform, JavaScript and HTML5 conference, Giles Bowkett demonstrated a wide variety of ways …

Four short links: 14 January 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 13, 2014

LayoutIt — drag-and-drop design using Bootstrap components. These tools are proliferating, as the standard design frameworks like Bootstrap make them possible. There’s unsustainable complexity in building web sites today, which means something will give: the web will lose to something, …

Code Carabiners: Essential Protection Tools for Safe Programming

By Philip Guo
January 10, 2014

Programming any non-trivial piece of software feels like rock climbing up the side of a mountain. The larger and more complex the software, the higher the peak. You can’t make it to the top in one fell swoop, so you …

Restructuring the Web with Git

By Simon St. Laurent
November 6, 2013

Web designers? Git? Github? Aren’t those for programmers? At Artifact, Christopher Schmitt showed designers how much their peers are already doing with Github, and what more they can do. Github (and the underlying Git toolset) changes the way that all …

Four short links: 26 September 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 24, 2013

Google Has Spent 21 Billion on Data Centers — The company invested a record $1.6 billion in its data centers in the second quarter of 2013. Puts my impulse-purchased second external hard-drive into context, doesn’t it honey? 10x Engineer (Shanley) …

Four short links: 25 July 2013

By Nat Torkington
July 25, 2013

More Git and GitHub Secrets (Zach Holman) — wizards tricks. (via Rowan Crawford) Building a Keyboard from Scratch (Jesse Vincent) — for the connoisseur. Practicing Deployment (Laura Thomson) — you should build the capability for continuous deployment, even if you …

Four short links: 15 July 2013

By Nat Torkington
July 15, 2013

Product Strategy Means Saying No — a resource for strength in saying ‘no’ to unplanned features and direction changes. My favourite illustration is for “but my cousin’s neighbour said”. Yes, this. git-imerge — incremental merge for git. The Paranoid #! …

Four short links: 14 June 2014

By Nat Torkington
June 14, 2013

How Geeks Opened up the UK Government (Guardian) — excellent video introduction to how the UK is transforming its civil service to digital delivery. Most powerful moment for me was scrolling through various depts’ web sites and seeing consistent visual …

Four short links: 12 June 2013

By Nat Torkington
June 12, 2013

geogit — opengeo project exploring the use of distributed management of spatial data. [...] adapts [git's] core concepts to handle versioning of geospatial data. Shapefiles, PostGIS or SpatiaLite data stored in a change-tracking repository, with all the fun gut features …

Strata Week: Intel wants you to reap the benefits from your personal data

By Jenn Webb
May 24, 2013

Intel’s taking the lead in the new “data economy” Intel is looking to take the lead in what it has dubbed the “data economy,” helping consumers and individuals realize and retain more value from their personal data. Antonio Regalado and …

Forking the book

By Adam Hyde
January 22, 2013

As one of the first mass produced industrial artifacts the book remains a solid cultural signifier of stability. That aura is pretty strong and attractive and makes it pretty hard to think about books as being anything other than static …

Four short links: 16 January 2013

By Nat Torkington
January 16, 2013

Things Users Don’t Care About (Pete Warden) — every day we relearn these lessons. How great it will be once all their friends are on it. Tracer FIRE 5 — online workshop and game that teaches network security. [A] week-long …

New school C

By Nathan Jepson
December 21, 2012

Choosing a programming language for that project you’re working on is a fairly straightforward decision: it needs to be fast, easy to use, and it must come with enough bells and whistles to keep you from re-inventing the wheel every …

Four short links: 19 November 2012

By Nat Torkington
November 19, 2012

Wing Man — Mac app for source control management with git, implements workflow rather than simply being a wrapper for git commandlines. CodeKit — Mac app for web developers, automates (invisibly, thanks to watching filesystem changes) much of the web …

Inside GitHub’s role in community-building and other open source advances

Inside GitHub’s role in community-building and other open source advances
By Andy Oram
July 26, 2012

In this video interview, Matthew McCullough of GitHub discusses what they’ve learned over time as they grow and watch projects develop there. Highlights from the full video interview include: How GitHub builds on Git’s strengths to allow more people to …

Jon Loeliger offers some practices to use with Git

Jon Loeliger offers some practices to use with Git
By Andy Oram
May 24, 2012

After finishing the second edition of "Version Control with Git," author Jon Loeliger talked to O'Reilly editor Andy Oram about how to use Git effectively as changes to code pile up.

Developer Week in Review: Google I/O's ticket window open and shuts in record time

Developer Week in Review: Google I/O's ticket window open and shuts in record time
By James Turner
March 29, 2012

Google I/O registration was there and gone so fast you might have missed it if you blinked, Microsoft is sharing more of its code Apache-style, and the leading compiler package in the world celebrates a milestone.

Developer Week in Review: Mobile's embedded irony

Developer Week in Review: Mobile's embedded irony
By James Turner
July 20, 2011

Microsoft profits from Google's toils, why you shouldn't put older developers out to pasture, and a new source control system enters the fray.

Four short links: 4 July 2011

By Nat Torkington
July 4, 2011

Let There Be Smite (Pippin Barr) -- simple diversion for the 4th of July. It won't be easy for God to save America. (via Pippin's blog) Basel Wear -- to answer the question I know was burning on your lips: "what *did* the Swiss wear in 1634?" Impressively detailed pictures from a 1634 book that is now online. One...

Four short links: 21 April 2011

By Nat Torkington
April 21, 2011

Rubular -- a way to write and test regular expressions interactively. Very cool. (via Adam Fields) gitx -- OSX ui for git. (via Marc Hedlund) Open Source Critical to Competition (Simon Phipps) -- DOJ and German Federal Cartel Office see danger for open source in Novell's patents being acquired by a consortium of Oracle, Microsoft, Apple, and EMC (fancy!)...

Developer Week in Review

Developer Week in Review
By James Turner
February 23, 2011

Coming up on the Week in Review: Revolt of the App Store developers, Ubuntu's innocence lost, and a report we swear you'll like.

Four short links: 7 February 2011

By Nat Torkington
February 7, 2011

UK Internet Entrepreneurs (Guardian) -- two things stood out for me. (1) A startup focused on 3d printing better dolls for boys and girls. (2) it seems easier to the government to start something new and impose its own vision than it is to understand and integrate with what already exists. TreeSaver.js -- MIT/GPLv2-licensed JavaScript framework for creating magazine-style...

Four Short Links: 2 February 2011

By Nat Torkington
February 2, 2011

Seven Foundational Visualization Papers -- seven classics in the field that are cited and useful again and again. Git Immersion -- a "walking tour" of Git inspired by the premise that to know a thing is to do it. Cf Learn Python the Hard Way or even NASA's Planet Makeover. We'll see more and more tutorials that require participation...

Four short links: 30 November 2010

By Nat Torkington
November 30, 2010

libgit2 -- a linkable git library. Ruby and Python bindings. Open Data: How Not to Cock It Up -- Tom Steinberg lays it out. Algorithm and Crowd are Not Enough -- My point isn’t that Google, Netflix, Amazon, Yelp or any of the others are doomed. But I do think there’s an opportunity brewing for entrepreneurs, websites and companies...

Four short links: 8 November 2010

By Nat Torkington
November 8, 2010

xkcd 576 Made Real -- a Kiwi coder used the API to the local equivalent of eBay to build a real-life version of xkcd cartoon 576. You can follow its daily purchases on Twitter. Linus Torvalds' Greatest Invention (Dominus) -- slides to a talk Mark Jason Dominus gave to the Philadelphia Linux User Group. I like to see informed...

Four short links: 16 June 2010

By Nat Torkington
June 16, 2010

So You Want to Be A Consultant -- absolutely spot-on tips for understanding the true business of a consultant. (via Hacker News) BBYIDX -- a free and open source idea-gathering application written in Ruby, [...] the basis of the Best Buy IdeaX website. The Git Parable -- The following parable will take you on a journey through the creation...

Intro To Git

By Jesse Freeman
February 26, 2010

Advanced Flash Tactics or AFTs are techniques that come from deep within the Flash Art Of War, the oldest Flash military treatise in the world. In this AFT I will go over - Intro To Git. Everywhere you look...

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...

Git Repositories now offered by ProjectLocker

By Eric Berry
October 22, 2008 now offers Git hosting as well as SVN

Web 2.0 Expo SF Launchpad: Six New Startup Stars

By Dave McClure
April 24, 2008

This year's Launchpad at Web 2.0 Expo SF features six new Web 2.0 startups that have captured our interest and attention: Acquia Triggit Chirp Interactive Oortle JobScore TradeVibes Here's a brief description of each of these cool new companies: Acquia is an open source software company providing products and services for the wildly popular Drupal social publishing system. At Acquia,...

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