software engineering

Programming as craft

Can programming be a craft? I was thinking about this as I was reading Matthew Crawford’s excellent book The World Beyond Your Head. Much like Crawford’s earlier work Shop Class as Soulcraft, he a

Move slow and break nothing

Facebook Messenger was down for me for about an hour earlier this week. My MacBook Pro randomly kernel panics overnight and restarts. Slack was down, and Github, and AWS. A little more than a year ago

Hoodline is trying to fix local news deserts with a new automated news wire

Local news is kind of a mess. While the global platforms have been exploding, making it easier to follow events at a world wide level, local news sources have atrophied. Those two things are, obviousl

Mobile application testing service HeadSpin launches from stealth

HeadSpin, a mobile application testing service, launched today to give developers a one-stop shop for quality assurance and control for mobile application development. The company’s co-founder

A quick look at the evolving software engineering jobs market

Hired, a recruiting platform that connects companies with tech talent, published a new report this week on the state of software engineering jobs that suggests contract workers can make more than ful

Game studio Mighty Bear rises from the ashes of King’s former Singapore office

Office closures don’t just mean unemployment and uncertainty, they can lead to new opportunities. That’s the case for Mighty Bear Games, a Singapore-based games studio that grew out of the

The Turing Tumble lets you and your kids build real mechanical computers

When the lights go out and the entire world is thrust into the technological nether, we’ll need board games like Turing Tumble. Created programmer Paul Boswell – he’s well known for

In the car with Android in the Car

One of the areas that Google talked up regarding Android beyond phones at I/O this year was in vehicles, and Android in the Car was the main way it's expanding its in-car presence. The expansion of it

This Lucid Air electric car winter test video reminds us snow can be good

Lucid’s Air is a 1,000 HP electric dream car, which is still in the early stages of real-world testing, but which already has more than a few EV fans excited. Now, the company is showing off its

Enflux captures body motion for fun and rehabilitation

Enflux makes motion capture clothing that, for better or worse, is surprisingly slimming. These tight-fitting duds contain wired, washable sensors that can show your body position on a phone or screen

How to make debt pay

Not all debt is bad debt. It’s conventional wisdom in the world of finance that the strategic use of debt builds better companies. The same is true for software. Companies that are strategic in thei

Microsoft’s Project Springfield helps developers find and squash bugs

Microsoft today announced a first preview of Project Springfield at its Ignite conference in Atlanta. The cloud-based tool aims to help developers find bugs in their applications by combining fuzz te

Are site reliability engineers the next data scientists?

It’s no secret that "data scientist" is one of the hottest job titles going. DJ Patil famously proclaimed data scientist “The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century" before moving on to join the White Ho

Creating A “SEA” Change In The Digital Age

A popular anecdote states that Henry Ford paid his assembly line workers a good wage so they could afford to buy their own company’s cars. Although the reasoning for this decision has been questione

On Secretly Terrible (Old) Engineers

Last week, I wrote a column on the deep fear held by many in the startup ecosystem of hiring a “Secretly Terrible Engineer.” I argued that for a variety of cultural reasons, software engineering h

On Secretly Terrible Engineers

They lurk, unnoticed in the great halls of engineering that are the office strips along Highway 101. “Programmers” not programmers, people who have cheated, stolen, and lied their way through engi

Facebook R&D Goes Global: Opens Engineering Office In London, Its First Outside The U.S.

With the majority of <a target="_blank" href="">Facebook's</a> 1 billion users, and subscriber growth, now coming from outside the U.S., the company is taking ever more steps t