Dashter Source is now on Github

Quick note: The version I uploaded to github may not be the last version we published, but it’s probably close. I’ll see if I can find the final stable build.

Thinking back to late 2012 / early 2013, there was a lot going on. We had just moved out to Las Vegas that year, and an opportunity opened up at Las Vegas Sands that was taking my full attention. For some reason, the jump from ‘yes of course Dashter, the company is shut down’ to ‘oh, yeah, why don’t I share the source code’ seemed quite large.

Anyways, it really wasn’t – but for some reason I just neglected to ever sharing the product that we had built. There are a few hundred / couple thousand man-hours sunk into that code, but sadly (like much of the internet) there’s nothing much of value beyond a couple neat code-hooks any more.

The Twitter API change that took us down in 2012 was pretty much the final death-blow for Dashter. The code that I’ve uploaded will not function in virtually any respect; I think the license-key that we built talked back to Dashter.com – a site that none of us maintain anymore and has been taken offline. But if you bypassed that, and then tried to true-up the API calls, it might stagger back to life. I haven’t even looked at the Twitter dev docs in a couple years, so I couldn’t tell you which things are more likely to survive than others.

Go ahead and scope out the source code here:

Just a Post about Dolphins

So, why do I have a post about Dolphins?

Years ago, I read an article about the challenges of building contextual networks. I wish I had any idea where it was, I’d post a link to the original source. But, since I can’t, I’ll provide the gist of the article:

Context is tricky. Many words have multiple meanings, and we derive meaning from sentences by comparing the word to the words around it. Take, for instance, the term ‘dolphins’. Standing alone, the assumption would be that we’re talking about dolphins swimming in the water. But what if the sentence is, “I really hope the Dolphins win this year.” Now we’re probably talking about the Miami Dolphins. Same word, two completely different contexts.

This has become an important lesson that I’m applying right now in the development of Dashster. Continue reading Just a Post about Dolphins