Developer Meetings in South Florida: My Thoughts…

For many years I’ve seen how the “web culture” has evolved in different places around the world. Some places that come to mind are the west coast of the US and London, for some reason you will find a high concentration of designers and web developers at these locations. More over the best conferences, workshops and meetings for internet technologies and trends occur at those locations. I started to wonder why South Florida didn’t have a community of designers and developers as in the top places? After all South Florida has the ingredients to support such a community, at least thats what I think.

To my surprise I found out late last year, during the holiday season, that South Florida would be hosting the Future of Web Apps 2008 conference. I was so excited that I registered for the event and started to look for locals attending the event. Thats when I found that there is a good, albeit small, community of developers and designers that are on the bleeding edge of internet technologies. I even found that there are a good number of internet startups here in South Florida such as Scrapblog.

After a good amount of time reading about the different meetings in the area I decided to join one and try to be part of the community. The first meeting was very relaxed, informal and with loads of insightful information about the web development/design business in the area. A few days later I attended a Ruby development meeting, this time around the meeting was a little more formal.

If you are like me, a person new to the South Florida Web development / design scene, I recommend that you check out meetup.com to look for the next meetings here in South Florida.

Apple’s MacBook Air

After much anticipation the Macworld 2008 keynote is over and Apple released some new products(time capsule and macbook air) and updates(apple tv, movie rentals and ipod touch ). I have to say that most of what was shown at this year’s keynote was expected.

The most important product released today was the MacBook Air, Apple’s ultra thin computer weighting in at 3.0 lbs and measuring, at its thickest point, just 0.76?. This product has been rumored for a few months already and was generating some excitement among Apple fanboys including myself. However after the initial excitement I realized that the product is disappointing.

On the outside my main concerns with the MacBook Air are the number of USB ports and the micro-dvi port. Only 1 USB port wont satisfy my needs at the moment, I know that wi-fi is the main idea behind the Air but not all the gadgets, the ones I use with a laptop, are wi-fi enabled. Secondly a micro-dvi port? why didnt they try to keep the mini-dvi port? that means that I will have to carry yet another adapter with me.

As far as hardware goes the Air’s standard specs seem good enough. However if we take a closer look at the specs we can see that the HDD speed is just 4200RPM, quite slow if you ask me. The same is true for the processor 1.6Ghz shouldn’t even be there it should have come with 1.8Ghz standard. The 5hr battery life for an ultra thin computer seems low; I remember two years ago while looking for a laptop that IBM had ultra thin laptops with a 7-9hr battery life. Heat is another issue I’m concern with, my MacBook runs HOT most of the time, how is the MacBook Air going to handle heat? The only things I really dig in the MacBook Air are the screen size and full keyboard.

I guess I will be waiting for the reviews from the early adopters. The product is not bad and I dont think the price is excessive as some people complain. Nonetheless I believe the Air is a product whose technical specs were not well thought out.

Watch Apple’s MacBook Air Official guided tour, picture gallery, specs and the Ad

Interesting View On Looking For Good Programmers

I recently started looking for a Job as a developer, either web or stand-alone, and while searching thru some job listings I saw a common trend. They(employers) do not necessarily understand what to look for in a person to fill in a position.

I found this post on digg and thought that I share almost all of this persons views of who is a good programmer.

I particularly agree on his view of self-learning. I know many programmers who complain about new technologies and dont want to learn it unless they are sent to a course or the company invests in (pays) them to learn a new technology.

A good programmer doesn’t need a training course to learn a new technology. In fact, the great programmer will be the one talking your ear off about a new technology that you haven’t even heard of, explaining to you why you must use it in your business, even if none of your staff knows how to use it. Even if it’s a technology he doesn’t know how to use yet.