Apple’s new iTunes U: A critical review

English: Apple iPad Event

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First off, a round of applause for Apple. This is a wonderful push and the world can be better from it. As you’ve shown us time and again in many industries, an idea is only so good — it’s the implementation that determines if it succeeds or not. With the initial implementation of iTunes U, I give you a B-. Call it a beta and I’d be more forgiving, perhaps, but it’s uncharacteristically unpolished for an Apple product. I’d expect this as a first release from Google1, but not you. Here’s a breakdown of what I like and what needs improvement.
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Pragmatic Programmer

Cover of "The Pragmatic Programmer: From ...

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I’m currently reading The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master by Andrew Hunt and Dave Thomas on my Kindle (Bezos, I love you, this thing is pretty awesome). Right, the book — It’s a quality book so far, and I find it hilarious to think that it was written some 12 years ago. 12 years in software development is a significant portion of the field’s entire life!┬áIt’s a testament to how important and unchanging the fundamentals are (when you ge them right). Of course, I’m only a short way through the book at this point, so maybe it ends with a 1999-worthy gem like, “640K ought to be enough for anybody.” Continue reading

It’s time.

I work with WordPress every day. I build and maintain hundreds of blogs and WordPress sites, and you know what’s funny? I don’t keep one myself. I recommend it to everyone who asks (and plenty who don’t), and yet I don’t have one of my own. I’ve had small, single-purpose WordPress sites, but for some reason I’ve avoided maintaining a blog myself.

No longer!

Here I’m going to blog about a lot of miscellany, with emphasis on web development and anything tech-related that humors, intrigues, challenges, or otherwise interests me. Here’s a good for instance:

At the end of the first paragraph, when I wrote the word “myself,” my fingers initially typed “mysql.” How’s that for muscle memory?

So, if you’re a tech-driven mind, you’ll probably find that as funny as I did and you might take interest in this blog. If you have no idea what MySQL is, I’ll save you the will-be-abundant eye rolling and suggest that it’s time for you to move on.

My end of the year goal is to work up a theme for this blog. Here are my first two attempts:

 

Always a difficult process for a web developer to design his homepage. I imagine it would be difficult for a heart surgeon to do work for herself as well.