Monday 18th March, 2013
Monday Links - 218
Here are a few links and ideas we’ve been thinking about over the last week. Hopefully this is something we can get going regularly.
A simple alternative to Skitch, which was bought by Evernote and wandered in the feature wilderness for a while. I’ve used Skitch recently and it’s not too bad, but this could be worth checking out. — JA
A 2nd edition of the best book on Clojure I’ve read, ‘The Joy of Clojure’, is in the works. You can get 50% off an early access copy using the code ‘joycl2rh’. — TW
Since reading Kent Beck’s “Smalltalk Best Practice Patterns”, I’ve had a soft spot for Smalltalk, although I’ve never used it in anger. I recently backed this Indiegogo project to get Redline Smalltalk to v1.0. Redline is a Smalltalk for the JVM and the idea is to rejuvenate the Smalltalk community in the same way that Clojure has rejuvenated the Lisp community. — JM
Of course the main news is that you can now use Vagrant with VMWare, but what I’m most interested in is the ability to provision boxes “in the cloud”. If I can run my tests on a serious compute unit that I only pay for when I need it, that could be really useful.
It’s also going to be interesting to follow a company generating some revenue from open-source developer utility. — JA
I thought this was a great piece of writing, putting into words the unsettling feelings I already had about this advert. — TW
Since I live a long way from our office in Shoreditch, I’m always interested in ways to make it easier to do remote pair programming. Syme looks like an interesting open-source project it’s supposed to make it easy to set up disposable EC2 nodes for collaborating on GitHub projects via ssh and tmux. — JM
On Wednesday 20th the ‘Designs of the Year 2013’ exhibition opens at the design museum. One of the nominees is gov.uk, for which we developed a large part of the Inside Government section. Our friend and occasional office mate Tom Stuart has developed a demo which shows the responsive design, letting you browse simultaneously on three several devices. — TW
I’m quite intrigued by Huginn which claims to be a self-hosted mixture of Yahoo! Pipes plus IFTTT where you have a set of “agents” that monitor bits of the internet and act on your behalf based on a set of rules. — JM