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Coding. Standards.

I just realised that this month marks the 10th anniversary of my first payment for writing software (on, of all the weird things to be writing software on in 2002, a NeXTstation)! What have I learned from those ten years? What advice would I give to someone who wants to do this stuff for at […]

App security consultancy from your favourite boffin

I’m very excited to soon be joining the ranks of Agant Ltd, working on some great apps with an awesome team of people. I’ll be bringing with me my favourite title, Smartphone Security Boffin. Any development team can benefit from a security boffin, but I’m also very excited to be in product development with the […]

Thoughts on Tech Conferences

This post is being, um, posted from the venue for GOTO Copenhagen 2012. It’s the end result of a few months of reflection on what I get out of conferences, what I want to get out of conferences, what I put into (and want to put into) conferences and the position of tech conferences in […]

Software-ICs and a component marketplace

In the previous post, I was talking about Object-Oriented Programming, an Evolutionary Approach. What follows is a thought experiment based on that. Chapter 6 of Brad Cox’s book, once he’s finished explaining how ObjC works (and who to buy it from), is concerned with his vision of how Object-Oriented software will be built. He envisions […]

Culture, heritage and apps

I said earlier on Twitter that I’m disappointed with the state of apps produced for museums and libraries. I’d better explain what I mean. Here’s what I said: Disappointed to find that many museum apps (British Library, Bodleian, Concorde etc) are just the same app with different content. In each case (particularly Concorde) there’s some […]

On my newer competence

This time last year, I evaluated myself against the programmer competency matrix. So where am I one turn around the daystar later? I have to admit that this was mainly because I was jet lagged in a hotel room in Seattle and had nothing else to do last year :-), but nonetheless it’s time to […]

More about the privacy pledge

Plenty of you have seen—and indeed signed— the App Makers’ Privacy Pledge on GitHub. If you haven’t, but after reading it are interested, see the instructions in the project README. It’s great to see so many app makers taking an interest in this issue, and the main goal of the pledge is to raise awareness […]

On advertising’s place in the tech industry

Dave Winer said the way is open for a non-ad-supported tech sector: The tech industry has been absorbed by the ad industry, and vice versa. However, there is, imho, still room for a tech industry that is not merged with the ad industry. In fact, if we want to have a tech industry at all, […]

On privacy, hashing, and your customers

I’ve talked before about not being a dick when it comes to dealing with private data and personally-identifying information. It seems events have conspired to make it worth diving into some more detail. Only collect data you need to collect (and have asked for) There’s plenty of information on the iPhone ripe for the taking, […]

On standards in free software engineering

I have previously written on the economics of software insecurity, and I quote a couple of paragraphs from that post below: One option that is not fully explored in the book, but which I believe could be worth exploring, is this: development of critical infrastructure software could be taken away from the free market. Now […]