9 Mar 2006 prla   » (Apprentice)

Building Platforms

More work than I can muster, getting kind of overwhelmed around here but probably my organizational skills - as usual - are to blame. I should really make good on my TODO and check out some tools for GTD. But considering others blog every other day about how difficult it gets, I should probably not think too much about it and generally hope for the best. In Portuguese we have an expression that roughly describes what I feel like right now and it literally reads something like “everyone on a heap and faith in God”. And as with every literally translated expression, it just reads and sounds so foolish, especially to those who understand the original phrase. Feel free to write in the comments if you know the proper translation for this.

But anyway, there’s some degree of help provided by iCal and I’m generally getting by. Enough with the whining, already!

Great Reads

Despite the freak schedule I’m still trying hard to neatly separate days from nights, so I’ve been doing a fair bit of reading around the web most evenings leaving real work to earlier in the day when my brain fires up most cylinders, I find the web is burgeoning with really interesting insights from different necks of the woods and this new so-called Web 2.0 is just so damn innovative and exciting (I sound like it’s a completely new thing that has just come about. I know that’s not the deal, but if you’ve been following you know what I mean). So, that said, if you also feel these are exciting times, that we’re actually living through the dawn of an amazing new era and adding to that you have the entrepeneur in you, I suggest you take a look at these…

  • Five Things I May or May Not Know - excellent post by fellow Planet Tao poster, Daniel Jalkut in which he lets us in on a few insights he gathered from his own experiences in the technology business. Instead of feeling diminished by those who are so much better than ourselves, I believe we should be thrilled to have the chance to learn with them and we have the web to thank for it being so easy and accessible these days.

  • Entrepreneurial Proverbs - straight from O'Reilly's Radar yet again, Marc echoes some points he’s made on his “Entrepreneuring for Geeks” talk on this year’s ETech. Great quotes abound, but I found this one especially thought-provoking:

entrepreneurs too often worry about keeping their brilliant secrets locked away; we should all worry much more about springing a surprise on a disinterested market (anyone remember the Segway?). To quote Howard Aiken: “Don’t worry about people stealing an idea. If it’s original, you will have to ram it down their throats.”

This is something I’ve always been particular wary of, but deep down have always tried to think otherwise. I’m still not convinced, though. How long should you keep your shiny new app (regardless of its real value) secret? Too long and you’re wasting time you could be using to gather users. Too little and it’ll be too simplistic allowing others to easily build a better app on top of the exact same idea (assuming it’s a good one). Am I making sense here or am I just delusional?

  • Pattern Languages - thinking in patterns is not a new thing but it’s being rehashed quite a lot. This website is particularly interesting and provides dozens of patterns and common solutions to commom problems when developing web apps (again via Marc at the Radar).

  • The Art of the Start - by Guy Kawasaki. I haven’t read this one yet but I’ll surely get around to it sooner or later (if someone wants to buy it for me, don’t think twice, always on the lookout for gifts, ya know). Sure it’s self promotion on the author’s website but this particular quote struck me:

This book is a weapon of mass construction.

Awww. Sexy.

That’s it for now. Quick note to state that the app is coming along nicely and we’re soon opening it up to some testers. Currently there are some layout bugs that need to be ironed out, especially where it concerns IE and Safari (the first is the mess everyone knows about and the second is surprisingly broken when it comes to Javascript and Ajax requests).

There’s some discussion I’d like to ignite about real world web apps development - as my meager blog audience allows - but a quick glance at the clock tells me it’ll have to be left for tomorrow or some other time.

Technorati Tags: gtd, ical, web2.0, oreilly, etech, ie, safari, javascript, ajax

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