This morning I saw this excellent post by InVision re 30 good Sketch plugins – my goto tool now for high fidelity wireframes. Well written, nice screenshots, nicely done. And that’s the problem, and I bet if you are a developer, you have the same problem. 30 new things to learn at once makes my head explode. As much as I’d like to actually learn each of these plugins, I just cannot do it in one…

If you expect people to sign up and perhaps pay for your startup, you have no chance in hell if you don’t explain in credible detail who you are. Here’s an example (as of Wednesday; May 10, 2017) – everydaycheck.com, a habit-building saas going for $12/year. Looks awesome, and attractive. Chance of me or normal person with a credit card signing up? Zero. There’s a small link to Joan Boixadós Twitter account in the footer. That’s…

If you’re building a startup using some or all of Microsoft’s stack and you’re interested in Microsoft BizSpark, drop me a line. I’ve got (as of now) 20 invite codes to give out to aspiring young startups who want to go that route. See the requirements first, and make sure it’s clear from your site’s home page you’re a startup, not a consultant/development shop, and you’ll get in. I know, because since 2009 I’ve sponsored over 530…

So welcome to your new, fully-digitalized career! Whatever your current occupation, you can expect to be hopping jobs every three years (or less). When you go after your next job, you’re more likely to be screened by software before you get to talk to a person. If a recruiter is in the mix, you can bet (94%) they’ve already eyeballed (or their software has) your LinkedIn profile. If you do get to talk to a…

Multi-billion member social networks, robots that can chase you down, algorithms that decide whether you get to live or die. Just a few high points to the world that’s fast approaching. Having not not posted here in a six months plus, I have to ask if creating content outside the walls of a social network is even a thing anymore for people other than very-non-millennials such as myself, or people trying to sell you something. I know…

Devs cannot resist tools. On any given workday we are in the blender with a swirling whirlwind of technologies, frameworks, libraries, user stories. The more of them you know, or at least know they exist, the more and better code you can write. So here’s three quick recommendations for finding more useful stuff, primarily for the frontend.  jaywcjlove over at https://github.com/jaywcjlove/awesome-mac/blob/master/README-en.md has comipiled a huge list of everything Mac applications and tools for developers and designers. If it’s not on…

Apple is moving its developers and customers to auto-renewing subscriptions instead of outright purchases on all Apple platforms, including Mac OS. And it’s high time too. In the olden days when customers would pay for a desktop app once (or at least the EULA that let them use it), software vendors could only prosper by getting every more first-time customers, or angering at least a third of their user base every year by offering a paid…

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. It’s not the fault of the app – it was doing what it was supposed to do and what it…

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 than it should be. Most of the developers reading this post are very familiar with GitHub (My sincere condolences if…

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 styling that content with classes and id’s. As I started drilling into this problem domain, I can across kramdown. Take…