Technometria with Phil Windley
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In the 17th century, William Ames wrote a book called
Technometria. Technometry meant literally "the measure of a skill or
art." As Ames used it, he meant the study of the theory of the
interrelation of the arts and sciences. (See Why
Technometria for more detail.)
This is the Technometria podcast. I'm Phil Windley and I'm usually joined
by Scott Lemon and Ben Galbraith, good friends and
great technologists in their own right. Matt Asay has been a co-host in the past. We may talk him into coming back someday.
Technometria is our attempt to make sense of the technology that
surrounds us through exploration, analysis, and, hopefully,
reason. In these podcasts you'll find discussions of Web 2.0,
programming and software development, open source, identity, new
media, enterprise computing, and many other topics.
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The Canon Hack Development Kit (CHDK) loads into a Canon camera and enhances the firmware, giving the photographer more functions. One of its developers, Reed Mideke, discusses the project. He reviews the background of CHDK and talks about some of the options added by it. He also details some of the programming steps necessary to control Canon cameras.
WebHooks are meant to do something. The concept of a WebHook is simple. It is an HTTP callback: an HTTP POST that occurs when something happens; a simple event-notification via HTTP POST. Developer Jeff Lindsay talks about what a WebHook is and how it works as a programming API. He also discusses some of the current uses of the concept.
The elmcity project "collects online calendar events for geographic or topical communities." Meant to demonstrate the capabilities of Microsoft's Azure platform, it presents an opportunity for individuals to become curators for events. Jon Udell discusses the web service and how it demonstrates how we are sources for public data.
Software glitches cost businesses a great deal of money. While some may seem mere inconveniences, others can cause major problems for both organizations and consumers. Jeff Papows discusses his new book, in which he talks about why glitches happen as well as how issues can be avoided in the future.
Companies are working to develop apps software that take advantage of the growing number of hardware platforms. In addition to smartphones, browser developers are using the cloud to distribute programs. The group discusses these projects, as well as how new versions of browsers are coming that will be of even greater use with applications. They review how cross platform development is an important part of new software as well as Web 2.0 capabilities must also be included.
Technology reporter Glenn Fleishman discusses a number of current networking and mobile issues. Beginning with an examination of a newly found hole in the 802.11 standard, he also discusses WiFi security issues and how both enterprises and the personal users are dealing with them. Glenn also reviews such topics as location data, the now legal ability to jailbreak the iPhone, and his objections to the DMCA.
Greg Wilkins, CTO of Webtide, the main developers of Jetty, discusses the ins and outs of so-called "long polling" or "server push" techniques and the technologies and projects that make them practical. Greg talks about the CometD project, websockets, and some of the problems these technologies solve. Just like AJAX before it, server push will open up new opportunities to create richer Web applications.
Sebastian Stadil discusses how Scalr assists businesses in expanding their use of cloud computing. In addition to his appearance at Gluecon he reviews both technological and economic aspects of what business have to consider. He reviews some of the more difficult aspects of cloud computing and details his company's business model as a very small organization.
Sam Lightstone, author of the the book, Making it Big in Software, discusses the process of moving up from initial education through eventual job success. He talks about the importance of the mentoring process for apprentice software engineers, as well as how crucial innovation is to success.