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Commentary | Jason E. Shao

Searching for an ideal home whiteboard

Searching for an ideal home whiteboard
I have to admit, a good whiteboard is one of my absolute favorite things in the world. While I absolutely spend all kinds of time writing in text editors, and other digital medium (and have tried just about every tablet/digital/smart-pen replacement for dumb-pens and paper) there is something about how easy it is to work ...

BDD as Finite-State-Machine (FSM)

Have been doing a lot of reading, playing, studying, experimenting around aligning specification and software recently. (Some background: I recently accepted a new position running Engineering @ PlaceIQ – and so have a clean slate in a hyper-growth environment to think about the classic problem of “ahhh…. our users give us terrible requirements” – of ...

Needing Clear Specifications Not New

Needing Clear Specifications Not New
This was a letter posted at the Franklin Institute’s Railway exhibit, that I think helps highlight the importance of specifications. Both: Un-Maintainable (and) So heavy that it damaged tracks when sent around on tour Seem like they represent really smart people building absolutely the wrong thing. Something to keep in mind 🙂

Tempted by iPad Mini

Tempted by iPad Mini
I went to look at the iPad Mini in person today, and have to admit I’m tempted. While it’s still comfortably in “want” *not* “need” – it is many of the things I was hoping the Kindle Fire would be – and seems to have all the advantages of Apple’s ecosystem (iTunes *and* Apps) + ...

New Look

New Look
Getting a bit stir-crazy after a week of working around challenges brought on by Hurricane Sandy – so of course, refreshed the blog’s look and feel – using the Montezuma theme by BytesForAll. Have also made a bit more prominent that the advertising on this site is powered by PulsePoint (where I run Technology), which happens ...