Yahoo Pipes may be dead, but Node Red seems to be the device swarm orchestrating, data-flow programming tool I was hoping it might evolve into. It’s free software, it runs on everything including RaspberryPi and talks pub-sub protocols like MQTT.   Source: Node-RED

Wolfram Language

Stephen Wolfram's Introduction to the Wolfram Language I’m impressed. Beyond being just a grab-bag of libraries (which it could have been) it seems there’s real thinking about composability here. The laziness of evaluation, the “symbolic-ness” makes it a powerful functional programming language. In fact, it’s almost a “data-flow” language. Of the kind, like Yahoo Pipes, […]

Questions for 2014 : #3 Programming on Tablets

Third in a series (#1, #2) of questions occupying my mind at the beginning of 2014. Which may (or may not) inform what I’ll be working on. 3) How can we program on tablets? I’m now a tablet user. I became a tablet owner at the end of 2012. For six months I played around […]

A Dataflow Web?

Facebook released a plugin for Quartz Composer which lets you design interactive mobile apps. That’s interesting. I don’t really know anything about Quartz. But I believe it’s like Max/MSP or PureData. A “dataflow” design system. Dataflow makes a lot of sense for plumbing together multiple services. And I’ve long believed it could / should be […]