Giles Bowkett

Wide range of Ruby and programming topics; by author of over 10 open source projects.

Link: gilesbowkett.blogspot.com

  • Why Scrum Should Basically Just Die In A Fire

    Why Scrum Should Basically Just Die In A Fire

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 18 Sep '14, 10am

    Everyone calls their cards simultaneously by turning them over. People with high estimates and low estimates are given a soap box to offer their justification for their estimate and then discussion continues. Repeat the estimation process until a consensus is reached. The developer wh...

  • My Name Is Giles, And I Am A Panda

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 26 Aug '14, 10pm

    ...computing spread out much, much faster than educating unsophisticated people can happen... the lack of a real computer science today, and the lack of real software engineering today, is partly due to this pop culture... If you look at software today, through the lens of the history...

  • The Bizarre Bazaar: Who Owns Express.js?

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 01 Aug '14, 1am

    When TJ Holowaychuk lost interest in maintaining Express, he did the right thing (for a change) by letting others take over and keep it going. In open source, that meant the project was no longer his, even if it was located under his GitHub account – a common practice when other peopl...

  • Ye Olde Blogge Sale

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 09 Jun '14, 8pm

    I wrote a book on Rails which a lot of people praised and a book on Ember which seems to have become Google's number one autocomplete suggestion for my name. But I also make products that are fun. Here's a video from my latest product , in which I model an anime robot in 3D using Thre...

  • @fhwang I did some related experiments but it was very "web developer tries naive nlp"

    Blog Comment Similarity Detector (Free Code For Disqus)

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 19 Jul '14, 11pm

    A little while back, a Disqus plugin annoyed me in some way. I don't remember how, but I do remember that I tweeted Disqus about it, and they fixed it, mostly. I've decided to return the favor. Yesterday, the MetaOptimize blog post NLP Challenge: Find semantically related terms over a...

  • The Rails/Merb Merge In Retrospect

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 05 Jun '14, 9pm

    Rails will become more modular, starting with a rails-core, and including the ability to opt in or out of specific components. We will focus on reducing coupling across Rails, and making it possible to replace parts of Rails without disturbing other parts. This is exactly what Merb me...

  • Real Talk

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 29 Jun '14, 5am

    1/ Britain had a very strong female leader at the head of a police state in Queen Elizabeth, in the late 1500s, when Shakespeare got started — not a chatbot (@gilesgoatboy) June 29, 2014 2/ so if Hillary Clinton wins in 2016 America will have caught up to where England was in the 1590...

  • saved a ton of money (in units of time) buying the latest @gilesgoatboy joint:

    Build an Anime Robot in WebGL Using Three.js

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 25 Apr '14, 7am

    are robotic spider tanks (which can also double as vehicles) from the anime TV series Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex . Despite some fairly relentless fan service , it's a great show . It features terrific cyberpunk, where the Tachikomas are not just props or weapons, but also...


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