For web development to grow as a craft and as an industry, we have to follow the money. Without money the craft becomes a hobby and unmaintained software begins to rot.
But which money?
I’m only going to make one quick prediction:
Apple is going to expand and open up out-of-process rendering and execution in iOS9 and Mac OS X 10.11.
It’s one of those books where you wish we lived in a world where everything it said was common sense. But we don’t. It’s a short book. I highly recommend it .
You don’t need to look far to find examples of how dysfunctional the Silicon Valley/San Francisco startup culture is. It seems to exist in a worldview bubble, even if it might not be an economic one.
Quite a few people are noticing that our apps are a little bit more crap than they used to be.
When websites fail, it isn’t because people are dumb—not smart enough—or lazy.
As I and others have said before, people aren’t doing progressive enhancement because it is harder than not doing it.
‘Hard’ in this context isn’t a measure of how much intelligence or skill is required to solve the problem. ‘Hard’ here is a description of the volume of effort required, namely that it’s more than you would have otherwise needed to make a passable website.
It’s the system that guides the effort and controls which problems are worth expending that effort on.
Superheroes and romance are a natural fit and it’s a crying shame that nobody has properly gone for that particular genre amalgamation before. It would be a mistake for the show to shy away from combining the two.
So, I, for one, am hoping that the upcoming Supergirl series is all in on the romance.
Stephen Pinker and Nassim Nicholas Taleb had a brouhaha a while back about the statistical validity of Pinker’s claims in The Better Angels of Our Nature.
Looks like Taleb really likes having the last word.