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- A Few Handy Tips For Python Aficionados
- Persona, Mozilla's Verification System, Is Now In The Community's Hands
- Game Maven Teaches You How To Code While Making Games
- The Best Uses For IFTTT's Feed Channel
- How To Encourage Citizen Developers
- Google Glass Developer Tips: Hands-Free And Eye Contact Matter
The idea of a global account for identity verification online sounds great in theory, but execution has proved difficult for obvious reasons. Google’s done a decent job, as has Facebook and Twitter, all offering ID systems that can be used by developers for authorisation. Mozilla’s Persona, however, hasn’t seen as much uptake and as a result, the organisation has left it in the hands of the internet.
There’s no dearth of resources for learning to code these days. Add to your collection Game Maven, which walks you through writing the code for three casual games (in the spirit of Asteroids, Angry Birds and Mario Bros).
Webapp automation service If This Then That lets you pull information from one service (a channel, in IFTTT parlance) and plug it into another service. The Feed channel (for RSS and ATOM web feeds) has been around long enough to gain thousands of recipes, so it’s no surprise you can do some very cool stuff. We rounded up some of the best.
The concept of “citizen developers” — people without programming experience building apps for a specific business area — isn’t a new one, and it’s one obvious way of dealing with a shortage of experienced programmers. But assuming you have the right software, how can you encourage people to take on that mantle?
Trying to manage large projects with your team can sometimes feel like juggling while defusing a bomb. It’s tough to keep everyone on the same page while getting actual work done. So when Dustin Moskovitz and Justin Rosenstein were helping to build Facebook and needed a tool that fostered effective collaboration, they decided to build their own. That tool became Asana. We caught up with Dustin and Justin to learn about their process, challenges and advice for aspiring developers.
Valve founder Gabe Newell took part in a somewhat-delayed Ask Me Anything session on Reddit today. While the discussion stirred up lots of excitement in the gaming community, Newell also offered up an always-timely reminder to developers of all stripes: coding excellence can’t be measured if you never actually finish anything.
The debut iOS app from the guys at Minus4°, Bills Forecast lets you quickly look forward at upcoming recurring bills, and add in expected purchases and yearly costs (like your car’s rego and insurance). The product of a year’s work from developer Toby Pattullo and designer Dean Hecker, the app looks great — it’s especially useful for getting an easy idea of how much spending or saving money you’ll have left over every month.