Chris Ward

I am Chris Ward (aka Chris Chinchilla). I am a technical writer, blogger, artist, video/audio maker and presenter who loves to explain cool tech to the World.

After 15 years as a developer I realized that my skills lie in helping others understand technical subjects. I achieve this through technical writing, blogging, networking and educating people through presentations and workshops.

I have crazy projects in progress and will speak to anyone who listens.

Below you can find my latest writing and appearances or contact me through a multitude of networks.

Why do you call yourself Chris Chinchilla? Yes it does sound silly doesn't it! It's a nickname I've had since 1997 after a passing comment at school, I've carried it through all my fanzine and music years and like it. For those who are interested, a Chinchilla is a small (and cute) South American rodent, a Small Town in Queensland, Australia and is a real name in South America.

My Latest Posts

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  • Does GraphQL Reduce the Need for Documentation?
    On 19 Sep 2017, Chris wrote

    Does GraphQL Reduce the Need for Documentation?

    for codeship

    Before we begin, note that this post isn’t intended as an introduction to GraphQL. For a beginner’s guide, I suggest Derek Haynes’ Codeship post or howtographql.com.

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    Development
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  • Custom Components to the React Framework
    On 18 Sep 2017, Chris wrote

    Custom Components to the React Framework

    for dzone

    Sencha’s ExtJS is a venerable web framework for creating data heavy cross-platform desktop and mobile components ideal for enterprise applications. Originally conceived way back in 2007, in times when JavaScript was less advanced than it is now, the team added concepts such as classes and objects to JavaScript, and made ExtJS self-contained, requiring no dependencies.

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  • IFA Berlin 2017 - Full of Smarts
    On 15 Sep 2017, Chris wrote

    IFA Berlin 2017 - Full of Smarts

    for dzone

    Another year, another IFA, and as always, nestled among the room upon room of ovens, food processors, and fitness trackers are a handful of outliers and gems. This year IFA had a different feeling from previous years, with a more international flair, and the startup aisles from previous years expanded into an entire hall, which is where I spent most of my time. In this post, I will highlight some of my favorites and the trends I identified.

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  • How blockchain will disrupt traditional computing
    On 12 Sep 2017, Chris wrote

    How blockchain will disrupt traditional computing

    for techbeacon

    Blockchain-based technologies have moved away from just supporting cryptocurrencies. One hot area for IT Ops is smart contracts, which let you store, verify, and execute code on a blockchain. And multiple projects now under way promise to replace traditional elements of the compute stack, from processing to storage to communications, with this approach. Here’s a survey of some of the more promising projects that could—eventually—have a big impact on IT operations.

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  • On 08 Sep 2017, Chris wrote

    Blockwatch - Demystifying the ICO

    for dzone

    Welcome to the first installment of ‘Blockwatch,’ my semi-regular observations on the world of Blockchain related events, news and projects. This time, what exactly is an ICO?

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    blockchain ico
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