The O’Reilly Hardware Podcast: Hardware abstraction, scripting languages, and user experience.
- Scratch, which begat Blockly, which begat KinomaJS Blocks, which can be used to program the Create embedded platform.
- Transitioning from software development to hardware development.
- The importance of developing hardware that is flexible, modular and abstracted. “Why should you throw out your hardware because the software is obsolete?” Hoddie asks.
- Tools: Hoddie swears by profilers, including Apple’s Instruments and the Kinoma Studio profiler
This week’s click spirals:
- Peter Hoddie: The work of the transcendentalist writers of the 1840s and their visions for American society.
- David Cranor: The Rock-afire Explosion, the animatronic band featured at Showbiz Pizza in the 1980s, and the current market for robot wonderment.
- Jon Bruner: A glance at the Internet’s past with the 2006 book The Internet: The Missing Manual by David Pogue and J.D. Biersdorfer. Some things are familiar; others, not so much.