Archive for February, 2012

Java IDE Compared

February 27th, 2012 Leave a comment
Java IDE Compared

If you are just getting started learning Java it is important to choose a development environment that suits your programming style and needs. This can be a daunting task for beginners since there are many IDEs available that may be suited to your task. Some are great commercial products and others are excellent examples of the efficiency of open source development. What many new developers may not know is that IDEs have continued to evolve their point of view, creating a set of tools with different strengths and weaknesses to fit different programming styles and functionality needs. When… View full post »

Web Developer Glossary: Top Web Terms

February 22nd, 2012 Leave a comment
Web Developer Glossary: Top Web Terms

Below is a quick glossary of the most commonly used web terms that you might want to add to your web toolkit: AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML – a group of interrelated web development methods used on the client-side to create asynchronous web applications. With Ajax, web applications can send data to, and retrieve data from, a server asynchronously (in the background) without interfering with the display and behavior of the existing page. Anchor – an HTML tag used to define a word, group of words, or image that you can click on to jump to a new document or a new… View full post »

5 Helpful jQuery Tricks

February 21st, 2012 Leave a comment 1 comment
5 Helpful jQuery Tricks

It doesn’t matter if you are just starting out with jQuery or have been working with it for a while; you probably have some magic in your bag that you reuse in your projects. If you are a total jQuery novice, you might want to check out our jQuery Quick Tutorial first. This article continues our jQuery Optimization series with five fresh jQuery tips to help you have a few more tricks up your sleeve. If you need more than just tips, check out our jQuery training courses! 1. Resize Fonts on the Fly There are many benefits to letting your… View full post »

Best Agile Books: Our Top 5 Choices

February 20th, 2012 Leave a comment
Best Agile Books: Our Top 5 Choices

Agile is a great software development paradigm, and many people are looking to implement it in their workplace: unfortunately, it can be hard to make heads or tails of the whole process, and it can be tough to separate the good advice from the bad, making a seemingly simple process come off as a headache! Take a look at these Agile books that we’ve compiled here: they’re well-written and will hopefully help you out in implementing or understanding Agile! The Agile Samurai: How Agile Masters Deliver Great Software Jonathan Rasmusson Besides having a great title, this book is also a great introduction to… View full post »

The Android REvolution: Android’s Rise to Prominence

February 13th, 2012 Leave a comment
The Android REvolution: Android's Rise to Prominence

Today, Android is well-known as a mobile operating system; since the launch of Android 1.0 in 2008, Android has had an astronomical rise in market share. In just three years, Android has gone from a new mobile operating system to a mobile OS that controls a plurality of the market share in smartphones, in no small part due to its open source nature and no licensing fees. In 2003, however, no one would have believed you if you said Google would be at the forefront of smartphone mobile OS development. “Android” was still just a sci-fi word, and the Apple iPhone… View full post »

jQuery Mobile – Beginner Tutorial

February 8th, 2012 Leave a comment 1 comment
jQuery Mobile - Beginner Tutorial

Being able to reach your audience via a mobile page is becoming almost as important as having a page at all but getting started in mobile site development can be frustrating. The jQuery library provides many handy mobile features that you can use to get started making great mobile-friendly web sites. In this article I will discuss the jQuery mobile framework features and give you a little demo on how it works. What is jQuery Mobile? jQuery Mobile is a unified framework that is designed to work on all major mobile platforms. This allows us to save a lot… View full post »

VOIP Drupal – PBX Phone System for a Small Office

February 6th, 2012 (Guest Blogger)Leave a comment 1 comment
VOIP Drupal - PBX Phone System for a Small Office

There is an exciting project underway at M.I.T. in Cambridge, MA. It is a project based on integrating voice and text messaging with your Drupal site using VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) technology. Dr. Leo Burd and his team have created a collection of modules called VoIP Drupal. You can visit the sandbox site at voipdrupal.org and actually play with the VoIP Drupal setup and see/hear it in action. You can even peruse the PHP scripts that are behind the VoIP Drupal module. Download the scripts and hack them to create your own scripts! The VoIP Drupal modules are packaged and downloadable… View full post »

HP Releases WebOS to Open Source

February 2nd, 2012 Leave a comment
HP Releases WebOS to Open Source

As recently announced, HP has began the process that will release webOS to the open-source community. This is great news for developers that have been wanting to create software for these devices and probably the best outcome that HP could have made since they were no longer going to develop the platform. This is also an opportunity to bring together Linux and other open-source mobile platforms together to join forces in a meaningful way. webOS’s open-source license is thought to be similar to the Apache foundation. HP has also consulted with Red Hat to possibly create a license… View full post »