Monthly Archives: May 2014


scotch-glassSometimes you run across someone who completely inhabits your own world view. He completely gets you. Knows where you’re coming from. Knows where you’ve been. He brings a warm, familiar, and happy feeling, like a country song that ends well.

Scotch.IO, the web site, is like that for me.

Scotch.IO is the site of a design and development firm out of Las Vegas and D.C.

What completely wins me over — and this is key — is that Scotch.IO loves to share. It shows me what’s new. It shows me how to do things. Scotch.IO makes me a better person.  The site is about  tips and tutorials biased toward around the MEAN stack and modern Web development tools and techniques and everything I, myself, hold dear.

The content is all original, but it’s all so consistently excellent and on the mark that it seems curated. The perfect web site for me. I’m in love.

Top 3 Executive Summaries: How Twitter Works

Twitter_bird_logo_2012.svgThere are technologies I sometimes purposely avoid working with because, knowing myself, I’ll want to learn more and more and I’ll download, install, and play with all the libraries and frameworks and I’ll Google all the major contributors and check out their other GitHub repositories and maybe contribute an open-source thing-that-hasn’t-been-done-with-it-yet and generally spend a long and furious and obsessive amount of time on something that won’t immediately help pay the mortgage.

Twitter was one of these

But recent projects required working with the Twitter Platform and I needed to know what I didn’t know. Curated list follows:

1. Jessica Hische’s patient and easy walkthrough by example of the twitter protocol. It’ll make some sense after reading this.

2. Explania’s great 3-minute animated tutorial:

3. For the executive who needs at least to recognize the buzzwords, so he can nod in understanding at the appropriate times during the developers’ stand-ups:

IBM’s Codename: BlueMix – Part ‘Bitnami’, Part ‘Google Apps’, Part ‘Yeoman’, Part ‘Apigee’, Mostly ‘Things’

images (45)I started playing with IBM’s Codename: BlueMix, thinking it was along the lines of AWS or Azure.  But it seems to want to be at an abstraction above all that. More of a Google Apps for mashups, with a Binami-like selection of service components, and Yeoman-like framework generation.

This led me to discover Node-RED, one of BlueMix’s featured app templates.  Here, there is a claim on the Internet of Things space, supplying a visual routing of data through hardware, apps, services, deployment systems — whatever can be called a ‘Thing’ and can connect to the Internet.   Temboo seems to be based on Node-Red and provides a library of these Things, with only the ‘what’ inputs/outputs/configuration exposed and the ‘how’ pretty much black-boxed for your convenience.