Topic: The Internet and the World Wide Web
Joel and Jeff discuss lessons from a year of building Stack Overflow, the mysteries of COBOL, some YSlow website optimizations, and magic numbers.
For those who thought Microsoft had become a sleeping giant resting on the laurels of its popular Office franchise, Stephen Elop has news for you. In this frank discussion with Tim O'Reilly, Elop discusses Microsoft's intention to embrace interoperability and apply the results to its business model.
HTTPWatch is a commercial add-in for Internet Explorer that provides detailed statistics on HTTP traffic. In this presentation from the 2008 Velocity conference, Simon Perkins of Simtec Limited demos HTTPWatch and outlines its key features, including the ability to see the effect of local caching and HTTPS traffic before it is encrypted.
Joel and Jeff discuss the disappointment of Google AdWords, the difference in skillset between programmers and testers, and the value of standards groups to working programmers.
One drawback of most maps is that they only show two dimensions. In this program from Where 2.0, Brandon Martin-Anderson discusses examples of maps which attempt to depict events in three or four dimensions.
Joel and Jeff discuss the Mythical Man Month problem, keeping communication in check, Windows 7, and web scaling.
"Code against the eBay and PayPal APIs; make money," is Mark Carges' message to developers. About eight years ago eBay realized that there was a huge business potential in providing an economic opportunity for developers to leverage their API. Today, there are 85,000 developers that code against the eBay developer API and make money; some of them make lots of it. Last year alone, the sellers on eBay sold $60 billion worth of goods worldwide, and developers who provided real value to these sellers made a cut.
User research analyzes human behavior to expose the goals and motivations of people. But is the purpose of these insights really just a report to hand off to a design or engineering team? Kate Rutter says, "No!" She uses the analog favorites, pen and paper, as hands-on, visual tools to bring other stakeholders into the analysis process.
User research often catalogs findings and implications, but stops short of generating specific design improvements. Designers increasingly involved with contextual research may find themselves holding onto a trove of raw data but with little awareness of how to turn it into design. Steve Portigal introduces a framework for synthesizing raw data into a fresh, contextual understanding of a customer's unmet needs.
Technologies such as mobile phones and computers are increasingly becoming tools for philanthropic giving. In this Stanford Center for Social Innovation audio lecture, former Community Foundation of Silicon Valley president Peter Hero discusses how global changes in philanthropy are providing opportunities in the online giving space. He considers how online giving can be made more robust, and how trends in this arena may allow for the strengthening of civic engagement around the world.