Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Cloud Services (API) Presentation

Great overview of some current cloud services with APIs for mobile and web apps:

DevOps to NoOps: 10 Cloud Services You Should be Using (Russ Mason)
http://www.infoq.com/presentations/DevOps-to-NoOps-10-Cloud-Services-You-Should-Be-Using

Some cloud services mentioned in the presentation to check out:

Loggly (logging)

SendGrid (sending email)

PubNub (fast messaging)

Dropbox

Twillio (telphony services)

Russ Mason is founder of MuleSoft. They provide a layer between a bunch of the APIs and Apps.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Video: What we're learning from online education

Fascinating and enthusiastic look at online education from one of the founders of Coursera.

What we're learning from online education
http://www.ted.com/talks/daphne_koller_what_we_re_learning_from_online_education.html

Interesting approach is that the courses have time frames just like a college course. The videos can be watched at any time during the week, but there is a schedule and the course runs for a particular number of weeks. Top universities so it's a brave new world in online education.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Video: Teaching Math with Computers

From the video:

What is math?

1. Posting the right questions

2. Real world math formulation

3. Computation

4. Math formulation real world, verification

The idea is that computers should do much of the computation and have the study of math more focused on the other 3 elements.

Teaching Kids Real Math with Computers
http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/conrad_wolfram_teaching_kids_real_math_with_computers.html


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Video: Intro to OAuth

A little rambling, but a gentle introduction to OAuth 1 and 2.

OAuth - Everything You Want to Know (Hopefully) [Pratap Chilukuri]
http://www.infoq.com/presentations/OAuth

OpenID

OAuth Playground

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Video on Working with Distributed Teams

Good overview presentation on working with distributed teams. Not only ideas for technologies to use, but also practices and approaches.

Technology is Your Office



yuuguu.com (also Skype screen sharing)

c9.io (online IDE)

balsamiq.com (wireframes)

gomockingbird.com (wireframes)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Testing HTML5 Canvas

Interesting blog posting about some of the issues in testing an HTML5 canvas app:

http://www.gliffy.com/blog/2012/07/12/the-road-to-html5-automating-visual-testing-with-sikuli/

Gliffy is a cool diagramming program that is Flash based and moving to HTML5. I find it convenient to use for straight-forward diagrams. Still revert to Visio when needed (import SVG from Gliffy).