I realize I’ve turned quiet as far as the blogs are concerned. I’ve been working on translating the draft content for the Answer Factories book into published manuscript. Markdown is lovely, but talking in detail about the process of software development still requires an awful lot of cutting-and-pasting, it turns out….
I recently updated the published draft; if you’re behind, feel free to go update your copy now. New content includes a description of the iPad game Cargo-bot, and a detailed test-driven re-implementation of the game logic in an emulator we’ll use for GP in forthcoming chapters. I spent a lot of time on the test-driven development, so I’d like some feedback if you’re willing.
For about four years I’ve been using Textmate almost every day. I’m very fast with it. I’ve always thought about switching over to VIM or Emacs but I have been scared of losing my speed. In fact, I’ve actually tried Emacs in the past and also wrote a blog post on my experience. I liked it in general, but I ended up coming back to Textmate after a week. Why? I didn’t really feel like I was gaining anything.
“Over coffee this morning with a friend, I threw out the same question from my original post. How does an organization get itself to the place where it collectively comes to think such strong-arm collection tactics on hospital patients are a good idea, let alone morally defensible? A profile of Accretive’s CEO, Mary Tolan, in Crain’s Chicago Business contains this gem:
“My objective is just to be a happy, confident capitalist,” says the devotee of Ayn Rand’s and Milton Friedman’s free-market gospel, which she applies with a combative, survival-of-the fittest management style.”
“It’s simple. If you want to build a thriving local economy. A local economy that makes your community resilient to economic failure and shocks, you need to find ways to help the innovators in your community make things.”
“Originally introduced last year in iOS 5, Notification Center is one of the more useful new features in OS X Mountain Lion. What’s really nice is that the ability to show notification banners isn’t limited to native applications; both Safari and Chrome allow websites to show alerts in Notification Center as well.
This is a quick and straightforward guide to adding Notification Center support to your website or web app.”
“This is a sad conclusion to a once promising community. OAuth was the poster child of small, quick, and useful standards, produced outside standards bodies without all the process and legal overhead.
Our standards making process is broken beyond repair. This outcome is the direct result of the nature of the IETF, and the particular personalities overseeing this work. To be clear, these are not bad or incompetent individuals. On the contrary – they are all very capable, bright, and otherwise pleasant. But most of them show up to serve their corporate overlords, and it’s practically impossible for the rest of us to compete.”