Henri Bergius

Building an Ingress Table with Flowhub

The c-base space station — a culture carbonite and a hackerspace — is the focal point of Berlin's thriving tech scene. It is also the place where many of the city's Ingress agents converge after an evening of hectic raiding or farming. In February we came with an idea on combining our dual passions of open source software and Ingress...

Full-Stack Flow-Based Programming

The idea of Full-Stack Development is quite popular at the moment — building things that run both the browser and the server side of web development, usually utilizing similar languages and frameworks. With Flow-Based Programming and the emerging Flowhub ecosystem, we can take this even further. Thanks to the FBP network protocol we can build and monitor graphs spanning multiple...

Flowhub

We just opened the Flowhub website for pre-orders. Flowhub is the collaborative development environment for NoFlo and other flow-based programming systems. Once it launches for general use, Flowhub is the fruition of the project initiated by our successful NoFlo Development Environment Kickstarter from last August. Flowhub will provide a development environment for your flow-based programs, allowing you to collaborate and...

Bitcoin as a Medium of Exchange

Bitcoin — the decentralized digital currency — has been making a lot of headlines lately. Much of this is driven by the current investment boom around it that has raised the exchange rates over the 1000 USD mark. But really, looking at Bitcoin as a medium for currency or asset speculation is a bad idea. Instead, we should see it...

NoFlo and GNOME

As the readers of this blog know, I've been working on a Flow-Based Programming implementation for JavaScript in the form of the NoFlo project. The idea of FBP in nutshell is to separate the control flow of software from the actual implementation. Developers build reusable "black box" components that are then connected with each other through a graph that you...

An update from the NoFlo world

Wow, September was a busy month. As you probably know, our NoFlo Development Environment Kickstarter succeeded with 115% funding. Thanks everybody! Since then we've been busy hacking on the user interface and other parts of NoFlo to deliver the flow-based programming experience the community deserves. This post gives an overview on some of that. Managing your graphs Here is how...

Flying a Quadrocopter with NoFlo

The Parrot AR.Drone is quite a lot of fun, and also quite hackable. We recently got one, and the first thing to do was to connect the excellent Node.js ar-drone module with the NoFlo flow-based programming framework. While quite a lot of work remains, it was already very satisfying to see how the drone was able to fly patterns based...

Interview with J. Paul Morrison, the father of Flow-Based Programming

J. Paul Morrison invented Flow-Based Programming while at IBM in 1969. I ran into the concept in 2011 while trying to figure out a better way to create software. I read his canonical book on the subject, and decided to try and implement it in JavaScript. Thus, NoFlo got started. It has been an honor to have Paul as a...

NoFlo coverage in August 2013

August was a big month for NoFlo. We launched the Kickstarter campaign, which went from 0 to 90% inside the month. The Kickstarter has brought quite a lot of attention to Flow-Based Programming, including lots of interesting new NoFlo contributions. There has also been quite a lot of media coverage, and I thought to collect these into one place. To...

Why did I reimplement Jekyll using NoFlo

Jekyll is a delightful piece of software. A Ruby application that turns your Markdown and HTML files to a nicely constructed static website. Since the generated site is static, you can deploy and serve it from anywhere with no security or performance concerns. As a matter of fact, this site is built with Jekyll. For websites that don't need to...