Swimming Against The Tide

True story: I visited Ember.js web site and saw three required hipster artifacts: ironic mustaches, cute animals and Ray-Ban Wayfarer glasses (on a cute animal). A tweet was in order and within minutes, it was favored by a competing client side framework by Google (Angular). Who would have guessed client side frameworks are so catty?... Continue Reading →

The 12 Amp Limit

Sometimes movies I watch leave a lasting impression for completely unexpected reasons. Case in point - 1995 hit "Apollo 13". The movie offered plenty of fodder for people who like to play Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, and offered Tom Hanks in a clean 1970 NASA style haircut. A lot easier to take than the abomination on... Continue Reading →

Plan for the Delivery Aftershocks

My home country is not by itself an earthquake-prone region but we did get jolted ever once in a while with an echo of a truly damaging quake in the neighborhood. People who experienced earthquakes know that after the main event, a series of progressively smaller tremors are normal, indicating the plates settling into a... Continue Reading →

Don’t Get Attached To Your Code

Many years ago when I moved to Canada, my father-in-law came to visit. He was showing interest in what I did for living and I tried to explain to the best of my abilities. I failed miserably, leaving him befuddled that people are actually paying me money for lining up the bytes 'just so'. For... Continue Reading →

RESS to the Rescue

It seems that every couple of years we feel a collective urge to give a technique a catchy acronym in order to speed up conversation about UI design. Last couple of years, we grew accustomed to throwing around the term Responsive Design casually, probably because it rolls off the tongue easier then "we need to... Continue Reading →

The Gryphon Dilemma

In my introductory post The Turtleneck and the Hoodie I kind of lied a bit that I stopped doing everything I did in my youth. In fact, I am playing music, recording and producing more than I did in a while. I realized I can do things in the comfort of my home that I... Continue Reading →

Dumb Code Good, Smart Code Bad

I owe the idea for my Orwellian title to a well known engineer Robert W. Lucky who came into my life through a ritual of cracking open a brand new and shiny IEEE Spectrum magazine and immediately going for his column "Lucky Strikes" (this awesome name acquired a whole new meaning after I started watching Mad... Continue Reading →

The Web UI Integration Continuum

One of the key roles of the Jazz Platform I am working on right now is that of integration. From the early days of the Eclipse Platform, I was fascinated with composable systems, and how this composition manifests itself in the user interface. Integration on the Web is simultaneously natural and frustrating. It is natural because the... Continue Reading →

Feed Your Web UI Without Choking It

Today's topic is penguins, how they feed their young and how to apply that to Web development. Now watch my improbable feat of connecting these two topics. Come for the penguins, stay for the Web UI! I am a father and as all parents know, part of the job description when your kids reach certain age includes... Continue Reading →

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