We’re not in the age of CD-ROMs now. Our price-points are all over the shop, and a sealed environment like the iPad permits all kinds of unnatural pricing inversions. We’ll pay more for a ringtone than a full MP3. We pay $10 for a README file on our Amazon Kindle, and a dollar for a pocket application that plays farts.
Now in 2010, the iPad takes the same ideas to their logical extreme. It is a beautiful and nearly perfect machine. It is also Jobs' final triumph, the final step in Apple's evolution away from Wozniak and toward a closed model.
Categorically that the most expensive question a manager can ask is "What are you working on?"
Imagine clicking “send” for an email message and watching your message appear in a brief queue. Perhaps it counts down about ten seconds before sending, more than enough time to cancel an erroneous send, but little enough time in the scope of e-mail communication as to not interfere with normal usage.
If we want mobile applications to stay around as a sustainable business, we need to be more honest about the strengths and weaknesses of a touchscreen UI, rather than salivating about an imaginary realm of unnamed possibilities.
We’re making changes to how :visited works in Firefox. We’re not sure what release this will be part of yet and the fixes are still making their way through code review, but we wanted to give a heads up to people as soon as we understood how we wanted to approach fixing this.
Speech bubble icons have become synonymous with comments. When creating yet another one for a standard comment link, it occurred to me that there might be a way to make the icon without ever opening up an image editor. It could all be done with CSS
The hatred of the users for the Internet Explorer browser has reached such a height that now a Voodoo Doll has been made to help show one’s anger for this browser out on this doll.
jsPlumb can visually connect elements together with curved (or straight) lines. The demo has examples of Bezier curves and straight lines.
Data, Context and Interaction (DCI) is a paradigm used in computer programming. The pattern separates the domain model (Data) from Use cases (Context) and Roles that objects play (Interaction). DCI is complementary to MVC. MVC as a pattern language is still used to separate the data and its processing from presentation.
They don't teach you this in college, but the fundamental theorem of the software industry is the idea that everything needs to be rewritten all the time. As a corollary, web startup engineers believe that there is no problem but scalability, and architecture is its solution. And thus, the NoSQL movement was born.
Comprehensive, yet simple, stealthy and fast. Datejs has passed all trials and is ready to strike. Datejs doesn’t just parse strings, it slices them cleanly in two.
KICKSTARTER IS A FUNDING PLATFORM FOR ARTISTS, DESIGNERS, FILMMAKERS, MUSICIANS, JOURNALISTS, INVENTORS, EXPLORERS
A while ago, I came across a unique registration form built by Jeremy Keith for his audio sharing site, Huffduffer. Though it asked people the same questions found in typical sign-up forms, the Huffduffer registration form did so in a narrative format. It presented input fields to people as blanks within sentences (Mad Libs-style, if you will).
The most popular option should be checked. If choosing nothing is valid, then a radio group isn’t a good fit because the user cannot easily revert the group to its indeterminate state