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A change of IDEs
Tue, Nov 11th 2014 7
How to write a blog post
Tue, Sep 23rd 2014 13
A new path
Sat, Sep 20th 2014 14
On Kate Bush
Sat, Aug 30th 2014 10
On blogs
Thu, Aug 28th 2014 13
Nation Apparently Believed in Science at Some Point
Tue, Jul 22nd 2014 19
CSC “mini” event
Mon, Jun 2nd 2014 12
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Nation Apparently Believed in Science at Some Point
Tue, Jul 22nd 2014 19
A new path
Sat, Sep 20th 2014 14
The Macintosh is 30
Tue, Jan 28th 2014 13
On blogs
Thu, Aug 28th 2014 13
How to write a blog post
Tue, Sep 23rd 2014 13
ThoughtWorks release their technology radar
Wed, Jan 29th 2014 12
CSC “mini” event
Mon, Jun 2nd 2014 12
Oh you’ve got to come to this...
Thu, Feb 20th 2014 10
On Kate Bush
Sat, Aug 30th 2014 10
Atom
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Ben Poole
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A change of IDEs
Tue, Nov 11th 2014 1:05p   Ben Poole
For more years than I care to remember, Eclipse has been my Java IDE of choice. I’ve been known to branch out to things like MyEclipse as required, but in recent years, just base Eclipse. As Indigo, Juno, Kepler and company came and went, tweaks were made, user interfaces polished: fair enough. But of late, Eclipse has become more and more sluggish, and downright Domino Designer-ish on occasion (which is clearly intolerable!) The last straw for me was when both Kepler and Luna decided to
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How to write a blog post
Tue, Sep 23rd 2014 1:56p   Ben Poole
There’s a lot of writing out there which I really enjoy at the moment (reading more than ever nowadays). One site that I only started following relatively recently is Wil Wheaton’s. No idea what took me so long. I rather enjoyed this little snippet in his latest post: Stephen King says that writing is a form of time travel, and I’ll take that a step further: a bookstore or library is a portal to anywhere in the multiverse; it’s Sigil made real. Read more…
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A new path
Sat, Sep 20th 2014 10:31a   Ben Poole
My, it has been a busy few months (as you can tell from how dark this site has been). In addition to normal client assignments, we at LDC Towers have been beavering away with a new product, which we call LDC Via. You should definitely check it out. At this stage the app is in active development, and we’re looking to sign up willing beta testers. The tool can be run on premises or in the cloud—you can see a pared-down version of the cloud offering running as part of our demo app̵
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On Kate Bush
Sat, Aug 30th 2014 5:01a   Ben Poole
I do not have the body of work in my past that she has—but to see a mature woman create something so idiosyncratic, risk it all in the public view and then triumph on her own terms is a joy. Read more… Hear, hear. Off to see Kate Bush in less than two weeks, and cannot wait!
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On blogs
Thu, Aug 28th 2014 2:41a   Ben Poole
My blog’s older than Twitter and Facebook, and it will outlive them. It has seen Flickr explode and then fade. It’s seen Google Wave and Google Reader come and go, and it’ll still be here as Google Plus fades. When Medium and Tumblr are gone, my blog will be here. Google Plus is still a thing? ;-) Read more…
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Nation Apparently Believed in Science at Some Point
Tue, Jul 22nd 2014 12:43a   Ben Poole
Historians studying archival photographs from four decades ago have come to the conclusion that the U.S. must have believed in science at some point. Read more… (beautiful typography too).
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CSC “mini” event
Mon, Jun 2nd 2014 2:54p   Ben Poole
As you may have seen, we at LDC Towers, together with esteemed colleagues at The Turtle Partnership are looking to run a second Collaboration Stack Community event, this time a “mini” session, taking an evening slot on the 16th July. As before, there will be two tracks or themes to the event, and your participation is encouraged, nay mandatory! The details: CSCEvent Evening event this July. Do take a look at the post, and register if you are interested. As ever, it’s free!
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Atom
Tue, May 6th 2014 2:14p   Ben Poole
I am writing this post in Github’s new “hackable” programming editor, Atom. It’s pretty nifty, and I’ve been using it for a few weeks now. For general mark-up and the like it has supplanted the old main-stay, Coda 2, which has been having some issues for a little while now (frankly, it tries to be too many things). Whether I shall ditch Sublime Text as well (which Atom is very similar to, in terms of looks and core functionality), remains to be seen. Time will tell
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Agile, agility?
Mon, Mar 24th 2014 12:34p   Ben Poole
One of the architects of the agile manifesto, Dave Turner, has written an eloquent piece on how the term “agile” has been horribly misappropriated: The word “agile” has been subverted to the point where it is effectively meaningless, and what passes for an agile community seems to be largely an arena for consultants and vendors to hawk services and products. Sadly, this mirrors my experience, and probably that of many other IT practitioners out there. The term has been
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Phew!
Sun, Mar 23rd 2014 2:50p   Ben Poole
Well that was a fair few weeks of effort on all fronts. As some of you will know, we recently co-hosted the inaugural Collaborative Stack Community event and good fun it was too. The venue was fab (the Soho Hotel, picked out by good chum and colleague Abigail Roberts at Ravendesk), the attendees were in good voice, our speakers were great, and as ever Gab and Mike organised things wonderfully. Me? I just turned up and looked pretty. Many thanks to everyone who took part, and keep your eye on t
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Your language is not dead
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 3:34a   Ben Poole
This: Meanwhile, I suspect 80% of programmers are still working on problems where their development velocity is a much bigger problem than how many hits their server can take before falling over. I dunno, maybe my view of the industry is skewed. I just don’t think there are really that many developers, statistically speaking, who can cite system capacity as their current problem #1. Or #2, or #3. Excellent exposition of those interminable “language blah is dead” memes that just w
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Oh you’ve got to come to this...
Thu, Feb 20th 2014 2:08p   Ben Poole
If you read the sites of my good friends and colleagues the Turtle Partnership, Matt White and the Wookiee (and why, pray, would you not?), you will be aware of a new, free event taking place in a month. On Friday, March 21st we are holding an informal techie(ish) get-together for those interested in collaborative technologies. This will take place in Soho, London, and will not be a sales-fest in any way—nor will it be vendor / platform-specific: come one, come all! CSC Event will most d
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ThoughtWorks release their technology radar
Wed, Jan 29th 2014 1:43a   Ben Poole
The ThoughtWorks technology Radar is out, and it makes for interesting reading. Some of the “Adopt” languages and frameworks are new to me, and one in particular warrants further investigation: Dropwizard is an opinionated combination of several lightweight Java tools and frameworks, many of which would merit mention in their own right. The package embodies many of our favorite techniques, including an embedded HTTP server, support for RESTful endpoints, built-in operational metrics and hea
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The Macintosh is 30
Tue, Jan 28th 2014 1:45a   Ben Poole
The Mac turned thirty this weekend, but you could be forgiven for missing that. Very little in the way of hoo-hah. Here are a couple of the more worthwhile links out there: Stephen Fry has turned in a wonderful piece of writing about the Macintosh, and his experience buying just the second one available in Europe, back in 1984: From the very first the Apple Macintosh team included archeologists, classicists, and, famously, Steve’s passion for the print art of fonts was built into the very fi




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