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 […]


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 […]


Austin Tech Events, September 12th 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 17-19th — TwilioCon 2013 in San Francisco – If […]


Google App Engine

PHP and Twilio on Google App Engine

As of Google IO this year, Google App Engine officially supports PHP. While it’s still in beta, you can tweak your applications and give it a try right now. I’ve included some of my lessons learned from getting Twilio’s quickstarts functional on GAE. You can read the results here: Getting started with Twilio on Google […]


Vocabulary for Startups – Part 1 of N

I was recently invited to get an opening talk at Startup Weekend Houston specifically on customer validation. I enjoy developing interview questions and actually talking with potential customers, so it seemed like a great opportunity. As I got closer to the actual presentation, I realized that by jumping into the interview stage, I would be […]


CoderFaire Atlanta 2013

Next week I’m headed down to sunny Atlanta to speak at the second CoderFaire. It’s a two day event giving people the opportunity to connect across technology communities to learn new stuff and create fun things. That’s the cool thing about CoderFaire. Unlike the PHP events or the .Net events or all the other language/technology-specific […]