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Actions predict louder than words

By Brian d'Alessandro
October 22, 2013

Data isn’t just bigger these days; it is also fundamentally different than it was 10 years ago. The nature of this change is driving several innovations in the way marketing is done, particularly around targeting and measurement. From a predictive …

Numbers never lie…unless you’re talking social media

By Rob Eagar
April 30, 2013

Back in college, I took a class on statistics and never forgot the first lesson my professor taught us, which was, “Anyone can manipulate numbers to make them mean whatever they want.” I see this point magnified today by the …

Top Stories: July 2-6, 2012

Top Stories: July 2-6, 2012
By Mac Slocum
July 6, 2012

This week on O'Reilly: Andy Kirk made the case for open-minded criticism of visualizations, Brett Slatkin explained why you still need to own a website, and Greenleaf Book Group CEO Clint Greenleaf discussed the complicated relationship between publishers and Amazon.

Four short links: 25 June 2012

By Nat Torkington
June 25, 2012

Stop Treating People Like Idiots (Tom Steinberg) -- governments miss the easy opportunities to link the tradeoffs they make to the point where the impacts are felt. My argument is this: key compromises or decisions should be linked to from the points where people obtain a service, or at the points where they learn about one. If my bins...

What do you get when you split() a string of numbers?

By Amy Blankenship
January 26, 2011

I've been doing the Developer Diary for almost two years now. If you've been reading my posts over that time, you already know that I like to nail down the finer points of code. Today, a coworker and I...

jQuery RC 1 is out, final release by end of Jan

By Matthew David
January 25, 2011

jQuery 1.5 moves closer to release. Today, the latest build is now a Release Candidate.

HTML5 Logo now means HTML5

By Matthew David
January 25, 2011

The World Wide Web Consortium Group gives emerging new technologies a new brand.

Speaking At Conferences

By Jesse Freeman
January 25, 2011

Advanced Flash Tactics or AFTs are techniques that come from deep within the Flash Art Of War , the oldest Flash military treatise in the world . In this AFT I will go over - Speaking At Conferences. I...

"The Web is a Customer Service Medium" by Paul Ford

By RJ Owen
January 24, 2011

I recently ran into an interesting article titled "The Web is a Customer Service Medium" in which the author (Paul Ford) makes a very compelling case that the Web is specifically "for" the purpose of letting people express their opinions. This article has really had me thinking the past few days about the nature of the medium I work in as a web developer, and I wanted to share some of those thoughts here.

Book Review: Sketching User Experiences by Bill Buxton

By RJ Owen
January 24, 2011

I recently read Sketching User Experiences by Bill Buxton and it's become one of my favorite books explaining the value of design to non-designers. Buxton wrote the book specifically with business audiences in mind and does an excellent job describing both the value and method of design. This is no easy task, as the definition is contentious amongst the well established designers in the field, but Buxton handles the task gracefully.

A New Team, A New Vision Part 4

By Tom Barker
January 24, 2011

The floor is electric since we've had our new team structure. Everyone is excited to be working together and excited about what they are doing. This heightened level of engagement is thrilling and I'm proud to be a part of it.

The final jQuery 1.5 is coming soon, but you can download the beta today!

By Matthew David
January 24, 2011

The new jQuery 1.5 is coming very soon. If you want to try out the code you can download is now using the new beta. This release is a big deal!

Getting Involved with jQuery

By Matthew David
January 24, 2011

How do you get involved with the jQuery Community? Find out here!

HTML5 Recipes : Graphs using Canvas

By Romin Irani
January 24, 2011

In this recipe, we shall take a look at generating charts using the HTML5 Canvas API. In particular we shall be using a library RGraph, which makes internally uses the Canvas API and makes the entire process of generating charts...

Tablets & Mobile Devices - What do I use for development?

By Andrew Trice
January 21, 2011

It's no surprise that tablet computing devices are the rage... They're portable, they powerful, they're intuitive, and everybody is talking about them. It seems like every day another tablet or tablet OS is annouced (most recently the HP WebOS tablet). In software development it is not uncommon to get requirements that are vague and lofty, with ideals that it should be written once and run well on everything (including platforms or devices that haven't even been dreamed of yet).

All in the Family

By Amy Blankenship
January 21, 2011

Last night, I was speaking for the Atlanta Flash and Flex User Group, and I mentioned the Actionscript 3 Design Patterns Blog in passing. It turns out that most of the members, even those who read InsideRIA on a...

Setting Up A Dev PC

By Jesse Freeman
January 20, 2011

Learn how to set up a clean install of Windows to become the perfect dev environment. I go through a list of apps I find critical to the mobile and web development I do.

A New Team, A New Vision Part 3

By Tom Barker
January 20, 2011

The goal is for each member of the team to be able to switch on the fly to work on any of the product verticals. Previously each member of the team was on one of three product vertical teams, so each has specific domain knowledge that they need to share with each other.

HTML5 Recipes: Form Validation

By Romin Irani
January 19, 2011

We shall conclude looking at HTML5 form features by discussing form validation in this recipe. Form validation is an important feature of any web application that takes input from the user. To validate form data before submission to the server...

HTML5's new look

By RJ Owen
January 19, 2011

HTML5 got totally branded today. The W3C partnered with Ocupop to create a fresh new look for the technology, giving developers and marketers something to rally around.

Shoot Video Tutorials Like A Pro

By Jesse Freeman
January 17, 2011

In this post I will highlight a my setup and what you should consider buying to make professional looking video tutorials.

A New Team, A New Vision Part 2

By Tom Barker
January 16, 2011

We gathered and I presented this to the team. Their reaction was very interesting. While I was thinking about new visions that would encompass the new products they were very much invested in our existing vision and the new developers wanted to be a part of it.

Chrome's lack of support for H.264 is meaningless for the open web

By RJ Owen
January 14, 2011

Yesterday Google announced that future versions of its Chrome browser would not support the H.264 video codec. This codec is seen by many as the only viable alternative to Flash, and support for it in browsers as the default implementation for the <video> tag was thought to be the future of the web. Google's decision to drop H.264 in favor of WebM yesterday has left many feeling upset, decrying the decision as bad for the open web and a sign that Flash Player will not actually die in the near future, but live on. Yet Google's decision is ultimately unimportant to the open web. There is one simple reason for this: Firefox doesn't support H.264 either.

Flex Hero ViewNavigator and View - Accessing Data

By Marc Carmen
January 13, 2011

All Flex Hero Mobile applications are either a s:MobileApplication or s:TabbedMobileApplication. You can think of the MobileApplication as a ViewNavigator as the main component of the application and a TabbedMobileApplication as an Array of ViewNavigators that are all given...

HTML5 Recipes: New Input Types

By Romin Irani
January 11, 2011

We saw in an earlier recipe, additional attributes introduced in HTML5 forms like autofocus, placeholder and required, that enhance form usability without the developer resorting to custom code. In this recipe, we shall take a look at new form input...

A New Team, A New Vision Part 1

By Tom Barker
January 11, 2011

There is only one answer to this: pull in the larger team to discuss, to be inclusive of everyone to construct a new vision to encapsulate where we all want to go and how we will get there as a team.

2011 - The year of the tablets?

By Andrew Trice
January 11, 2011

Many dubbed 2010 as "the year of devices", with internet capable devices popping up everywhere... from the iPad, to Android, to internet on your tv. 2011 will bring us even more devices, and competitors in the tablet space are springing up like weeds.

Why use Test Driven Development

By Amy Blankenship
January 10, 2011

I remember when I first was introduced to the concept of Test Driven Development (TDD). If you're not familiar with the concept, the idea behind Test Driven Development is that you write a failing test first, before you write...

Quickly Search the Flex SDK Source Code

By Mike Slinn
January 8, 2011

I often find myself wanting to see how Adobe implemented a class in the Flex SDK. For convenience, here is a link using Google Advanced Search that will search within the current Flex SDK source for you.  Bookmark that link...

Thoughts on Variable Scope in As3

By Amy Blankenship
January 6, 2011

When you're mainly working on small projects, the differences between doing things one way versus another are relatively small. And if you get it wrong, you don't wind up feeling the pain of that decision for very long. But when...

Hacking AIR for Android 2/2: Google Tracking without Javascript

By Sidney de Koning
January 5, 2011

For a test project I was doing I wanted a way to collect data about the device, but since you can't use JavaScript from an Android application created in AS3, because its not hosted within an HTML page, this forced...

HTML5 Recipes: Forms Enhancements

By Romin Irani
January 4, 2011

One of the key features of any web application is the ability to gather input data from the user. HTML Forms have been the way to do that and over the years, developers have innovated to bring a better experience...

The significance of the $ in jQuery

By Matthew David
January 4, 2011

Have you ever wondered why there is a $ sign in the JavaScript code used to extend jQuery? We have the answer.

If You Can Make It Here Part 3

By Jesse Freeman
January 3, 2011

There is a famous saying about New York, ”If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.” Not only is NYC incredibly expensive, it’s super competitive. Learn about what it takes to be a Flash developer in NYC, what you can earn and tips on how to become successful. This is the final part of this 3 part series.

Hands On With The Logitech Revue

By Andrew Trice
January 3, 2011

Many have dubbed 2010 as "the year of devices" - 2010 brought us the iPad, huge advances in the Android OS & Android tablets, Flash & AIR for mobile, AIR for TVs, Apple TV, Google TV, and many more... What better way to wrap up 2010 than getting your hands dirty with the Logitech Revue and Google TV?

If You Can Make It Here Part 2

By Jesse Freeman
December 31, 2010

There is a famous saying about New York, ”If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.” Not only is NYC incredibly expensive, it’s super competitive. Learn about what it takes to be a Flash developer in NYC, what you can earn and tips on how to become successful. This is part 2 of a 3 part series.

If You Can Make It Here Part 1

By Jesse Freeman
December 30, 2010

There is a famous saying about New York, ”If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.” Not only is NYC incredibly expensive, it’s super competitive. Learn about what it takes to be a Flash developer in NYC, what you can earn and tips on how to become successful.

The State of the Web 2010: Net Neutrality and the FCC

By RJ Owen
December 30, 2010

If the Holiday season has had you too distracted to notice, the FCC made an important ruling that impacts net neutrality last week. The full text of the ruling (warning: big PDF) was only recently made available late last week and so in-depth analysis on the ruling has taken some time. In this post I try to give a quick overview of what those rules were, and then describe the whole net neutrality situation from the perspective of someone who came of age around the same time that the web did.

The State of the Web 2010: Net Neutrality and the FCC

By RJ Owen
December 30, 2010

If the Holiday season has had you too distracted to notice, the FCC made an important ruling that impacts net neutrality last week. The full text of the ruling (warning: big PDF) was only recently made available late last week and so in-depth analysis on the ruling has taken some time. In this post I try to give a quick overview of what those rules were, and then describe the whole net neutrality situation from the perspective of someone who came of age around the same time that the web did.

Spinner coming to jQuery UI

By Matthew David
December 29, 2010

The "soon to be released" jQuery UI has support for a new Widget: the Spinner. This blog looks at how you can implement the Spinner Widget into your Web pages

2011 Conferences

By Jesse Freeman
December 28, 2010

Here are a list of conferences worth checking out in 2011.

HTML5 Recipes: Using Modernizr

By Romin Irani
December 28, 2010

In the previous blog post, we looked at tools like HTML5Test and CaniUse to determine browser capabilities. These are websites that you access from the browser that you want to check for a particular HTML5 feature. While this might suffice...

Looking back and looking forward

By Matthew David
December 28, 2010

2010 has been quite a year. Let's look back at some big events for jQuery developers and then look forward to what looks like a very exciting 2011!

Building a World Class Team - Sharing Knowledge:Subversion Command Line

By Tom Barker
December 27, 2010

Mike Ball is one of the developers on my team; he is an extraordinarily bright and insightful individual. He has created the below presentation to outline the power and ease of Subversion command line.

Functional ActionScript Part 2: Trends in Functional Programming

By Amy Blankenship
December 26, 2010

Last week, I explored some of my conceptions–correct and otherwise–surrounding functional programming. This week, I'd like to talk about use cases for functional programming, tools that use functional techniques, and ways that you can use functional concepts without passing function...

Software lessons from The Food Network

By RJ Owen
December 22, 2010

In my family we spend a lot of time watching different competition-style shows on The Food Network such as Iron Chef, Chopped and Dinner: Impossible. My wife likes watching most of the shows because they're short and show creative people making great food. I enjoy that aspect of it as well, but the bigger thing that fascinates me is the many different examples of teams coming together quickly to tackle complicated tasks in limited time frames. The project management and organizational skills required to succeed in any of those competitions are identical to the skills project leads need to finish software projects under tight deadlines.

Software lessons from The Food Network

By RJ Owen
December 22, 2010

In my family we spend a lot of time watching different competition-style shows on The Food Network such as Iron Chef, Chopped and Dinner: Impossible. My wife likes watching most of the shows because they're short and show creative people making great food. I enjoy that aspect of it as well, but the bigger thing that fascinates me is the many different examples of teams coming together quickly to tackle complicated tasks in limited time frames. The project management and organizational skills required to succeed in any of those competitions are identical to the skills project leads need to finish software projects under tight deadlines.

Functional ActionScript Part 1: Thinking Functionally

By Amy Blankenship
December 22, 2010

Several months ago, I came across a blog post, Separating Event Handling From Event Filtering, by Thero Hultberg. At the time, I thought it was a cool idea, but obviously it was impractical at scale because the proposed solution...

HTML5 Recipes: Browser Capabilities Tools

By Romin Irani
December 21, 2010

If you have been following the series so far, one of the questions that should have cropped up is about how to determine if the browser that you are using supports a particular HTML5 feature. It is not just about...

iAd Producer - Apple's new HTML5 RIA tool

By Matthew David
December 21, 2010

Apple releases it's first HTML5 enabled RIA tool, iAd Producer.


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