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Using abstraction to understand systems

Using abstraction to understand systems

I just stumbled on a very well done interactive post by Brett Victor explaining the ladder of abstraction concept and how to put the idea to work exploring and understanding complex systems. The most exciting engineering challenges lie on the boundary of theory and the unknown. Not so unknown that they’re hopeless, but not enough …

Drag and drop prototyping with HTML5

Drag and drop prototyping with HTML5

Pingendo, a native application for Windows and Mac, uses Twitter Bootstrap as a base for drag-and-drop HTML editing. I was just wishing this tool existed last week as I tried to beat Axure into working as well as hand-coding my own mockups. If it’s as good as it looks at first glance, this could be …

Engineers or authors?

Engineers or authors?

Interesting post by Kurt Leafstrand comparing software development to writing and publishing rather than engineering: So, here’s the insight I’m currently tossing around in my head: The problem is that software isn’t built; it’s written. The final product is not like the Bay Bridge. It’s like a novel. Engineers are the authors. They start with …