14th June 2019The premise of AR Bookmarks is to add links to the real world. So that is what I did. In hindsight I see that was the wrong approach, technically. By using the name field of ARAnchor, I was able add the URL of the bookmark into the position in real world but when it came to adding a title I wasn't able to. So for a long time all bookmarks had a long URL whenever you tried to see what site they point towards. While that worked in the MVP sense of "get everything working to some extent", I prefer the MVP sense of "a small amount done well" so I knew it couldn't launch like that.
14th June 2019You know that feeling where you've done something but it isn't quite ready to show anyone? It's 14th June 2019 today and I wrote the first blog post about AR Bookmarks in September 2018. It's not ready to use yet, but it's getting close so I finally feel I can publish those early posts. I should have done it straight away but didn't want to put out vapourware.
4th June 2019The moral of this story is automated accessibility checkers can fail and you should always manually test your external tools not just the product you're working on.
9th April 2019As a reply to Andy Bell's "Break out of the echo chamber" blog post, I've delved into some of the thoughts I've been having for a while about silos and rifts within the web industry.
29th March 2019Building websites is hard. Let’s explore the creation of a component from start to finish, in the context of an exaggerated reality where projects aren’t flawless.
26th February 2019One of the reasons I started AR Bookmarks was to have a goal of getting a project to a “done”-enough state. An app on the App Store seemed to be a good criteria for that goal. I find it so easy to start a project, then another and then yet another all at once.
26th February 2019It works. As of v0.11 in ARBookmarks you can add a link to a website in the real world, turn off the app then start it up again and it will show the link. That’s the Minimum Viable Product working.
16th February 2019These are the notes I took in reflection of an Agile training session I attended. It included a couple of interesting activities that showed how hard it is to get everything right and how it's just about trying to keep improving.
29th January 2019Looking back at New Adventures, I'm not sure where to start. By saying it was a great conference? Of course it was. The previous NA Conf was 6 years ago and back then I couldn't afford to go to conferences that far away, so I jumped at the chance to go to the one conference that everyone would always talk about. It was as good and better than I expected. But no, it almost feels like telling people how good the conference was is not the right thing to do...
29th January 2019Did anyone at New Adventures read the blurbs for each talk? I didn't. I hadn't even noticed that until the last talk... Ethan Marcotte, who everyone knows for Responsive Web Design was surely going to talk about making websites right? Wrong. Well, right but in a different way. Ethan showed everyone the right way of using privilege.