Archive for 2012

jQuery Tabs Tutorial

December 26th, 2012 Leave a comment
jQuery Tabs Tutorial

jQuery tabs on content have become a stylish addition to Web 2.0 websites, but it’s not always obvious just how to make them work, and many people have been writing up tutorials on how to write your own tab scripts using jQuery. Thankfully, however, there’s an addition to jQuery called jQueryUI that includes tab support and pre-built tab functions so you don’t have to roll your own every time you write a website. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to get them up and running on your website! Method A: The Conventional Way jQueryUI now supports tabs as part of its integrated… View full post »

Top 5 Android ROMs

December 23rd, 2012 Leave a comment
Top 5 Android ROMs

Part of the appeal of the Android operating system is the great customization and configuration that it gives users due to its open-source nature, and many developers have taken it upon themselves to offer up customizations of the stock operating systems for various reasons, including speed, aesthetic, feature-set, and others. Because of the wide distribution of Android ROMs out there, it can be tough to decide which one you want to test-run. We’ve taken a look at a few and we’ve picked out our top 5 Android ROMs to help you decide which ROM to run on your Android phone! 1…. View full post »

jQuery Tutorial: Scrolling Effects With Anchor Links

December 20th, 2012 Leave a comment
jQuery Tutorial: Scrolling Effects With Anchor Links

Sometimes you’ll want to use anchor text in a page, but you don’t want any old boring anchor scroll. The instant click-through to anchor links is devoid of any interesting flair, and that’s no longer a viable option in today’s Web landscape. Web 2.0 is all about having smooth effects to go with your buttons and bevels, and so maybe you want a cool scrolling effect for your anchor links on your site. Here’s a quick and easy way to get that on your page! Step 1: Create The Anchor Link You’re going to want this in the part you want to… View full post »

Is jQuery Right For Your App?

December 17th, 2012 Leave a comment
Is jQuery Right For Your App?

jQuery has taken over in the application-building world, and people have been using it left and right to build new applications, from hobbyist projects to large-scale, enterprise-level applications. There are, however, other toolkits like dojo out there that offer alternatives to jQuery: should you always use jQuery, or is there a reason to switch to one of those other toolkits when the need arises? First off, it’s always a safe bet to use what you know. If you’re familiar with the jQuery library, it’s almost certain that you’re going to do faster, better work with jQuery than you would with another… View full post »

5 More Useful PHP Snippets

December 14th, 2012 Leave a comment
5 More Useful PHP Snippets

Given the success of our last PHP Snippets article, we’ve decided to go ahead and find a few more useful PHP snippets. Without further ado, here are some more useful (and a bit more complex) PHP snippets for use! 1. Generating CSV Many people have come up with their own functions for generating CSVs, but the problem is that many of them fail to take into account wayward quotation marks or apostrophes that will bring down their CSV and make it harder to parse later. A much better idea is to take those into account, like so: function make_csv(array $to_csv, $file = false)… View full post »

Finding The Optimal Minimum Split Count For Your Hadoop Job

December 11th, 2012 Leave a comment
Finding The Optimal Minimum Split Count For Your Hadoop Job

Figuring out ways to optimize Hadoop isn’t always easy, and one part of the job that’s often overlooked is the split size / split count of a Hadoop job. Most people often leave it alone to the preset defaults, but are the preset defaults right for you? Let’s find out! When you’re looking at minimum split count, you want to look at a great deal of things: one of the most important ones is the map task capacity of the cluster for the particular job at head. Let’s say, for example, that a particular cluster has a map task capacity of… View full post »

Hadoop: The Definitive Guide Book Review

December 8th, 2012 Leave a comment
Hadoop: The Definitive Guide Book Review

By Tom White Hadoop is great idea for a framework, and it’s been one of a few game-changers in the open source world in the past few years. It’s designed to distribute processing for many large datasets across a machine cluster so that the dataset can be processed in parallel. The fact that it’s open-source and free is another bonus- there’s no cost to try out the software and see if it fits your needs, and it’s enabled many companies to sift through large datasets that they otherwise would have had to buy expensive proprietary software for. As might be expected,… View full post »

6 Useful Java Snippets

December 5th, 2012 Leave a comment
6 Useful Java Snippets

Sometimes it’s not worth reinventing the wheel and trying to remember the way you did something last time around. It’s also true that sometimes you have simple tasks that you simply can’t figure out how to get done- or, even worse, you That said, here are some really useful Java code snippets that you can use and reuse to help make some tasks that you’re doing often a bit easier! 1. Converting Strings to ints and ints to Strings Here’s a handy little string converter that you can use to turn strings to ints and vice versa! int y = 10; String x… View full post »

HTML5 vs. Native: What Should You Use In Your App?

December 2nd, 2012 Leave a comment
HTML5 vs. Native: What Should You Use In Your App?

Mark Zuckerberg recently caused a new hubbub in the mobile Internet world when he declared that HTML5 had been a mistake for the Facebook mobile app. The HTML5 vs. native debate has been going on for some time now, with adherents on both sides claiming that each is the wave of the future. But which is right for your app? If you’re looking to develop a new app, should you be using HTML5 or go native? It’s a tricky question, and one that depends on a multitude of things. For example, it’s very heavily dependent on what platform you’re using. In… View full post »

Book Review: Cloud Computing Explained: Implementation Handbook For Enterprises

November 27th, 2012 Leave a comment
Book Review: Cloud Computing Explained: Implementation Handbook For Enterprises

By John Rhoton Today’s environment has seen a tremendous amount of interest in cloud computing, especially for the enterprise community. Enterprises have responded to the credit crunch by downsizing or trimming their IT staff and reducing the amount they spend on hardware in any given year. Unfortunately, downsizing IT staff and equipment when you’re hosting critical services in-house can be a recipe for disaster: mission critical hardware begins to fail with no replacements, and the lack of IT staff means that there aren’t enough repair staff available to respond to critical failures that ultimately cost enterprises hours of lost labor while… View full post »

Top 5 Small Business Wireless Routers

November 24th, 2012 Leave a comment
Top 5 Small Business Wireless Routers

Many businesses want WiFi in the office – it’s convenient, fast, and it enables your employees to be productive on the go. No matter if they’re in their office or sharing desk space with a colleague down the hall, the ability to hook up to the network and get going without having to remember to lug an Ethernet cable around and hunt for a jack is always welcome. For many small businesses, however, the luxury of buying a wireless router with all the bells and whistles isn’t always an option due to budgetary concerns. That’s often a problem because they… View full post »

Top 5 Best Practices For Building HTML5 Games

November 21st, 2012 Leave a comment
Top 5 Best Practices For Building HTML5 Games

HTML5 games have become quite popular in recent years, especially now that many of the major browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and IE9 have GPU support for gaming in the browser. Accelerated GPU support and the versatility of HTML5 ensure that games written for them can be high quality, enjoyable, and entertaining games- in fact, HTML5’s robust capabilities mean that it can have design complexity that rivals even some games written in more traditional game programming languages. Like any other development project, however, HTML5 games have best practices and recommendations that you can follow to make your game process easier and… View full post »

5 Tips For A Great Android UI Design

November 18th, 2012 Leave a comment
5 Tips For A Great Android UI Design

Designing apps have quite a few components to them- and sometimes the nuts and bolts of the app is the easy part to figure out. UI design is often the harder part: getting into the minds of your users and figuring out how to make a slick, intuitive UI is easier said than done. That said, there are a few general tips that can help you make an effective UI that won’t make your users confused or disinterested: we’ve collected the tips we think are best to help your Android app have the punch it needs to get your users… View full post »

Book Review: Networking Bible

November 15th, 2012 Leave a comment
Book Review: Networking Bible

By Barrie Sosinsky Networking can be a difficult topic to wrap your head around: there’s a great deal of information and history that goes into current networking protocols, and quite often even someone with a very good practical handle on how to get networks up and running will be in the dark when it comes to the theoreticals behind these networks. Unfortunately, practical application will only get you so far- planning and implementing large, complex networks does require some theoretical background and grounding in the implementation and history of networking practices and protocols. True to its name, the Networking Bible aims to… View full post »

Top 5 Mistakes Most Java Programmers Make

November 12th, 2012 Leave a comment
Top 5 Mistakes Most Java Programmers Make

Everyone makes mistakes. Even the best programmer will have errors in their code every now and then, and no matter whether you are a beginner or a master there are always going to be some frustrating errors or mistakes that you make that will come back to haunt you days, weeks, or months later in the production cycle. Don’t let programming mistakes come back to bite you down the line – take a look at some of the most common mistakes even experienced Java programmers make in their programs and remember to think of them next time you are faced… View full post »