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JSON in application efficiency

by Han C
Jim Keeting writes about Javascript Object Notation, JSON, and about how modern web applications are geared torwards efficiency. At first there was Asynchronous Javascript and XML or AJAX for short but there is always a demand for more efficiency. Since then web developers have been trying to get the maximum amount of performance for the code they write. JSON is a result that originated from a coder by the name of Douglas Crockford, a senior Javascript architect at Yahoo. Crockford intended it to be a lightweight data-interchange format which meant that it would inheret the use of name and order values. This is why it has some similarities to programming languages. JSON’s purpose is to provide “a way to store information in an organized, easy-t0-access way” that was human and machine readable. JSON achieves this because it is an open source, text based exchange format that can operate independent from any programming language. This is why so many web application developers are switching over. Another thing that many coders did not was constraint. For example, using XML included the tedious task of having to write parses and having to assign variables using DOM APIs. With JSON you can generate or retrieve data easier with fewer, less complex, and  code. JSON can let you build smaller, faster, and more interactive applications for not just desktop audiences but also for phone and tablets. read more...

CSS Is Vital To Learn

by Michael M
Cascading style sheets have been around for a while they have been around since 1997 so they have been around for 15 years. Cascading style sheets are useful for any web developer. There are really no web developers now that do not know how to use css because it is so common and is now so important. Style sheets are good because they will override peoples defaults settings so it is good becuase it will be seen like that across all web pages. CSS is very important because it can affect the entire mood of a web page. It can make or break your page because it creates consistancy across pages. CSS is not that hard it is just a little harder than plain HTML and it is vital to learn because without knowing how to use CSS will prevent you from getting a job in the web development field. read more...

The Mild Recreation of the iPhone 4

by Ermie C
This article is about how this programmer and developer named TJRus created a web application that mimics a little bit of the functions of an iPhone 4.  The capabilities are limited, but it was very impressive on the things that he created.  You can turn it on and off, and interactively press the home button, power button, and even slide to unlock.  I just had to mention this article because it is very impressive and why it’s impressive is because it’s completely created with 3395 lines of code. They also mentioned that back in November, Microsoft created a web based Windows Phone. read more...

Mobile Web Development

by Han C
“Designing For The Future Web” talks about some of the most significant changes in web development and encompasses not just the artistic design but also the skills built around developing websites for mobile phone applications and how to integrate them from a modular sense. The article offers insight, tools, and other resources for developing a portable website but also discusses the technologies involved and their limitations. In addition, the author provides some basic rules of thought in building a portable website as well as offers some helpful HTML5 tutorial links. Furthermore, the article touches briefly about some prominent technologies including Flash, HTML5, and a bit about javascript, elaborating that Youtube, Netflix, and Gmail all have HTML5 versions of their websites that are designed for mobile experience. read more...

The New Web HTML5

by Michael M
A summary of what I read this week was a journal about HTML 5. HTML 5 is not a accepted by the World Wide Web Consortium. It is being approved by many companies becuase many people know that HTML 5 is going to be the future of the web. Today we see sites that are actually haveing to format and make two sites one that is made more mobile phones while the other one is formatted for computers. If HTML 5 comes out and is accepted it will help developers because there will only have to be one page developed and it will be written with html5. The things that are changing with html 5 is cascading style sheets. HTML 5 will help developers with animation, video, and other multimedia elemenys into websites without using software such as Flash. Flash has been critized by Apple from Steve Jobs because Flash has to much power and that is how computers are getting viruses. So with HTML 5 in place Flash may becomce obsolete unless Adobe can jump on the bandwagon and work with developers of HTML5. read more...

Web Design: How to build it better!

by Evin C
When you load a website in your browser, you are immediately overcome by the layout, images and color of the website. If for a moment you think to yourself, “Wow, this is eye-catching!” the website has done its job. According to the article I read, “46% of respondents from a study conducted by Stanford University commented on the design and look of the website as being one of the most important factors in determining credibility.” From that statistic alone you can see how much the design and layout of your website affects the traffic and credibility for the people accessing it. The article provides three helpful services to use when trying to make your website as efficient as possible. read more...

UI Design Ideas

by Michael M
The idea of this article was to get a understanding of the UI Design Process. It gives an idea to 10 basic ideas that do seem crucial for Internet design especially becuase as I was reading you do not want to have a web page that is to busy that people would get distracted from the web page and not know what product you are really selling. You need to know who the users are and understand what they want becuase they are the client and are the ones that will end up using the system and not you. You also want to make sure to find something that is familiar with the user becuase if it is something that is normal the user would be able to use it easily and will not end up getting frusterated with your web design. Like all things everything needs to stay consistent users do not like to have to adapt the change constantly it gets hard for the user and as humans we are creatures of habit. Be able to focus on where things fit in the web page such as text images and things that relate to your web page. It is alwasy good to get feedback from your users they are the ones using it not you and they may want things changed so you should allow change for them. Dont hard code everything allow users to make changes because not everyone is perfect. Once a user uderstands everything allow shortcuts for the user so it become more freindly for them. Make sure everything is simple dont make things to complex a user would not like haveing to figure everthing out. Once you have all of that that you want to keep moving forward and helping your website. If you keep changing little things like pictures you will keep your followers coming to your page which will be good for your site. All of the little things need to be met and you will have a successful User Interface that will be appealing to many users. read more...

Online Comments

by Richard H
The article describes Gawker Media founder Nick Denton labeling online comments a “joke.” He describes that web comments are usually “off topic and toxic” and attempts to moderate are ineffective at the cost of high amounts of effort. The moderation attempts that he mentions are writer and editor participation in discussion, a “up-vote and down-vote” system that allows the users to control which comments are worth viewing, and elimination of anonymity of commenters. read more...

A Not So Infantile Internet

by Caezar M
Summary:

this journal is about how we can shape the future of the internet and improve on Web Intelligence. First the Author comments on how the internet is in a sort of infintile state and how the way we currently query does not produce the information we want due to the innefficiencies of searching. since the internet is in a perpetual state of growth there is more and more media that is on the internet and the more and more demanding it will be to produce adequate results. in order to accomplish this we need to advance what the internet is made of essentially. the way the author believes we can do this is through an advance in AI and Intelligent Agents (IA). IA being something that collects information on a constant basis and helps to produce better content to the user . eventually this would evolve to the point where you could do anything on the internet and your IA would show you documents that it believes that would aid in what you are currently doing. ultimately the author believes that through IA that the internet will be a more advanced and user oriented place once we are able to explore all the corners of the internet adequately. read more...

Out with the Old, In with the IPv6

by Monica G

Everyone knows what an IP address is used for, therefore most people know what theirs is, however with the depletion of available addresses, and some changes have to be made. With IPv4, 4 billion addresses were made available with 12 digits however with IPv6 the creation of longer addresses was made possible therefore allowing for more addresses. But not everyone gets any old 12 digits; each address belongs to a certain class, ‘A’, ‘B’ or ‘C’. Some belong to class ‘C’ only because those addresses are for private use, such as home networks and can be reused (multiple devices can use the same one). And large scale companies like Amazon and Google own class ‘A’ addresses. read more...