Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Agile Mindset

The Agile Mindset with Linda Rising on the Hanselminutes Technology Podcast: Fresh Air for Developers: "Scott talk to consultant Linda Rising about the Agile Mindset. Are our skills fixed or are with always growing? Does that change if we change our mindset? Can organizational mindsets affect our performance? What does the research say about these tapes we're listening to in our heads every day?"

Agile Alliance :: KEYNOTE: The Power of an Agile Mindset
... much of Agile's success was the result of the placebo effect, that is, good things happened because we believed they would. The placebo effect is a startling reminder of the power our minds have over our perceived reality. Now cognitive scientists tell us that this is only a small part of what our minds can do. Research has identified what I like to call "an agile mindset," an attitude that equates failure and problems with opportunities for learning, a belief that we can all improve over time, that our abilities are not fixed but evolve with effort.

MindSet: A Book written by Carol Dweck. Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports.

Chrome Native Client vs. Firefox asm.js

Google's dilemma: A faster but fragmented Web? | Internet & Media - CNET News:
"What is Native Client?

NaCl is a special-purpose environment for running adapted C or C++ programs in a browser at close to the native speed. It provides security mechanisms to ensure that people aren't just clicking on a link and running malware that could wreak havoc on their machines. It can handle software that's heavily threaded -- meaning different elements run simultaneously for better performance.

By running programs adapted from their original form written in the C or C++ programming languages, Native Client reaches close to the speed of native software on a PC. Google thinks NaCl speeds can approach a few percent of native-software speed."

"Brendan Eich, the original creator of JavaScript and now Mozilla's chief technology officer, prefers an alternative that his team is building into Firefox: asm.js. With asm.js support, a browser can run a special subset of JavaScript instructions much faster, and with tools like Mozilla's Emscripten, programmers can convert their C or C++ software into that subset.

In raw computation speed asm.js could match Native Client" for a project like the Google+ photo-editing software, Eich said,"

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