My iPad Limits Consumption

Posted in Computing, Technology

Like three million other people, I went out and got an iPad on launch day. I had bought the original iPad for my fiancé short after its original debut, and I’m surrounded by iPads at work, …

Consensus Over Proficiency, Blub be Damned

Posted in Javascript

My post on why I enjoy Javascript was reposted yesterday, and fueled some discussion on Hacker News on whether Javascript was worthy of the praise I was dishing. In particular, I received a comment that …

Social Gaming is About Business

Posted in Games, Rant, Startups

It’s now cliché to claim that gamification permeate all aspects of life; the talk of 2010 and 2011 was that everything seemed to be heading towards cheap, immediate-reward schemes with the subtlety of slot machines. If it …

Right Talent for the Job

Posted in Hiring

If it’s not evident already, I think and write a lot about the interview and hiring process for engineers at software companies. Getting good people in the door, verifying their greatness, and then convincing them …

Developer Entitlement

Posted in Engineering, Hiring

I guess it was inevitable that software developers let the current talent crunch get into their heads. Recruiters continue to spam anyone who can slap two lines of code together, so developers are feeling pretty …

Routine

Posted in Blog, Rant

Hm, it’s been a while since I last wrote; I tried to keep the post-per-week schedule intact, but work has a way of killing the literary spark at the end of long days, themselves a …

Paying for Design

Posted in Apps, Web Design

App stores are pretty old news now. They’re easy repositories for developers to build small, usable – and in many cases, experimental – applications and make a few bucks selling them. It’s an awesome platform …

Don’t Build for a Bubble

Posted in Startups, Thoughts

I heard we’re in a tech bubble. People have been calling our industry a bubble ever since angels and VCs started putting in a few extra bucks when that entire housing thing turned sour. Well, …

Why Javascript is a Joy

Posted in Javascript

I’m probably a bit biased – being a front-end web developer for a few years will do that – but I really enjoy writing Javascript. I’ve recently retreated from pure coding the last few months, …

Software Abroad

Posted in Technology

I ran across this insightful article in the New York Times about the state of gadget manufacturing in the world and why the US has lost out to China and other Southeast Asian countries. In …

How to get Front-End Developers

Posted in Engineering, Front-End

Javascript has won the internet. It beat out Actionscript/Flex in mobile, while a new breed of MVC, client-side frameworks are taking over jobs that used to employ server-side code (e.g., your Rails’s, Djangos, and CakePHPs). …