The Review Cards screen is where you want to be. On and off for the past three years, I’ve thought to myself, “There ought to be a SaaS app out there that lets me fill in the gaps in my developer education. A service where I could review keyboard shortcuts, commands, and syntax I need every workday.” LearnShortcuts is that application. LearnShortcuts is for working developers who don’t have a lot of time to spare,…

So with the .dev joining the ranks of TLDs I was able to grab at a decent price a new domain for DevShortcuts.com: LearnShortcuts.dev. Insofar as this domain is really just for developers, it made sense to rebrand the SaaS I’ve been building as a .dev site. Two other advantages is that I prefer a name that starts with a verb, and is unambiguous as far as spelling. Now the name on the outside matches…

I don’t usually recommend YouTube videos, but Thomas Frank’s latest is the single best chunk of advice I’ve watched: https://youtu.be/1f8pBiCS9HQ If you’re a self-employed developer, or run your own small business, Thomas had words of wisdom for you. Highly recommended.

Building a new software company by yourself is all about defining processes that leverage every minute of your time. There’s simply too many moving digital parts to track and complete without some way of defining the work as a set of repeatable steps that produce the correct result. After thinking for a while about the hugely daunting task of bootstrapping DevShortcuts, it really comes down to defining and refining different processes. Processes for reaching out…

I just passed the HubSpot Social Media Certification test tonight. I was pleasantly surprised how much content and how little “sell” there was in this 20-odd hour course. As usual, HubSpot does a first rate job on the content it creates. If you are thinking about going for this cert, do it! You’ll learn a lot about where social media fits, now, in any company’s marketing strategy.

A Social Media Cleanse in progress. Just did the first part of my #SocialMediaCleanse to prep for 2019. Dropped about a thousand Twitter people/products I’ve been following. Said goodbye to former co-workers I’ve never heard from, projects that have come and gone, old employers and contract. And Politics – I’m a dedicated politics junkie of the Democratic Persuasion (Impeach Trump), but even I can’t hack the Media/Social Media saturation with all things Mueller and Trump.…

Yep, I’m back! This is about the sixth reincarnation of my blog since I started with ToDoOrElse on Typepad.com in 2004. Thanks for reading! I guess the real question is, “Why should you care what I have to say?” Maybe you’re a sparky millennial who’s got no time to waste on ‘boomers. Or maybe you’re a member of the Baby-Boomers – hi there! – and you’d like someone to make sense of the whirling dervish whirlwind that…

I love Google Docs for its simplicity, ease of use and great commenting, so I tend to do a lot of writing there or in markdown. I hate WordPress for its terrible editing form, and turning embedding each image into a five minute battle. I recently completed a longish post on examples of using JotForm Cards to create forms a startup would need from idea to hiring its first contractor. I was not looking forward…

Whether you’re building the next software unicorn or a more humble (and realistic) self-funded startup, building that startup requires information from others. You’re going to need a reliable way to gather those various bits of information. It needs to be branded with your brand and identity. It should be attractive, very easy to maintain and deploy. So here’s how JotForm and its new take on surveys, JotForm Cards, can take a lot of the pain…