David Spark

David Spark is a veteran tech journalist and founder of Spark Media Solutions, a brand journalism firm. For more, read Spark's blog at Spark Minute and follow on Twitter @dspark and Google +.

Javascript Guru Dishes on How to Be a Stylish Programmer

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“[Programming] style is the part of the program the compiler ignores,” said Douglas Crockford, known to many programmers as the Guru of Javascript. Crockford laughs and said he sees himself more as a mahatma. We spoke at the 2012 Silicon Valley Code Camp at Foothill College in Los Altos, California. While style is personal taste, it can have a critical influence on your error rate. And reducing your error rate will make you more productive, said Crockford. “Qualities that you… continue…

Can AppBlast Be VMware’s Presentation Virtualization Fix?

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One of the most popular presenters at VMworld 2012 was Greg Shields, Senior Partner with Concentrated Technologies. He had a massively packed session of what seemed like 1,000 people, plus fans clamoring to meet him afterwards. I luckily had a chance to chat with him about his thoughts of AppBlast, what Shields describes as a technology that may fill a hole in VMware’s portfolio. AppBlast is a presentation virtualization solution that hopes to deliver any application, regardless of operating system… continue…

How New Relic Fixes Crappy Code

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Why is the application slow? Is it the crappy network or is it the crappy code? Do you blame the IT guy or the developer? If you’re looking at both, you won’t have to blame anyone. You’ll be able to find the problem and fix it, quickly. Such is the hopeful promise of New Relic, an Application Performance Management Software as a Service solution designed to help you find bottlenecks and run efficiently. In the above video, Michael Redman, Solution… continue…

VMware’s Virtual Desktop Moves into Citrix and Mobile

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Just minutes after VMware made its big virtual desktop announcements at VMworld 2012, I caught up with one of the biggest voices in end user desktops, Brian Madden of brianmadden.com, for his take on VMware’s two biggest announcements. Horizon Suite will manage Citrix XenApp applications Horizon Suite is VMware’s platform to administer mobility, cloud, and BYOD. The big news is that it will also manage Citrix XenApp applications. That’s huge because that’s their big competitor, said Madden. XenApp is Citrix’s… continue…

Software Architecture Must Accommodate Change

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“The hallmark of a bad design is when the design has to change to accommodate the change in a requirement,” says Juval Löwy, president and chief architect of IDesign. Löwy led sessions on architecture and process at the 2012 Silicon Valley Code Camp conference at Foothill College in Los Altos, California. The ongoing theme of Löwy’s talks was that good architecture is built with change in mind, encapsulating that change by creating functionality where and when you integrate it with… continue…

VMWorld Attendees Get Hands On With VMware Labs

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Last year at VMworld, VMware put out a challenge to those participating in the VMworld labs. The first five who can finish all the labs offered will be invited to come back next year on our dime, said Adam Zimman, Senior Director of Integration Engineering at VMware R&D. Michael Forner, Enterprise Systems Technical Expert for Regional Transportation District in Denver was one of the five members that won last year’s all out labs team. Zimman spoke with Forner as to… continue…

.NET User Group Participation Critical for Success

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“It’s sometimes lonely in front of the computer,” admitted Mathias Brandewinder, when we spoke to him at the 2012 Silicon Valley Code Camp conference at Foothill College in Los Altos, California. He’s the lead for the San Francisco chapter of Bay.NET, a user group for .NET developers. He became active not only to be on the forefront of .NET’s cutting edge technologies but to also meet and engage with fellow developers. According to Brandewinder, the Bay Area is not the… continue…

Learn Design Fundamentals, Then Break Them

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“When you’re crafting a user interface, you need to keep in mind that you’re trying to help users complete a daily task.” This bit of common sense advice comes from Uday Gajendar, Principal Product Designer for Citrix. There are some very basic do and don’t design fundamentals, said Gajendar. Don’t clutter up the screen with extraneous information and buttons, and do organize content through prioritization, hierarchy, color, typography, grid and image elements. I asked him about the design philosophy that… continue…

Why Open Source Can Add Years to Your Life

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Ixchel Ruiz, an Griffon engineer, loves coming to Silicon Valley Code Camp. Back home in Switzerland he also participates in Hacker Garden, a space where coders and developers work on open source projects and contribute to the community. I asked her why she likes working on open source. She says it all comes out of feeling frustrated and needing to move beyond it. If you’re working on a project that’s not coming out the way it should, you can stop… continue…

5 Tips for Creating High Performing Product Teams

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You’ve got a team, but the group’s got some quirks. That’s all okay if they’ve got the stuff that will make them high performing. Actuation Consulting’s study, the “five factors of high performing product teams,” was a must attend at the 2012 Silicon Valley Code Camp conference at Foothill College in Los Altos, Ca. You can request a full copy of it; it’s worth the read. We also had a chance to speak with Greg Geracie, Actuation’s president. Here are… continue…