Dealing with an Unhappy Community

Most of us deal with the “community” in our jobs on some level or another. Perhaps we are an engineer on a product that has a community of users, or work for a company that has a community of customers, or, perhaps, are in a position to be part of the public face of a company, product or service who is tasked with communicating with the community as part of your job duties. …

Boston Festival of Indie Games 2014

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the latest Boston Festival of Indie Games at MIT. This was the third year of the event and my second attending. This year, as last, I attended with my two boys (ages 8 and 12). Here are some thoughts on the event and some of the games that I, personally, found interesting. …

Running Great Technical Conferences

As some readers may know, for five years I ran a small (about 350 people) conference here in Boston. Originally called Flex Camp Boston (and obviously focused on Flex), it was renamed RIA Unleashed and subsequently Web Unleashed. The event still exists, run by FITC and occurring this September in Toronto. …

The Best Features in ECMAScript 6?

Recently I had the chance to attend QCon NY. Actually, I was fortunate enough to be on the programming committee and to lead a track there. My track was called “Beyond JavaScript” and one of my featured speakers was Dr. Axel Rauchsmayer speaking on ECMAScript 6 (i.e. the next version of JavaScript). I was very excited that Axel was able to attend all the way from Munich, as he is well known expert on ES6 (and author of the new book “Speaking JavaScript”). …

Comparing Static Site Engines

As part of researching for restarting this blog as well as for my work developing the Telerik Developer Network, I researched several of the most well-known static site engines. Specifically, I tried to build this site using Jekyll (which is what I ended up using), Harp and Roots. These were the three engines listed prominently on the StaticApps.org resource site. I really think that many sites, especially those focused purely on content, can potentially move away from dynamic, CMS-driven site architectures that can be a burden to maintain, to purely static HTML with a “back-end” that generates the site locally....…

Starting Anew

Almost 10 years ago, on January 1, 2005, I started a blog called Remote Synthesis. The name came from synonyms for “Cold” and “Fusion” as ColdFusion development was my primary focus back then. A lot has happened in 10 years. The blog gained a good deal of popularity during the years that I was working on my popular ColdFusion code generator and posting the ColdFusion Open Source List. It remained somewhat popular during my years working with Flex and running the Flex Camp Boston conference (later RIA Unleashed and now Web Unleashed). Eventually, when joining Adobe, my focus started to...…