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I'll state it here for the record: the businesses that build the "best" developer onboarding programs are those who will succeed in internet 3.0 - Derry Birkett


All the internet 3.0 is belong to developers, #

"work on highly functional systems that are pragmatic and solve real problems for real users" - Teehan & Lax


Mission, #

January 10, 2015 - No Comments!

How to create a github repo from the command line

The awesome thing about the command line is the intimate relationship you build up with the internet (as opposed to the world wide web). Not to mention the time saving... Why open a browser, navigate to github, click here and there to create a repo, when it can be done in one line from the prompt?


Here's how:
curl -u "" -d '{"name":"yourdesiredreponame"}'

What is going on here? We are basically injecting data directly into Githubs database, via their API.

We are using curl (a tool to transfer data from or to a server) to call the Github API which we pass our username -u "email" and we specify that we pushing data with the -d '{"name":"var"}' flag.

Inside the data object we push to Githubs database we can specify more items than just the name, such as if a repo is private or not.

FYI here is the github API documentation

UPDATE: It's also possible to simply use the awesomeness of Hub - a command-line interface for GIT

June 26, 2014 - No Comments!

Getting Paid on the Fly

This is why I love subscribing to SaaS services - new features, no extra cost!  Harvest just made a free update to their invoicing service so that "Harvesters" (you know, people who use Harvest for their time tracking and stuff - yeah, I just made it up) can get paid even if their client is on holiday - no more excuses to delay, lovely!

This is what the internet is all about.  Keep up the great work guys.

Say Hello to Getting Paid on the Fly | HARVEST Time Tracking and Invoicing Blog.

July 24, 2013 - No Comments!

My Experience on oDesk

I ran into oDesk recently, and had a play with it:  Long story short - it has a clean UI but the fees are a joke, I pity the souls who may be forced to use it.  Clients on oDesk have tight budgets - that's ok - but oDesk skims it at every turn: between 10% commissions, withdrawal fees (even on Paypal), 6 day "settle periods" and currency arbitrage you'll need to spike your bid by 20% to come clean and order your food by cheque to balance payments. Not a recommended marketplace for professionals.

June 10, 2013 - No Comments!

JSON and Pandora’s Box

What do jQuery, JSON, Node.js, Backbone.js, oAuth and API development have in common?  They are currently sucking up all my learning time as I develop a very simple web app idea that I want to open up.  So much time I can't even continue the Greek theme I had in mind for this post beyond the title - I know there is something  in it...

“Start doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

  • Saint Francis of Assisi -

On Success, #

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”

– Henry Ford -

On Focus, #