My daily readings 07/22/2011

  • tags: Google+ API ideas

  • tags: UI UX

  • tags: UI

  • tags: Leadership

    • This is good news. Chad will be the type of CEO that understands code and how innovation in that area will lead to new opportunities for Etsy. The history of the Internet is littered with great dot-com ideas that were ruined by clueless CEOs. Chad has done a great job in building an awesome engineering team at Etsy. I think the challenge going forward is to increase the marketing and awareness of what Etsy offers.
  • tags: community

  • tags: javascript

    • I think the first step is understanding that there is JavaScript (the language), then there is the browser’s Document Object Model (DOM) and “HTML5″ APIs. The JavaScript language is used in more places than just browsers (e.g. Rhino and Node.js) and doesn’t change very rapidly. The DOM and APIs vary more across browsers and get new features with just about every browser release.

      I’d recommend learning the language first, then the basics of the DOM and subscribing to the main browser’s blogs to keep up with their changes.

      If you just want a site to learn JavaScript, I’d highly recommend https://developer.mozilla.org/en/JavaScript (as other people have too). Mozilla’s docs are top-notch. They’re a wiki so sign up and help make them even better.

  • tags: frameworks

    • BenjiSmith puts it similarly in a comment halfway down:

        A library is something *contained* within my code.    A framework is a *container* for my application.
    • But even as sites like Mashable have thrived, others have found Google+ much less hospitable. Yesterday Google+ took down ABC News Radio’s profile, much to the chagrin of its the company’s digital platform manager Dan Patterson.

       

    • Boing Boing spoke with Google about the issue and was told that brand account would be going live within a few months. They took down their official Boing Boing profile and replaced it with an intern who posted news links. But Xeni Jardin wasn’t ready to stop asking why companies like Mashable and Ford seemed to be getting special treatment. “You can’t ask orgs to simply not engage with such a powerful traffic mover. Not when Mashable has 72K followers or whatever. You can’t just ask other brands to chill and wait until [whenever],” she wrote on Google+.
    • Nothing should make a futurist more wary than looking at the history of the profession and seeing how hilarious its mistakes have been. Jetpacks, flying cars, death rays…the future isn’t quite what the past hoped it would be
    • This first clip, identified as created in 1966 speculated as to what the typical American household would be like in the far off year of 1999. Remarkably it predicts the importance of the household computer quite accurately. It also does fairly well anticipating Amazon, e-commerce, e-banking, webcams, emails and faxes, and spreadsheets (Quicken, maybe?). The hardware and design is completely off, but the ideas are all there, which is pretty amazing. Even the final segment, which supposes the home computer to updated automatically, is right…it just supposes those upgrades will come via hardware rather than the continuous stream of software patches that we have going on in the background today.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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