Practical Lessons in Peer Code Review

Millions of years ago, apes descended from the trees, evolved opposable thumbs and—eventually—turned into human beings. We see mandatory code reviews in a similar light: something that separates human from beast on the rolling grasslands of the software development savanna. Nonetheless, I sometimes hear comments like…

Outgrowing Pivotal Tracker

At Salsita, we've been using Pivotal Tracker as our primary project management tool for over two years now. When choosing a tool, we were looking for something generic enough to use both to present a project overview to clients and to manage developers' day-to-day work. We've tried various solutions, but…

"Because We Can" is Not a Good Reason

The two business books that have most influenced me are Geoffrey Moore’s Crossing the Chasm and Andy Grove’s Only the Paranoid Survive. Grove’s book explains that, for long-term success, established businesses must periodically navigate “strategic inflection points”, moments when a paradigm shift forces them to adopt a…

Kitt and the Battle of the iPhone Extension Ecosystems

We recently launched the private beta of Kitt, an iPhone browser developed by Salsita with support for Chrome browser extensions. You can find out more about Kitt in the screencast below: Around the time we were finalizing this screencast, Apple announced that they would be adding support for extensions to…

Advertisers Should Love AdBlock Plus

Last weekend On The Media ran a repeat airing of their excellent episode on online business models. One of the segments is an interview with AdBlock Plus CEO Till Faida, who defends their eyebrow-raising business model of charging large companies to not block their ads. Yesterday Salon ran an article…