10 Tech Stories To Read This Week — July 3, 2012

Here are the 10 Tech Stories to read this week:

  • Manning.com: Manning has always been one of my favorite publishers of technical books, particular the “??? in Action” books, which have always been well researched and detailed. Over the years, one of the reasons, I frequent the Manning site has been the list of “Upcoming books”. This is because there are various frameworks, technologies mentioned over here that I probably have not heard of or have heard of little. So this indirectly gives me a good idea of what frameworks are likely to see some traction in the coming years. The fact that they are allocating a book project to an obscure framework that I have never heard of means that the framework is not obscure but the fact that I might be turning myself irrelevant. I encourage you to take a look at the Upcoming books section and see for yourself the different book titles and if you have a handle on those topics?
  • MongoDB 2.2 TTL Collections: Timed Collections seems to be a very useful feature for certain use cases. You can now eliminate a bunch of the Cron Jobs that you were writing to clear out stale data. Nice to know that the DB itself can take care of it.
  • Patterns of Developer Experience: A great indepth article by @mahemoff on the different types of Developer Experience. We have all heard about User Experience (UX) but companies who are putting out their products (or APIs) for Developers to use need to understand the different kinds of Developer Experience so that their APIs/Products can be well accepted by them. But to do that, it will really help if you go through the different types of Developer Experiences identified here, ranging from getting your software up and running withing 5 mins, tutorials, etc. A very important read if you are planning to build a developer community around your product.
  • Embrace Prototypal Object-Oriented Programming: An article on Prototypal OO Programming, using Javascript.
  • Program Your Life: Once in a while something comes along that you just love on first reading. This happened to be one of them. If  you own an Android phone and want to bypass all that Appstore craziness by learning Java,etc to build Android programs and instead simply wish to program your phone to help you in your everyday tasks, then On{X} from Microsoft might just be for you. Yes, the product is from Microsoft and it lets you script simple things like “Remind me to buy X when I am near my phone” in very simple  Javascript routines. They even have several recipes already written up that do a ton of things. If you have Facebook account and an Android phone, this is a great way to start programming some tasks.
  • Different ways of Web Form Validations: If you have done any programming on the web, you have at least written a form that submits some data to the server and also done some validation before submitting the form. This article covers different ways in which form validation can be done. A nice refresher for everyone.
  • Visual Git Guide: Git is literally taking over version control. Here is a nice visual guide to typical Git operations.
  • Google I/O 2012 Recap: Last week was dominated with announcements from Google during their annual Tech event, Google I/O. This blog post nicely summarizes all the important announcements. Now that the noise has settled, you can decide which news is of immediate importance and absorb slowly.
  • Google Developer Academy: Another educational initiative from Google to teach developers about its platforms and API. Judging by the number of online universities popping up, it is good to see companies like Google taking a fresh look at how they educate and attract developers to their offerings instead of just plain API documentation.
  • Node.js – Beyond the Basics: A solid series of tutorials on Node.js from IBM Developerworks.

Have a great week !

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