Author Archives: Bradley Holt

I am a software developer, web developer, entrepreneur, and an advocate of free/open source software, open standards, and open content. I am the technical director and co-founder of Found Line—a creative firm located in Burlington, Vermont—where I develop standards-based, accessible, and cross-browser compatible web applications.

Joining Cloudant

Since 2005, my partner Jason Pelletier and I have had the privilege of working with numerous great clients through our company, Found Line. While we have enjoyed this work, it’s time for us to move on to other things. I’m happy to announced that I will be joining Cloudant (an IBM company) as a Developer [...]

Northeast PHP Conference 2014

The Northeast PHP Conference 2014 in Cambridge, Massachusetts is just over two weeks away (Saturday, September 6th and Sunday, September 7th). We’ve got a great lineup of talks this year including talks on coding standards, content strategy, unit testing, PHP 5.6 (and beyond), leadership and teamwork, object-oriented programming, profiling (Xdebug and Cachegrind), Internet of Things, [...]

Last Chance for Continued Municipal Ownership of Burlington Telecom?

Tonight’s special City Council meeting (5pm, Contois Auditorium, City Hall) may be the point of no return for continued municipal ownership of Burlington Telecom. City Council’s decision about a bridge loan in relation to the recent Citibank settlement could force the City of Burlington to sell Burlington Telecom at a future date. I use the [...]

Joining the Code for America Brigade Program

I’m very happy to be able to announce today that Code for BTV in Burlington, Vermont has been selected to join the official Code for America Brigade program! Code for America announced today the 2013 Brigade Captains. Jason Pelletier and I will be participating in the Brigade’s leadership program as Brigade Captains. Today’s announcement includes [...]

The Tech Community and Economic Development

Lars Hasselblad Torres, director of the Vermont Office of the Creative Economy, retweeted a link today to an article about the The Real Reason Creative Workers Are Good for the Economy. From the article: At bottom, [the findings from a new study by Neil Lee and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose of the London School of Economics] suggest the [...]

The Northeast PHP Conference Wants More Women Speakers

Courtney Stanton had the following to say about getting more women to speak at conferences: The easiest way I saw for getting more women on stage at the actual event was to get as many women to submit speaking proposals as possible. We opened up the call for papers for the Northeast PHP Conference about [...]

Why Gigabit Matters: Guest Post in the Free Press Blog

I’ve written a guest post in the Free Press blog on Why Gigabit Matters. From the post: Gigabit is almost 150 times as fast as the average national broadband speed, giving communities an opportunity to develop a thriving culture of innovation. But simply noting it’s 150 times as fast fails to capture its true import. [...]

Diversity at Technology Conferences and Metrics vs. Quotas

Another discussion about diversity at technology conferences is making its way around various technology communities. This is a huge and important topic and I’m glad that people are talking about it. Given the enormity of the topic, it’s not one that I’m prepared to tackle in a blog post. Besides, I feel that most of [...]

Why Gigabit Matters

A handful of communities across the United States currently have access to gigabit-per-second (1 Gbps) Internet speeds. This super-fast connectivity is only possible with a fiber-optic infrastructure and a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployment. Existing coaxial cables and telephone lines can’t even come close to providing gigabit-per-second bandwidth. But why does gigabit-per-second Internet speeds (and fiber-to-the-home) matter? [...]

Building a Hypermedia API in CouchDB

The latest issue of php|architect includes an article of mine on Building a Hypermedia API in CouchDB. The article’s description: This article demonstrates how to create a hypermedia data API using CouchDB, a document database and application server that is accessed through an HTTP API. URIs identify CouchDB resources such as databases, documents, attachments, and [...]