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Oh my word it’s April!
Ben Poole    

This has to be the slowest blogging year I’ve had since I began this blog (almost a decade ago). The ironic thing is that ordinarily I would have more time than ever to keep the ole’ site up to date. Since I started contracting at a certain national broadcaster some six months ago, this has meant my working away from home during the week. A short (walking) commute coupled with no family or household chores in the evening surely mean oodles of time for blogging, hobby projects, and general geeky writing does it not?

Well no, not for this one. The fact is, since I opted to take a year out from contracting at the tail-end of 2010, preferring to focus on pure freelance work, the job has gone bonkers (in a good way). Multiple projects are at the forefront of everything I do. Most evenings are spent working, with bits at the weekend too. Whilst I’m a firm believer in the saying “Make hay whilst the sun shines”, this can go too far. I love what I do, and I love learning about our craft. It would be terrible to end up resenting the coder’s life—that would never do!

I reckon that there will be a little more activity here in the coming months as things calm down a little. I’ve got lots to write about, but some of the posts will be pretty technical, and will require a lot of thinking and drafting. There shall be HTML5, CSS3, Java, JavaScript, and who knows what else. Hopefully some people remain to read it ;-)



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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… [read] Keywords: wiki
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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 [read] Keywords: domino application development interface
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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! [read] Keywords:
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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… [read] Keywords: facebook google twitter
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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). [read] Keywords:
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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! [read] Keywords: collaboration community




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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 [read] Keywords:
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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 [read] Keywords: collaboration community
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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 [read] Keywords: community twitter
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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 [read] Keywords: lotusscript development server




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