Broken Heart Grunge by Nicolas Raymond

Working for a Dating Website

Over this past weekend, I came across a Wired called “Write the Perfect Email to Anyone with this Creepy Site” on using machine learning and natural language processing to analyze a person’s social media profiles and offer tips on how to communicate with them effectively. Most people immediately thought about sales, but one thread of the conversation […]


Practical Approach to API Design

Operation Buy It Now

My first book – “A Practical Approach to API Design” – shipped this past Friday. As a result, I’m activating Operation Buy It Now today. To sweeten the deal, if you order it by 11:59pm  ET on Sunday the 23rd, you will be entered into a random drawing for four hours of API consulting. All […]


PHP5.5 and JSON Licensing or Licenses and You

Everything noted below is professional advice not legal advice. I’m not a lawyer, so check with your legal department or similar before you use open source software, regardless of the license. In terms of software licensing, I have a simple principle: Don’t make things unnecessarily complicated. Let’s face it, most developers don’t understand licensing. They […]


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Marvel API – Helper Library

It’s a dark and stormy night. You’ve been working on that last bit of code and an explosion rocks your living room. In walks Doctor Doom with a simple demand: How many other “doctors” are in the Marvel universe? Unless you’re Comic Book Guy and know this off the top of your head, you’re going […]


Developer Evangelism: The Whole Story

Developer evangelism has been both the best and worst job in my career. Before I go any further, let me state that I loved working for Twilio. It’s cool technology but more importantly the passion, intelligence, and the ability of the senior leadership and just about everyone else is amazing. I walked in and felt […]


Austin Tech Events, September 25th Edition

This is an ongoing list of upcoming tech events in/around Austin or especially relevant to the groups I participate in. It shouldn’t be considered perfect but is pretty good. This is limited to approximately 90 days for sanity’s sake. Everything is in Austin unless otherwise noted. September 27-29th — Lean Startup Machine – a weekend experience […]