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Getting started with Stripe – part 2

05/19/2014

This is a follow-up to my introductory post on Stripe. I covered Stripe’s merchant and marketplace products in the first post, and in this one we’ll try building some basic web apps that use Stripe Checkout and Stripe.js. Note that to keep the focus on the API I kept things as minimal as possible, which […]

Getting started with Stripe – part 1

05/15/2014

Online payments is probably one of the hottest fields in tech right now. After a long period of quiet since PayPal debut over 15 years ago, there’s now a renaissance in this space with the rise of startups like Stripe, Balanced, WePay, Dwolla, BrainTree and many others. I recently spent some time trying to understand the offerings by Stripe, one of the leaders in this […]

Keeping backup history when switching to a new Mac

12/05/2013

If you use a Mac, I highly recommend using Apple’s Time Machine feature to maintain local data backups (you should also of course maintain off-site backups). Time Machine works best with a NAS, like Apple’s own $299 Time Capsule, as it can then take frequent snapshots of your disk without you even noticing. This is […]

Getting started with Boto

12/04/2013

Boto is a python library for interfacing with Amazon Web Services (AWS). It supports nearly the entire AWS stack and is under active development so you can expect support for any upcoming AWS functionality as well. Boto is hosted on GitHub, and is available under the MIT license. This is a quick post on the […]

Getting started with CocoaPods

11/11/2013

If you’ve ever worked on a large project that used several 3rd party libraries, you’ve probably run into what programmers lovingly refer to as “dependency hell” – the painstaking task of getting the right version of each 3rd party library installed and configured correctly, and then later keeping those libraries up to date. CocoaPods is […]

Getting started with GitHub

11/10/2013

This is a 10 minute intro for folks who are new to git and GitHub (like me, just a few weeks ago). The best way to get started with social coding and GitHub is to clean up any old side-projects you have lying around and publish them to GitHub. Keep reading to find out how […]

Wagging your tail in my face

10/25/2013

From an interview with Jony Ive: “One of the things that really irritates me in products is when I’m aware of designers wagging their tails in my face.” It is incredibly difficult as a designer to avoid “showing off”, whether it’s your own artistic capabilities, or the capabilities of your product. Making decisions that, on […]