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Bushel: Unexpensive Mobile Device Management Made Easy

September 29th, 2015
by Dieter Petereit

If your small organization uses Apple products in a decentralized environment, you will already have encountered a bunch of problems. How can you make sure that all the devices run the necessary apps, got the relevant settings and secure your company data? Sounds familiar? Bushel, a fresh service created by industry veteran JAMF Software, wants to help you with its straight-forward, almost intuitive approach....

Deals & Giveaways

Deal of the Week: Trend Font Family Bargained Away

September 28th, 2015
by Dieter Petereit

I like this vintage retro look with slight reminiscences to stonewashed clothing. Our Deal of the Week has a whole family of 20 different fonts following that trend. These typefaces are so trendy, they are even named Trend. Besides all the cletters and numbers there four dingbats fonts featuring ornaments, words and general dingbat symbols included. This font family offers a wholesale solution for...


Cartoon: If Web Designers Were Pilots … [009]

September 25th, 2015
by Dieter Petereit

People working in the web design and development industry need to become thick-skinned over the years if they intend to survive long term. I am in this business since web design got invented in the early Nineties, and I sure know what I’m talking about when it comes to the hidden secrets of client communication. My remedy these days is laughing. I refuse to...

Business Online

10 Common Mistakes Web Developers Make

September 24th, 2015
by J. Michael Palermo IV

There seem to be endless choices regarding how to accomplish the same task – to develop a website that works in today’s modern web. Web developers have to choose a web hosting platform and underlying data storage, which tools to write HTML, CSS, and JavaScript in, how design will be implemented, and what potential JavaScript libraries/frameworks to include. Once choices are narrowed down, the...


15 Best Practices of Mobile App Landing Pages

September 23rd, 2015
by Nataly Birch

No one likes to be overwhelmed by data (textual or multimedia) or graphics. Smart and compact arrangements in collaboration with an optimal balance between those two are what is needed to successfully win customers, especially when it comes to promoting upcoming digital products. Apps that are created to work on cell phones and tablets look great and consistent on various platforms and screens. To...


Remotely Debug and Test JavaScript Using the New Vorlon.JS Plugins

September 22nd, 2015
by Etienne Margraff

In April 2015, our team of engineers and tech evangelists at Microsoft launched Vorlon.js — an open source, extensible, platform-agnostic tool for remotely debugging and testing your JavaScript. When we launched the project during the Microsoft Build Developer Conference keynote, we had only three plugins: the DOM Explorer, the Interactive Console and Modernizr. We knew at this time that the key to the success...


28 Inspiring Best Practices of Responsive Web Design

September 21st, 2015
by Dieter Petereit

Responsive web design is big. A responsive website is what you will want to create these days as responsive sites function well on any device and any resolution. No matter whether your site is viewed from a smartphone, a tablet or a desktop computer, your content will always be easily digestible. But with an universal availabilty and a self-adjusting look, what secures a positive...


Cartoon: Less Opacity

September 18th, 2015
by Dieter Petereit

Designers have class. They don’t just talk; they express themselves in the right way at the right time. Even for simpler needs do they find the right words. Today’s cartoon has an excellent example of designers’ elegance. Have fun… Come on. We have to admit that this is a very elegant way to ask for such an instincts related option. I am a bit...


How to Use Famo.us + Angular to Create a Mobile Application

September 17th, 2015
by David Voyles

I love high-performance JavaScript and I love sharing what I believe is its true potential. In this tutorial, I want to focus on Famo.us – it can allow you to maintain a silky smooth 60 frames per second while having fluid animations on screen. Famo.us does this by utilizing the CSS3 primitive -webkit-transform: matrix3d, which lets the framework compute the composite matrix and skip...


HTML5 APIs: Measure Performance with User and Navigation Timing

September 16th, 2015
by Denis Potschien

Complex web applications can slow down the processing power of the client. Hence, it is important – especially for mobile devices – to make some adjustments, so everything runs smoothly. Loading performance can be tested quickly and accurately with the new User Timing API for JavaScript, as the timing data bases on the High-Resolution Time API, which measures timing to the microsecond. The Navigation...


Manifold.JS with Crosswalk, a Simpler Dev Experience for Android

September 15th, 2015
by Jeff Burtoft

With version 0.3.0 of manifoldJS you can now choose to build your Android apps with Crosswalk instead of the traditional Android webview. It’s quite simple to implement as well. If you’re not familiar, manifold.JS is a new open source framework that that can take a website and create an app for Windows, iOS, Android, Chrome, and Firefox, simplifying the creation of hosted apps across platforms. It...


Cartoon: Language is a Precision Tool

September 11th, 2015
by Dieter Petereit

„Boy, language is a precision tool”. That’s what my English teacher used to preach. We all hated him for his pedantry. Today I know that the man was just right. Most misunderstandings stem from spoken words. This is not only a problem of proper grammar. More important is that people tend to translate words on the way from ear to brain into something they...