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A VC: Rethinking Mobile First

A VC: Rethinking Mobile First | Groveling for Heisenbugs | Scoop.it
I wrote the Mobile First Web Second blog post a few years ago. In that post, I talked about apps that were designed to be used on mobile primarily with the web as a companion.

There have been a number of startups that have taken that approach and done well with it. Most notably Instagram, and also our portfolio company Foursquare. It has become a bit of a orthodoxy among the consumer social startup crowd to do mobile first and web second.

But is it the right thing to do? Vibhu Norby , co-founder of Everyme and Origami, wrote one of the most thought provoking posts of the past month arguing that mobile first is a recipe for failure for most, if not all, startups.

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As Boom Lures App Creators, Tough Part Is Making a Living

As Boom Lures App Creators, Tough Part Is Making a Living | Groveling for Heisenbugs | Scoop.it
App developers have turned cellphones and tablets into powerful tools, spawning a multibillion-dollar industry but making huge sacrifices in the process.
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Classes? Where We're Going, We Don't Need Classes!

Classes? Where We're Going, We Don't Need Classes! | Groveling for Heisenbugs | Scoop.it

What if we don’t need CSS classes at all? What if we stopped worrying about how many classes we’re using and what we should be calling them and just finished with them once and for all?

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Mozilla: The problem is mobile, not money

Mozilla: The problem is mobile, not money | Groveling for Heisenbugs | Scoop.it

The Mozilla organization generated $163.5 million in 2011, mostly from searches performed with Firefox. But it still lacks a strong foothold the world of smartphones and tablets.

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Mono 3.0 is out - Miguel de Icaza

Mono 3.0 is out - Miguel de Icaza | Groveling for Heisenbugs | Scoop.it

After a year and a half, we have finally released Mono 3.0.

Like I discussed last year, we will be moving to a more nimble release process with Mono 3.0. We are trying to reduce our inventory of pending work and get new features to everyone faster. This means that our "master" branch will remain stable from now on, and that large projects will instead be developed in branches that are regularly landed into our master branch.

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Essential Methods for Agile Project Success

Essential Methods for Agile Project Success | Groveling for Heisenbugs | Scoop.it

I recently had an impromptu lunch conversation with a small group of agile consultants and developers. We had all come together at a conference and coincidentally sat down at the same table. The developers were explaining how their team was trying to use agile but was not having success. They were almost at the point of giving up and going back to their older processes. The consultants—trained and experienced scrum masters—started asking some probing questions. Was the team customer focused? Check! Did they have a trained scrum master? Check! Did they all receive training? Check! Did they use sprints? Check!

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Google’s Do-It-Yourself App Tool

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Google is bringing Android software development to the masses.

The company will offer a software tool, starting Monday, that is intended to make it easy for people to write applications for its Android smartphones.

The free software, called Google App Inventor for Android (http://appinventor.googlelabs.com/about/), has been under development for a year. User testing has been done mainly in schools with groups that included sixth graders, high school girls, nursing students and university undergraduates who are not computer science majors.

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Facebook offers Developer Alerts to devs on platform changes that could break apps, violations and more

Facebook offers Developer Alerts to devs on platform changes that could break apps, violations and more | Groveling for Heisenbugs | Scoop.it

Facebook is today launching a new service for developers on its platform called Developer Alerts. The service will allow developers to get alerts when Facebook makes platform changes that could break their apps and other more minor issues.

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We're All Coders: Atlassian Opens Up The Engineering Sandbox

We're All Coders: Atlassian Opens Up The Engineering Sandbox | Groveling for Heisenbugs | Scoop.it

The saying is that every company is a software company—it just doesn’t know it yet. When L’Oréal USA, which owns brands such as Lancôme and YSL Beauty, looked to revamp its websites, e-commerce and online marketing two years ago, it had to figure out some way to coordinate the work of in-house and freelance Web developers and creative staff in Chicago, India and elsewhere. What it needed was software to manage the production process.

Rather than tax an already overworked IT staff, Lan­côme’s director of interactive marketing services, Richard Manso, turned to Atlassian, an Australian startup, for help.

 

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GitHub Pours Energies into Enterprise – Raises $100 Million From Power VC Andreessen Horowitz

GitHub Pours Energies into Enterprise – Raises $100 Million From Power VC Andreessen Horowitz | Groveling for Heisenbugs | Scoop.it

Andreessen Horowitz is investing an eye-popping $100 million into GitHub, the ever popular repository for developers to post code and collaborate.

It’s GitHub’s first infusion of venture capital.Co- founder Tom Preston-Warner said the round will go to developing GitHub Enterprise, a server side version of GitHub.com. Reports state GitHub has been valued at $750 million.

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Single Page Web Apps: The Worst of Both Worlds

Single Page Web Apps: The Worst of Both Worlds | Groveling for Heisenbugs | Scoop.it

Single page web apps are the promised land of modern javascript MVC frameworks like Backbone or Ember.

Deliver a dynamic experience right to the browser, they said, use the server like a smart database, they said. Your site will be quicker and your users will love it, they said. Page loads in the blink of a second, static content via CDN, no more flickery full page reloads … they said.

All of those promises are true.

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Stars Matter: The Secrets Of Successful App Developers

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In doing the research for Forrester's mobile app development playbook, Jeffy Hammond talked with all sorts of companies that build mobile apps. Build Five-Star Mobile Apps is the first collection of those observations, but it won't be the last. The premise of the document was simple - find out how companies with top-rated apps in markets like the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store design, build, test, release, and maintain their mobile apps. While there's great diversity in approach, common factors fell out of my interviews, and these practices will help you organize your own efforts.

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Nodejitsu Takes On Heroku, Microsoft Azure With Node.js Platform Cloud

Nodejitsu Takes On Heroku, Microsoft Azure With Node.js Platform Cloud | Groveling for Heisenbugs | Scoop.it

Nodejitsu announced a long awaited public beta for its Node.js platform cloud service this week. The service can be run from private or public clouds, including Amazon Web Services, Joyent and Rackspace. The company also offers suites of tools for deploying, monitoring and managing Node.js applications in cloud environments.

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Half of all app store revenue goes to just 25 developers

Half of all app store revenue goes to just 25 developers | Groveling for Heisenbugs | Scoop.it

Apple's App Store and the Google Play store each claim to offer over 700,000 apps to choose from, but only a tiny fraction of them bring in significant revenue for their developers, according to research from analyst firm Canalys.

In fact, the company says, of the $120m in total revenue generated from paid app downloads and in-app purchases in the US during the first 20 days of November 2012, fully half was split between just 25 developers.

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POP: This iPhone app is every designer’s missing puzzle piece for prototyping on paper

POP: This iPhone app is every designer’s missing puzzle piece for prototyping on paper | Groveling for Heisenbugs | Scoop.it
Paper and prototypes are both indecline for the moment in the design world, especially as designing in the browser becomes a popular concept amongst Web developers.  For some, drawing ...
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Profile: Linus Torvalds: The King of Geeks (And Dad of 3)

Profile: Linus Torvalds: The King of Geeks (And Dad of 3) | Groveling for Heisenbugs | Scoop.it
The license plate on Linus Torvalds’ Mercedes SLK convertible says it all. The frame running around the outside of the plate reads “Mr. Linux. King of Geeks.” But the plate itself says “Dad of 3.”

If you meet Linus Torvalds, he comes off as a mild-mannered, down-to-earth Finnish-American. He lives with his wife Tove, three kids, a cat, a dog, a snake, a goldfish, a bunny and a pet rat in a comfortable 6,000 square foot home just north of Portland’s tony Lake Oswego neighborhood. The house is yellow — his favorite color — and so’s the Mercedes.

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The Six Drivers For DevOps

The Six Drivers For DevOps | Groveling for Heisenbugs | Scoop.it

Application release automation company XebiaLabs has announced version 3.8 of Deployit with new automated resource discovery features, an on-demand "Anytime Rollback" feature, and a new public REST API.

Another player in the growing DevOps market, XebiaLabs CEO Coert Baart claims that the general flow of trends in the release automation space have brought the market to him.

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Twitter: Jeff Atwood @codinghorror

Interview with me re: UX Stack Exchange. My first interview with someone who didn't know Stack Overflow at all! http://www.uxmatters.com/mt/archives/2012/10/an-interview-with-jeff-atwood.php…;

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Obama may boost W.H. stance on cyber

Obama may boost W.H. stance on cyber | Groveling for Heisenbugs | Scoop.it
The reelection of President Barack Obama along with another politically divided Congress means the tech policy battles from the past few years are going to intensify, even if a few of the faces fighting are about to change.
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Profile: Kalpesh Solanki - Creator of Popmatic

Profile: Kalpesh Solanki - Creator of Popmatic | Groveling for Heisenbugs | Scoop.it
Anyone with a good idea and some programming skills can now create services that can rival big companies. Kalpesh ... He always wanted to be an entrepreneur so he quit his job in 2011 to work fulltime on building web and mobile apps.
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Microsoft Lowers Barriers to Entry, Waits for Developers to Arrive

Microsoft Lowers Barriers to Entry, Waits for Developers to Arrive | Groveling for Heisenbugs | Scoop.it
Microsoft is trying hard to eliminate the barriers that developers face when considering building Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 apps. But is all of that work paying off?
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Roll Your Own Crowdfunding

Roll Your Own Crowdfunding | Groveling for Heisenbugs | Scoop.it

Selfstarter is an open source starting point for building your own ad-hoc crowdfunding site. It was put together by Lockitron after they were turned down from Kickstarter.

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Google targets Android fragmentation with updated terms for SDK

Google targets Android fragmentation with updated terms for SDK | Groveling for Heisenbugs | Scoop.it

Google has expanded its legal agreement with developers working on Android applications to specifically prohibit them from taking any action that could lead to a fragmentation of the operating system.
The prohibition was added to the terms and conditions for Google’s Android SDK (software development kit), which developers must accept before using the software to build Android apps.
The previous version of the terms of service, published in April 2009, didn’t address the issue.

 

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The most enduring software development techniques revealed at QCon London

The most enduring software development techniques revealed at QCon London | Groveling for Heisenbugs | Scoop.it
I am in London for the QCon event, a vendor-neutral development conference which I have been fortunate to attend regularly over the last few years.

These events tend to have an underlying theme, which reflects the current thinking of developers and software architects. Each year I hear cogent and thoughtful explanations of why this or that approach will enable us to code better and please users more. Each year I also hear cogent and thoughtful explanations of why the fix proposed last year or the year before is actually a prime reason why projects fail.

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Is Agile Really a 'Developer Rebellion Against Unwanted Tasks'?

Is Agile Really a 'Developer Rebellion Against Unwanted Tasks'? | Groveling for Heisenbugs | Scoop.it
I recently wrote about an analyst firm's report on Agile software development that basically blasted the movement, calling it "a developer rebellion against unwanted tasks" and saying it's "designed to sell services."

Okay, this issue isn't strictly database development-related, but it brings up some interesting questions, so I'd like to get your opinions. Some 25 people had commented on the article as of Monday morning, and it was picked up by Slashdot, where it exploded with more than 477 comments.

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