Brian Ball @brianball

Coffee & Cookies. Level 1 rhyme.

last shared their writing on Getting clear on "Application" in API
Brian's Pantry
🥟 3 Dumplings
🍵 5 Teas
🍺 4 Beers
🧇 1 Waffle
🍪 1 Cookie
🥚 3 Eggs
🥓 1 Bacon
🍊 2 Tangerines
🍍 2 Pineapples

An API is pre-written code.
An API is pre-written code.

You can read about APIs and not understand them. This is especially true if you don't use them and don't program. Even knowing the term API does little for you. It's the equivalent of knowing CIA. You can understand the words, but you don't really know how it works.

If I...
2021-03-30 16:57:14

15 Minutes of Fame.

There's actually no fame going on here, but a countdown timer set to 15 is ticking away on my left. founder Marie Ng has created a tool that's super friendly - and only going to get better ( but it's already really good. )

Llamalife is a web app...
2021-03-24 16:42:26

Challenge. Chaos. Control.
Challenge. Chaos. Control.

People want more control in their life. It's scary to feel out of control. Ever driven on snow? Ever gotten fired or laid off from a job with bills to pay and no savings? Surprises cause us to sense fear and they can trigger the parts of our brain that...
2021-03-24 04:38:01


That's how much I reduced the noise on Twitter last night before bed. I had to tap unfollow - and then confirm for over 1,400 people. 

That's the how. Here's the why.

It's easy to follow. A single tap, no confirm. I see somebody doing or saying something interesting and I follow....
2021-03-22 16:29:40

Stories the Skin Will Tell

Write a story by half.

When you can't think of all the words to say, start with half. Instead of long sentences choose the short ones. They can get shorter and shorter. Really short, even. Wow! Now, for the main event.

Our friend loves the thrill of racing around in an electric...
2021-03-21 07:14:41

Boxes used in software.
Boxes used in software.

In code, eventually you get to a place where you need to move data around. To do that, you need to organize. Think about how important "moving boxes" are when you're leaving one residence for another. Yeah, you can't just have clothes and silverware thrown into the truck randomly -...
2021-03-20 23:15:01

Structured Data
Structured Data

I remember learning about objects as I trudged through programming lessons. Most people try to explain how they're like real-life objects. Examples included a person, a bike or a house. The house was used often when trying to explain the term "classes" - because they're "kinda like blueprints".

Of course, when...
2021-03-19 09:08:27

Default: Slow

I awoke this morning from a tilted slumber. The crew stayed awake all night working through the wee hours. By the time the sun started its rise, the ship put to sea and the crew tucked in for a few hours rest. I woke first among them and set to...
2021-03-18 19:29:46


At some point the pressure to continue writing on Adagia and LIfelog and 750 is going make me snap. I can sense the impending nature of priorities bubbling up from different sources. The water is starting to boil.

At some point, I may just hook up the API and source my...
2021-03-18 02:54:54