Developers Like Technology, not Business Logic

The goal of pretty much any framework/plattform that you use — from a PaaS offering to application server and everything in between — is to make you more productive by taking care of some technical complexity for you: “Focus on the business logic, not the technology”. Frameworks and platforms speed up development so that you can ship faster. And it’s true that you can ship … Continue reading Developers Like Technology, not Business Logic

Mastering New Technologies Takes Time

Things move fast in the IT industry. Half of the technologies I use today didn’t exist ten years ago. There’s a constant push to switch to new technologies.  But when it comes to technologies, I’m kind of conservative. I like proven technologies. The thing that makes me conservative is that mastering a technology takes a lot longer that we think. Most advocates of new technologies … Continue reading Mastering New Technologies Takes Time

How Technology Evolves

We often take for granted the technology we have and forget that it’s the result of a tedious evolutionary process. A Railroad Track is the Width of Two Horses is one of the first stories about the evolution of technology that I remember reading, maybe ten years ago. It rings more like a colorful story than a true historic account, but it nevertheless left an … Continue reading How Technology Evolves

Platforms and Innovation

I started my career writing flash applications. Then I moved to Java. Both are middleware technologies that abstract the underlying operating system and enable cross-platform interoperability. I’ve actually never wrote a professional application that relied directly on a specific operating system. This was fine to me. “Write once, run everywhere” was great for productivity. For the kind of applications I was developing, what these middleware … Continue reading Platforms and Innovation

Living in the Future

The world is constantly changing. From electricity to cars to television to the internet, most generations have seen at least one breakthrough. This will continue, and it’s certain that my generation will witness another technological shift. Interestingly, how we react to new technologies changes itself with time.  For a lot of new technologies, my first reaction was indifference, missing entirely the new possibilities the technology … Continue reading Living in the Future

Your Language is a Start-up

Watching the TIOBE index of programming language popularity is depressing. PHP and Javascript rule the web, despite the consensus that they are horrible; Haskell and Smalltalk are relegated to academic prototyping, but unanimously praised for the conceptual purity. How technolgy adoption happens is a puzzling question. Evidences seem to suggest that what matters is to attract a set of initial users, and then expand. The initial offer … Continue reading Your Language is a Start-up

The New Digital Age

The New Digital Age explores the impact of internet connectivity and digital media on society. The book witnesses changes that have already occurred, reviews current trends, and tries to predict some future moves. Written by Eric Schmidt, a tech executive, and Jared Cohen, a former foreign policy advisor, the book focuses on the impact of technology at the political and societal level, not so much … Continue reading The New Digital Age

Using Multiple Google Calendars with iOS 5

With Google calendars, you can create additional calendars linked to your account. This is convenient, say, to split your own events from events of others that don’t use any online calendar but that you want to track. With iOS 4, adding a google account would display only the primary calendar, not the auxiliarary ones. The solution then was to add them individually as WebCal calendars. … Continue reading Using Multiple Google Calendars with iOS 5

The Social Network

I wasn’t much involved or interested in social media (twitter and the likes) until I joined SCG a few month ago. I had a rather defensive attitude and wanted to have the smallest fingerprint on the web. For several reasons, I nevertheless started using Google Shared Link, Twitter, CiteULike and Stackoverflow to see how they worked. I must admit that I kind of like them … Continue reading The Social Network