links for 09 March 2006

Links have been a little quiet lately. Not today – lots of linky goodness :)

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considering code (your help needed)

Content into code I’ve been thinking a little bit lately about learning some more about code. Doing a bit of skills development.

Don’t laugh, programmers.

As I see it, there are two schools of thought.

School A: Specialisation

I’m going to hand over to Jonathan Korman again to take us throught this school of thought:

The work done, and the skills needed to do [Information Architecture and Interaction Design], differ considerably between the two. Just as few people can fully master the skills of both graphic design and IA, few people will master the skills of both IA and IxD. It serves both organizations and practitioners for people to specialize.

In this school, you need a different person with specific expertise to take on each separate task in a project. Heaven’s knows where they draw the line between IA and IxD … does the IA just hand over a sitemap perhaps? (nice work if you can get it). Jonathan would tell me that I’m mad to even think about learning how to code my own templates. Jonathan would be too busy tell me off for doing IA and IxD.

School B: Multitasking

Whilst I’m sure that School A has lots more proponents than just Jonathan, School B sure has a whole lots of cool kids enrolled. Loudest kids in class are the guys over at 37 Signals. In their book, ‘Getting Real’ they said that 37 Signals would ‘never hire an Information Architect’ because their skillset is too narrow.

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Hooray! Google Calendar!

Google Calendar Screenshot

Generally I try to avoid blogging about what the rest of the world is blogging, and right now that’s the leaking of the Google Calendar screenshots via Michael Arrington at TechCrunch. Michael says that someone ‘broke down and leaked these’. ValleyWag tells a much more interesting version of the story (but then, that’s their job).

All I want to say really is – hooray!

I’m sure I mentioned before that I now use Gmail as my primary email, and have more or less ditched Outlook. The only downside was that I didn’t have a nicely integrated calendar with my mail and contact lists… it was starting to get a little dire and I was almost about to go look for a solid alternative.

Hurry, hurry Google people! Release your calendar. I really need to stop writing my calendar on my hand every day. It doesn’t look so professional. :)
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