The Fight has been revived!

So I’m just going to pretend I was on a “sabbatical” for about a year.

I found blogging difficult because with only so much time in the day, I wanted to spend it actually working on something instead of just writing about it. My other big problem was that I actually wanted to supply blog posts with substance, and not just regurgitate other crap. I did that for a couple posts and it just felt dirty. Then I had some posts about the whole Spindle language thing, which honestly was not quite on topic either.

Eventually I just gave up and stopped caring. When it came time to renew the domain and hosting service, I felt stupid paying the money. Looking back, I only actually wrote 10 posts!

Revival

Basically, two things happened. The first was that I had done enough thinking and learning and soul searching with Spindle that I needed an outlet and feedback, and that of course means the internet.

The other thing that happened was that I saw this posting by Dion Almaer of ajaxian fame. I wanted that job. Like, I realy wanted that job. But I would never leave the job I have now. However, it did get me thinking about my hireability. Sure I’m doing something right now that shows off some pretty good programming chops, but what do I have to show for it. The framework I built isn’t open source, and the project I’m developing isn’t finished. The fact is, I have never really worked on a project that I would really consider finished or successful. Sure a couple minor projects here and there, but I mean, there’s nothing I could point Dion to and say, look at that! I did that!

I started making a list of things I thought would help me feel confident in applying for this job. (Again, not actually doing it, but what would make me confident if I were going to.) Among that list of things was some kind of a web presence. I realized that now that I took down fightfortheopenweb.com, I didn’t even have a site to point to. Being a web developer, that seemed really bad.

Once more, with feeling

So for take two, I’m trying to learn from my mistakes.

  1. Don’t spend money – Until I can be sure I’m on a roll with this, I don’t want to spend any money, that way I won’t end it for fiscal reasons.
  2. Keep it focused – I have a lot to say, but I felt that RE:The Fight was not the right place for most of those thoughts. So I started another blog to keep each one focused on its specific purpose. That one is Spindle Journal as seen on the left.
  3. Just write – I don’t want to just dump crap here, but I’d like to think that if I lower my standards a little, I’ll write more, and then I’ll naturally get better at writing more quality posts faster.

Stay tuned for more on the fight. There has been a lot brewing, and I’ve got a lot to say!

Where our hero does some hand waving…

…and pretends like he didn’t disappear into the void for over a month.

I hate to say it, but this blogging thing is tough. Between spring cleaning, a five month old baby, and a startup company, time can sometimes be a problem :) As for actually making any progress on code. I think that might be a pipe dream at the moment. Oh well. I’ll do what I can.

In my absence, there has been SOOO much great stuff going on, and I just wanted to mention them.

  • YAHOO! BrowserPlus was released. Its kind of like Gears but with a different slant. Different goals. It hasn’t completely opened up yet, but they claim it will soon, so that’s exciting. Unlike Gears, I’m pretty sure Y! is not as concerned about implementing/creating new standards. Maybe something like JSONRequest could go that direction, but certainly not FlickrUploader. I would actually say that if there was anything that might be considered a “new browser standard”, it would be the idea of cross-browser plugins. Unlike Gears which is closed to plugins by design, BrowserPlus is specifically built for the purpose of being pluggable. Imagine if you could write a Firefox plugin that could be used cross-browser, wouldn’t you be more likely to write one?
  • Google Gears turned one and became just Gears! – I’m really happy about this. After talking to Brad, I could really tell that the Gears team’s vision was set on helping bring all browsers up to speed and focus on new and old standards. I thought that was great but it always really bugged me that it was closely affiliated with Google. Dropping the “Google” part of the name is the first step, so “Good job guys!”. The next step would be to move the governance of the project outside of Google.
  • SquirrelFish – So awesome. Those webkit guys just make my day every frickin time. Too lazy to click the link? SquirrelFish is a new superfast JS vm runtime. Benchmarks show it faster than Tamarin at the moment even.  Not much need for explanation here. The better performance runtimes we get for the open web, the better it can compete against proprietary competition!
Ok, I guess that’s enough for now. I really don’t want to turn this into a news aggregation blog, regurgitating things that I think are cool. You can just go to Ajaxian to see where I get MY news from. However, news regurgitation is easy, and I needed to write something. Also, I feel like such a negative nancy sometimes and I thought a positive post would be nice for a change.