In this rare double-post weekend, it is time to celebrate the 3rd birthday of this blog. For a short time this year, I wondered whether the blog could continue as work continued to demand my time. There were periods of blogging funk, typically every late summer, when there is little news to talk about and […]

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I have written several posts regarding job trends in programming languages. However, I have not really written any posts that looked towards the future of programming languages. With job trends, I have been focusing on more heavily adopted languages. In this case, I wanted to look at some other languages that are gaining popularity but […]

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I finally read Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug. I have long believed in the title of this book as many web applications are much harder to use than they should be. When arguing about usability, I always tell people “pretend that I am an idiot” and then you can talk about real usability […]

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There is an interesting discussion occurring regarding data transfer in web applications. The discussion has centered on the differences between JSON and XML in the¬†JavaScript heavy sites. It started with Norm Walsh commenting on Twitter and Foursquare removing support for XML in their APIs. The basic idea of his post was that if you are […]

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