Web Development

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These Are the Basic Skills of a Web Designer

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Christina Smith is a Connecticut-based Web developer who creates arresting online visuals including logos, photos and website look and feel. (She also dabbles in cake design). She got her Bachelor of Science in digital media from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in 2007 and shortly after landed a job as a graphic designer for the New Jersey design and development company HG Media, eventually becoming its lead designer. Currently, she’s a senior designer at the full service marketing agency Smartfish Group… continue…

HTML5 Development Is on the Upswing

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Is it surprising that developers say they love the latest version of HMTL5? That’s what seems to be happening. According to a survey from Sencha, a provider of open source Web application frameworks, enthusiasm is only growing for HTML5 while support wanes for the classic Microsoft Windows platform. The company polled more than 2,100 business applications developers during December and January. Among its findings: More than 60 percent of developers have converted to HTML5 and hybrid development for their key… continue…

4 Ways Business App Devs Can Leverage Consumerization

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It’s become clear over the past several years that the consumerization of IT isn’t going away as employees adopt new software and hardware for their own personal use, then introduce it into their companies. For enterprise app developers, the idea that consumer apps are infiltrating their domain may seem a bit frightening. But that’s the wrong attitude. Instead, why not glom onto the features that make consumer apps so desirable and apply them to the enterprise? Leyla Seka, Salesforce.com’s vice… continue…

5 Interview Answers for Web Developers

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Given the diverse nature of Web projects, anticipating a hiring manager’s needs and preferences can be difficult. It’s not a field where managers are swayed by fancy degrees or certifications, observes Michelle Greenlee, a self-taught Web developer and guide for the Dice Android Talent Community. The ability to describe the problems you’ve solved and the outcomes you’ve achieved is the common denominator among successful candidates. “You don’t have to ace every technical question to impress a hiring manager,” says Greenlee.… continue…

Resources for Building Web Apps in a BYOD World

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Web apps are probably the closest programmers are going to get to the “write once, deploy anywhere” ideal. These apps are best suited for users that need to collaborate, share, publish and/or distribute data. Often, the “heavy lifting” for a Web app is done on the server side. They’re available anywhere there’s a Web browser and an Internet connection. This makes them ideal for a BYOD environment. No matter which device a user is carrying, it will have some form… continue…

WordPress as a Secure Application Framework

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Many people know about WordPress as “that blog site.” Those who recognize that it’s open source know it primarily as “blog” software. However, more accurately put, WordPress software is a full “publishing platform.” According to W3Techs, over 20 percent of all websites use the WordPress content management system. There are several good reasons for this: It is a mature platform. It’s been around since 2003. At its core it’s simple to use. Its target audience is primarily content publishers, not… continue…

Gestures Are the Next Big Thing in UI

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For the most part, user interfaces today require users themselves to do all the work. But as technology evolves to allow people to use gestures alone, that’s changing. The result: Working with technology is becoming more natural and more effective. For example, in the near future it may be possible to refuse a call simply by looking at a ringing phone and shaking your head. If you’ve stopped paying attention or left the room, the app might pause to await… continue…

Backend as a Service is Burgeoning

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Anyone doubting the viability of Backend as a Service (BaaS) only needs to look at Facebook’s acquisition of Parse.com this year and the growth of BaaS over the past eight years. Facebook’s acquisition of Parse.com, for example, allows the social media giant to provide their own backend services for games and applications. Close integration of Parse with the Facebook platform should lead to reduced server latency and greater responsiveness. Parse.com has been described as both BaaS and XaaS (Everything as a Service).… continue…

Creative Contest Site Lacks Programmer, Plans to Shut Down

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Online photo contest site Worth1000 is counting the days before its current live site becomes a static museum of past entries on September 30. Founder Avi Muchnick says the 11-year-old site, whose name is a play on how a picture is supposedly worth 1,000 words, has suffered from neglect. “Over time, Worth1000 traffic was negatively impacted by my lack of attention to the site and in general it was clear to me it needed a new owner,” Muchnick told TechCrunch.… continue…

A Brief Intro to SharePoint’s New App Model

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One of the most significant new features of SharePoint 2013 is the introduction of the App Model. We are all familiar with the App Model from Apple’s App Store and Google Play. An online store where users can purchase and install an app that will help enhance a device (like a smartphone) or a platform (like SharePoint). This new SharePoint functionality is redefining how companies procure, develop and distribute customized solutions. Every company will have the ability to expose the… continue…