Best Music of 2017

Those who know me well know that I listen to (and actually purchase!) a crazy amount of music. I’ve also been publishing these lists of my favorite songs for probably as long as I’ve been blogging (though the current iteration of my blog only has archives back to 2014). My tastes tend to lean towards alternative and electronic. Most of the time, I favor unknown artists, though from time to time I pick a winner (like when I featured artists like Lorde and Tove Lo on my internet radio show years ago with Bob Silverberg or more recently when I...…

Getting Started with Kinvey mBaaS - A Simple Vue App

Following up on my prior post, I wanted to try to integrate the Kinvey HTML5 (i.e. JavaScript) SDK into a Vue app. Kinvey already provides pre-built SDKs for some frameworks such as Angular, AngularJS and, though it isn’t as commonly used anymore, Backbone. However, if you are using a different framework like Vue or React, you can still leverage the JavaScript SDK. …

Getting Started with Kinvey mBaaS - Pulling Data Anonymously

In my new role at work I’m going to be focusing on Kinvey. Much of this is as new to me right now as it may be to you as well, so I invite you to join me in this series of posts (of which this is the first) where I’ll be experimenting and learning Kinvey (along with some other technologies). …

From Cordova to Bots to Serverless - An Interview with Brian Leroux

Brian Leroux is one of the featured speakers at The Future of Development online event that I am running next Friday, December 15 at 12pm ET. You can sign up for free today . Brian and I crossed paths when we both worked for Adobe - he was helping to lead PhoneGap and Apache Cordova, both of which fell under my areas of focus within my role at the time. A couple years later, we bumped into each other at PhoneGap Day in Salt Lake City and he told me about his new startup focused on bots, but recently he's...…

That Topic Has Already Been Covered!

The other day Chris Coyier tweeted something I wholeheartedly agree with: Write the article you wish you found when you googled something.— Chris Coyier (@chriscoyier) October 30, 2017 This is great advice. However, I read, write and edit a lot of developer-focused content. In the course of this, I’ve seen a a frequent criticism of content along these lines which is that this topic has already been sufficiently covered - and usually not stated as diplomatically. These comments are along the lines of this one from a recent article I published (but didn’t write): Oh boy, another one of these...…

Changing Roles as a Developer Can Be Scary

As a developer, I love learning new things! As a developer, learning new things scares me! Although perhaps seemingly contradictory, both these things are true about me. No developer can remain stagnant and succeed. The industry changes too much and too quickly for that. However, in most cases, these can be small shifts that build upon a foundation of expertise. These small shifts can add up to be significant over the course of years, but the underlying foundations were never threatened. That is the course I set out in the first half of my career. I started out as a...…