Google acquired AppSheet in early 2020. I remember the announcement, but didn’t think much of it at the time. 18 months later, and it seems to me that low-code/no-code is such a “big thing” that it’s nudging out AI/ML in the tech press hype. In 2017 I co-founded a start-up…


In my first story in a series, I explained that I spend about a day a week solving problems that interest me with tiny software applications. I’ve been assembling a tool-kit to quickly build against architectural patterns that I find keep coming up in tiny apps.

In a later story


I have a meeting coming up where some new members are joining a team I’ve been in for some time. The facilitator has asked us to introduce ourselves, “Pecha Kucha” style, with one-minute-per-slide pictures. It’s a big team, so we only get three slides each. I’m an obsessive logger of…


A month or so ago, I wrote a story explaining the stack and tool-chain I’ve put together for building tiny responsive web apps.

The technology I chose solved these problems:

  • I only want to pay for what I use (scale-to-zero)
  • I don’t have a lot of time available for learning…

Working from home

I suspect that Covid lockdowns and the work-from-home revolution inspired many people to reevaluate their home network setups. I’ve actually been surviving fine until recently with my Asus RT-AC68U router, but in my Google Meet work calls lately I’ve been experiencing drop-outs (stalling, stuttering) on both the 2.4GHz …


In my first story in this series, I explained that I spend about a day a week solving problems that interest me with tiny software applications. I’ve been assembling a tool-kit to quickly build against architectural patterns that I find keep coming up in tiny apps. …


In my first story in this series, I explained that I spend about a day a week solving problems that interest me with tiny software applications. I’ve been assembling a tool-kit to quickly build against architectural patterns that I find keep coming up in tiny apps. …


In my first story in this series, I explained that I spend about a day a week solving problems that interest me with tiny software applications. I’ve been assembling a tool-kit to quickly build against architectural patterns that I find keep coming up in tiny apps. …


In my first story in this series, I explained that I spend about a day a week solving problems that interest me with tiny software applications. I’ve been assembling a tool-kit to quickly build against architectural patterns that I find keep coming up in tiny apps. …


I have a day job that I go to four days a week: I keep Fridays for doing other things. My day job is a great job at a great company — it’s New Zealand’s biggest software success story — and (most of the time) I love it. But, with…

Gareth Cronin

Technology leader for Xero in Auckland, New Zealand, former start-up founder, father of two, maker of t-shirts and small software products

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