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Most Popular Web Languages for 2010 (June 7, 2010)

Back in 2007, I wrote about the most popular web languages and frameworks. It seemed about time to do a quick update. Here are the current standings in my super non-scientific Google popularity contest: PHP: 7.5 billion results (154% increase) ASP.NE (more...)

Spring Cleaning and Garage Sales -- Online (April 16, 2010)

Ahh, the fresh smell of spring.  Time to get rid of the old and bring in the new. Inevitably when you start spring cleaning, you end up with a bunch of things you’ve acquired over the years that you don’t really need anymore. Wh (more...)

How many mediocre programmers does it take to... (September 14, 2009)

How many mediocre programmers does it take to replace a good programmer? The answer is: Trick question. No amount of mediocre programmers will ever replace a good one. Let’s say your good programmer has a “productivity factor” of 1. (more...)

New site: buymystuff.com (July 16, 2009)

Last night I gave the first public demo of my new site – http://buymystuff.com What does it do? It’s basically like having an online garage sale that people can browse 24x7. “But Jason…”, you ask, “How is this any (more...)

New Zealand and running a virtual company (July 8, 2009)

It’s official! All of the paperwork for a one-year working holiday trip to New Zealand is now complete. Melissa and I will be leaving September 1st, and returning August 2010. I’ll be continuing to operate my web development company &ndas (more...)

Great to see that people are doing! (June 9, 2009)

I have been in touch with lots of people regarding my previous blog posting, and I’m very impressed to see that a lot of people are indeed aware of the problem, and actively working toward solutions. In fact, Michael Geist, who has been speakin (more...)

Stop talking and start doing! (June 7, 2009)

People love to talk. It’s in our nature. We’re social creatures. At some point, however, if you want to get anything done, you have to stop talking and start doing. There is a big conference in Stratford this week called “Canada 3.0 (more...)

Software Development: When Change is Bad (April 9, 2009)

As software moves into maturity, it becomes a delicate art to add features and fix bugs without screwing up stuff that already works. I’ve worked on three 10+ year-old, massively-sized projects (CorelDRAW, Microsoft Access, and ERDAS Imagine) a (more...)

Management vs. Leadership (September 18, 2008)

Robert X. Cringely wrote a nice little post about Leadership recently. Everybody has lots to say on this topic – most of which is meaningless blubber – but I was particularly impressed with these little gems (emphasis added): “Manag (more...)