Thursday Aug 07, 2008

Generation z

Generation z (as in zembly).

I am not going to attempt to define demographically what generation z is, however you should think of folks 16 to 22 who think that email is something their fathers do. Technology is their lingua franca. Many of them are also casual developers. Since most of the gen z folks are highly connected at all times one can easily assume that they'll be looking for a hosted development environment, a place where a browser is both the tool and the platform on which they express their creativity. They will also care about ease of use and virality. Just as the Open Source is the place for most talented hard core developers to earn bragging rights and the respect of their peers, Facebook and the other social networking sites are stages on which gen z technological creativity is on display.

I suspect that many of the gen z casual technologists will use a site as zembly to rapidly and collaboratively build a widget or Facebook app. Moreover, they'll have at their finger tips "handles" to web scale web services (e.g. Flickr, Google, Amazon, etc.) that they could duct tape together. The opportunities seem endless.

Monday Jun 30, 2008

Social web application development

The next generation web application development environments may look a lot like zembly.com. First, no installation will be required and developers will use their browser as a platform. Second, application development will be done in a very participatory fashion, where developers, in your social network, will help you develop and leverage your code. Third applications (widgets, services, etc) will be able to draw into the power of the social graph. Give zembly a try and imagine the future.

While using zembly, I strongly recommend using Firefox 2.0. You'll also have to make sure that the Java is enabled in your browser (it will work without the JRE, however the experience in the editor degrades considerably).

Monday Mar 24, 2008

AMP developement on the Mac

If you want to do any AMP development on your Mac and have Leopard you'll be pleasantly surprised by the out of the box experience.

First of all you the system comes bundled with Apache 2.0 and PHP 5.2.5. To configure the stack is quite simple:

  • "Turn on" Apache - go to System Preferences | Sharing | Web Sharing and check this option
  • Test the installation the web server installation http://127.0.0.1/
  • Find the main configuration file of the Apache web server /private/etc/apache2/httpd.conf
  • Enable PHP - edit httpd.conf (remember to use sudo) and uncomment this line:
    • #LoadModule php5_module        libexec/apache2/libphp5.so
  • Test again by creating some file in the document root: /Library/WebServer/Documents and add the following code snippet
    • <?php phpinfo(); ?>
    • bring up the browser again and invoke the test file (http://127.0.0.1/somefilethatyoucreated.html - you should see a table that gives you the details of the php version that you are running

Monday Oct 22, 2007

NetBeans ships version 6 beta 2

NetBeans ships beta 2 of the upcoming 6.0 release, today (10/22/07). New NetBeans users may want to start on the docs page, while current users could just download the bits to get the latest bug fixes. If you are new to Java start here, you'll see a variety of online courses - all using NetBeans. Also, I highly recommend subscribing to the mailing lists (NetBeans has developers around the world: St Petersburg - Russia, Prague - Czech Republic, and the US, you'll likely be able to get help around the clock).
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