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These are the group Iteration 3 landing pages for our non-profit, YWCA Detroit. Chris Prucha Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Jonathan Barnes Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Chris Santeiu Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Group Landing Page Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2009 at Bigger Buy Button
I have created three alternative landing pages for my non-profit, YWCA Detroit. The three pages I have created are fully compliant with the XHTML 1.0 Strict standard and CSS (cascading style sheets 2.1). It is important for any landing page to be fully compliant with an html standard, XHTML or otherwise, as this will increase the chance that the page will work on different browsers and devices. As my landing pages validate in the XHTML standard, my non-profit could reach a much larger audience as the page will be compatible with more browsers and people with disabilities, as the landing... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2009 at Bigger Buy Button
Thank you, Dr. Gibson, for an enjoyable and informative semester. I have had some very informative conversations with fellow students as well as Dr. Gibson. I also enjoyed reading and commenting on everybody's posts here on Typepad. I would like to wish everybody well in their future endeavors. Edit: This will be the last post beside the Iteration 3 posts. Chris Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2009 at Bigger Buy Button
The Chrome for MacOS X beta, which was released not long ago, has become the second fastest browser on the Mac. Using the Javascript benchmark suite SunSpider, it was found that Chrome just lagged behind the performance of rival Webkit-based browser Safari 4. While both browsers are Webkit-based, they use different Javascript engines. The SunSpider benchmark tests the performance of a browser's JavaScript engine, which is important for the performance of Web 2.0-style web applications like Gmail and Google Docs. Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2009 at Bigger Buy Button
Please see my reply: http://students.biggerbuybutton.com/2009/12/in-response-to-google-chrome-to-mac.html
Toggle Commented Dec 9, 2009 on Google Chrome to Mac at Bigger Buy Button
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In response to the "Google Chrome to Mac" post by Farah.Farah, Windows programs only run on a Mac via virtualization or dual-booting of Microsoft Windows. Windows programs will not run natively on MacOS X, therefore it would be more logical to assume that most Mac users use native Mac applications rather than Windows programs, especially as running Windows programs requires an additional cost and complexity component. Windows users don't "go out of their way" to find Mac applications as Mac applications only run on MacOS X, not Windows. Google Chrome beta for MacOS X is not a Windows application, it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2009 at Bigger Buy Button
Google has announced a DNS Service. The new Google DNS service takes steps to ensure both security and reliability in the domain name system for users. Some are speculating of Google's bigger plans with this new service, as Google will know every single website a person visits who is using this DNS service. Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2009 at Bigger Buy Button
You are missing a Doctype. http://www.w3schools.com/tags/tag_DOCTYPE.asp
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If you ever venture into the world of dynamic websites and web applications, PHP is a wonderful language to start with as it is free, open source, and runs on every platform imaginable. I find that PHP is complicated enough that it is best taught formally from a book rather than attempting to learn it through web resources (though these are great supplements). The book PHP and MySQL Web Development is a great place to start learning PHP as it teaches you how PHP integrates with the database MySQL, which are almost always found together in practical applications. Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2009 at Bigger Buy Button
As we have to blog these posts for our Adword's course, it is worth thinking about the blogging device itself. I ran into a technical comparison of Moveable Type (TypePad's blogging engine) vs Wordpress (both a service like TypePad and software like Moveable Type). The comparison highlighted one of the biggest problems that I have with Moveable Type, and that is that it generates a static webpage rather than a Dynamic page like Wordpress. While this reduces server load, this is part of the reason the blog front end of Moveable Type and TypePad feel so disconnected from the back-end... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2009 at Bigger Buy Button
April Fools doesn't work on the Web. It spreads misleading information when victims (me) skim through content looking for blog topics, especially from reputable and important organizations.
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Why do we, as Americans, eat this processed, chemically laden, high-sodium, and fattening casserole every holiday get-together? This abomination of canned green beans, Campbell's cream of mushroom soup, and canned fried French onions should never be wished upon anybody, especially during the Holidays. The thought of the taste and texture of this dish keeps me awake the night before every Thanksgiving due to the thought of having to smell it let alone eat it the next day. I can't believe I just saw a commercial on TV from Campbell's about making "the timeless classic, green bean casserole". I am very... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2009 at Bigger Buy Button
I never understood why so many people have been cursing Vista all these years. Shortly after release, it had many teething issues (many which made me want to throw my PC out of the window). But lets be honest, after installing the service pack(s), Vista is not that bad of an operating system. Roll forward to today, and I have never seen more praise for a new version of Windows than Windows 7, and I have no idea why. Windows 7 is essentially a rehash of Windows Vista -with some new annoyances to boot. By default, all application windows are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2009 at Bigger Buy Button
Like FireBug? Then the HTML Validator extension for Mozilla FireFox is probably right up your alley. Instead of having a window or tab open for the W3C validator, the HTML Validator extension allows you to check your HTML on-demand. The extension works on any platform, which makes it a new web development mainstay for me. Try it out, it should be especially useful for validating large numbers of individual web pages. Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2009 at Bigger Buy Button
A study has shown that Microsoft's Bing, the newest search engine from Microsoft, has a more successful ad technology than Google's Adwords. The study shows that Adword's average CTR rate is .97% while Bing achieves an average CTR of 1.5% on any given ad displayed by the search engines. It is to be seen whether the higher average CTR of Bing will pursued advertisers to spend their money with Microsoft rather than Google in the longterm. Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2009 at Bigger Buy Button
Apple has acquired start-up company LaLa, Inc. LaLa offers a service, among others, that scans a user's local hard-drive for songs and then allows that particular user to stream music that they own from the cloud to any internet-enabled device. The service is quite different from Apple's current iTunes Store service, this acquisition is likely to signal that Apple will be incorporating LaLa's technology into future versions of the iTunes software. Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2009 at Bigger Buy Button
Google has purchased the the startup company Appjet. Appjet offers a real-time online document collaboration service. Appjet has an innovative way of sharing updated content from different collaborators on each user's screen. Google is likely to implement Appjet's technology into Google Docs as well as future projects. Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2009 at Bigger Buy Button
Our group, YWCA Detroit, has had a rough start in this class. Through iteration 2, we have been able to achieve above a 1% CTR. We currently have a 2.88% CTR. We are adding new keywords to attempt to get to the required 100 clicks per day goal for Iteration 3. Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2009 at Bigger Buy Button
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Dec 3, 2009
I never worried about my Landing Page passing the XHTML validator as I use XHTML friendly elements, such as layers (divs), when I write HTML markup. Since the IS279 course teaches HTML 4.01 elements, getting valid XHTML can be a tedious task for some students. If you are stumped with XHTML, you can always open your website in Adobe Dreamweaver and use the convert function to convert your code to XHTML compliant code. I am not recommending this for our Iteration 3 project as Dreamweaver does not always export valid XHTML, but this process can be a helpful step in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2009 at Bigger Buy Button
I forget to indent HTML files and end up with a very difficult to read file. Sometimes the files are large enough that I dread going through the markup and adding indentations one by one, so I use an open-source tool called Tidy instead. Tidy will convert hard to read html like this: <div><ol><li>item1</li><li>item2</li><li>item2</li></ol></div> into an easy to read syntax like this: <div> <ol> <li>item1</li> <li>item2</li> <li>item3</li> </ol> </div> Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2009 at Bigger Buy Button
If you didn't know this already, you can sign up with Microsoft DreamSpark to received free software for educational use. I've signed up and downloaded Visual Studio 2008 and Windows Server 2008, these are usually very expensive products by themselves. Visual Studio is especially useful as it can be used to develop ASP.NET web applications or even dynamic websites in conjunction with MS-SQL server, which is also available to download for students. Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2009 at Bigger Buy Button
Javascript libraries are the friend of any and all web application developers (whom by definition develop more than just static websites). JavaScript libraries allow you to rapidly deploy enhanced functionality to your web applications and dynamic websites by using a library of code and functionality that can be customized and deployed as needed. Smashing Magazine has a rundown of the "40 most useful JavaScript libraries", among them is JS Charts, which is a very useful javascript library for graphing dynamic data. Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2009 at Bigger Buy Button
Post Update. Yes, This post from the organization that develops HTML is mocking the future capabilities of HTML 6. Even though HTML 5 has yet to be fully supported by all the modern browsers, the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group ('WHATWG'), the organization that develops HTML standards, has made a mocking post about the future of HTML 6. This means that HTML 6 will not likely be based on OOXML, an "open" technology originally developed by Microsoft. Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2009 at Bigger Buy Button
Even with extensive experience with Adobe Flash, I find that it can take a long time to create a flash document that has a seamingly simple result (such as a slide show that reads from an XML file). A few months ago I worked on a project that required pan and zoom image functionality; instead of writing this myself, I found a pan and zoom flash "template" that used XML to load images for a very low price at the Flash Den. This saved me a lot of time and frustration, and the license that came with the file was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2009 at Bigger Buy Button