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A camera app Manual Mode concept

Recently I sold my first and probably my last physical camera, a Fujifilm E-X2 with a Fujinon XF 35mm F2 lens. I did it because I was afraid to use it, whenever I thought of going out to take some photos I had to program it, feel in the right mood, feel able to manage an “exceptional” event.

In short, the good part of that experience, I think due largely to the physical controls and the lens, didn’t compensate for the discomfort I felt every time I decided to take it with me. Bags, cleaning accessories, extra batteries and SD cards, fear of losing or irreparably ruining something. Not to mention the embarrassment I felt the moment I take a photo. …


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jQuery, WordPress and PHP aren’t considered cool web technologies anymore, but they are still immediate and understandable tools if you need to quickly design, develop and publish a website or a blog. This concept isn’t far from what Rails did and still does for web apps.

Combining Rails — which is a web development methodology more than a simple framework — to a developer friendly deployment solution like Heroku, you can figure out why a lot of successful apps started in this way.

I consider those systems “speaking” blueprints which stimulate the developer creativity by clearly communicate what she can do and what she can achieve. In some cases they can limit you with strict design rules, but they are an alternative to a disarmingly blank page with its infinite possibilities. …


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During my vacations I decided to start a side project. The idea was to spend part of this free time to improve my design and development skills as well as to create something that eventually, would came in handy for my daily work.

Motivated by my customers recurring needs, and aided by a book I was reading at that time, I decided to craft Mario, a headless CMS with a conversational UI.

Create a custom CMS from scratch could sounds an insane and challenging task, considering the rich offer of CMSs and the complexity that these systems can reach, but I think that despite the final result, with or without a working CMS it will be worth the effort. …

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