Category Archives: Development

Why work with a framework in development?

Today it’s more and more common for developers to using frameworks for their projects. So what is a framework? Here’s an accurate definition, offered by Wikipedia:

In computer programming, a software framework is an abstraction in which software providing generic functionality can be selectively changed by additional user-written code, thus providing application-specific software.

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Is your website retina-ready?

For quite a while now, the digital industry has been talking about responsive websites and the importance of having layouts that are mobile-friendly. We are no exception here. However, we believe that everyone might be ignoring an important area of development: retina displays. We know what you’re thinking: “Oh, do we have to be ready for those, too?” Indeed, you do! Continue reading

3 Image Optimization Plugins for WordPress

You don’t have to be a photographer to be appreciative of high-resolution images, like you don’t have to be a designer to see that today websites are much more image-centred. The thing is, however, that although our broadband speed increased exponentially over the years, in order to be able to offer your audience the best user experience, you need to consider the size of the images. No one likes to wait ages for a photo to load. And “ages”, in the Online World, means no more than 2 seconds. Not to mention that a fast loading page is SEO-friendlier.

In today’s article, we are going to give a few solutions for those of you who are using WordPress for your blogs or websites. Continue reading

The Mobile-geddon

It’s been quite a while since we have talked about a major update at Google. Of course, judging by Google’s history with updates, we were expecting a new move. Well, the waiting is over, the new algorithm is here and it impacts the mobile search.

Back in February, Google announced on their blog they were looking at improving the search results for mobile users. Continue reading

What is SVG?

While you were searching for icons, you may have seen the SVG format among the PNG or PSD versions. In today’s article, we are going to explain to you what the SVG format is all about, what are its benefits and where you can use it.

First of all, let’s explain the acronym. SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphics. As a short definition, the SVG is an XML-based vector image format, with support for interactivity and animation. It has been in development at the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) since 1999, but it’s still a relatively unknown standard. Continue reading

Twitter is not very nice to the developers

meerkat

There are so many app and web developers worldwide using the Twitter APIs, you might think the company would go to extreme lengths to help them? Well, as it turns out this has not be the case so far and you will find developers in general are pretty upset at how Twitter makes changes to suit themselves.

“Unfortunately, it’s pretty typical of Twitter for the past few years.”, said Gedeon Maheux, cofounder of Iconfactory. “There are two types of developers that Twitter considers: those that help its position and those that undermine its position. There are a lot of developers who develop for Twitter based on APIs they produce and they are fine working with it until Twitter decides that’s a space they want to get into. And then the rules change.”

The most recent example of this behaviour was with the Meerkat  app, this app uses the Twitter API to stream video content to their followers in real time. The app went viral in just two days, but then Twitter decided to kill it by blocking automated messages.

UPDATE: we are working with our friends @twitter to solve the issue. stay tuned!

— Meerkat (@AppMeerkat) March 2, 2015

So why would the company undermine Meerkat? It might have something to do with the fact that they are going to acquire Periscope, a pretty similar app that hasn’t been officially launched yet.

Twitter’s official statement on the matter  was published on Mashable , as follows:

“We are limiting their access to Twitter’s social graph, consistent with our internal policy.”

HTTP/2 – The next big thing is ready!

As web developers, it’s our job to optimise the websites in a way that offers the user the best possible experience. We’re not talking about UX design, it’s so much more than that. Starting with the page’s loading time and ending in the smallest detail, nothing gets overlooked.

But there is only so much we can do. We needed a change at the very core. And now the big change is just one step away from becoming reality. Continue reading

Are WordPress plugins a liability?

There are a lot of good reasons why one would choose to work with WordPress, but, as simple as everything may seem at first glance, there are a lot of aspects to be considered. For instance, the reliability of the plugins.

One of the CMS’s advantages is the variety of plugins available, both free and paid. However, you should know that some of them can seriously harm your website, others have backdoors and malicious scripts embedded and, at times, a simple mistake on the developers’ behalf can open a door for mischievous exploitation. Continue reading

So long, Flash! YouTube defaults to HTML5

‘Proper Flash performs too slow to be useful [on the iPhone]. There’s this missing product in the middle. It just doesn’t exist,’ said Steve Jobs back in 2008.

For many years, when it came to Apple computers and mobile devices, many have said that they don’t have access to the real Internet, since they can’t run Flash content. After all, when Adobe came up with the Macromedia Suite, a really long time ago, it was advertised as the next big thing, the future of the web. As you can see today, that’s not the case and, to be honest, we have to thank Steve Jobs for this, as he had a lot to do with the death of this terrible thing.
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