Friday, October 13, 2006

Tizra Blog is alive!

Tizra's blog is now alive! In there you should hope to find the Tizra's team ramblings on the web publishing world...technical hints, development process observations, geekly comments and cool notes on what is going on. The blog is alive at I will be splitting some of my blogging time between this blog and the new Tizra blog, but putting on the new blog some more focus on what we are doing at Tizra and practices that worked there. Check it out!

Sunday, October 01, 2006


Wikis should now hold, I believe, a crucial place in every development team's utility belt. Information sharing, knowledge transmission, they all represent fundamental aspects of the development process within a team. There are a ton of wikis out there (e.g. see JSPWiki for instance) that provide the full features that will allow for this information knowledge base repository to be implemented.

Now, sometimes wouldn't it be nice to have a small personal wiki to jot your thoughts, todo lists, tips and tricks ? Something that you probably would not want to store on a shared wiki. TiddlyWiki gives you just that. For starters it is pretty impressive the ease in which you can start doing something with it....You just download a single html file (loaded with javascript functionality) drop it into a directory on your disk and access it via a browser. That's it. no more installation steps/tools/servers required! You're up-and-running ready to start writing. How cool is that ? And bringing features like tagging, RSS this brings an even more useful experience to the mix.

Yet another tool in my tool belt (will probably need a new belt sometime soon...mine is getting too crowded...;-) ).

Another tip picked up at the No Fluff Just Stuff conference. :-)

No Fluff Just Stuff Impressions

Damn you Jay Zimmerman for making my life so hard during the No Fluff Just Stuff conference days ;-). For two and a half days you made me go through the excruciating pain of having to choose one presentation for each time slot...I could have put boring, uninteresting sessions in there to make my life easier but had to give us a choice of absolutely fascinating topics presented by brilliant speakers. And pretty much at all time slots ? Come on....I came back refreshed and enthusiastic from the presentations, exhausted from the selection process.

Now seriously (in case you have not picked up *yet* that I'm joking), the No Fluff Just Stuff conference was simply fantastic. The organization, and Jay Zimmerman in particular, did a fantastic job of putting this together. The place was pretty well setup, the materials were really good and organized, the topics impressive (I would have gone to all of them could I clone myself!), the speaker list really overwhelming. You would get to hear the presentations in decently sized rooms (not huge theater like places like other conferences), you would get to interact with the speakers (in and out of the sessions) to ask questions and just exchange ideas. And there were even nice goodies raffled among the audience (I was not one of the lucky ones to get a prize but hey, that was not what I went there for ... obviously still trying to rationalize! ;-) )

In short...count me in for the next one! This is a hidden gem of a conference!

And, if you could not make it, you can still get the No Fluff Just Stuff Anthology from any shelf of any good tech bookstore (or amazon if you also consider virtual shelves for that matter).