Henri Bergius

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...

NoFlo talk at c-base, August 9th 2013

I will be giving a talk on NoFlo tonight at 9pm at the c-base hackerspace in Berlin. If you’re interested in flow-based programming, feel free to join! Rungestr. 20 If you can’t make it, we have a video of the similar talk I gave at the San Francisco Functional JS meetup last week. We’ll post it online soon. Update: Video...

GeoClue rises again

Those that have been following my blog for a longer time know that I’ve been talking a lot about making the Linux desktop and mobile platforms location aware. Thanks to the amazing advances in adoption of mobile platforms, this dream has more or less become true, especially in the more widespread Apple and Android ecosystems. All these devices know where...