Web Development

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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…

Web Development UI: Managing Complexity with jQuery

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UI Paradox Creating a “Good” User Interface is a matter of balancing competing needs. It’s part art, part science and all work. Users expect a lot of functionality, yet also demand simplicity. A familiar UI is one where the key features are already well-understood. However if it’s too familiar, the UI could be seen as boring. Users want a UI that is intuitively obvious, to them. For the developer, the problem is that intuition is very much a matter of… continue…

Here’s How to Create Scorchingly Fast JavaScript

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The race continues to produce the fastest JavaScript engines in browsers. With the recent release of Firefox 22, Mozilla’s jumped past Chrome. Its not-so-secret sauce is called asm.js, and is a subset of full JavaScript. When correctly optimized, JavaScript code can run at about half the speed of native machine code. Don’t believe me? Then run up Firefox and make sure it’s the latest version (22). If you haven’t got Firefox installed, go to GetFirefox.com. You don’t want to miss… continue…

Digital Rights Management in HTML5

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In a recent blog “Implementing Video and Audio in HTML5,” I said that while HTML5 was a great step forward in terms of audio and video tags, different audio and video formats were required on a website in order to support all browsers. The heart of the issue is that no single audio and video format comes free from copyright, usage and patent restrictions. The result is that each browser vendor picks the format for which they have ownership or… continue…

Developing Cloud-Based SaaS Web Applications

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The demand for Web development skills needed to design, build and deploy Software as a Service applications should continue to increase over the next several years as more companies seek solutions tailored to the capabilities of the cloud. According to SaaS blogger Dave Key, designing software for SaaS is fundamentally different from designing software for the more traditional client/server model in terms of architecture, user interface design and the exposure and use of APIs. Key points to consider: Design for… continue…

Dropbox Plans Developer Conference to Push API

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By Jennifer Goforth Gregory Most likely, you’ve uploaded one of the more than 1 billion files shared through Dropbox each day.  Despite those kinds of numbers, Dropbox isn’t content to just be the most used files sharing program around. It wants IT professionals to use Dropbox in a different way – to build applications on top of its data layer platform. As part of the development of the Dropbox API, the company is holding its first developer conference to educate… continue…

Adding Custom Fonts to Your Web Pages

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The Need for Custom Web Fonts On the Web, fonts have traditionally been limited to those regarded as “Web safe,” which in turn leads to something of a generic look to most company pages. Fonts — that is, the style in which letters, numbers, punctuation and special characters are visually presented — have long been a way in which brands and businesses  distinguish themselves in the marketplace. For example, the distinctive Coca Cola font has been nearly unchanged for over… continue…

Drilling Into JBoss AS’s Successor – WildFly 8

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Say hello to WildFly 8, the successor to the JBoss application server and a new JBoss community project. Well, it will be when it becomes available, as currently it’s at Alpha. While change for change’s sake isn’t always a good thing, the reason given for creating WildFly 8 is simple: JBoss the name is overloaded. It refers not only to to the application server, but also the JBoss Community and line of products by Red Hat. To a newcomer to… continue…