I am working remotely now and it’s awesome. Slack is absolutely brilliant, a huge upgrade from things like HipChat, Skype, Adium, GChat, or IRC. But… I hate chat for conversations. Especially when there are several different conversations going on at once. But even when there’s just one. We need a protocol, or voice procedure for […]

Polymer 0.8 Alpha is out

by Tom Harrison Jr on April 18, 2015

Polymer

Polymer is coming. It’s the next big thing on the web. It’s still alpha (man, it’s been a while since I have seen this term) but it’s good. Check it out at www.polymer-project.org/0.8/

Software is organic; it rots

April 15, 2015
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Over the last weeks our team has been doing spring cleaning. It’s actually more like the things you see on those shows about hoarders, but I won’t go there. My simple observation is that software degrades over time. It’s organic, so it rots. The most obvious case of this manifests as security issues. When a […]

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Reducing the High Cost of Software Engineers

March 8, 2015

Over the last few weeks, we have been finishing a project. It had a start some time ago, then some stuff happened and it got mothballed in favor of other stuff that happened. Over the last weeks of 2014, we hired a guy that I had worked with in the past, as a consultant, to […]

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Web Components: Executive Summary

March 1, 2015

If you are involved in a company with a product or internal investment in software that runs on the Web or a tablet or phone you need to know about Web Components. They will dramatically change the way we create and manage this kind of software. While the work to move to web components is […]

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Don’t Eat Exceptions

February 27, 2015
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Recently my team has been delving back into the old version of our product. A couple years ago, we had a major code-slaying and data-destroying event, removing the largest and most obvious unused code and data. We did our best to refactor, and eventually decided to rewrite the most important components. Since then, the old […]

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Room + Slack: Used Because They Are Dead Simple

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With all the snow in Boston, our team has been mostly working from home. Being remote is hard … unless you have the right setup. My team has been using Slack for chat, file sharing and lots more. Slack is integrated with just about anything that has an API, and brilliantly so. It’s through Slack […]

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Being “Near the Grid”

February 20, 2015

My Mom has had some health issues recently which has lead me out of my FIOS-WiFi-LTE-Unlimited-Data-Netflix ultra connected world to her home in Maine. Deer Isle, Maine is not off the grid. It’s near the grid. Mom has DSL, but it’s flakey at best — the running joke is that when the guy goes home […]

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Will Apple Successfully Thwart Web Components?

February 9, 2015
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Web Components are a big deal. They are part of the HTML spec and provide some much needed love for front-end app development by allowing you to write your own HTML tags that do what your application needs. There’s no question that writing front end apps is a mess today. We have all this potential […]

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Computers Are Still Very Hard To Use

February 7, 2015

Look, if you’re reading my blog, you’re a major geek like me. And this message is directed at us. Using computers is way, way, way too hard for many people still in 2015. This Is Not About The User, Folks It’s Not About Being Old I have just visited my Mom, who is 89 and […]

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