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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?

August 16, 2010 | Paul Bourdeaux: Mobile Devices To Outnumber PCs By Q4 2010?

Why is the marketing community making such a big deal out of the mobile web? Maybe because some models are predicting that mobile devices, such as smart phones, iPods, and iPads, will outnumber PCs as soon as Q4 2010!

July 30, 2010 | Paul Bourdeaux: Design For The Mobile Web FIRST!

The prevailing belief regarding mobile web sites has always been they are a brand’s second site, usually built after the PC version.  Luke Wroblewski, the Chief Design Architect at Yahoo! Inc, disagrees.  At the recent An Event Apart conference in Minneapolis, MN, he presented three reasons why he feels that we change our design procedure to be Mobile First.

July 29, 2010 | Nick Green: Conquer Adaptive HTTP Streaming with OSMF

Steve Jobs’ decision to stiff arm Flash has given us in the online video delivery world a bit without an answer.  But the OSMF Framework has left us with an answer that will work inside and outside the iProduct realm.

July 28, 2010 | Sarah Longfors: Who is Responsible for Bad Data?

In a recent project, I was tasked with cataloging data we currently had for an email marketing list. I found duplicates, incorrect addresses and information that was inaccurate or not applicable. What I didn’t expect to find was how many members had bad data in their account.

May 28, 2010 | Alyssa Greve: What can the Facebook “Like” button do for your business?

The past April, Facebook launched the Open Graph Application Programming Interface to replace Facebook Connect on websites during the F8 Conference. One of these changes during the F8 Conference and Open Graph features the new “like” button which can be placed on any website. Below are some guidelines of what implementing the “like” button on your site can do for you and the positive impact it can have on your business.

April 21, 2010 | Jonathan Wurtzler: Chrome Extensions Web Dev Friendly

Google Extensions provide us with a way to enhance our chrome browsers with additional functions, much the same way that Firefox Add-ons do.  Like Add-ons, the possibilities of apps that we can build are endless.  You might think that with that flexibility, there will be strict rules for how to develop these apps.  That would be an incorrect assumption.

April 07, 2010 | Chuck Tomanek: Force.com Gets Serious About Security

With Salesforce.com continuing to expand its Force.com platform, it will become increasingly important to educate developers on possible security vulnerabilities as well as tools and methods available to help avoid falling victim to those vulnerabilities. Force.com recently introduced a new “Secure Cloud Development” section to its Developerforce site that attempts to alert developers to these issues as well as offer suggestions and tools for correcting them.

March 08, 2010 | Nick Green: Dynamic Streaming Video, VBR, & stair-stepping syndrome

Dynamic streaming is now more affordable than ever before with Amazon CloudFront’s support of Adobe’s Flash Media Server.  There are may advantages of streaming,  like being able to dynamically check the user’s connection speed and serve the best quality they can handle.  But there are also additional considerations to take into account.  Dynamic streaming isn’t as forgiving as progressive download.

September 04, 2009 | Paul Bourdeaux: Remembering the Old Ways - Debugging in 1999

Sometime I hate to admit how long I have been writing code - it tends to give away my age. The first program I wrote was in Apple Basic on the brand new Apple IIc (insert joke about my age here). But coding for as long as I have been has given me an interesting prospective on the tools and methodologies we use to develop software. The occasional look back to the ways we used to code makes you appreciate the current practices that much more.

Today I revisit the arduous task of debugging…

August 11, 2009 | Nick Green: All I want for Christmas is a new website

It’s been a gloomy year for eCommerce, but with sales predictions looking up, you should act now to primp your website for optimal sales this holiday season.