Archive for December, 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 1 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 1 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 2 comments
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 »