You’ve probably already seen the section on the government’s Year of Code initiative that was on Newsnight last Wednesday. But, in case you haven’t, here is it. We’ll wait while you catch up. Most of the commentary I’ve seen on this concentrates on Lottie Dexter’s performance in the interview that takes up the second half… Continue reading Year of Code on Newsnight
I’ve mentioned here before that I run a small free software project which supplies simple web programs. The programs are quite widely used, but we generally only hear from the users when things go wrong. It was, therefore, nice to get a mail from someone who hadn’t had any problems and just wanted to say… Continue reading Showing Appreciation
Nik Silver tells the truth about quick and dirty development. I was particularly interested in a couple of the points he makes: If you’re my customer and I’m your techie, then there’s a significant and unfortunate thing about quick and dirty that I need to tell you: You get the quick, but I get stuck… Continue reading Quick and Dirty Development
According to Piers: the buzz about Ruby and Rails is the sound of “a bunch of Java programmers finally discovering how cool Perl is.” Which sounds about right to me :-)
Yesterday I wrote my first Ajax program (it’s for a client and on their intranet, so I can’t link to it). So that’s another buzzword to put on the CV. I couldn’t have done it without Ajax Hacks (which I read on Safari).
I’ve been a bit busy this week, so I haven’t mentioned the Amazon Web Services talk that I went to on Monday evening. Amazon Web Service Evangelist (cool job title) Jeff Barr talked for almost two hours about what Amazon are making available. It was all very interesting and I wish I had more time… Continue reading Amazon Web Services
I’ve written a short piece about Perl and MVC frameworks over at the O’Reilly Onlamp blog.
Perl has a concept called “DWIM” (do what I mean). Greg McCarroll has prototyped a idea that he calls “SWIM” (search what I mean) where he monitors the speed that you type words in a Google search box and automatically quotes words that seem to have been typed together. There’s a fuller explanation in his… Continue reading SWIM