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Jonathan Dodds
I’m a software engineer.
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The question “What is your greatest weakness?” is a job interview trope. I don’t know my greatest weakness. I don’t know my greatest strength. I haven’t given thought to either superlative. Whatever is my greatest weakness today, probably won’t be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2013 at constructive nonconformist
Revised editions of two significant programming books are due this May. The C++ Programming Language, 4th Edition (updated for C++11) Advanced Programming in the UNIX Environment, 3rd Edition Takes me back to 1993 — in a good way. Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2013 at constructive nonconformist
Mac OS X Lion introduced iOS style automatic termination for applications. If an application is running for a long period but is inactive, the operating system will automatically terminate, close and quit, the application. With auto resume it can be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2012 at constructive nonconformist
From Daring Fireball Linked List: The Android Surge: My sense is that over the next 12 to 18 months, Android will surge past Apple the way Microsoft Windows surged past Apple in the 1990s. — Dan Lyons Android cannot “surge... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2012 at constructive nonconformist
Your customer won’t take a bullet for you | gapingvoid guest post from Kathy Sierra (tags: business technology) Design design design. by David Cole - Quora Applies to programmers, programming, programs as well. (tags: programming development softwaredevelopment) Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2011 at constructive nonconformist
Back on March 2nd I wrote the following on Twitter: If no available wifi but #VZW #iPhone4 with personal hotspot and #iPad2 connected to hotspot, will #FaceTime work on the iPad? In longer words than 140 characters allow, if you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2011 at constructive nonconformist
I was not aware of Apple's implementation being non-standard. Can you provide some detail or a link to a description of the issues with Apple's implementation? Thanks.
This is not a book stuffed into an app. It is an application. The second thing to know is that the content is very good. The content is a refresh of the O’Reilly HTML & XHTML Pocket Reference, Fourth Edition... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2011 at constructive nonconformist
Solved this problem for my wife: BlackBerry Desktop Software for Mac OS X does not support CalDav MobileMe calendars. She no longer uses a BlackBerry. Me? I’m planning on resolving this issue for myself by dumping my BlackBerry in the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2011 at constructive nonconformist
Android source code, Java, and copyright infringement: what's going on? -- Engadget (tags: java android) Manton Reece: App Store 30% cut (tags: apple business development softwaredevelopment) Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2011 at constructive nonconformist
Apple had CalDav based calendars for MobileMe and iCal in public beta in July and out of beta in October. The CalDav calendars are wonderful because my wife and I can have a shared calendar. As of December: Known synchronization... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2011 at constructive nonconformist
Sounds like an unpleasant situation for both sides.
When I'm working out a software design I depend a great deal on my instincts, my unconscious competence. My instincts are in part an internalization of my experience. I don't wait for experience to happen; I proactively build my experience... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2010 at constructive nonconformist - The Mac App Store isn't for today's Mac developers (tags: apple business development) Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2010 at constructive nonconformist
It’s over. — John Gruber Daring Fireball Linked List: Microsoft Changes Strategy With Silverlight If you’re targeting the web as a platform, if you’re looking to maximize the browsers that can be supported, if you’re looking to maximize the lifetime... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2010 at constructive nonconformist
Under The Microscope » Blog Archive » Quick Thoughts on the Mac App Store (tags: apple business development) The App Store Effect - Inside iPhone Blog (tags: apple business development) Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2010 at constructive nonconformist
Red Sweater Blog – Blog The First Draft (tags: blogging) Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2010 at constructive nonconformist
In The Keyboard Cult on his Coding Horror blog, Jeff Atwood surveys mechanical keyboards. But he introduces his survey thusly: As a guy who spends most of his day typing words on a screen, it’s hard for me to take... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2010 at constructive nonconformist
Important: ASP.NET Security Vulnerability - ScottGu's Blog (tags: .net microsoft web) Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2010 at constructive nonconformist
Daring Fireball: A Taste of What's New in the Updated App Store License Agreement and New Review Guidelines (tags: apple ipad iphone development) Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2010 at constructive nonconformist
Bug found with Automator and iTunes 10 | iPod & Entertainment | Playlist | Macworld Bitten by this bug. Replaced the affected Automator action with an AppleScript. (tags: apple applescript macosx itunes) Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2010 at constructive nonconformist
How *Not* to Eat An Elephant - andyhunt's posterous (tags: agile softwaredevelopment) Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2010 at constructive nonconformist
Daring Fireball Linked List: 'Then This Happened' (tags: ipad) Twitter - Meme is emerging ... (tags: ipad) Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2010 at constructive nonconformist
Designing and writing multi-threaded code is hard. Threading adds a debilitating amount of complexity to the Von Neumann architecture and, despite 50+ years of theory and implementation, the threading support in most programming languages is low level, the equivalent of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2010 at constructive nonconformist
So you want to be an epublisher – Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report (tags: ebooks epub) Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2010 at constructive nonconformist