Why I like using frameworks

I like using frameworks, because they take care of so much of the dirty work and that means I can focus on the core purpose of a project.

Mootools Javascript Framework

One of my biggest nightmares is making my Javascript code work in non-standard compliant browsers such as IE 6 and IE 7. I’m sure every web UI designer has some horror stories to tell about all the time wasted on resolving Javascript cross browser issues.

Just recently we have delivered a project ( www.north49.com ) and we also installed a Joomla quick form generator which submits the forms using some snazzy ajax. I developed the component using Mootools Javascript framework, and for the first time in my life my code which was developed on Firefox and Safari, worked just fine on both IE 6 and 7. This was just unbelievable!

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Think Flickr, Think!

Think Flickr, Think!

If your Yahoo! ID is based in Singapore, Germany, Hong Kong or Korea you will only be able to view safe content based on your local Terms of Service so won’t be able to turn SafeSearch off. In other words that means, that German users can not access photos on flickr that are not flagged “safe” … only flowers and landscapes for Germans …Copy and upload this picture to your account – show flickr who we are!

please use the tag: “thinkflickrthink” and join this group www.flickr.com/groups/againstcensorship/

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What Do Web Application Architects Do?

This blog was originally posted on the rmdStudio website which is a cloud and mobile app development company in Vancouver.

Web application architecture is a popular topic these days. It is also a very misunderstood concept and often mistaken with Web Design or Web Development. To the non-technical mind all the pages on the internet are websites, and therefore it would be a web designer’s job to design them, or perhaps a Web Developer who can can write some programs and all of a sudden build the next social networking website with all the snazzy features!

The same misconception is directing many web application architecture projects to the wrong hands. Clients don’t go to the dentist to have their eyes examined, but they do take a web application project to a design and advertisement company and the failed results leaves them angry and frustrated, because what they have received despite the shiny and sleek look comes short of the business and technical specs.

A good portion of my income, is generated by fixing those mistakes, and every time that I do consulting and development for a frustrated customer, I wonder why and how their software development project ended up in a design and advertising firm to begin with!

There is a change happening in the market, and design firms, who have been the primary sources of web solutions for the last decade, aren’t so thrilled about, yet not willing to point the clients to the right development team. After all, who would want to let go of an attractive business contract?

This article is to better explain a Web Application Architect’s job description and the current state of web application development market.

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