Why I use Grails

A lot of CTOs and technical people get asked what they use for their personal projects.  So to be completely honest, I use Groovy/Grails.  Do I think it is the best thing out there?  Maybe not, but let me explain why I use it and what I expect.  The thought process would be useful for anyone making choices about technology platforms for oneself. So I started way, way back with PDP RSTS Basic and soon moved to Apple Basic. I

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The CTO is not your coder

I do a lot of consulting with startups and they usually come to me asking for a CTO who will be their chief coder and technical architect.  They wonder if I am interested in that role and I usually have to disappoint them with an answer of “no”.  This happens often enough that I think I will cover it over a number of posts from different angles. Though I am the first to acknowledge that a technical company needs a

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Playing with SVG

This post taken from a LinkedIn Post originally on April 6, 2015 I have been working on my site to bring it up to modern standards including responsive design. Though I was happy with the general look of the site, there was something missing. The Zen Garden template I used as a starting point had nifty SVG elements to liven it up. I figured I could find a library to do something dynamic with SVG for my site. I decided

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The Bleeding Edge – Part I

This post is taken from an LinkedIn Post done on March 26, 2016 My CEO said that I am an empirical learner.  This he mentioned could be a double edged sword since I tend to understand the details quite well, but I may take a while to assimilate information I could try to get through people elsewhere. However, one place that I do find empirical learning necessary is as a CTO understanding the changes in technology.  It is one thing

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Hi, my name is Michael Amster.  I am a working CTO and have been involved in technology my entire professional life.  In fact, I got into computers at the age of 12 and never looked back. Over my long career, I have worked at a lot of companies and have tried my hand a number of times at starting new companies (with mixed results). What prompted me to write a blog is that I have risen to the title of

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