I've got an entry at SOB
about two things related to software development that I'd like to bring to the attention of some of my LJ readership:
- users as programmers
- web browser development spec
(note: all of the following links lead to the same page)users as programmers
is actually the title of the entry. I address the matter of the value of having your target end user population as your software developers, for purposes of producing quality software. I think it's a reasonably interesting discussion of the topic.web browser development spec
: I also brought up the idea of developing a new web browser built on the Gecko rendering engine. While I still use Firefox, I think the Firefox dev team has seriously lost the plot, and I would like to have a browser that actually delivers on the promises Firefox (or, actually, Phoenix originally, then Firebird) made. After quite a bit of hunting around and punishing myself by experimenting with other browsers that suck, I've come to the conclusion that to get such a browser, I'd have to develop it myself (with others, of course). I'm hoping any of you with some interest in the subject of a Better Browser will surf over to that entry
and have a look at the initial proposed specification as it evolves. Input, from non-techies as well as programmers, is quite welcome. What do you want in a browser? Let me (us) know.
While I'm at it, I'm also considering the possibility of an easier to use, more sanely implemented encryption scheme for secure and private web browsing than SSL. Ideas on that are solicited.