Reverse engineering snowballs, raising quality and going forward: TGIF! (40)

Thank Grohl, Gauss, Glob, Galileo and Science it’s Friday! The week’s (almost) over, and these are our reading recommendations, curated for you by Julia and Lena, for your weekend or a lazy afternoon. Enjoy!


Open Source

The topic of the fourth Open Source hangout was “How to Run an Open Source Project, Big and Small. (If you want to dive straight into the topic, just skip the first few minutes of the video.)

Good documentation is essential, if a project should be used by a wide audience. Maybe building Markdown-based developer docs is an option for you?

The CouchDB Weekly News, August 14, 2014.


At least this graphic designer’s resume is completely honest.

You shouldn’t really work for free anyway, but if you have too, here are some tips on how to turn it into paid work.

Five things UX and UI designers could learn from Wes Anderson.

Designers can help make sense of big data.

X to Close: The origins of the use of [x] in UI design. (more…)

Reflections on offline first and blogging about the complexity of fruit salad trees: TGIF! (39)

Thank Grohl, Gauss, Glob, Galileo and Science it’s Friday! The week’s (almost) over, and these are our reading recommendations, curated for you by Julia and Lena, for your weekend or a lazy afternoon. Enjoy!


Open Source

The Linux Training Scholarship Program is accepting applications until the beginning of September.

Meet the Hoodies! In the next two months, we’ll be giving talks in Bonn, Edinburgh, Berlin, Istanbul (all details here). Looking forward to meeting you there!

The CouchDB Weekly News, August 7, 2014.


Investing some time in a style guide can save you time, money, and even frustration.

On the search for inspiration, vintage movie posters can teach you a thing or two about design and composition. (more…)

Hoodietime! Events and Conferences with Hoodies in August and September, 2014


Pic: Lena Reinhard, license: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

There we go: travelling again! We have already given Hoodie- and Hoodie-related talks at 24 meetups and conferences this year and had a great time there – it was amazing to meet so many new people and see their interest in Hoodie, and we’re looking forward to the next events. <3

Especially September will be an even more exciting time for us: it’s the time of JSFest Berlin, a full week of conferences and events for the community. As many of us are part of the orga teams there (e.g. of JSConf EU, Reject.JS, CSSConf EU and up.front), chances are you can meet us there.

If you want to give a Hoodie talk yourself and need slides or support, ping us, we’re happy to help. There’s also a list of all talks (incl. videos, if available) given before.

So, long story short: this is where we’re going in August and September: (more…)

Waiting for Friday and TGIF! (38)

Thank Grohl, Gauss, Glob, Galileo and Science it’s Friday! The week’s (almost) over, and these are our reading recommendations, curated for you by Julia and Lena, for your weekend or a lazy afternoon. Enjoy!


Open Source

Puppet Labs Community Manager Dawn Foster is an avid reader and talked at OSCON about what science fiction can teach us about building our Open Source communities.

Open source projects are better when they take advantage of a greater range of experience in the use and development of software. So it’s always good to encourage diversity.

Reminder: fullfat DB is going away

PouchDB Levels up

The CouchDB Weekly News, July 31, 2014


What web designers can learn from Disney.

If you’re preparing for your next conference talk, keeping in mind the basic principles of presentation design might be a good idea.

Even if we hope it doesn’t happen, here are some tips to make sure your client doesn’t cheat on you.

CSS Ice Cream

The Web and Development

“Eloquent JavaScript” is an introduction to programming with JavaScript and can be read in its second edition online for free.

When it comes to scaling CSS projects, specificity can be quite a tricky thing to deal with.

Web components are great, but not every browser handles them the way you would want them to. Polymer and X-Tag are two projects that offer help.

“When the code is under 2,000 lines you can write any tangled garbage and rely on your memory to save you.”Norris Numbers

“The web is a — primarily neutral — tool for humanity. When you look at humanity you see the good and the bad, the wonderful and the awful.” –  Tim Berners-Lee on creating the web: ‘I never expected all these cats’

Enriched Backend as a Service: a post on the spectrum, including i.a. Hoodie

The Tech World and Culture

Sexism in tech really is a global problem.

In his talk on open source and social change, Paul Fenwick also muses about inequality and ignorance in tech.

“How do you sniff out culture smells and determine if a company’s work environment will be toxic to you? A large part of this depends on what you expect for your work environment, but there are a few questions you can use to screen companies.” – Getting hired without getting burned: Sniffing for culture smells

“A certainty, like death, taxes. One day I will leave. I don’t know what will be the last straw, although I might tell you, if I was sure I could trust you, what weighs down the balance. I don’t know what I will do after, or when it will be. I just know that it will happen.”The day I leave the Tech Industry

Government Spying Undermines Media Freedom and Right to Counsel – Human Rights Watch: US: Surveillance Harming Journalism, Law, Democracy

The Business

In his personal blog, Travis CI’s Mathias Meyer already wrote quite a bit about customer support. At Help Scout he gets back on the topic by stating “Everyone should be feeling the customer’s pain”.

Customers deserve to know what’s done with their data. Privacy Notices is an open source project that provides developer with easy to understand short-form notices for their apps.

“Good leadership today means listening more, and encouraging feedback instead of discouraging it.”

Not just something for freelancers: How to end the working week properly.

“For every story you hear about investors behaving badly, there are far worse stories that many women wouldn’t dare to tell.”This is what Techs ugly Gender Problem really looks like

We <3

In 2011, screenwriter and producer Charlie Kaufman held a lecture, in which he tells you what it is you have to offer.

Create your own band and produce some nice weekend tunes. For hours and hours and hours … you might even get to see some bonus clips with the right combination of elements.

Remember how people used to hack systems in older Hollywood movies? Now you’re also able to type complete nonsense and see actual commands on screen.

Lonely people are screwed. We desperately need other people, but studies show our brains can make us unpleasant company. – Guess I’ll go eat Worms

Great Moments in Science (if Twitter had existed)


We wish you a great and sunny weekend!

TGIF! (37)

Well, that was quick. … After our search for help last week, we got very nice emails and finally found someone who is helping us with these link collections now. So thanks to you, our newest contributor, we’re happy to say (again):


Thank Grohl, Gauss, Glob, Galileo and Science it’s Friday! The week’s (almost) over, and these are our reading recommendations, curated for you, for your weekend or a lazy afternoon. Enjoy!


Open Source

Yours truly: the Hoodies have IRC Office Hours and a new FAQ section now!

The vote on the new bylaws, new Fauxton design, how to optimize views and much more: the CouchDB Weekly News is out.

Leaving Toxic Open Source Communities.

Sticker Time!


(Nearly) Everything a typography lover’s heart could want can be found in this list of free typography resources.

If you ever tried to come up with a logo, you know how hard it is to combine all the ideas you have. But some people do get it right.

What is a designer? What is a designer’s responsibility to culture and individuals? A lightning talk from Cole Peters, given at IndieTech Summit 2014.

“Remember, you are the modern incarnation of a long and storied tradition.”  – How to become a UX Torturer

The Web and Development

Aaaah … the you of debugging. If you need some pointers on your favourite pastime, have a look at this slides on how to debug anything.

The nature of code is something that author Daniel Shiffman thought about a lot.

“The Refactoring Tales”, a free to read online book about refactoring & maintaing code.

Ars technica editor Cyrus Farivar wondered, what exactly the feds know about him. Turns out, his credit card details for example.

The talks from HOPE X (Hackers on planet earth) are up. One of them is a conversation with Edward Snowden.

A very good list of must-watch JavaScript talks and videos. Well worth bookmarking.

Service Models, the Rise, and Beyond: Backend as a Service

“Offline First” – a talk from Alex Feyerke, given at WebDirections 2014 and now online as a video.

The Tech World and Culture

Even in leading positions and haven proven themselves, women in the gaming industry have to live with harassment. Tips like “Don’t take it personal” don’t help when you’re threatened with rape.

Who is an Open Source contributor? How the diversity in tech movement is causing an open source identity crisis.

“Their accidental lack of diversity early on quickly appears to be deliberate.” – “Females” in Open Source

The Business

Danny Chrichton wrote a column about the problem with founders.

Not just employers are able to do reference checking, it can also go the other way round.

How our assumptions about our technical workforce keep us from building more diverse (and successful) organizations.

Company cultures grow from the seeds planted by their leaders.

We <3

Over 250 animators worked together to re-animate an episode of Sailor Moon, each of them using their own style.

Who wouldn’t like to find some cute motivational sticky notes on the train to work? They have cats on them, too!

There are two sides to every story … take these album covers for example.

Artist Christina De Middel thought about what these people depicted in spam emails look like … and made pictures of them.

We also <3 our system admins! It’s system administrator appreciation day today, so maybe say thank you to yours?


Have a great weekend!

The Hoodie “TGIF” has to go on a summer break – do you want to contribute?


Update July 26: We’re incredibly happy about all emails we received and are really glad we now found someone who’ll be helping us keep the “TGIF” alive. <3 If you still want to help us with e.g. design, writing or anything else you can think of and want to become part of our amazing community: ping us, we’d love to hear from you!


Dear Friends of Hoodie,

We love our weekly “TGIF” and we have heard from many of you, that you also love TGIF. However, after extensive discussions, we had to come to the conclusion that we’ll have to let our weekly TGIF link collection go on a longer summer vacation. At the moment, our resources are very limited and as such, we won’t be able to continue collecting, reading content and curating all links for this weekly release on our own. We’ll extend our Twitter activities a bit and tweet more content aside from directly Hoodie-related items from now on.

We want to thank everyone who has shared those links during the last 35 releases and given us great feedback. We know that there are some of you who have really appreciated this and we want to say a special thanks to you, it’s been a pleasure working on this content for you. The thing is, for now, we’ll have to focus more on Hoodie itself and don’t see any way to keep the TGIF going as well. We’ll work towards restarting this little series by autumn. Or …

Do you want to help us?

Are you interested in

  • the future of the web
  • and what’s happening in and around it currently
  • design
  • software development and how to do it
  • building sustainable tech businesses
  • feminism

and would want to prepare the “TGIF!” either weekly, twice a month or monthly, no matter what works for you? We’d love to have you on board!

We’d especially love to encourage people who have not contributed to an Open Source project before, everyone who is not a developer but, for example, a writer, marketing or communications expert or just interested in reading and sharing good content. The “TGIF!” mainly focuses on all topics related to Hoodie which are listed above and have also been special sections in our 35 posts we’ve had so far.

We can also recommend sources and would of course help with getting you started and providing all support you need. And it would of course also be possible to, for example, start with shorter issues or a different frequency than weekly – we’re happy to talk about this with you.

If this sounds like something you’d want to do, send us an email to hi_thehoodiefirm_com. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!


Update: Thanks so much to everyone who contacted us! We’re very glad we found someone who’s now helping us with these link collections. If you’re interested in helping out with other communication parts of Hoodie, please contact us, there’s a lot to do :)

Hoodietime! Events and Conferences with Hoodies in June and July, 2014


The Hoodies are travelling. – We have already given Hoodie- and Hoodie-related talks at 16 meetups and conferences this year, and some of us are already preparing slides again. By the way: if you’re interested in Hoodie-stickers, meeting us at conferences is usually a great opportunity ;) If you want to give a Hoodie talk yourself and need slides or support, ping us, we’re happy to help. There’s also a list of all talks (incl. videos, if available) given before.

Pics: Lena Reinhard, license: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

And this is where we’re going in June and July: (more…)

A Hoodie for you (8): Katrin Apel

Katrin Apel is a Berlin-based iOS developer whose contributions are of high value for Hoodie: she recently implemented the first versions of Hoodie-iOS (HOOHoodie) that connects to the Hoodie backend API (you’ll find more about it in this post).

Last week, she gave a talk about Building your first iOS apps with Hoodie, including one of the probably best Hoodie-talk slides ever:

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Note: Yes, there has been a bit of an Adventure Time-meme evolving in Hoodie talks recently. Which we want to comment appropriately:

Not all Fridays – TGIF! (35)

Thank Grohl, Gauss, Glob, Galileo and Science it’s Friday! The week’s (almost) over, and these are our reading recommendations, curated for you by Team Hoodie for your weekend or a lazy afternoon. Enjoy!


Open Source

Ola‘s talk from Beyond Tellerand – Say hello to Offline First!

Alex‘ talk from Decentralise Camp – On Decentralisation (notes taken during the talk can be found here)

Katrin‘s talk from Cocoaheads Meetup – Building your first iOS app with Hoodie

“[I]f you want your open source project to have an impact, you need to step out of your coder bubble.”Treat Open Source like a Startup

JavaScript Debugging for Beginners

Putting people first Aiming for open source technology that is gorgeous and provides great UX – Free is a Lie


In the age of experience, great design is your business plan

The Web

Open Access: NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has made almost 400,000 high-resolution digital images of its collection available for free download. You can find the collection here. (more…)