web development Archive

Drag and Drop Framework

by Luis F

The article was about the release of a new version of a drag and drop design framework for WordPress called Platform, by PageLines.  Platform provides content management system design options, drag and drop layout editor, and a fully configurable template builder for designing custom websites.  On December 8 an online store will be opened for developers to get the latest apps for web development to create their own sites.  All the apps will be created by developers that are a part of the PageLines community.  The apps range from drag and drop features, eCommerce, or a community forum.  The 2.0 framework will include an improved layout editor, an intuitive UI, responsive design, dynamic color handling, and improved performance.  Pricing for a regular license is $197 and the developer version is $397. read more...

The Power of Design

by Jonathan F

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The article talked about research done by the Chalmers University of Technology in which they performed an experiment using two different Web sites that varied in graphical content, text content, color scheme, and layout. The experiment used 20 different users that would view the Wed sites and evaluate the perceived usability, perceived expression, and emotional responses they got from the Web sites. The article stated that most web developers in the past were only really concerned about the Web sites performance and efficiency and were not really concerned about how the user of the Web site viewed products after the interface of using the Web site.  It began to change after designers began to see that a positive Web experience can give a company a competitive edge over competitor especially if a Web page created a positive emotional experience in customers visiting their Web site. Visual aesthetics became a big part of Web sites because it created in the user of the site the idea that if a Web site’s interface was easy and visual appearance was easy on the eyes, then maybe the products sold by that particular company would easy and useful.  The experiment was done just to prove this fact that aesthetics made the difference in user experience. The experiment was done using 10 men and 10 women with ages ranging from 20 to 50 years old. The two websites that were used were: www.santamaria.se and www.hansen.se, which were used because of their huge differences. The test subjects were given three different questionnaires for each area tested.  In the expression questionnaire the subjects were asked to write down different words that would explain what they thought the Wed designer was try to express throughout the Web site from a list of words like childishness, sophistication, or professionalism. The other two questionnaire were just on a scale of 1 through 5 measuring their like and dislike. The study found that although the websites were different, there were things within the Web sites that user found made them like their experience using both Web sites. The Web sites had a consistent layout for all pages which made usability better. There was a constant color structure in the Web pages and what made them even more useful were the links and menus. The subjects felt the emotion of harmony from viewing the sites because all the images were the same sizes and the Web pages stuck to the same color scheme. The study found that a logical layout made both of the Web Sites express professionalism and usefulness. It found that red color with black produced a more provoking feeling. The study found that the emotional responses were based on the usability of the Web sites. read more...

ASP .NET MVC For Education Take Student to The Next Level

by ChihWei H

ASP .NET MVC, a component of Microsoft ASP .NET platform, could be a very powerful tool. It provides separating view of HTML, CSS and Javascript. There are also built-in AJAX functionality and optional jQuery support. In addition, the Razor syntax in ASP .NET MVC 3 provides seamless transition of HTML and C# makeup. All these benefit can be taught at school and let students leans several perspective of web design at the same time. Student can start with static HTML and constructed the style with CSS. MVC 3  projects are pre-populate with CSS for students to manipulate and practice. read more...

Microsoft’s JavaScript Focus is a Winner

by Marco M
“Some developers must be masochists”

Microsoft is becoming the latest software development company to fully embrace HTML5 and JavaScript. Microsoft has set its focus on

implementing both in their new version of Windows, and Office Suite and Office 365. By making this announcement, Microsoft has acknowledged that VBA is a lousy scripting language and it is replacing it with a more powerful and widely accessible and acceptable script. The article also mentioned that VB6 was an inferior programming language that Microsoft stopped supporting in 2008. So it makes sense that Microsoft would stop supporting VBA, which is cumbersome to use and whose syntax is unclear sense. JavaScript on the other hand, runs almost everywhere, from mobile devises to desktops, to web servers, in fact, JavaScript is perhaps the most popular scripting language on the web and if Microsoft makes JavaScript the preferred scripting for Windows, it would be a valuable tool for developers and users alike. read more...

“Can you hear me now?” “No.”

by Omar N.

In the article titled, “Making Web Content Accessible for the Deaf Via Sign Language”, the German author argues that the web is prejudice against deaf people and gives a statistic that says 0.1 to 0.2 percent of any given population is deaf. It is explained that while it is true that information on the web is primarily exchanged through text, a large majority of those who are deaf tend to be illiterate. The reason for their illiteracy comes from the fact that reading and writing is learned after becoming familiar with oral language. Without a spoken language foundation, grammatical rules and vocabulary become a much greater challenge to comprehend for those born deaf. So much so, that many children drop out of school before learning basic reading and writing skills. read more...

Harmonizing Color for UX

by Calvin M
This journal article teaches about the importance of the uses of colors as they affect User Experience. Color harmony is a very important concept to understand while coming up with a web application. It can affect the users emotions and influence users subconsciously.  Colors that are opposite from each other in intensity will cause the eyes to tire easily, so those types of color combinations should be avoided. The rest of the article goes on to show the different scientific research done to find harmonious color combinations such as the graph posted on the bottom of this post. read more...

Web Pages

by Joeydes M
Summary:

This article is about the art of designing a website and the content that goes into the pages of that site. It talks about cluttered sites with too much going on, and sites that take too long to load, etc… The author states that web design is a breeze and that anyone can do it, the problem is that every does do it and it doesn’t always come out good. It goes into detail on what specific types of companies and site design should practice. Breaks down the dynamics of a site and also points out that sometimes simple is better then overly complex. read more...

Chapter 14 Outsourcing

by Philip K
This article is called the “Perils of Outsourcing,” it discusses a story of a business owner who chose to outsource his web design and the plan backfired in its results.

Last year, a business man, Fan Bi, opened a web business that manufactured men’s shirts with the ability to create a custom label.  Bi had work experience with a London based company that outsourced web labor in countries such as India, Sri Lanka, and Costa Rica and felt he had the knowledge to farm this task out himself. read more...