Category: Development

The High Cost of App Development

Why is app development so expensive? I get this question a lot, and it often comes from a shell-shocked CEO or CIO who discovers his five-figure-budget project ends up being six or even seven figures. That’s crazy. Why is app development so expensive? The easiest explanation is that apps are cheap; it’s the engineering and […]

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Layered Programming

If you’ve ever used photoshop you’re probably familiar with layers. The idea is simple you have one photo and you can layer it on another photo with various levels of color or effects. At the touch of a button you can turn off a layer, duplicate a layer or create a new layer. Each layer […]

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Where is my missing cent?

Craig, my co-worker and founder of Jobvent, was working on a .net application that had a simple function. We had a floating point number that was adding up prices. We had about 200 items to add up and each item cost exactly 0.15 cents. We expected a total of exactly 30 bucks but I noticed […]

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Misconceptions with SSL security

SSL security is supposed to give a ‘secure’ connection to a website but there’s an inherent problem with the way that SSL is done. There are two parts to security. A secure connection – when sending data between two computers a secure connection ensures that the data stream is secure from point A to point […]

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Eat your own dog food

At Microsoft we used an expression ‘eating your own dog food’ the basic idea is that you’re supposed to use your own products. By using your own products you can better see the real world scenarios and problems that customers will experience. It’s a great way to run a real-world usability test on yourself.  When […]

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RIML – Reduced Instruction Markup Language

Traditional HTML is a “complex instruction set” language. It’s got tons of tags, properties, and semantic definitions. What if there was a reduced instruction set markup language. The idea would be to come up with primitives that could be used to layout a page and try to design the language with the minimal set to […]

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JavaScript rubber band

This is a simple Javascript rubber band funciton that I wrote. Typically an animation function moves directly from point A to point B. This gives a very mechanical feel. I wrote a very simple rubber band funciton. This animates an object with velocity. The object can overshoot the destination and bounce back. The further you […]

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A Social Network for Social Networks

There is an obscene amount of social networks and there seems to be no-end to new social networks that are being developed. This is great because it means that developers are thinking about communication as a key feature to the success of an application. The problem with social networks is that users end up spending […]

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iTip – A Tip Calculator for the iPhone

UPDATE: We have a new and improved tip calculator. Get details and download the best iPhone tip calculator available. Last night I coded up a simple tip-calculator for the iphone using the ‘web sdk.’ It’s very basic and allows you to easily calculate the tip and figure out how to split a bill between multiple people. […]

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