Archive for November, 2010

How to Help IT Recruiter Get You Hired

November 23rd, 2010 Leave a comment
How to Help IT Recruiter Get You Hired

If you are just starting out in your IT career or trying to find a position in a slow economy, you might want to consider being a contractor or consultant. Typically, consultants are hired by IT firms and they then work on-site with the firm’s client on a specific project. Typically, a consultant’s contract will be 3-6 months in length and will specify the role they will fulfill on the client’s project. The first step to getting a contract position is to get noticed by an IT recruiter. Recruiters are not Technical IT recruiters work for IT consulting firms… View full post »

Introducing HTML5 Book Review

November 17th, 2010 Leave a comment
Introducing HTML5 Book Review

HTML5 is the developing new standard for HTML. It has received a lot of attention lately due to Apple providing some impressive demos of its capabilities. For the Apple iPad, HTML 5 is being offered as the alternative to Flash. As a result, a lot of hype and myths abound about HTML 5, its capabilities and browser support of it. I often read books on new and emerging technologies to keep my own skills sharp. Recently, one of these books was Introducing HTML5 (Voices That Matter) by Bruce Lawson and Remy Sharp. New Structural Elements I would… View full post »

HTML5 Intro: Use It Today!

November 14th, 2010 Leave a comment
HTML5 Intro: Use It Today!

Ever since Apple announced that they would not be supporting Flash in favor of the multimedia features of HTML5, there has been a lot of media attention on HTML5. Unfortunately, along with the media coverage there has been a tremendous amount of myth and misrepresentation regarding the level of browser support for HTML5. I’ve even heard some designers say that HTML5 won’t be ready until 2012 and that we should all sit tight and wait for it! The truth is that many of the elements of HTML5 are available for use today and browser support is pretty… View full post »

OWASP – the Open Web Application Security Project

November 9th, 2010 Leave a comment 1 comment
OWASP - the Open Web Application Security Project

Web applications are difficult to secure. This is a well known fact. Hardly a day goes by that we do not hear a media story about a data security breach at some commercial site. Part of the challenge of securing web applications is that platforms can differ so much and the typical web application functions on multiple levels, protocols and software stacks. To help companies and developers with the tremendous task of securing web applications, OWASP was formed. OWASP or the Open Web Application Security Project is a global 501(c)(3) non profit organization dedicated to making the… View full post »

Blueprint CSS – Framework for Grid Based Design

November 5th, 2010 Leave a comment
Blueprint CSS - Framework for Grid Based Design

Creating CSS for a web site can be a complicated affair. There are many different compatibility issues and various fixes and hacks to make different browser behave properly. Many web site designs are based on a grid. CSS frameworks abstract the common elements of grid based design into a series of CSS classes to simplify the creation of stylesheets. These frameworks also incorporate the most common browser fixes and hacks to make the process of writing cross-browser CSS transparent. One of the more popular CSS frameworks is Blueprint. What is Grid Based Design? Grids are a frequently… View full post »

PHP 5: Your Visual Blueprint for Creating Open Source, Server-Side Content Book Review

November 3rd, 2010 Leave a comment
PHP 5: Your Visual Blueprint for Creating Open Source, Server-Side Content Book Review

I am often asked for book recommendations by friends and associates wanting to learn new technologies or programming languages. The request I get most often though is for a good book to learn PHP. Recently, I read PHP 5: Your Visual Blueprint for Creating Open Source, Server-Side Content by Toby Joe Boudreaux. I figured it might make a good review for me on the changes in PHP 5 and it looked like a book that I could potentially recommend to new PHP programmers. Visuals This book takes a rather unique approach to teaching PHP 5. It’s part of Wiley’s… View full post »