My Reading List

This is part of my trails and lists series, after Vannevar Bush. In that vein, please send me items to add or follow me @danfrost. I’ll update these as I come across new things.


My favourite sources. Obviously there’s twitter and Facebook but they’re a bit push-at-me rather than pull-by-me.

Tech, Products

http://www.technologyreview.com/

http://spectrum.ieee.org/

http://arstechnica.com/

https://news.ycombinator.com/newest. I read the newest since the popular doesn’t change that often and often filters to twitter.

http://techonomy.com/

http://www.producthunt.com/. This is amazing for product ideas andcomparisons.

VCs etc blogs

http://steveblank.com/

http://blog.pmarca.com/

http://fivethirtyeight.com/

http://venturebeat.com/

http://techmeme.com/

News

http://www.economist.com/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology/ and http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business/ 

http://www.indymedia.org.uk/

http://www.businessweekly.co.uk/

Web design, marketing
http://www.creativebloq.com/

http://www.citoresearch.com/

http://www.thedrum.com/

 

Advertisements

Alternative / niche social networks and social network platforms

This is part of my trails and lists series, after Vannevar Bush. In that vein, please send me items to add or follow me @danfrost. I’ll update these as I come across new things.


 

Some social network platforms, tools. Some alternative social networks. This list is very beta… please send me items to add via @danfrost

https://diasporafoundation.org/

http://opensocial.org/

https://www.xing.com/

https://www.yammer.com/

http://buddypress.org/

http://ello.co/

Business / startup mentoring [List]

This is part of my trails and lists series, after Vannevar Bush. In that vein, please send me items to add or follow me @danfrost. I’ll update these as I come across new things.


Mentoring is exceptionally useful for startups and companies. A mentor can help you make the right decisions, make them faster and avoid pitfalls. The right mentor can, anyway. Very few successful companies are run by people without the advice of at least a few other people. You get a better idea of the market, the competition and it’s an excellent way of keeping your pace and standard up.

A few sites which either provide or facilitate mentoring:

http://getmentoring.org/

http://www.mentorsme.co.uk/

http://www.rockstargroup.co.uk/about-rockstargroup.php

http://www.startups.co.uk/support-and-mentoring

http://www.iansandison.co.uk/Startupbusinessmentoring.php

http://www.n-able-me.com/whychooseus.htm

http://www.micromentor.org/mentor/how-it-works

https://twitter.com/MicroMentorOrg

http://www.chiefexecutive.com/

Payment gateways and finance [List]

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https://spreedly.com/

http://stripe.com

http://www.zuora.com/

https://www.braintreepayments.com/

https://transferwise.com/

https://squareup.com/

https://gocardless.com/

And some opinion: http://jamesmaskell.co.uk/2013/online-payments-in-2013/

https://check.me/

http://www.financialforce.com/

Writing good APIs [List]

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API Versioning: 3 Ways to Architect Your API to Handle Versioned Requests
http://blog.smartlogicsolutions.com/2012/12/12/api-versioning-3-ways-to-architect-your-api-to-handle-versioned-requests/

HTTP API Complexity
http://www.mnot.net/blog/2012/06/25/http_api_complexity_model

Web API Versioning Smackdown
http://www.mnot.net/blog/2011/10/25/web_api_versioning_smackdown

How the Guardian’s custom CMS & API helped take content strategy to a traditional publisher
http://www.currybet.net/cbet_blog/2011/09/csforum11-martin-belam.php

Stop Designing Fragile Web APIs
https://mathieu.fenniak.net/stop-designing-fragile-web-apis/

3 Scale – API platform
http://www.3scale.net/

API Design
http://mattgemmell.com/api-design/

Architecture at scale. Lessons from the BBC, Facebook, Twitter and more [List]

This is part of my trails and lists series, after Vannevar Bush. In that vein, please send me items to add or follow me @danfrost. I’ll update these as I come across new things.


My trail of spying on how big companies build things. Some things I’ve learnt:

  • They have a deep understanding of their use cases. The understand how the users will use the system and what this means for the their design of the system.
  • They’ll combine very new things for specific tasks with old (sometimes really old) stuff. And they’ll replace things.

The Tech Behind Dropbox’s New User Experience on Mobile
https://tech.dropbox.com/2014/08/tech-behind-dropboxs-new-user-experience-for-mobile/

More traffic, more videos, more screens: building the BBC’s Olympic site
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/legacy/bbcinternet/2012/08/building_olympic_website.html

And their “2012 Programme: Architecture Overview“:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/legacy/bbcinternet/2012/08/21/2012_Architecture_Overview_Diagram_20120727.pdf

How Three Guys Rebuilt the Foundation of Facebook
Which is interesting how they had dug themselves into a PHP-hole, and got out from the ground up.
http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2013/06/facebook-hhvm-saga/

And some slagging of Facebook: Database high priest mud-wrestles Facebook
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/07/13/mike_stonebraker_versus_facebook/

I nice trick from Spotify. What is the advantage of having a domain name (spotilocal) that resolves to 127.0.0.1
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7580175/what-is-the-advantage-of-having-a-domain-name-spotilocal-that-resolves-to-127

Some Facebook Data Store API Thoughts
http://snarfed.org/facebook_data_store_api_thoughts/

Facebook e-mail mess: Address books altered; e-mail lost
http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/facebook-e-mail-mess-address-books-altered-e-mail-lost/

Twitter changing its tools. Twitter jilts Ruby for Scala
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/04/01/twitter_on_scala/

Scaling lessons learned at Dropbox, part 1
http://eranki.tumblr.com/post/27076431887/scaling-lessons-learned-at-dropbox-part-1

2012: Putting your robots to work: security automation at Twitter
http://www.slideshare.net/xplodersuv/putting-your-robots-to-work-14901538