State of Technology #22
August 27, 2011
· 2011 Gartner “Hype Cycle” for technology is out –
IN – Group Buying; Mobile Robots; Video Analytics for customer service; Image Recognition; Big Data
OUT – Cloud Platform; Hosted Desktop;E-readers; In-memory Database
· Bootstrap, toolkit from Twitter to quickly build apps and pages
· jQuery overtakes Flash in most popular websites
#architecture – ‘How to “close”candidates” – persuade to join your team once interviewed –
1) Figure out what is the candidate’s dream.
2) Determine if job and candidate are the right fit.
3) Communicate your own passion.
#design – Steve Job’s Best Quotes – Wall Street Journal compiles
“Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works. The design of the Mac wasn’t what it looked like, although that was part of it. Primarily, it was how it worked. To design something really well, you have to get it. You have to really grok what it’s all about. It takes a passionate commitment to really thoroughly understand something, chew it up, not just quickly swallow it. Most people don’t take the time to do that.”
#essay – “Why Software is eating the World” – from Mark Andreessen
“First of all, every new company today is being built in the face of massive economic headwinds, making the challenge far greater than it was in the relatively benign ’90s. The good news about building a company during times like this is that the companies that do succeed are going to be extremely strong and resilient. And when the economy finally stabilizes, look out—the best of the new companies will grow even faster.”
#mobile – “8 best practices for Deploying a top Mobile App” – it is (mostly) about first Two Weeks!
UTF-8 is extremely sane. Well, as sane as an encoding can be that features backwards-compatibility with ASCII. Everything you care about supports UTF-8. Trust me:you want it everywhere.
#social – Innovation in developer/customer support – Facebook Hooks up with Stack Overflow
#tool – A great tutorial / write-up on ‘How Browsers Work’ (from HTML5Rocks) –
#tweaks n’ hacks – SSH can do THAT? Very useful productivity tips for working with remote servers.
- 90% people do not know how to use CTRL+F – a great example of “Designer is NOT the user” thinking
- Groupon’s “Unsubscribe” page is drawing both sides of attention
#parting_thought – “It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy.”– Jobs