Ask a Repair Shop

Ask a Repair Shop by Philip Yurchuk

An interesting look at the mindset around the purchasing of enterprise software. Obviously, there is no simple answer to all of the problems inherent with the purchasing and managing of large software products, but speaking with those who work with integrating solutions within similar institutions can be enlightening.

TextMate Updates File Browser

I still use TextMate 2 as my editor-of-choice.

Recently the pace of the updates has increased and some semi-major changes are being released into the open.

Build r9345 has this in the release notes:

File browser has a new navigation bar. This is work in progress. You can find most actions of the old bar in the Go menu (where you can also see the key equivalents). Presently missing is “Show Hidden Items”, a toolbar below the file browser will soon appear.

And it’s true!

TM2 File Browser

It is nice to see some of the visual refreshes coming into the editor. I’m waiting to see what they decide to do with the toolbar at the bottom and whatever else they might have in store. TextMate 2 has been the beneficiary of opening up its source to the world on GitHub.

Mobile First

MG Siegler posted My Product Feedback and I’m starting to come over to his way of thinking. Here’s an excerpt:

Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile Mobile …

There’s a lot more where that came from. It finally settles on this:

Don’t build an app based on your website. Build the app that acts as if websites never existed in the first place. Build the app for the person who has never used a desktop computer. Because they’re coming. Soon.

My son will probably be a part of that generation, and he’s already coming. Is desktop computing going away? Of course not, but I think that “general purpose computing” is moving away from the desktop for a good number of people. Apps like Instagram have shown how huge a mobile-first application can be, and I think that there are going to be many more.

Even Twitter has allowed you to start using their app for almost everything (including editing your profile).

I’m pretty well settled that whatever I build will need to be first for a mobile platform and then maybe brought to the desktop.