The Complexity Curve: How to Design for Simplicity In this session, the presenter introduces the “Complexity Curve”. He discussed why our innovative ideas seem to fade over the course of a project, and he explained why "feature complete" is not the same as "optimal experience". and offered some methods for driving projects toward an interface of simplicity. The Complexity Curve describes how a project moves from boundless opportunity and wonderful ideas to requirements checklists and constraints, then finally (but only... [More]
This was a panel with representatives from Chrome, Fierfox, Opera and IE. Your browser is an important program on your computer and until recently there were no built-in, industrial-strength tools available for debugging web pages. As web apps become more sophisticated, so do the debugging environments. They discussed the similarities (and differences) between the tools and looked at how they addressing the needs of the 2012 developer: debugging Web Workers, tweaking CSS colors to perfection, remote debugging of mobile devices and other... [More]
Don Tapscott set the bar quite high with his thought-provoking opening keynote on Friday. Tapscott is Chairman of Moxie Insight and founded of the international think tank, New Paradigm. He co-authored the best-seller, Macrowikinomics , with Anthony D. Williams, a follow-on to their 2006 bestseller, Wikinomics. A few notes from his talk -- The killer app may turn out to be saving the planet. The core modus operandi of Wall Street is what almost brought down global capitalism. The collapse was not a blip. The future is not something to be... [More]
To say that start-up companies are well represented at this year's SXSW is like saying we got a little rain in Austin today. I think there may be more start-ups than rain drops... maybe. There's also quite a few panels dedicated to start-ups and entrepreneurs. And you could find most of them today at the Start-up Village. So that's where I started my day. At the Startup Marketing: Big Results with a Small Budget panel, Krista Neher and Saul Colt did an excellent job telling the attendees how to use creative ways, with small budgets, to get... [More]
So, it's the end of day one and I have walked about 5000 steps today. I guess I won't need much working out this week! This really is a sight to behold. The line get passes stretched the length of the convention center and then doubled back on itself an equal length. I'm so glad that I picked up my pass yesterday.
The IBM Lounge opened at 1:00 PM and there were already people looking to get in. I don't know if they were just anxious for electricity and the chance at a comfy chair or if they were really anxious to learn about social... [More]
Good session on trying to build persuasive design to get people to do certain behavior, use data to tell a story of what people are doing and maping journeys. Not only what influence design has on behavior, but also the impact that behavior has on design. Here is a summary: More and more products and services are designed around motivating users and incentivizing change. Products and services in finance, health and the environment, among other areas, are increasingly designed around influencing behavior. There are useful academic models... [More]
This was a panel session of design veterans, with experience that ranges from client services to product development. The internet is a never-ending data source. Through it, we are able to monitor visitor activity, study traffic patterns, and use these analytics to help guide users in the directions we want. Usability testing gives us behavioral information which can either affirm design decisions or inform necessary changes. Research and analytics go a long way in selling a creative direction to clients who are focused on engaging with their... [More]
Is Cloud the digital savior? This was a good session. It addresses the integrity of free cloud services. The speaker asks, is it a beautiful white fluffy cloud on a blue-sky day or is it a storm cloud? We live in a world today of constant connection. We’re blessed with unlimited access to pervasive communications. We store tons of personal data on free cloud systems. Will our cloud providers become information overloads? Will they stay secure? Can we depend on them? These issues can be debated. For free cloud services, he suggests that... [More]
Let's crank up a little Stevie Ray Vaughn.
Well, today is the day. SXSW has begun and I'm waiting for everythingto open up. It's cold (for Texas), grey and rainy... which always makes me think of Steview Ray.
IBM is going to host a lounge and you should stop by and say hello. I and other members of the developerWorks crew will be there through out the Interactive event. ( Read more details .)
I am also getting ready to do my first live broadcast. Be sure to follow me on Twitter so you can keep up with... [More]
Chris Walden here.
If you could hear from me about just one thing at SXSW what would it be? I know that's a terrible question. It's like asking a 6-year-old what was her favorite thing about Disney World (a question that my daughter actually received when she was 6). There is some method to my madness, though. I know the kinds of things that I think are shiny and they are all over the map. However, if I know that there is an area of particular interest to you... and you tell me what it is... then I can make some effort to coordinate... [More]
Chris Walden here with a little Beatles for you to listen to while you read this:
As I look a the things I want to attend at SXSW I discover a few things... First is that there are so many interesting topics all happening at the same time so that no matter what I'm going to miss a lot! Second, is that I'm starting to see a lot of things presented in the technical world that I have never seen in the past. Usually I've seen a lot of bits and bytes... how to make things go... solve problems. In the SXSW schedule I see a lot of... [More]
I'm headed to this session on Tuesday at the convention center ballroom. Here is a quick description: "As the rise of iOS, Android, and the Mac App Store brings more web developers into the world of native applications can our existing processes and best practices survive the transition?" This session will be very interesting to me, because I am all about development teams following processes and practices to develop quality code. This will result in fewer issues, better communication, lower costs, just to name a few. IBM Rational is... [More]
Chris Walden here.
During SXSW I'm going to do my best to share the experience with
everyone. That's going to mean a lot of blogging and, hopefully,
live video broadcasts. As I was pulling my kit together, it
struck me how different everything has become, and how much more
different it will be in the future.
If I was going to do this a couple of years ago, probably even last
year, I would have taken my big Lenovo laptop. Now, I like my
laptop. It's great for sitting and getting work done wherever I
need to be... but carrying... [More]
This SXSW session speaker took a platform game published on Win/Mac/iOS and its 100,000 line C++ code-base and turned it into an HTML5 game running on desktop, mobile and even TVs. This will be very interesting!! And I hope he lets us play it. Need HTML5 technical resources? Check out developerWorks Web development section for HTML5 resources See you there!
Yes. the father of reality TV and a supporter of Habitat for Humanity, and the National Alliance to End Homelessness. will be at SXSW speaking Friday at the Intercontinental about the value of digital video. How does digital video contribute to the strength of his brand today? How does online video complement or substitute for a broadcast television presence? What leading edge video platforms are available for brands to exploit? What digital tools give today’s brands an edge in understanding their video audiences? Where does mobile fit in?... [More]
Chris Walden here.
Since 1987 Austin has hosted the SXSW music festival. Of course, it has moved from being all about music to become nine sleepless days of technology, film and music, drawing artists and fans from around the world. Locals think of this as the time when "you don't want to go downtown" and the venues become privatized for people with wristbands. For the rest of the world this is a hardcore look at people who are innovating in various technological and entertainment industries, and making a good showing here... [More]
On Sunday morning at 11:00, I'll be running over to the Hilton for what sounds like a great session "Open source and the changing tech landscape" "From data center architecture to cloud computing software to the way we explore space to even mobile applications, open source has breathed new life into our everyday operations. By creating open dialogue, open source is driving forward new ways for us to conduct business and think about established principles". We all know how important open source and open standards are to the... [More]
I'm sorry to say to those traveling to Austin for SXSW, that it might be cloudy and rainy for the beginning of the event, but Austin really needs the rain, so I hope you forgive us. That isn't the only reason I've got my head in the clouds. There are some awesome Cloud sessions at SXSW. One in particular is Securing the Cloud: What's your Cloud entry point? Part of the session description is: "The move to cloud computing is still froth with questions about the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data moved to the cloud. These... [More]
This SXSW session on jQuery reviews options available now and in the future
for client-side templating. The libraries
available today include jQuery Templates, knockout.js, and
JsRender/JsViews. However, it is unclear which templating library is the best to use, and the
concept of client-side templating is too important to ignore. For more information on client-side templating in jQuery, take a look at the articles in developerWorks dedicated to this topic.