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March 23, 2017

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What does Microsoft’s commitment to open source mean for traditional Microsoft vendors?

What does Microsoft’s commitment to open source mean for traditional Microsoft vendors?

I’m a JavaScript guy and I love open source, but I also work for a Microsoft Partner company. I’m the kind of developer who avoids spinning up Visual Studio if I don’t have to, would choose React Native over Xamarin and I know how to run a Linux server… But I’m definitely an exception in…

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March 5, 2017

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Pursuing a career or pursuing my passion? Can I do both?

Pursuing a career or pursuing my passion? Can I do both?

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how best to spend my time and where I want to end up in life. The more I explore this the more I’ve noticed that a lot of people get into businesses or careers for well-intentioned but potentially counterproductive reasons. Did you start that amazing startup idea because…

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February 23, 2017

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How I make memorable passwords

How I make memorable passwords

I hear a lot of people complaining about having to make up and remember passwords all the time. I came up with what I think is a foolproof technique. Instead of just explaining it to my friends and family as I lecture them about using a password manager and how much easier they their lives…

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February 19, 2017

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Humane Tech – We are the reason it will get better

Humane Tech – We are the reason it will get better

I attended my first Webstock this year and I was blown away. I wasn’t aware going into the conference that it usually has a political element to it but apparently this year was step up. Interspersed with more traditional technical or interest driven talks were honest people getting up and saying what they felt about…

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February 13, 2017

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Farewell Ōtautahi – New beginings

Farewell Ōtautahi – New beginings

After my first day at the brand new Intergen offices in Wellington I’m reflecting on how much I’ve changed over the years both professionally and personally. The most important change is how much more connected I feel to Aotearoa, to our people and to my home city of Ōtautahi Christchurch. For the longest time I…

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January 30, 2017

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Star Trek pioneered the Conversational User Interface (CUI)

Star Trek pioneered the Conversational User Interface (CUI)

Right now there is a lot of buzz around Conversational User Interfaces (CUI) and all the major players are jumping into some form of voice controlled services focussed on reducing the friction between user’s and their devices. Over the years the imagination of science fiction world has inpiring and predicting future technology. I think once…

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January 26, 2017

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React Quick Start Tutorial

React Quick Start Tutorial

Unfortunately I feel a lot people looking to get into React get bogged down with all the buzz around Flux or Redux, server rendering, build tools etc… All of which are not actually part of React itself. I thought I’d write a short tutorial to teach you the basics. This is part 1 of 2…

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January 20, 2017

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Debugging WordPress with Visual Studio Code (VS Code)

Debugging WordPress with Visual Studio Code (VS Code)

Visual Studio Code(VS Code) is a great text editor that can used to debug Node, C#.NET, TypeScript and thanks to its extensions and marketplace many more! I’ve been using VS Code since it came out for debugging JavaScript and later .NET Core but recently I as I was developing this website (in WordPress) I decided…

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