Daniel Jalkutmakes the best case yet as to why desktop applications are here to stay and why web applications, almost by definition, will always play catch up with desktop apps:
When something truly innovating and mind-blowing happens on the web, I can drop it into a WebView on my Mac and make it a part of [...]
When Air France flight 447 was reported missing, news reports blamed storms over the Atlantic. As a frequent traveler, this didn’t make sense to me. Then reports started coming out blaming the pitot tubes that measure an airplane’s speed. It turns out that both Airbus and Air France already knew of problems with the pitot [...]
I just finished reading Dreaming in Code by Scott Rosenberg. The book describes Mitch Kapor’s valiant effort at creating Chandler, a software product that was supposed to be the mother of all PIMs. Scott was there from the start and describes the various mistakes made, such as not having a finalized user interface more than [...]
Gustavo Duarte writes in his excellent piece, “Lucky to be a Programmer”:
For the past few weeks I’ve been working with a fellow developer on a project that required an all-out programming effort. It’s done now, so we’re back to a regular schedule, but when people hear about the crazy hours they often say they’re sorry. [...]
OK, so it’s not quite free for everybody, ya know. I’ve done dumb things before, but c’mon! It’s free to all Cedrus employees who have been with the company a year or more.
It’s simple, really. With all due to respect to Samsung’s Instinct and other iPhone wannabe recent offerings, the iPhone currently has no competition. [...]
What do Ethernet and the original graphical user interface (shown below) have in common?
Both were ignored by their company. They were invented at Xerox’ famous Palo Alto Research Center, or PARC. Xerox didn’t know what to do with them.
These examples illustrate a long standing dilemma of organizations, especially the large ones: how can researchers and [...]
Welcome to 2008, and Happy New Year to all.
I just finished reading Scott Berkun’s The Myths of Innovation. Scott does an excellent job of debunking a number of myths, explains how innovations are diffused, and describes the various obstacles that slow down their diffusion.
I won’t provide a thorough review — plenty of readers who are [...]
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ace=”0″ alt=”Curious Chap” title=”Curious Chap” />Shortly after I commented on The Two Types of Software Development ( application development vs.
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I’ve been thinking for a while about the difference between application development versus contract programming, a.k.a. consulting. I have done both and clearly prefer application development.
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spurred me to ink my thoughts is Ben Collins-Sussman’s recent Version Control and “the 80%” post where he separates developers into two groups: the [...]