Three Talks

I’ve been busy this month speaking at HackSI, YUIConf, and Bayjax. The videos will be available soon, but you can check out the slides now: Hacking 101: Build A Working Hack, for Southern Illniois’ first hack day Testing YUI Everywhere, how YUI runs 100K tests without losing our sanity You Can Test Everywhere, a combination […]

Commas for Developers

Brent Simmons pays attention to the details and gets right to the point: If your writing — in tweets and especially on your blog and product pages — is full of misspellings and improper capitalization and other errors, I will lose trust in you and your product. If you’re careless with language, are you also […]

Sharding & IDs at Instagram (2012)

Back in 2012, Instagram Engineering wrote about sharding & IDs. I re-read it yesterday and this particular requirement for their ID generation system still stands out: The system should introduce as few new ‘moving parts’ as possible—a large part of how we’ve been able to scale Instagram with very few engineers is by choosing simple, […]

Why mobile web apps are slow

Drew Crawford wrote a very long and well-cited article about why mobile web apps are slow. Now I am going to warn you–this is a very freaking long article, weighing in at very nearly 10k words. That is by design. I have recently come out in favor of articles that are good over articles that […]

NeDB: SQLite for Node

I’ve been using the Node Embedded Database in a project and its MongoDB-compatible API has been a joy to use. DailyJS has a short and sweet writeup of NeDB and how it works. While my current project has outgrown it, I’m considering using NeDB for Yeti since it’s pure Node and can even be used […]

Build Modules, Not Examples

I’ve been thinking out loud this afternoon about how modules make Node.js successful with @ekashida, YUI’s newest team member. YUI is a powerful open-source library for developing web apps. Node and YUI both document their APIs very well. Unlike Node, we also have 250 examples to help people get started. Yet lots of people have […]

Own Your Email

If you’re reading my blog, you might be a professional working in technology. You’re likely to care about your online identity, and if you do, your publishing and communications must happen from your own domain. If you care about your online presence, you must own it. I do, and that’s why my email address has […]