software development

Secret decoded

February 11, 2014
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Secret decoded

The Secret app is a new iPhone app for sharing photos and text anonymously. The sharing model of Secret is unusual and intriguing to me.  According to their FAQ: Your secrets are delivered anonymously to the people in your Contacts who are on Secret. Ok, so right there, although it may not be obvious on…

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Another perspective on “Why mobile web apps are slow”

July 12, 2013
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The recent post from Drew Crawford “Why mobile web apps are slow” has received a lot of attention and provides a rather powerful argument for the topic. I’m not here to dispute anything in that post; it’s good information, go read it if you are interested in the topic. The point at the end of the day is…

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Android vs. iPhone development experience

March 26, 2013
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There are a steady stream of posts about which platform makes more sense to develop for, in terms of market size, chances for success etc. This post isn’t about that. This post is about the development experience itself, what it’s like building apps for the two platforms. A few years ago I would have said,…

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KiraDb lightweight open-source noSQL-style database Java API

March 4, 2013
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KiraDb lightweight open-source noSQL-style database Java API

My good friend Mark Petrovic and I are releasing KiraDB on gitub as an open-source project. KiraDB is a Java API implementing a persistent datastore for stand-alone applications. The design goal of KiraDB is to be lightweight and easy to use, while still providing a reasonably powerful set of core features. The basic features include put/get…

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Forbes: Android is shipping more phones but Apple is still the logical choice for mobile development

May 16, 2012
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The title to this May 9 story, suggests another Apple bashing: “Is Apple’s dominance of Mobile Development on the Wane?” It appears to be an old editorial trick, the classic alarmist headline, because the article itself goes on to answer in the negative: Apple is the logical choice for mobile development today Where is market share…

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Wow am I happy now that I didn’t deploy serious apps on Google App Engine

September 13, 2011
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First released in 2008, Google App Engine (GAE or AppEngine) was Google’s first attempt to compete with Amazon Web Services in providing cloud computing platform services for developers. In earlier posts, I took some heat for concluding that Google App Engine was not ready for “serious” applications, even when it was “free”. Recently, Google announced shocking new pricing…

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Apple’s great Mac OS X bait and switch

October 26, 2010
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Apple’s great Mac OS X bait and switch

It’s been almost three years now since, with great fanfare , I switched from a UNIX Workstation to a Mac as my primary desktop workstation. That change was many years in the making – I worked with Mac OS X along side my trusty UNIX workstations for several years before making the complete jump. Apple…

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An Answer for Twitter OAuth-pacalypse

May 20, 2010
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An Answer for Twitter OAuth-pacalypse

For your smaller Twitter API projects, bash scripts etc, we have launched SuperTweet.net in case you don’t get OAuth implemented by the time Basic Auth goes away June 30, 2010. It’s a Twitter proxy – you use Basic Auth to talk to the proxy, and it uses OAuth to talk to Twitter. For example, to…

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Some iPad thoughts

April 13, 2010
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A little birdie told me that you (all seven of you) have been waiting anxiously for my thoughts on the iPad – the definitive iPad perspective. Here you go. First, I don’t have one myself yet, but I have had a chance to play on friends’ iPads. Second, while I don’t consider myself an Apple…

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Java culture rant

February 4, 2010
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As some of you may know, over the last year or so I’ve been spending more time with larger and larger Java-based server-side projects (including Quick Bit Notes, Twitmart, Litetext, and iSpykee). In this process, I’ve had to “catch up” to the Java state-of-the-art and get reacquainted with the Java culture. Much of this has…

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