Avoid the 10 Most Common Mistakes Web Developers Make: A Tutorial for Developers

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Since the term the World Wide Web was coined back in 1990, web application development has evolved from serving static HTML pages to completely dynamic, complex business applications. Today we have thousands of digital and printed resources that provide step-by-step instructions about developing all kinds of different web applications. Development environments are “smart” enough to catch and fix many mistakes that early developers battled with regularly. There are even many different development platforms that easily turn simple static HTML pages into highly interactive applications. All of these development patterns, practices, and platforms share common ground, and they are all prone … Read More

The 5 Most Common Mistakes HTML5 Developers Make: A Beginner’s Guide

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It’s been over 20 years since Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau specified HTML, which became the standard markup language used to build the Internet. Ever since then, the HTML development community has begged for improvements to this language, but this cry was mostly heard by web browser developers who tried to ease the HTML issues of their colleagues. Unfortunately, this led to even more problems causing many cross-browser compatibility issues and duplication of development work. Over these 20 years, HTML was upgraded 4 times, while most of the browsers got double-digit numbers of major updates plus numerous small patches. HTML5 … Read More

Your First AngularJS App Tutorial Part 2: Tools for Scaffolding, Building, and Testing

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With the many tools available to aid in developing AngularJS applications, many people have the impression that it’s an extremely complicated framework, which is not at all the case. That’s one of the main reasons I started this tutorial series. In part one we covered the basics of the AngularJS framework and started out by writing our first application. This post is designed for beginners. If you’re a more experienced AngularJS developer, you might be more interested in demystifying directives or a story of AngularJS in use at a growing startup. In this tutorial, we’re going to set aside the … Read More

5 Golden Rules for Great Web API Design

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Ever found yourself wondering “what were they thinking?” when integrating a web service via its API? If not, you’ve been far luckier than I have. Any software developer knows how easy it is to let a project devolve into spaghetti code, and web APIs are no less prone to resulting in a tangled web. But it doesn’t need to be that way. In truth, it’s possible to designgreat web APIs that people will actually enjoy using, and that you’ll enjoy creating as well. But how? The answer to that question is what this post is all about. Perspective Most of … Read More

Top 5 worst social media brand blunders of 2015

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Learn from the missteps of these brands as they tried to navigate the choppy water of social media in 2015 As long as brands are on social media, there will be gaffes, goofs, and outright mistakes. This year was no exception. The following five social media blunders are funny, awkward, offense, or ill-conceived. Cringe at will, but take note of what went wrong. Afterall, no one is immune. Even the best-staffed, best-intentioned social media teams can find themselves in the middle of a bad social media flap out of sloppiness, insensitivity, or even lack of research. Check out these mistakes … Read More

Developing Mobile Web Apps: When, Why, and How

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With the evolution of responsive design it is my personal belief that it is best to stick with agnostic design & development instead of targeting a specific device. This is a great post from the TopTal.com blog demonstrating the choices to be made while planning for a mobile initiative. There are 6.8 billion people on the planet, 5.1 billion of whom own a cell phone (source). And today, an ever-growing percentage of these devices are smartphones. According to a recent Pew Research Center Study, the number of users accessing the Internet on their smartphones has more than doubled in the past … Read More

The Vital Guide to Web Design Interviewing

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The goal of this guide is to help you find the perfect web designer for your team or project. This can be achieved by better understanding the different roles a web designer fills, and by having a good idea of the sort of strategic questions you can ask during the hiring process. This is a fantastic article from the TopTal.com blog describing the multitude of decisions to be made when hiring a web designer or web developer The Challenge Hiring web designers can be difficult. There are many disciplines under the common term ‘designer,’ and experts in one field may … Read More

Have you wanted to learn Angular.js, but didn’t know where to start?

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This is an easy to follow tutorial by Raoni Boavaentura on the TopTal.com blog that will walk you through the steps of building your very first Angular.js web app. Caveat: You will need node.js with bower installed in your dev environment. What is AngularJS? AngularJS is a JavaScript MVC framework developed by Google that lets you build well structured, easily testable, and maintainable front-end applications. And Why Should I Use It? If you haven’t tried AngularJS yet, you’re missing out. The framework consists of a tightly integrated toolset that will help you build well structured, rich client-side applications in a … Read More

Top 5 Common UX Mistakes

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Are All Trends Worth It? A recent post by Bojan Jananin on the TopTal.com Blog was spot-on with common UX considerations. Although I don’t agree with all of them, it is a great read. Read on… As web designers, we are constantly trying to create a great user experience and help users achieve their goals. In our daily work, we are using all kinds of common patterns and trends. In my experience, I have seen how those patterns and trends can easily steer both clients and designers/developers in the wrong direction. It’s no secret that from time to time we … Read More

Google’s mobile quest may lead to Android, Chrome merger

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The tech giant has plans to meld its software for personal computers with its popular Android software for smartphones and tablets, according to a new report. The bottom line: Mobile has taken over. For Google, smartphones, tablets, laptops and more may all soon answer to Android. The Mountain View, California, company is looking to bring its Android mobile software to laptop computers, according to a report Thursday by The Wall Street Journal. As part of that push, Google may annex some parts of its Chrome OS software, which mainly powers its Chromebook laptops, with Android, its operating system for smartphones … Read More