Steve Klabnik: Nobody Understands REST or HTTP

Steve Klabnik outlines some best practices in API design in “Nobody Understands REST or HTTP”, some of which I admit I need to follow more consistently. As he states in the end: Seriously, most of the problems that you’re solving are social, not technical. The web is decades old at this point, most people have […]

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An open data challenge from Anil Dash

Anil Dash: “The Health Graph: Mortal Threats & Signs of Life”: As a community of developers and technologists, we have to build powerful, indispensable apps and services on top of this data. Killer apps that save lives. If we can make ourselves invaluable, they won’t have the chance to try to cut off our oxygen.

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Readings on DSLs (Domain Specific Languages)

Martin Fowler: DomainSpecificLanguage Martin Fowler: FluentInterfaces InfoQ: Martin Fowler: Introduction to Domain Specific Languages The Structure of Structures: Are DSLs simply XML Hell? Ward Cunningham Wiki: Domain Specific Language defmacro.org: The Nature of Lisp Wikipedia: Domain-specific languages

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Maptivism getting easier, happening more

Combine mapping, with participation, and a subject matter that needs attention, and you can create some powerful, useful tools. Google Maps APIs and various mashup techniques made it easy for technologists to build services that pulled together these concepts, but now hosted services like Ushahidi’s CrowdMap and SeeClickFix are opening up the possibilities to more. […]

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