For those of you that aren’t aware of them, 37 Signals are a group of developers and designers who just happen to be ranked alongside Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Yahoo (an others) when it comes to the big movers and shakers on the web today. But they don’t have quite the same business setup as those huge corporations. They may be international, but there’s only six of them.
Six? Only six? Yet they’ve created some of the most talked about software on the web today.
Little wonder, then, that they recommend the streamlined approach. And I for one agree with them, in fact I’d go so far as to say that for most projects a budget of £0 and a team of 1 can get the very best results. Of course, for other projects, having a team of three or four can be a real advantage. But any more than that and you get into real trouble. For one thing you can’t all fit around a table in Starbucks.
A few weeks ago I used the A-Team to illustrate some point or other (see, it was that memorable). Well, Mr Malarkey has got out his Star Wars action figures to help him understand CSS.
The force is strong with this one.
Just in case you were wondering, here’s a list of the problems with “That Other Browser”. Instead I recommend you use the wonderful Firefox.
OK, I nearly get it. After a bit more messing about with SharpDevelop, and (of course) help from M@, I’ve succeeded in writing an application that will query a database on your local network, parse the output fields from various SQL statements, format them as encoded requests, and post them to a particular web address. Useful for updating online product databases without any technical know-how.
So, I know it’s early days, and I’ve got a long way to go, but this software stuff continues to enthrall me! And with downloading the latest Ubuntu release, I’ve got plenty of geeky toys to be playing with at the moment.
I don’t get it. I just don’t get it. I, with my procedure-based mentality, just can’t understand all this classes and namespaces malarkey. So I suppose I’ll have to swot up and learn all about it.
Either that or I’ll start a chicken farm.