Rabid is now Ackama

In September 2018, on the company’s 8th birthday, Rabid became Ackama - this was to reflect that fact that we work on large digital ecosystems, and given that nature is the largest ecosystem in the world we wanted a name that came from nature. Ackama, or Makamaka, is a small bushy tree with white flowers and red seeds. It’s found on the coast from Whangarei north.

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More about James Harton

James has spent more than 20 years making the internet. From his early days managing banks of modems at internet service providers to working on today’s advanced cloud services, James has focused on enhancing user experiences through technical excellence. These days, James spends his days building software for the web using Rails and Ember.js, and tries to only use his powers for good.

James is an active member of the New Zealand Ruby community and is currently serving his second term on the committee of Ruby New Zealand. He was also the organiser of the 2015 Rails Camp in Whangaparaoa, north of Auckland. When he’s not busy raising his kids and writing copious amounts of Open Source software, James volunteers his time as a Waterwise Instructor, teaching ten and eleven year old students how to sail and be confident on the water.

Posts by James Harton

The Points Don't Matter

The points don’t matter; if it sounds like a line from Whose Line Is It Anyway? that’s because it is. When it comes to our Agile process, there’s one thing that is quite often misunderstood by everyone in the room: sizing. Over the years, I’ve worked with a number of teams who have conflated points with time. It’s easy to understand why this is tempting, especially for a product owner or project manager. They want...

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Object-free DCI

Some of you may already know me, as I’ve been around the Rails community for some time, including being on the RubyNZ Committee for two terms and having organised the 2015 RailsCamp NZ. You might say that I know a few things about Ruby, and maybe even about object oriented design. Over the last couple of years the Ruby community has been learning from its Smalltalk roots about DCI with the help of great books...

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