Category Archives: web apps

The Curse of JavaScript: Avoid the powertools until you understand the drill bits.

If I were a gambling man I would bet that everybody that has or is developing using JavaScript (today that is probably all if not most web developers) has started out one day by copying and pasting some script from … Continue reading

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What can ant colonies teach front-end architects?

I just read a great article on Embracing Complexity by the Harvard Business Review¬†and I got a crazy idea about using the same “ant colony” metaphor to describe UIs design and architecture. There¬†is a lot to learn from an ant … Continue reading

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The good, the bad, and the ugly: large scale JavaScript apps

It’s pretty sad that no matter how hard JavaScript tries to be more “serious” it is still perceived as that “scripting” language. Compared to Java or C++ or something else that is “more serious” JavaScript won’t have a chance. But … Continue reading

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All developers are not created equal – hence not interchangeable

Earlier yesterday I came across this article on the New York Times: Thieves Found Citigroup Site an Easy Entry. At first I thought, “Man, another big site had their customer data compromised”, but as I continued reading this incident is … Continue reading

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Daily Digest

Last night I came across this sweet web app called paper.ly that generates a newspaper of your Twitter feed daily. It comes with a pretty basic embed that displays a table of contents for your own personalized news paper that you … Continue reading

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Dojo templates & Google Maps InfoWindow

I have been building mashups using Google Maps since 2007 and one problem I had is passing in the content for these bubbles that show up when you click on a marker i.e. the InfoWindow. One big annoyance with it, … Continue reading

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Dojo How To: Publish / Subscribe

I haven’t been using Dojo for a very long time, just over a year now, but its time I blog about all the little great features I have learned. One of the features I like the most in Dojo is … Continue reading

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the intersection of business and technology

Technology is useless if it does not deliver business value. Either it saves me time and hence money, or it makes me money. It has to be one or the other. Where does front end architecture fit in this picture? … Continue reading

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Crash ‘n’ Burn: The 11th hour for Flash

Adobe’s rhetoric continues after the curve ball Apple threw. The whining continues with this post: On Adobe, Flash CS5 and iPhone Applications. Sadly, the whining doesn’t change anything, and Adobe’s argument would have been more valid if they didn’t trying … Continue reading

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How to throw usability out the window – Part 1

Sometime between when I paid my Rogers bill last month, and when I tried to look it up this month, the Rogers site was “upgraded” to portal. I’m not sure what it used to be before, but I think now … Continue reading

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