Over at the Laszlo Mail blog, I’ve written about a development style for the new millenium. I’ve tried to bring what-has-worked in the past into the light of new requirements and opportunities. An appropriate year-end post, I reflect on our most recent release and how our development style reflects what we’ve learned over the year, as well as old software management lessons.

That article might have appeared here as easily as there. Unexpectedly, I find myself a contributing author to four blogs (and the sole author of two of them). I don’t think having more places to publish makes me write less in each, but rather creates more reason to write. Flying Paperclips is a simple notebook of science experiments. Some notes which might otherwise have been emails or checkin notes, now are published on the OpenLaszlo weblog.

With the Laszlo Mail blog, I’m experimenting with what has been called “the obligatory development blog” of web software. I grew up writing software in an atmosphere of secrecy, where one dare not discuss development methodologies for fear of violating NDAs and revealing trade secrets to a competitor. Nowadays companies are more comfortable being open about how software is developed, or perhaps there was no danger before and my fear caused unnecessary self-censorship. In any case, I appreciate the developers who have created a well-trodden path, as I venture into this unexplored territory in my personal landscape. I’m still unsure what is a daring revelation vs. a mundane, even uninteresting detail of private software development. Every new release brings fresh challenges as well as familiar obstacles. I enjoy reading how other people go about this act of creatng and publishing software. It is fun to add my stories to the mix.

It’s been over three weeks and there’s been no sign of Jerry since the first few days. A dedicated group of friends and family continue to search and spread the word. The more people who are looking out for Jerry, the greater chance we’ll find him.

I’ve been reluctant to update my weblog with other entries. Everything I’ve thought to write seemed too trivial to replace the previous post. I think Jerry would hardly have expected such an outpouring of love and support. I hadn’t even seen him much in the last year or so, since we weren’t working together day-to-day, but I didn’t expect *not* to see him.

So… I plan to go ahead with my mundane writings in this weblog, but I’ve created a little app to show a slideshow of pictures of Jerry at the top right of the page with links to all the relevant info. So, perhaps my readers will keep an eye out and someone will see him and help him find his way home.

And if anyone else want to put the same app on your website, just include the following html:

<object type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” data=”/findjerry/miniSlideshow.lzx.swf” width=”180″ height=”460″>
<param name=”movie” value=”/findjerry/miniSlideshow.lzx.swf”>
<param name=”quality” value=”high”>
<param name=”scale” value=”noscale”>
<param name=”salign” value=”LT”>
<param name=”menu” value=”false”></object>

[update: I forgot to mention that this is, of course, built with OpenLaszlo and the source code is here. Many thanks to Lyndon Wong who wrote a mini-slideshow and posted the source on mylaszlo.