Meditations on programming, startups, and technology

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...

Join the Upcoming IBM Big Data Devel...

Following the success of the first Big Data Developer Day back in June, IBM has organized another Big Data Developer Day. This one will take place on October 10, 2012 in Boston. If you’re in the area, I...

Two Big Data Events in Silicon Valle...

Yahoo!, Hortonworks, and IBM are three companies that are heavily invested in Big Data. If you’re in Silicon Valley next week, you should check out a couple of events that they’re a part of. 2012...

New jobs available at IBM in Toronto

My team is making three new programming roles available (specifically in Markham, Ontario, Canada): Two 16-month internships for students A 6-month contract (renewable) Both the internship and the contract...

New Release of the Ruby Driver and R...

The API team at IBM recently released a new update for the ibm_db gem, which includes both the Ruby driver and the Rails adapter for DB2 (and Informix). This coincides with the release of the latest major...

RubyMotion brings serious Ruby devel...

For the past several months I’ve been involved with, but unable to publicly discuss, an exciting project called RubyMotion. My friend┬áLaurent Sansonetti, creator of MacRuby, has now officially launched...

DB2 Express-C 10 is now out

IBM has just released version 10.1 of DB2 Express-C for Linux, Unix, and Windows. This is a major upgrade that boasts a number of additions and improvements. The already excellent performance has been improved...

Discount coupon for the Rails Tutori...

Contrary to what you may have been led to believe, learning Rails from scratch can be challenging. The framework and surrounding ecosystem have evolved so much that the experience of getting started now in...

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