A writer and software developer of more than 14 years experience, Toby is passionate about helping new and small businesses make the most of the internet and cloud technology. When he's not writing or telling stories he's busy trying to make technology easier to use for the average business person, and can often be found in dark corners practicing magic tricks or lock sport.

Toby's articles

  1. Hadoop 1.0 Release – Big Data for everyone

    Roughly 90% of the data in the world was produced in the last 2 years – which should give you some idea of just exactly how much data is being accumulated the world around, especially by large companies like Google. The data field is so enormous that traditional methods of linking, searching and retrieving data […]

  2. 11 Things Every Developer Should Know About the Cloud

    Cloud computing opens a world of possibilities for software and developers, but coding for the cloud isn’t necessarily as straightforward as you might think. The learning curve for developers can be tricky—especially for web developers unused to working with concepts such as threading and concurrency, latency, asynchronicity and failure tolerance. Here are 11 things you […]

  3. CloudSpring: 11 Things Every Developer Should Know About the Cloud

    Cloud computing opens a world of possibilities for software and developers, but coding for the cloud isn’t necessarily as straightforward as you might think. The learning curve for developers can be tricky—especially for web developers unused to working with concepts such as threading and concurrency, latency, asynchronicity and failure tolerance. Here are 11 things you need to watch out for when you start developing for the cloud. Compliance & Governance Legal and operational requirements often dictate the location of your data storage and hosting, and in the cloud it’s no different

  4. What Cloud Computing Can Mean for Your Business, Part II: Starting Your Cloud Infrastructure

    Toby looks at a number of tools available for small-to-medium-sized businesses that allows them to have their IT operations quickly up and running in the cloud. When you’re starting up a business, you want to avoid being bogged down with IT infrastructure setup. This quick guide to setting up reliable services easily and cheaply in the cloud will allow you to get on with doing what you do best.

  5. Data-driven Development with Flash Builder, Part II

    In the last article, Toby showed us how easy it is to hook up a Catalyst-generated Flex application to a database by using Flash Builder’s code generation features to create a PHP service. Now, he takes us a step further by adding data editing features to the application.

  6. Data-driven Development with Flash Builder, Part I

    In his last article, Toby showed us how to import a mockup into Flash Catalyst and start converting it into a working prototype. In this next installment, he’ll walk us through carrying that work over into Flash Builder and creating a functional data-driven application, complete with PHP and MySQL back end.

  7. From Concept to Working Prototype with Flash Catalyst

    The catch-22 of web and software development is that the client always wants to see what they’re paying for before it exists. In this article Toby demonstrates how Flash Catalyst changes that situation completely keeping everyone—client, designer and developer—happy.