Often wildly inappropriate.
Often wildly inappropriate.
I’ve liked Joel Spolsky’s writings a lot. While I’ve never used Fogbugz, his role in setting up StackOverflow/StackExchange and Trello is enough to guarantee access to paradise – especially the former is a true lifesaver.
Sadly, the first and only volume of collected writings edited by him is nowhere near the standard established in the blog.
Of the twenty-eight pieces quite a few are completely irrelevant, outdated or just plain uninteresting.
And the few quality ones are not enough for the price of admission.
The anthology severely lacks focus, and oddly enough the least technical pieces (how to work with geeks) are among the best in show.
A moral bonus point for inclusion of explanatory footnotes.
I should have picked up a volume of his greatest hits instead. Or better yet, not have spent any money at all.
nshipster is one Objective C / Cocoa blog I keep on returning to.
Not on account of answering questions (that’s what Stackoverflow is for), but informative articles on a wide variety of topics.
And I’ve got to respect a site whose logo features an animated moustache.
First it was responsive design to take into account devices with non-desktop screens.
Then it was mobile first, since a lot of reading happens on the smallest screens.
Now it’s offline first to cater for sporadic connectivity.
And I utterly like their premise:
We can’t keep building apps with the desktop mindset of permanent, fast connectivity, where a temporary disconnection or slow service is regarded as a problem and communicated as an error.
The tools for Jolla’s platform are now available for other platforms than just Linux.
I’ll give it a shot at some point, QML was a nice tool on Harmattan, and likely has only improved from its early days.
Haven’t felt the need for it yet, but the concept of Reactive Cocoa is both impressive and scary simultaneously.
Been a busy couple of weeks.
Relesed two private betas of Tunemio. Unless something fatal crops up, this baby is headed towards the App Store in a week or two.
Changed working schedule to accommodate more wake-up time with Elmo at home. This means working long evenings. And that, obviously, has meant a far slower update frequency here (glacial, I would say).
But here it finally is, the first released screenshot of Tunemio:
A demo is worth a thousand empty accolades.
And as Stately shows, the technique goes far beyond toolbar icons.
Stately is just the beginning of geographical fonts, I hope, a corresponding solution for the countries of the world (with ligatures for continents and such) would be a very good complement.
I had completely missed this review of Fingerporilainen.
Pleasantly short, with improvement ideas and a positive grade. Perked up my saturday, that’s for sure.
There’s awesome, and there’s this retro-grooving take of a page not found-page.
Most computer gaming/hardware/whatever magazines have slowly but irrevocably turned into vehicles of consumption, only rarely do they contain anything singnificant on creating something or understanding things any deeper than the surface.
The new marshall in town, Skrolli (in finnish), aims to correct that.
The zeroth issue (a four-pager .pdf) is out already, and the first proper magazine should see daylight in early 2013.
Andrew Baldwin’s blog (another previously Nokia intranet-only) provides insight into GL shading the easy way (in QML).
Xlisp.org has the manuals for the original Infocom development environment: ZIL and ZIP.
One of the things that didn’t go according to specs in the departure from Mother Nokia was my publishing account.
It’s now locked out, despite the promises that the account would remain valid after the departure.
So no updates on the download figures of published content yet. Last time I checked Fingerporilainen was somewhere below 7k downloads, the others far lower.
Some good, some less so.
As attributed to Andrew S. Tanenbaum, Grace Hopper (and plenty of other folks):
The nice thing about standards is that you have so many to choose from
And with the recent HTML5-split into two, the future of web development got a little more complicated.
A List Apart’s summer reading issue provides plenty of interesting articles. Some of them more than a decade old, others containing ideas that are still very much top-shelf quality.
It would have been even more interesting to have a commentary track for the individual articles, pointing out details that have been taken care of by standardization or browser evolution, of newer documentation supplementing the original and so on. But even as it is, the collection is a treasure trove.
More than 1000 downloads in a week for Fingerporilainen.
Version 1.1 will be available next week.
The program for the first Tizen conference is out.
The sessions are pretty much without surprises, it will be much more interesting to see what is launched or released
Fingerporilainen, the second step in my continuing campaign for world domination, is now available in Ovi Store for Harmattan devices (which is to say that it works on N9 and N950).
It is a very simple application that provides easy access to the six-strips-a-week content published by Helsingin Sanomat.
And yeah, before you ask, I’ve written similar apps for Viivi & Wagner and Wulff-Morgenthaler as well.
Qt 5 alpha is now available. Source only for the time being.