Archive for December, 2011

Optimizing jQuery – 10 Ways to Write Better Code

December 29th, 2011 Leave a comment
Optimizing jQuery - 10 Ways to Write Better Code

Most of us that began writing jQuery started because we heard how awesome it was and we were frustrated at JavaScript. jQuery is awesome, but like any programming language, there can be problems and pitfalls we want to try to avoid. This article talks about ten common better uses of jQuery that will help you get your job done right. They won’t make you a jQuery expert, but they will show you some best practices and better ways of using the library. 1. Make Sure Your Version is Up-to-date Why: jQuery is constantly changing and updating. Improvements to the… View full post »

Scriptin’ with JavaScript and Ajax: A Designer’s Guide Book Review

December 28th, 2011 Leave a comment
Scriptin' with JavaScript and Ajax: A Designer's Guide Book Review

Book Author: Charles Wyke-Smith The first thing you will notice about Scriptin’ with JavaScript and Ajax is that it presents a condensed yet thorough overview of JavaScript from the beginner’s standpoint and moves quickly into more advanced topics. The author attempts to present lessons in coding as well as ideas of good application development; addressing ideas of Software-as-a-Service as well as pointing out tips for clean functional programming. His writing style is simple and straightforward, which is great for a book targeted at beginners and puts learning within their reach. From a new developer’s standpoint the concepts of a modern,… View full post »

Best Hadoop Resources on the Web

December 22nd, 2011 Leave a comment
Best Hadoop Resources on the Web

Hadoop is the new word on the market, and everyone wants to leverage it in their enterprise or network. There’s so much information out there about it, however, that finding good resources becomes a challenge: Check out these Hadoop online resources for great sites that will help you know more about Hadoop and learn how to implement it in your applications and networking environment! 1. Yahoo Hadoop Tutorial Website: http://developer.yahoo.com/hadoop/tutorial/ The Yahoo Hadoop tutorial is an awesome place for anyone beginning their Hadoop adventure. It’s a full hadoop tutorial to get you up and running, including Hadoop itself, a virtual machine of a… View full post »

PHP Optimization Tips: Get the Most Out of Your Applications

December 19th, 2011 Leave a comment 4 comments
PHP Optimization Tips: Get the Most Out of Your Applications

Like any scripting language, PHP can be used in a variety of applications. The down-side for most programmers is that when they learn how to write PHP, they do not always learn how to write PHP with speed and optimization in mind. This article addresses five ways you can improve your code with minor changes that will yield large gains as well as teach you how to become a better PHP developer. One of the most important things you can do when improving PHP application performance is begin measuring your application to find a baseline performance time for different… View full post »

Google+ Pages: A Boon For Small Businesses

December 15th, 2011 Leave a comment
Google+ Pages: A Boon For Small Businesses

Google has recently just announced a very exciting new feature for Google+: the ability for businesses to make Google+ pages. With this new addition, businesses will be able to have a centralized page to disseminate news and features on the company, as well as have a place for customers to talk about their experiences with the company or simply chat about new news or features coming up. You may, understandably, meet this news with some confusion. After all, Facebook has had pages for years now, and the Google+ Pages feature, when viewed in that light, looks less like innovation and more… View full post »

Carrier iQ – What You Need to Know About It

December 14th, 2011 Leave a comment
Carrier iQ - What You Need to Know About It

There has been a lot of hype in the media this last week over the Carrier iQ program that has been detected on Android smart phones. For those of you who are looking to catch up, or maybe get some answers, here is an overview of what Carrier iQ is about and what you should be aware of. What is Carrier iQ? Earlier this month the XDA Developers blogged about a rootkit application called Carrier iQ in this post: http://www.xda-developers.com/android/what-people-arent-saying-about-carrier-iq-xda-tv/. This software is installed as a rootkit in the RAM of the device and runs silently in the background. … View full post »

Google+ for Google Apps: What This Means To You

December 13th, 2011 Leave a comment
Google+ for Google Apps: What This Means To You

Word has just recently come out that Google+ has been released for Google Apps, and that domain administrators can now allow Google+ to be active on Google Apps domains on a domain-by-domain basis. Google+ users can now have profiles on their Google Apps accounts, and Google is said to be working on integration and migration features that will allow you to tie two Google+ accounts together or migrate existing settings and circles from one Google+ account to your Google+ Google Apps account. So what does this mean for you? Well, for one thing, this is going to be a great boon for… View full post »

PHP Error Handling Explained

December 8th, 2011 Leave a comment
PHP Error Handling Explained

Error handling is the process of catching errors and unexpected behavior from your program and dealing with them appropriately. When developers write code they always seem to leave error handling for the end instead of making it part of the development process. Part of being a good developer is setting up your applications to handle errors gracefully and without causing trouble for the user. Developers that are new to PHP sometimes complain that there is no built-in error handling functionality, but what they haven’t learned yet is that the functionality is there – you just have to… View full post »

Creating a Website in HTML5

December 7th, 2011 Leave a comment
Creating a Website in HTML5

Creating a new website in HTML5 can be daunting, especially for those of us with no clue as to what it is or how it’s different from HTML4. Here’s a quick guide to help you get set up with HTML5 and get a valid, compliant site up and running! 1. Get hosting and a domain name This one hasn’t changed since HTML4, but I thought I’d mention it all the same. You’re still going to have to get a domain name and hosting to host an HTML5 site, and the good news is that requirements for hosting providers have not changed with… View full post »

Best Android Blogs: Our Top 10 Picks

December 6th, 2011 Leave a comment 1 comment
Best Android Blogs: Our Top 10 Picks

Android: it’s the big word on the street now. As the world’s most widespread open-source smartphone operating system, it’s naturally the object of some attention from blogs around: some useful, some not quite so much. It can be hard to tell the good blogs from the bad, but that’s what we’re here for. We’ve poked around a bit and kept an eye on a number of Android blogs for the past six months, and here is our pick of the top 10 Android blogs for your consideration. Feel free to add others (through your comments) if you feel we’ve missed… View full post »

Best CDN Services for Smaller Websites

December 5th, 2011 Leave a comment 6 comments
Best CDN Services for Smaller Websites

It seems everyone is talking about the cloud and CDNs nowadays, pushing terabytes of data and trying to squeeze every millisecond of performance from their websites. Using a Content Deliver Network, or CDN, is a great and inexpensive way to speed up any site. If you think your site is too small for CDN, you are almost certainly wrong. CDNs greatly improve the speed up your site, creating a great user experience that every visitor to your site deserves, regardless of how small your site may be. More recently, speed has also become important for Search Engine Rankings, with Google… View full post »