The meandering journey of NodeBots Interchange

Published Wednesday, January 27th 2016

What started as a plan to simply make components work a bit better with NodeBots turned into a way of managing any firmware using JavaScript.

A 8 minute read 2.2k words

25 posts about development

  • Wednesday, January 27th 2016

    The meandering journey of NodeBots Interchange

    What started as a plan to simply make components work a bit better with NodeBots turned into a way of managing any firmware using JavaScript.

    8 minute read (2.2k words)

  • Wednesday, September 9th 2015

    Datatium - data as material for contextually responsive design

    Resposive design is still very screen size focussed where as we should be considering context much more than we do. This talk explains how Datatium helps resolve this.

    1 minute read (190 words)

  • Monday, September 7th 2015

    JavaScript: not just the language of the web

    JS is moving out of the browser and into all manner of places. My notes and slides from my talk on this topic at JSFoo 15.

    2 minute read (330 words)

  • Wednesday, September 2nd 2015

    Applying the lessons of mobile dev to IoT

    IoT product development has the opportunity to draw on some of the lessons hard won over the years of developing for mobile.

    1 minute read (140 words)

  • Saturday, August 8th 2015

    DDD JavaScript IoT workshop

    A summary of the various projects completed as part of the JS IoT workshop given at DDD Melbourne 2015.

    1 minute read (120 words)

  • Monday, May 4th 2015

    Controlling networked LEDs using a smartwatch

    The ESP8266 is a capable device in its own right and can run a simple web server. Couple this with a smartwatch for control and you have some interesting remote control options.

    1 minute read (170 words)

  • Wednesday, April 15th 2015

    Book launch of Make: JavaScript Robotics

    This new book on JavaScript robotics launches today, co-authored by 15 of core NodeBots community members from around the world.

    1 minute read (130 words)

  • Tuesday, December 16th 2014

    Building an information radiator

    "Information Radiators" - devices that use physical means to relay encoded information are great projects if you want to explore IoT. This post provides a how to example.

    1 minute read (210 words)

  • Sunday, May 4th 2014

    A Device API safari

    There are many interesting things to be found in the Device API. This talk went on a journey to see what we could find worth playing with.

    1 minute read (250 words)

  • Wednesday, August 21st 2013

    Should JavaScript devs build real things?

    JavaScript is leaving the browser and entering the real world. Is this just a bunch of web devs playing with hardware or are we starting to see a fundamental shift in the direction web technologies are taking?

    16 minute read (4.7k words)

  • Wednesday, March 20th 2013

    Book launch of Jump Start Responsive Design

    Working on my first book was quite good fun, though hard work, and today after all of that effort it's finally released.

    1 minute read (140 words)

  • Tuesday, November 20th 2012

    The ClickFail of Australian Retail.

    The coming of age of online retail in Australia crashed and burned in Australia tonight due to lack of preparation and hubris. It could have been so different.

    5 minute read (1.4k words)

  • Wednesday, July 25th 2012

    Web Facilitated Play in the Real World

    How can physical interaction with digital media augment the experience of both and what part does the web have to play in this space?

    6 minute read (1.7k words)

  • Sunday, June 10th 2012

    Is this the end of Windows Server?

    A sacred cow has been bumped off over at Micrsoft with Linux now available in Azure instances. This is a major change in the server OS world.

    4 minute read (1.1k words)

  • Monday, October 17th 2011

    Neo-Futurism in the Information Age

    Finally the gloom of the GFC appears past and the web community are attempting to dream big ideas again - a summary of WDS11.

    3 minute read (720 words)

  • Thursday, September 15th 2011

    Device API - Applications of DeviceMotion & DeviceOrientation

    Modern smartphones are jam-packed with sensors attached to them. This data is now available for use in the mobile web browser too. Here's some things you can do with them.

    4 minute read (1.2k words)

  • Tuesday, January 18th 2011

    Android fragmentation: really not a big deal

    This is a post I've been mulling over for a while and it now seems the right time to put my thoughts down around the issue of Android Fragmentation. There has been a lot of talk amongst the community about this and whilst some was fuelled by Steve Jobs (though they are remaining remarkably quiet currently) it seems like the fragmentation "issue" now has a life of it's own amongst devs.

    7 minute read (1.9k words)

  • Wednesday, September 29th 2010

    If software is a race to $Zero, how do you create revenue?

    Commodity values always drop towards their cost of production. Software eventually drops to $0 in value so how do you create revenue?

    5 minute read (1.3k words)

  • Tuesday, December 22nd 2009

    Why I'm interested in AWS Spot Prices for EC2

    There's been a lot of chatter going on around the intertubes over the last couple of weeks since Amazon Web Services released their Spot Instances pricing model for EC2.

    3 minute read (890 words)

  • Sunday, July 26th 2009

    Case Study: Django + Agile = Sportsgirl redevelopment

    I've decided to write this one up because there isn't much on large scale and high speed Django development as yet and this is all still fresh in my head so it's worth getting down on paper (or screen as it were).

    3 minute read (830 words)

  • Tuesday, December 11th 2007

    .NET / XSLT and how to import an external XML document

    I work with XML and XSLT every day of the week. Indeed working for a company called XML Infinity you can imagine how much we use it. I had one of those incredibly frustrating moments this afternoon that one typically when dealing with badly documented parts of .NET or XSLT.

    2 minute read (490 words)

  • Tuesday, November 27th 2007

    Adding Cron Jobs to a QNAP server

    If you haven't come across them yet QNAP make these amazing little NAS boxes that are perfect for home or SME use. I've got mine running as a home server but might get one for the office as our old server is on it's last legs and a fully tricked out 1U dell server is a bit of overkill for a glorified file server.

    2 minute read (560 words)

  • Sunday, April 29th 2007

    When CSS goes bad

    If you do a lot of CSS work you'll have seen particular bugs time after time and how to deal with them, however when things do go wrong [and they will trust me] finding bug related information can be a nightmare.

    2 minute read (440 words)

  • Monday, April 23rd 2007

    Why is CSS such a painful tool?

    Looking at the title above you'd be expecting to see a rant covering the lines of CSS is rubbish, it doesn't work properly and why can't we go back to the days of nested tables and lots of little shim images.

    3 minute read (640 words)