Node.js, my new crush

I’m really loving all this hype around JavaScript and Node.js.

One reason is that it is spreading the idea of FOSS. Because the great thing about JS is that it can be distributed in only one form: source. Since all your code is visible to everyone anyway, you might as well publish it under a libre licence. And that’s what most people do.

It’s also nice to see new-age hackers doing all sorts of spiffy stuff at npm, the namespace pollution mechanism. What’s more, thanks to npm, this new generation of developers is carrying forward the UNIX philosophy:

Do one thing and do it well.

Win-win.

So Mr Kejriwal is going to be CM, eh? I daresay that means a good thing for the libre software movement. He does share ideas with the FSF, from what I’ve read.

This is Spartan.

So we’ve got one more browser to support. As if dealing with IE’s idiosyncrasies wasn’t pain enough.

But in the long run, Spartan might just prove to be a good thing. That is, if it manages to bring IE’s market share down to clunky-old-enterprises-only percent. This is because Spartan will likely be more compatible, more standards-compliant, and more frequently updated.

Of course, I still recommend Firefox for its freedom and privacy, but at the very least, Spartan will ease the life of web developers.

Convergence and Design Standards

Slowly, but surely. What Chrome OS did to personal computing is also coming to mobile. Apps written in HTML5. Cordova and PhoneGap are making it even easier.

HTML5 means that a good number of developers will be tempted to make cross-platform apps, so that they don’t have to write separate code for each platform.

What does this mean for the design standards proposed by each OS? Would consumers like to see Material Design on Ubuntu Touch? Or Metro UI on iOS? Holo on Firefox, anyone?

Or perhaps, the typical future designer would just decide against following any of these, and write their own widgets, just to balance things out.

One might argue that the native design guidelines will be left on the highway, only to be picked up occasionally by the diehard loyal fans. But then the said fans aren’t a small bunch of freaks. There will always be people to make sure Material Design lives on.

I’ll be one of them.