Archive for February, 2009

Keeping Developers Productive – The Scrum Methodology – And Why I love it!

Posted on the February 23rd, 2009 under Reflections/Thoughts by

For the past few months, I’ve been working at a new company, and when people ask how it is, my response always tends be: “More tiring, but less stressful”.

Now this may sound like a contradiction, but in reality, it’s not. I am productive, exhausted, but since I’m also focused, there is little to stress about: How are we going to finish everything, Who’s work are we going to complete first, etc.

If you are in the IT/Multimedia industry, you’ve probably had your fair share of scope creep, last minute changes, lots of unfinished / uncommitted work, so much you wish you could have added.

Truth of the matter is, it doesn’t have to be like that. Team work can be focused, productive, fun and rewarding. If your team does not have a ‘methodology’ or that ‘methodology’ doesn’t work, you may want to consider the SCRUM approach.

How Car Companies are Suffering

Posted on the February 20th, 2009 under Reflections/Thoughts by

Though I’ll share this email I got.
now you know why car companies are losing money or close to it…

Nissan has announced plans to cut its Sunderland workforce by 1,200. Thousands of unsold cars are stored around the factory’s test track

No more business cards, but here’s my hCard

Posted on the February 17th, 2009 under Reflections/Thoughts by

Time and time again, it’s great to see how existing technology can be used in innovative ways, which is what makes the web an exciting place.

Microformats are simple sets of data formats that allows information in an article to be extracted and interpreted semantically. A blog entry may have information about an upcoming event, but is it shareable without the user having to retype or copy/paste the information? Is it automatically linkable to a map showing where the venue is? Can your organiser warn you that it clashes with an existing appointment.

These are the powers that the semantic web and microformats seek to bring.

Up till now, people who’ve implemented microformats have somewhat focussed on the way search engines especially Yahoo can present their website.

This morning, I’ve found another great way to use them: Populating forms with YQL, jQuery and Microformats. Every once in a while, we are required to complete a registration form. What this article presents, is an approach to autocomplete a form, by simply asking users to point to their hCard, a website page that contains the hCard, even if it has other content on the page as well.

There are exciting possibilities with this:

  • If many websites implement it, imagine the time savings that would occur
  • Popularity breeds familiarity, which means that microformats will finally start getting the attention it deserves
  • Business opportunity – which I’ll keep to myself for the time being 😉
  • Will we start saving trees and ink by using an electronic version which allows much better use and purpose in case.

Even though there are things like business cards scanners, I think the day will come when someone will say: “Sorry I ran out of business cards, but here’s my hCard”.

Symlinks in Windows

Posted on the February 11th, 2009 under Windows by

People will be familar with symlinks in Linux, but this feature has also made its way into Vista now.

Shift Happens

Posted on the February 7th, 2009 under Reflections/Thoughts by

Dynamic Guides in Fireworks

Posted on the February 7th, 2009 under Fireworks by

I’ve always preferred Fireworks over other graphic software, because it suits me as a developer, design by guides, boxes, etc., not really the designer. Here is an extension thats an absolute time saver.

Imagine you have to place alot of guides on a page, each having an equal spacing in between. This extension does that for you. Simply tell it the horizontal and vertical offset.