It’s not often I discover a new framework or technology and get immediately excited about it.  Often that’s because the technology in question will either seem to me to be a solution to something I don’t perceive to be a problem in the first place, or because in addressing one problem, the technology introduces a […]

What Are Micro-Services? Micro-Services are the latest big buzz in the web and browser-based application development world.  As with many buzzwords in IT, the term is somewhat vague and difficult to specifically pin-point, but it’s worth reading the definitive paper by Martin Fowler on the subject: In a nutshell, Micro-Services are all about moving […]

I’ve seen this question posed about EWD.js, something along the lines of: Why should the VA and others put their faith in and backing behind EWD.js, a framework developed and supported by a small UK company, when there are plenty of well-known and community-supported Node.js frameworks for web application development? I’d like to try to […]

The US Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) has embarked on an initiative known as VistA Evolution, the goal of which is to create a new generation of their Electronic Healthcare Record (EHR) that will be known as VistA4.   The aims of this initiative are entirely laudable: to modernise the ageing, but much loved and […]

For those who are interested in learning EWD.js, particularly in relation to modernising VistA, I’m running a course in Fairfax VA just before the WorldVistA Community Meeting: this 3-day comprehensive course runs from Friday 30th May until Sunday 1st June, 2014, and will be held at George Mason University.  You can register by clicking here. […]

I described how Google’s Chromecast device works in my previous article.  In this article, I’ll explain how to use the new Chromecast extensions for EWD.js to build your own Chromecast applications. Preparation The first thing you’ll need to do is install EWD.js or, if you’re already using EWD.js, update it to Build 54.10 or later. […]

Google launched the $35 Chromecast into the US market in July 2013 and it became available in the UK in March 2014.  It’s primarily marketed as a device for streaming video to your TV, and, as such, is usually compared with the Roku streamer, Apple TV and the new Amazon Fire TV. Once you look […]


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