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Baby Steps to Lean UX

Baby Steps to Lean UX

The world of software product development is complex. With so many moving pieces — idea validation, user research, market research, development planning, etc. — your product can get caught up and spit back out. This complex environment presents product teams with many challenges: Knowing that you are building a useful, marketable product for your customers….

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Scaling XenForo on Digital Ocean’s IaaS

Scaling XenForo on Digital Ocean’s IaaS

Introduction I have been running sports message board sites since the late 1990s. My current site, www.sportstwo.com, became the official message board of the Portland Trail Blazers NBA team about a year ago. We had been running vBulletin 4 since 2009, and it was getting dated. The site needed a facelift and software upgrade to…

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Hybrid Mobile Apps with SQLite

Hybrid Mobile Apps with SQLite

Introduction As a mobile developer it’s a common requirement to save data locally. While this can be as simple as saving a few user preferences, you may eventually meet a situation where supporting more complicated data is required. In a situation such as this, SQLite can be a good option to support the storage, security…

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Using Cucumber to write BDD tests for an Extjs 5 App

Using Cucumber to write BDD tests for an Extjs 5 App

In my previous blog I wrote about how you can get started with writing end to end tests for sencha apps. In this blog post I’m going to show how you can get started using cucumber to write BDD tests for a Ext JS 5 app. The Application under test will be the Ext JS…

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Fast Polling vs. Websockets

Fast Polling vs. Websockets

WebSockets are a great addition to the HTTP protocol suite, but there are numerous situations where they cannot be used. Some companies have firewalls that will prevent WebSockets from working. If you are deploying software in a shared hosting environment, you may not be permitted to use WebSockets. If you are behind a reverse proxy…

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Sencha Space Review

Sencha Space Review

BYOD The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement has clearly produced a lot of hype in 2013. Technology officers are finally seeing BYOD as an opportunity rather than a challenge. Just a few years back, exposing an enterprise application to unmanaged devices was hardly an option due to security, stability, and other reasons, mainly coming…

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5 Best Mobile Web App Frameworks

5 Best Mobile Web App Frameworks: React

React I’m personally intrigued by frameworks that introduce new ways of thinking in web development. It opens the door to new opportunities, which is a fun way to learn. That’s perhaps how I got to love Ext JS and Sencha Touch. Facebook’s React is that kind of a JavaScript library. Although fresh on the market,…

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5 Best Mobile Web App Frameworks: Ionic (AngularJS)

Ionic Framework Ionic framework is the youngest in our top 5 stack, as the alpha was released in late November 2013. Built on top of the popular AngularJS framework from Google, Ionic utilizes AngularJS to provide the application structure, while Ionic itself focuses on the user interface. In other words, we see a match between…

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5 Best Mobile Web App Frameworks - Kendo

5 Best Mobile Web App Frameworks: Kendo UI Mobile

Kendo UI Mobile Kendo UI Mobile is a performance focused UI framework top of jQuery. Making use of adaptive rendering technology, it emulates native-looking UI on devices without developers having to change anything. Usage of JavaScript can be made minimal, existing mostly in the ViewModel portion of the MVVM pattern. By that token, it’s the…

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5 Best Mobile Web App Frameworks - jQuery

5 Best Mobile Web App Frameworks: jQuery Mobile + Backbone

jQuery Mobile + Backbone jQuery – the swiss army knife for cross-browser JavaScript used in well over 50% of all web sites in the world. This also means that there are more jQuery developers than those programming in any other JavaScript library, although that doesn’t necessarily guarantee finding quality talent easily. jQuery Mobile is a…

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