Thursday, 15 September 2011

Learning Node.js

Last night I finally got round to reading Manuel Kiessling's Node.js book "The Node Beginner Book: A comprehensive Node.js Tutorial". I found this book to be well written and helps new node.js developers to understand some of the aspects of programming this language. I specifically liked the section on Blocking and why not to do it that way.

The tutorial deals with file uploading and shows how to use a package that will do most of the work of parsing the POST data. If you are thinking about getting into node.js then this is definitely the book to start with.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Went to see "The Inbetweeners" Movie


Having missed watching the TV series I was interested in seeing what all the fuss was about.   My-self and Julianne headed to the local cinema and while we laughed most of the way through the film which was well written and funny I think that the fact that it was a Monday night and there were only about 40-50 people in the large cinema brought the enjoyment factor down a bit as you really go to the cinema to socially enjoy a movie. While we enjoyed the movie we both would classify it as definitly one to watch if it was on TV but not sure if I would fork out money to buy the DVD.  It reminded me quite a bit of "Kevin & Perry go Large" in a lot of ways but it also differed in many other ways which is a good thing.  I think that if we had seen the TV series then we would have understood the characters better but then again they did conveyed the characters across really well to the audience.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Google+ and why I like its security.


Have been doing a bit of an experiment with Google+,  I added approximately 800+ people to a circle "People Google thinks I know but I don't".  What I've found interesting about this little experiment of mine is that after several weeks of having this many people in my list I started to find people that I was interested in listening too.  So every once in a while I will now go through this massive circle and find people that I want to keep and I will move them from the large group to one of my new mini circles which relate to categories of interest.

I was quite surprised that my incoming stream didn't really get flooded and I love the fact that I can choose which circle I want to publish content to.  This is not something I would have even thought about doing on Facebook as I don't feel the security exists there and over the last year I've nearly stopped posting content to Facebook for this very reason.

I like the way that Google has implemented both the Stream and the Game Channel but then they were starting from scratch and its a lot easier to put the security in at the start than after several years of comments. Especially since the reactions to privacy issues on Facebook.  I think that you'll find from now on any new social sites will adopt this type of privacy model.