Seriously, you know you’re going to call in sick anyway, so as tech companies, let’s just agree to close our offices on November 6. So many people called in sick when Halo 3 was released that Urban Dictionary added the definition Halo Day. Corporations feared the wave of suddenly sick employees, and who wants to put their companies through that kind of worry ? Instead, just get them to close! Is there even enough time to vote, play Halo 4 AND work, anyway? Something’s gotta give, and that something is work. After all, Master Chief has to save the universe and you need to help him.
Here at Net Minds we’re already stocked with energy drinks, Cheetos, and pizza rolls in anticipation for some nonstop marathon gaming. Join us. Your employees will thank you.
This November 6 marks an extremely important day and we all need to do our civic duty. That’s right, we’re talking about the return of Master Chief so you have a duty to play Halo 4… but before you do, you need to vote.
Why do you need to vote first? Well, it’s obvious you won’t take a break from teabagging some noob just to punch a ballot card. You’d probably like to pretend you’re that disciplined, but you’re not.
But that’s okay… that’s why at Net Minds, we’ve made the decision easier. We’re closed on November 6 so that we all have time to vote and play Halo 4.
But we don’t think we should be the only tech company or startup closed that day. Everyone should be closed that day so that employees have time to vote and pretend they are Spartans.
Won’t you join us?
Petition your company to close on #Haloday!
by Alan Baker
The world of application development changes rapidly. If there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that there’s never just one way to solve a problem.
Take technology and programming: non-programmers don’t usually understand this, but programming has soul. Application design has so many possibilities; even programming simple functions can be done in many ways depending on the personality of the programmer. Just as in art and writing, we transfer our philosophy and personality into the code we write.
Programmers and application designers have the added challenge in that code can do nearly anything; it just comes down to time and money. And making it easier but also harder is the amount of choices we have to write applications, including the massively growing choice in technology.
I want to look at the choices we’ve made at Net Minds and why. I’m breaking this post up into parts so it’s more manageable to read, so for this post, I’m covering the core language we’ve chosen to develop in. Later, I’ll cover our API, database, and front-end.
When you look at the activity on GitHub above, which did surprise us, you really can see the excitement surrounding the language. All this activity shows there are fast cycles of continual improvements and tons of examples of different ways of programming.
Where I get excited in the overall application design, we have less likelihood of investing gobs of time and resources into eventually-abandoned codebases.
But most importantly, we’re able to iterate our application design and feature list with far less pain. We’re able to maintain consistent logic and portable code from the front-end to the back-end because we have one unifying language.
For me, this is extremely critical. I think a lot of our user experience and assumptions are really very solid, but like anyone, we’re not perfect and we won’t always be right. But being right all the time isn’t important, instead what is important is to recognize when you’re wrong and quickly iterate.
Well, that’s all for now. Stay tuned for part two when we discuss our front-end, Ember.js.
"He’s what we like to call Man Purdy…"
Arbiter here. As our beta launch begins to loom ever closer, this seems to be a good time to start revealing more of the inner workings and personalities that comprise the Net Minds DevTeam (codename: Stache 5, as in mustaches. For everyone. Even the ladies). Over the past few months, we’ve learned a lot - what to do, what not to do, best practices, not so best practices, how to properly bag your groceries, etc. Mainly, though, we’ve learned what not to do. So as our first official blog-type post, I’m kicking it off with a How Not To Do Pair Programming.
Pair programming is when two (or more) people get together to well, program. It’s a great format for not only introducing people to new technology but helping them to learn it. Or making them hate it depending on how you go about it. Use-case:
There are a few more use-cases but these should cover the basics. Until next time… Arbiter out.
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