All posts by jolson88

Ignorance Is Not a Four-letter Word

Individuals who believe their talents can be developed (through hard work, good strategies, and input from others) have a growth mindset. They tend to achieve more than those with a more fixed mindset (those who believe their talents are innate gifts). This is because they worry less about looking smart and they put more energy ...

It’s time for makefiles to make a comeback

Make and makefiles are lost in the past for many developers, its advantages lost in the stream of tools that are constantly reinventing the wheel of building software. It’s time we get off that crazy carousel. If you ask many developers the first thing that comes to mind with Make and makefiles, you will likely ...

My Desert Island Tech Books and Movies

The other day on Twitter, some friends and I were discussing the narrative books we like that are about technology (not technical books themselves). These are books about notable figures in the technology field, about the history of a specific technology, and so on. Here is my list of books that I consider must-reads for ...

I Admit, I Want to Be a Craftsman

  Developers have long discussed and debated whether programming is an art, a science, an engineering practice, or something else. I don’t believe in Blacks and Whites. I think programming means different things to different people. And programming fulfills different expectations depending on its use. Over the last ten years, I’ve taken quite the winding ...

Creative Video Experiences with the Universal Windows Platform

  I’m excited that //build is finally here! It means that I can finally come out and share what I’ve been up to over the last year. My partner-in-crime Bala Sivakumar and I presented a talk at //build called “A studio in the palm of your hand: Developing audio and video creation apps for Windows ...