I have relocated my mindmaps to a new location – WiseMapping which presents the maps in a far more consumable manner than XMind. I’ve setup the links to now bounce through bitly so if things move again the links wont break. The maps available can be found using the following links:
Recently I’ve given some time over to catching up on some reading. Which has included Walter Isaacson’s tremendous book Innovators. I picked this up more because I liked Walter’s approach to the Steve Job’s biography. I thought this was going to be more focused on individuals and how they brought through new technology innovations. But actually it is a very good potted history of the development of modern computing. Whilst I work in IT and thought I knew key contributors, from Babbage, Lovelace to von Neumann and Turing. I was rather surprised at how many signficiant contributors I didnt know, or only vaguely aware of. For example the work of Douglas Engelbart who pretty much lead the design for the mouse. What about Vint Cerf who made key contributions to TCP/IP? Stephen Crocker who was responsible for the RFC that we all associate with the IETF now?
Not only is the history interesting, the book looks at the dynamics of innovation and how much innovation comes from the individuals working away on their own and having a eureka moment compared to that constant dialogue between people which sounding off each other lead to new ideas? The later is beautifully illustrated with the development of the transistor and the work of John Baarden and Walter Brattain. It’s interesting that as the history moves into the pre-internet era that more and more of advancements are a result of collective effort, but also recognised as such. I wonder whether that is because technologies made collaboration easier, or the effects of socio-cultural developments that meant people recognised the collaborative efforts?
I’d recommend this book to anyone who is interested in IT has developed or even just interested in the interplay of personalities and events such as World war II that influenced scientific advancement.
When I read a technical book from cover to cover I usually build a mind map so that I can use it as a memory jogger in the future if I need to return to get key points such as arguments or facts. With the ferstive break I have had time to finish reading Sam Newman’s Building Microservices. The following is a static image, but clicking on it can take you the dynamic site provided through WiseMapping, it does take a moment or two as the map is large (or click here).
Many of the points made in this excellent book are true to software design and development generally, but given a Microservices spin. For example, monitoring and security should be incorporated into any good design.
So, I’m not a great fan of things like the World Economic Forum (WEF) – unlike TED it appears to be overtly political (and an opportunity for big business to lobby governments) rather than pure presentation ideas and innovation. That said, last week at Oracle’s Digital Transformation conference I did see a couple of videos produced by WEF that really got some messages across.
With WebUI’s getting more like thick applications as a result of the increasing adoption and sophistication of AJAX use I came across a website that does a good job of pulling together AJAX lessons, examples and tips tricks called www.ajaxlessons.com. Its a link’d recommedn adding to any web developers list of dev resources.