Archive for April, 2012

Apr
29

Hiking in the Alps

Here is a panorama of Walchensee in the German Alps (taken from the top of Jochberg).

Walchensee from the top of Jochberg

Apr
23

Happy Birthday ZX Spectrum

Sir Clive Sinclair’s ZX Spectrum is now 30 years old.

I have fond memories of playing Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy on this machine, as well as writing out computer programs from magazines.  This little box of circuits is probably what launched my interest in computing and inspired me to learn how to do programming.

Notice that the chiclet keyboard has come back into fashion, albeit without the rubbery keys that would sometimes get stuck, or just wouldn’t respond.

Look how things have changed over 30 years and imagine where we’ll be in 30 years time.

Anyway, enough reminiscing… happy birthday!

Apr
18

RESTful API Design

It seems that everybody loves REST and many people are quick to espouse the virtues of this light weight form of web services.  Implementing a good RESTful API isn’t, however, always as easy as it seems and there are many issues such as paging or supporting multiple versions of your API that can stump the avid developer.  This is an excellent video explaining pragmatic solutions to these and other problems when designing your own RESTful interface.