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It’s a period of time where I’m pretty lost, and I don’t know what to do. I have feature lists, I have open bugs to fix, and I have an outline of where the app is going. But I feel mentally incapacitated, like I’m getting nothing done.

I call this “The Wilderness”.

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The Flipboard Explorer, or FLEX, is a component that you can easily drop into any iOS project. When presented, FLEX shows a debugging toolbar that lives in a window above your app. From this toolbar, you can view and modify nearly every piece of state in the application. Unlike many other debugging tools, FLEX works entirely inside your app, so you donʼt need to be connected to LLDB/Xcode or a different remote debugging server. It works well in the simulator and on physical devices.

(via Introducing FLEX — Flipboard Engineering)
The Flipboard Explorer, or FLEX, is a component that you can easily drop into any iOS project. When presented, FLEX shows a debugging toolbar that lives in a window above your app. From this toolbar, you can view and modify nearly every piece of state in the application. Unlike many other debugging tools, FLEX works entirely inside your app, so you donʼt need to be connected to LLDB/Xcode or a different remote debugging server. It works well in the simulator and on physical devices.
(via Introducing FLEX — Flipboard Engineering)
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Glyf is a Unicode character picker for iOS 8.

It is packaged as a custom keyboard, so you can use Glyf from inside any application.

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Deployment, migration & change management tools

Comercial:

  • Deploy — Deploy code from GitHub, Codebase & BitBucket in minutes!
  • XebiaLabs — Software for Continuous Delivery & DevOps in the Real World
  • Bamboo — Run builds and tests, connects issues, commits, test results, and deploys so the whole picture is available to your entire product team

Open-souce:

  • fabric8 — Integration platform for deep management of Java Containers (JVMs). Makes it really easy to provision, automate, configure, and manage from a central location.
  • … and many, many more

(Source: twitter.com)

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CloudConvert supports the conversion between more than 100 different audio, video, document, ebook, archive, image, spreadsheet and presentation formats.
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So, why visualize algorithms? Why visualize anything? To leverage the human visual system to improve understanding. Or more simply, to use vision to think.

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So, why visualize algorithms? Why visualize anything? To leverage the human visual system to improve understanding. Or more simply, to use vision to think.
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“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.” — Albert Einstein

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.” — Albert Einstein

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The SMILE & SCRATCH test:

SMILE if your name has these 5 winning qualities:
  • Suggestive – evokes a positive brand experience
  • Meaningful – your customers “get it”
  • Imagery – visually evocative to aid in memory
  • Legs – lends itself to a theme for extended mileage
  • Emotional – resonates with your audience
SCRATCH it if it has any of these 7 deal breakers:
  • Spelling-challenged – looks like a typo
  • Copycat – similar to competitor’s names
  • Restrictive – limits future growth
  • Annoying – hidden meaning, forced
  • Tame – flat, descriptive, uninspired
  • Curse of Knowledge – only insiders get it
  • Hard-to-pronounce – not obvious, unapproachable
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About Steve Jobs’ theory on naming stuff:

I asked Steve why he thought it was good, and he told me his theory for a name was to start from the generic term for something, then romanticize it. His favorite example at the time was Sony’s Trinitron. Well, it went back and forth for a while. But in the end I agreed that, yes, Mathematica was a good name.
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Not all technical debt is born the same, because A Mess is not a Technical Debt.
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Not all technical debt is born the same, because A Mess is not a Technical Debt.

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Responsive design gets a whole lot faster for users. It’s now crazy fast for designers and engineers to code and learn too.
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The way to mitigate these unintended effects is to replace Personas with models that enable cohesive stories. These models are called Characters.


What would make sense for the brain is a believable story which explains that purchase. This is what we can use Characters for. A Character is someone who:Has anxieties & motivations.Experiences purchase-progress events.Encounters purchase-progress situations.
(via Replacing Personas With Characters — Medium)
The way to mitigate these unintended effects is to replace Personas with models that enable cohesive stories. These models are called Characters.

What would make sense for the brain is a believable story which explains that purchase. This is what we can use Characters for. A Character is someone who:

  1. Has anxieties & motivations.
  2. Experiences purchase-progress events.
  3. Encounters purchase-progress situations.
(via Replacing Personas With Characters — Medium)
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