Friday, October 10th, 2014

#iOSDevUK: UIKit Dynamics

simulation of the world exploding

My notes from Simon's excellent talk at iOSDevUK [his slides]. Physics for UIKit. “Visual layers and realistic motion impart vitality and heighten users’ delight and understanding” Buttons used to look like buttons, now they don’t. Don’t have visual cues. Compensate using Dynamics to add some motion. Not for flappy birds. Has tried it, can get most of the way ...

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

#iOSDevUK: Marcus Zarra – Not Invented Here

“You have a problem so you decide to make a framework. Now everybody has a problem”. @secboffin

Saw woman texting with a T9 phone. Stopped, looked, made sure he saw what he really saw. Presenting from a phone. First presentation, used a projector. Amazing how far we have come. Generally known as an opinionated person. Don’t speak in wishy washy words, very boolean. Either believe or don’t believe. If not, just shut up. In career ...

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

A Little Bit Of Data is a Dangerous Amount

Data Center - NCC

When you have no data, everyone agrees: need more data. When you have a lot of data, what is happening is pretty clear. When you have a little bit of data, people can extrapolate. "It might show X", "It might show Y". Often declared without the caveats. Because "we don't really know" is a much less compelling story, even if ...

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Impostor Syndrome

Windy day

I’ve rejected a number of posts for today, because I worry that whatever comes next will be taken in the context of this. Because today is a day where the schedule says, write about women, and I think, I should write something positive. And there is so little positive to say about women in tech. ...

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

The Myth of the Intersection of Creativity, Energy, and Time

intersection - Plain

There's a common myth that makes side projects close to impossible. It's thinking that side projects can only happen at the intersection of energy, creativity, and time. That's a pretty high bar. That intersection doesn't come around all that often. For me, it's usually about day 3 of a 3 day weekend. The UK has 8 public holiday days a ...

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014


bike shed

One of my friends sent me a grammatical suggestion on something I had written. I assumed he was right, made the edit, but then that looked wrong too, so I looked it up. Discovered they were both fine, but the way I had it was slightly preferred. Sent him the link, without that explanation, because ...

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Software Engineers Aren’t Normal


Techies often try and do design (I am also guilty of this), and typically they design for themselves. I don't think this is uncommon - a lot of people think they would be a good product manager based on little or no evidence, for example. However with techies, there are three common areas where they make mistakes ...

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Passion and the Developer

danbo tightrope

I go to a startup event, and it's interesting to hear non-technical people talking about developers like over-priced commodities. L comes to me for advice, she's contemplating her next move and worrying about whether or not she feels passion for the project. C reads my blog, tells me that she can tell I'm passionate about writing from my writing. I say, "that doesn't ...

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Time Blocking


The thing about knowing more about what you're doing, is that more people want to talk to you about it, and you have less and less time to actually… do it. And so people block their calendars with "Do not Schedule" and "Make Time!" and presumably try to be diligent about actually enforcing this. But it's ...

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