SADD – Startup Attention Deficit Disorder

Perth (Western Australia) is getting silly-busy if you’re a technical entrepeneur.

On the startup scene, we have competing for my attention:

  • Founder Institute  with their Startup Founder 101 meetup. (update yes I made it in and was one of 8 graduates in August)
  • Morning Startup – been once, have fortnightly and usually interesting Wed am sessions that rate highly on my would love to go if have time list.
  • Silicon Beach Perth – been a few times, weekly Friday evening sundowners, great chance to mix on an evening highly unpopular with my wife.
  • eGroup WA represents the digital economy in the West, bringing together entrepreneurs, creators, investors, technologists… and people I respect are members so I just joined (update, and have found it worth it) Continue reading

My book on LevelDB is out

Cover of Getting Started with LevelDB

My book Getting Started with LevelDB has now been released from Packt Publishing. Despite the generic nature of the title, it’s focused on using LevelDB with iOS and OS/X so about half the code in the book is Objective-C. The sub-title you can vaguely make out above reads “Store and retrieve key-value based data quickly on iOS and OS X using LevelDB”. 

If you’re a C++ programmer on Unix of any kind, I think there’s enough value in the book for it to be worth getting – all the basics of using the C++ interface are discussed and the theory discussions are generic. I’m hoping to do some followup work to make it more useful to the pure C++ crowd especially on Windows.

I’ve created a forum for discussing the book content and associated open source frameworks.

The writing process for a first-time technical book was, as I’d been warned, many times harder than I’d expected.

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