• It’s time to get going! For years I’ve used one or another Pomodoro-style timer to focus my attention on the work at hand. Recently though, my old goto for this Focus Keeper on [just] iOS, was becoming more annoying than helpful. Marching along – and being marched along to the tune of its beat – was feeling oppressive, not empowering. […] Bob Walsh No responses August 26, 2016
  • What ZenHub adds to GitHub and why it matters to you Developer teams succeed or fail largely depending on what their development process is. A good process raises all boats and sends them happily steaming to success; a bad process or one that’s overly complicated for the project or the size of the team or complexity of the software makes everything harder, slower, and more painful […] Bob Walsh No responses August 23, 2016
  • Can your markdown do this? As I build out KeyboardBrains.com, I know I’m going to be handling a good amount of content, without the safety net of a CMS. I cringed at the notion of storing all that content as static html, but classic markdown or multimarkdown or even Github Flavored Markdown would leave me hamstrung when it came to […] Bob Walsh No responses August 18, 2016
  • Goodbye CoffeeScript, hello ES6 While CoffeeScript has been the default since Rails 3, and continues to be the default in Rails 5, the wider developer community is moving to ES6 whether Rails developers like it or not. I won’t pretend some deeper technical knowledge that makes ES6 “better” than old reliable CoffeeScript, but I think most Rails developers will […] Bob Walsh No responses August 16, 2016
  • Pricing Pages captured in the wild If you or your team are at point where you’re ready to bestow on your startup a pricing page, you’re going to want to head over to PricingPages.xyz first. There you’ll find example after example of how other companies have designed their all-important monetization moment. A good pricing page has to hit multiple goals: It has help users […] Bob Walsh No responses August 10, 2016
  • Dark Patterns Everyday on the web we as consumers hit one or more dark patterns, usually involving trying to squeeze a little more engagement, or a little more money out of us. Sometimes they can be quite insidious  – like having an unsubscribe form with many options, one of which you need to skip to actually unsubscribe – […] Bob Walsh No responses August 8, 2016
  • Getting your Momentum – Plus Sometimes a little beauty in life can sneak up on you. For nearly a year I’ve been using the free Momentum Chrome extension so I’d not have to look at a blank tab or some godawful corporate/advertising “home page”. Minimalist, a different beautiful scene on your screen each day, with optional little bits of useful […] Bob Walsh No responses August 5, 2016
  • The Ultimate Startup Bundle and why it’s worth your time. The reality for would-be technical startup founders is you’re going to have to learn and master a ton of information about non-technical stuff: marketing, content marketing, seo marketing, pricing your product, raising money, raising more money (not the same thing), etc. etc. etc. Sure, you can google each and every one of these topics, sort through […] Bob Walsh No responses August 4, 2016
  • Requiem for Ruby 5 and 5 minutes of Javascript podcasts I noticed this morning that two of my favorite developer podcasts – Ruby5 and 5 minutes of Javascript – had stopped updating in Overcast, my podcast player of choice. I went to the sites and got the scary Google message you see in this post. WTF? It would be highly ironic of both these develoepr podcasts […] Bob Walsh No responses August 3, 2016
  • Content Marketing for Startups Time and time again I’ve watched this story play out. A brilliant developer builds software to scratch their own itch, fill the gap, change the world. They toil away nights, weekends, before they go off to their day jobs, every spare minute because their driven to build that software. And then they finish. And the awful […] Bob Walsh No responses March 22, 2016