The Queue Is the Message

The title of this post is a paraphrase of the famous Marshal McLuhan's 'The medium is the message', meant to imply that the medium that carries the message also embeds itself into the message, creating a symbiotic relationship with it. Of course, as I write this, I half-expect a ghost of Mr. Marshal to appear... Continue Reading →

Pushy Node.js

Last week I hoped to blog-shame Guillermo Rauch into releasing Socket.io v1.0 for my own convenience. Alas, it didn't work (gotta work on my SEO), but I see a lot of traffic from @rauchg on the corresponding GitHub project, so my spirits are high. Meanwhile, I realized that for my own dabbling, v0.91 is pretty... Continue Reading →

Dust.js: Such Templating

Last week I started playing with Node.js and LinkedIn's fork of Dust.js for server side templating. I think I am beginning to see the appeal that made LinkedIn choose Dust.js over a number of alternatives. Back when LinkedIn had a templating throwdown and chose Dust.js, they classified it in the 'logic-less' group, in contrast to the... Continue Reading →

On the LinkedIn’s Dusty Trail

There is an old New Yorker cartoon (from 1993) where a dog working on the computer tells another dog: "On the Internet, nobody knows you are a dog". That's how I occasionally feel about the GitHub projects - they could be solid, multi-contributor powerhouses churning out release after release, and there could be great ideas... Continue Reading →

Of Mice and Men

The best laid schemes of mice and men Often go awry. Robert Burns, 1785. Dear readers of this blog, you may have noticed a lapse in the rhythm that I faithfully followed from the very beginning (a new post every Tuesday, more recently switching to Monday). You may have inferred that I am 'recharging', away... Continue Reading →

Sitting on the Node.js Fence

I am a long standing fan of Garrison Keillor and his Prairie Home Companion. I fondly remember a Saturday in which he delivered his widely popular News From Lake Wobegon, and that contained the following conundrum: "Is ambivalence a bad thing? Well, yes and no". It also accurately explains my feeling towards Node.js and the exploding... Continue Reading →

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