Meditations on programming, startups, and technology

Meteor is going to be big

More than four years ago, I called JavaScript the most important language today. I stand by that – admittedly somewhat sensationalistic – assessment. JavaScript remains the lingua franca of the web...

Learn to Secure Apps in Vancouver, a...

Lately I have been travelling a fair bit throughout Western Canada for various IBM events. Two such events are planned for the second half of July, so I thought I’d share them here. Vancouver You might...

IBM Is Offering Free Bluemix Trainin...

Recently IBM announced a really cool development platform called Bluemix. You can try it out for free if you sign up here. I've mentioned it here before, but the idea is that you get to develop...

Join My Vancouver SMAC Meetup for Pe...

My team at IBM recently launched SMAC technology meetups in a few large cities across Canada. This catchy acronym stands for Social, Mobile, Analytics, and Cloud. The gist of it is that these meetups are hubs...

Pebble Smartwatch Review: A Useful D...

Just before Christmas I received a Pebble Smartwatch (Manufacturer | Amazon). This is a brief review, but I’ll try to share everything that you realistically need to know before deciding on whether to get...

Take BLU Acceleration for Cloud for ...

In the latest edition of DB2 (version 10.5,) IBM introduced a series of new technologies to facilitate high-performance analytics work. They branded it DB2 with BLU Acceleration, due to the multiple...

Google+, the Best Social Network I N...

Google+, Facebook, and Twitter are seemingly similar social networks. You share updates, links, and photos with people you know in some capacity. You follow their updates. You like stuff and reply to various...

People Driven Development

At every stage of the software development process, I like to put people first. I’m deliberately using the generic word people instead of the more common users. In many cases the decision will indeed...

An In-depth Review of Fitbit One, Fi...

According to Wikipedia, the Quantified Self is “a movement to incorporate technology into data acquisition on aspects of a person’s daily life in terms of inputs, states, and performance (mental...

The Good Enough

A couple of weeks ago Dustin Curtis published an article called The Best. Within it he argues the merit and freedom that one can obtain by spending the time and money required to purchase the best products....

A Review of the TV Show Start-Ups: S...

Several years ago I remarked to my wife about how mainstream media was largely ignoring the world of startups. The amount of coverage in books, news, television and movies was sparse for such a revolutionary...

Why I Won’t Be Publishing New ...

Someone on Twitter politely asked me when I was going to run a new Ruby shootout. I replied that I wasn’t planning to. This got me thinking though that he might not be the only reader wondering about...

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