Hello Again, World

—Thursday, June 16 2011

2008 wasn’t that long ago, but it feels like a lifetime since I’ve last blogged in any consistent fashion. A lot has changed since then. The web has changed, Father’s day has new meaning, and a plurality of developers are actually taking JavaScript seriously. It’s amazing what can be accomplished in just a few short years.

It’s an exciting time to be a web developer. Browser vendors are releasing frequent updates, HTML 5 is really taking off and an entire crop of new technologies and toys have surfaced. Node, Mongo, CoffeeScript, Backbone, Polymaps and d3 are several examples of this. Not to mention the proliferation of GitHub has made tracking and contributing to these projects pretty painless.

Speaking of projects, I’ve been working on a few of my own. The one I’m most excited about is Portland Crime. I started Portland Crime back in October of 2010 and shortly thereafter entered it into the city of Portland’s Civic App competition and came away as runner up in 3 categories. At its core, Portland Crime allows you to monitor crime reports in the Portland area. There are also some interesting features such as time of day trends and historical views. The code is open source, feel free to poke around, or even better, contribute to the project.

The next project I’d like to undertake is to start blogging agin. I’ve been working on getting this blog up and running for almost a year. Each time, stopping short of actually publishing anything. I hope to change that, and I hope you’ll stick around for future posts.