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May 03, 2011 | Jonathan Wurtzler: Tie Mobile Information across Boundaries

I have been working for some time now to learn the ins and outs of creating new mobile applications on the major platforms.  As someone still new to all of it, I have to stumble through the differences and learn the nuances that come with each one.  Each has things that make life easier, and others that make it harder.  This, as expected, can cause some irritations.  In this process, I did stumble across at least one way to make creating cross platform apps a bit more connected, JSON files.

April 30, 2011 | Shannon Luney: User Experience: My Fitness Pal

With the 2011 Fargo Marathon fast approaching, many of us at Sundog are preparing to run. I’ll be honest with you: I am not a fan of running. In fact, I would say that this race might mark the end of my short-lived running career.

April 07, 2011 | Lee Schwartz: How Much Should You Be Investing In Your Website?

At your company, who decides how much should be budgeted for your website upgrades, maintenance, and online marketing?

If it’s you, what criteria are you using to determine your annual budget?

March 31, 2011 | Jonathan Wurtzler: Titanium Duel Development

Earlier this month, I was able to go to the Mobile March (#mmtc11) conference in Minneapolis. There was a lot of good information at the conference, but I especially liked the third-party mobile app platform Titanium.

March 09, 2011 | Lee Schwartz: Microsoft Calls For The End Of IE6

Web Developers, rejoice!

February 28, 2011 | Jonathan Wurtzler: Researching Your First Facebook App

It is almost impossible to find a website that does not link to Facebook (FB) allowing you to post information about their site to your account.  Major websites such as Pandora.com, ABC.com, CNN.com, and IMDB.com are also using the Connect feature of FB to let users utilize their website without registering for a new account. These businesses are also going to the extent of creating either FB Custom Page Tabs or FB Custom Apps to ensure they have a presence on FB as well as the web. Most businesses are not able to do this on their own. That is when they send the call out for developers to help them out.

January 31, 2011 | Nick Green: The Best Interactive Music Videos..so far

Last year’s “The Wilderness Downtown” music video/Google mash-up from Arcade Fire changed conceptions about what music videos could be. “Wilderness” wasn’t just a one-off. Arcade Fire has already come back with a new way to make their musical experiences interactive, and they’re not the only ones.

December 27, 2010 | Nick Green: Preloaders and Preloader Psychology: A few ways to make them wait for your Flash site

Don’t compromise the beauty or functionality of your site so your consumer get in there quicker.  They think they don’t have time to wait for your site.  But they do.  They’ve got 30 more seconds.  Because your website is that awesome.  Right?

November 16, 2010 | Nick Green: Chrome use keeps growing, IE6 still more popular than Safari/Opera

As we end out the 10th year of the millennia (arguably) I wish we could finally put IE6 to bed.  Alas, the browser is still the fifth-most popular, and the Internet Explorer trifecta of web dev pain still accounts for a third of browser usage. Internet Explorer’s popularity wains, Firefox reigns supreme, and if Chrome continues its growth, it could overtake Internet Explorer for second place.  image

November 10, 2010 | Jonathan Wurtzler: jQuery Mobile: Hitting more platforms in a single shot

On October 16th, jQuery released their newest in their line of amazing js projects, jQuery Mobile.  What does this mean for us?  A single js library to program web apps for mobile phones without having to code for a specific phone.

October 29, 2010 | Greg Ness: The Marketing Committee Just Got Bigger – Much Bigger

For some people in advertising, graphic design, web design or many other creative endeavors related to marketing, the “idea gauntlet” represents a lengthy approval process that ideas or concepts have to traverse – internally and externally – on their way to acceptance and implementation. The idea gauntlet can take the form of a creative director, a client, a marketing committee, attorneys, the compliance department or all of these combined. Those who feel this way, complain this group process is the fastest way to kill a good idea and probably supported the quote: “A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.”

August 31, 2010 | Jonathan Wurtzler: Moving Mobile Apps to the Web

As the demand rises for mobile apps, more and more developers are biting the bullet, so to speak, and trying their hand at developing in yet another environment.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing since the job of the web developer or software engineer is constantly changing and thus we need to change with it or become obsolete.  But what if we did not have to change this time?