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Ode to InfoWorld March 25, 2007

Posted by J.J. in Blogging, Tech Industry.
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Dave Winer has a nice paean to InfoWorld (which recently announced that its print edition would cease operations):

InfoWorld was the first tech publication that gave you sweaty palms when it arrived in the mail. This was before the web, so news came in weekly installments. When InfoWorld arrived, everything else stopped. I read it from cover to cover.

I feel the same way. It is hard to even recall the day when the most timely form of tech news was weekly trade pubs. But I remember before I was even working in software that the next installment of InfoWorld was the highlight of my week. This is in fact how I knew I was in the wrong line of work – my excitement level over reading InfoWorld far exceeded my excitement over my “real” job.

You don’t know what you do until you know what you don’t do March 21, 2007

Posted by J.J. in Code.
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From Raymond Chen

Many years ago, I saw a Dilbert cartoon that went roughly like this.

Frame 1: Supertitle – “Dogbert’s guide to project management.”

Frame 2: Supertitle – “Not a project.” Dilbert answers the phone. “Sure, we do that.”

Frame 3: Supertitle – “A project.” Dilbert answers the phone. “No, we don’t do that.”

I’ve seen a lot of software projects, and one thing I’ve learned is that you don’t have a product until you start saying “No”.

Source: You don’t know what you do until you know what you don’t do
Originally published on 3/21/2007 4:00 AM by oldnewthing

Nick Bradbury: Build Something You Can Support March 21, 2007

Posted by J.J. in Code.
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 Words to build products by from Nick:

The hardest, most time-consuming part of being an independent developer isn’t coding: it’s tech support. So as you’re building your application, always think about how you can make it easier to support.

This isn’t entirely self-serving – in fact, it’s one of the best things you can do for your customers, because they’ve got better things to do than ask for your help. Think of every support question as a failure on your part, because if you designed your software right, customers wouldn’t need to contact you.

Source: Indie Tip #2: Build something you can support
Originally published on 3/20/2007 2:20 AM by Nick Bradbury

More on GET March 8, 2007

Posted by J.J. in Code, Web Tech.
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From Don Box’s Spoutlet

I too worry that there’s too much emphasis on ?uniform interface/CRUD? out there and too little on what it means to embrace GET (the one ?true? uniform interface) – hence my occasional usage of ?lo-REST.?

ETags, Content Negotiation, Redirects – all way more important than the notion of ?resource? or trying to add PUT and DELETE after the horse has left the barn.

Source: More on GET
Originally published on 3/8/2007 1:58 AM by Don Box

REST Issues, Real and Imagined March 7, 2007

Posted by J.J. in Web Tech.
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From Mark Nottingham: REST Issues, Real and Imagined

Founders At Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days March 5, 2007

Posted by J.J. in Tech Startups.
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I am about a quarter of the way through this book and so far it has been a fascinating read. The thing I like best about the format is that it is presented as “raw” interviews with founders, rather than attempting (as so many business books do) to string together a narrative with selective quotations.

Founders at Work is a collection of interviews with founders of famous technology companies about what happened in the very earliest days. These people are celebrities now. What was it like when they were just a couple friends with an idea? Founders like Steve Wozniak (Apple), Caterina Fake (Flickr), Mitch Kapor (Lotus), Max Levchin (PayPal), and Sabeer Bhatia (Hotmail) tell you in their own words about their surprising and often very funny discoveries as they learned how to build a company.

Source: Founders At Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days

Google Phone? March 5, 2007

Posted by J.J. in Google.
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Some good intelligence from Simeon Simeonov on the “Google Phone”:

Andy Rubin has a team of about 100 people at Google working on the Google Phone. So people have been paying attention. Andy was the founder of Danger and later Android, which he sold to Google in August of 2005. Andy is a systems guy and so it’s a good bet that he’s working on an OS for the famed Google Phone.

Source: The Real Google Phone « HighContrast