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My two cents about software development on the web


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Learning Git

Git is a free and open source distributed version control system. Git originates from the Linux development community and is used by many popular Open Source projects. Since its birth in 2005, Git has evolved and matured to be easy to use and yet retain its initial qualities. It’s incredibly fast, it’s very efficient with large projects, and it has an incredible branching system for non-linear development.

Here are references to tutorials I used to learn Git.

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Linkflood – About REST

This is my personal list of resources about principles and guidelines for designing RESTful Web APIs.

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Linkflood #1-2012

  • 15 jQuery Calendar Date Picker Plugins on SmashingApps – In this collection, you will see some of the best jQuery Calendar Date Picker Plugins that will allow you output planners and calendars even more easily. Majority of these plugins are built on jQuery and jQuery UI (User Interface). With this collection, we tend to help those who need frameworks with great functionality.
  • BugNET Issue Tracker on CodePlex – BugNET is an issue tracking and project issue management solution built using C# and ASP.NET with MSSQL backend. The main goals are to keep the codebase simple, well documented, easy to deploy and scalable. The project has a clean look to it and is under active development. This is a mature project which has been hosted on Sourceforge.net since 2006 but has now moved across to CodePlex.
  • SQL Fiddle – SQL Fiddle is a tool for database developers to test out their SQL queries. If you do not know SQL or basic database concepts, this site is not going to be very useful to you. However, if you are a database developer, there are a few different use-cases of SQL Fiddle intended for you.
  • Building Twitter Bootstrap on A List Apart – A year-and-a-half ago, a small group of Twitter employees set out to improve our team’s internal analytical and administrative tools. After some early meetings around this one product, we set out with a higher ambition to create a toolkit for anyone to use within Twitter, and beyond. Thus, we set out to build a system that would help folks like us build new projects on top of it, and Bootstrap was conceived.
  • Learn jQuery in 30 Days – Each day you’ll be sent a free video lesson. At the end of the month, you’ll be able to confidently use jQuery in your projects, without help.

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Linkflood #5-2011

  • AppHarbor – Azure Done Right AKA Heroku for .NET – Instant deployments and instant scaling. Stupid simple API. This is Heroku. It doesn’t sound like much, but when you think of how fast you can go from an idea to having someone else tinker with it, you can start to see its power. In literally seconds you can be looking at your rails application deployed and online. Then when you are ready to scale, you can do that. This is power. I’m not sure when I first heard about AppHarbor as a possible .NET version of Heroku. AppHarbor is awesome! It still has a ways to go to be considered Heroku for .NET, but it already has a growing community.
  • My 25 Favorite Programming Quotes that are Funny too – Recently I was looking for some good programming quotes for one of my presentation. I was amazed to find that there are some good programming quotes that are really funny and need some brains to figure out the fun part. Here are 25 of them I like in random order.
  • Inversion of Control : Practical usage of Interface, Delegate or Events – Inversion of control is an architectural design principle which modifies the general flow of control of a program. Inversion of control is a special circumstance where you will invert the predefined control flow to some arbitrary call defined way down the stream by the user who actually using the component. In this post, I will show you how you can implement inversion of control in your code and also approaches which help you while implementing your own class.
  • openredis – Redis Hosting Service – Redis is awesome. While it’s a perfect fit for many applications, just a few of them are using it. We want to help startups and small to medium sized businesses easily get up and running with Redis, without the hassle of setting up backups, monitoring and replication.
  • RazorEngine – A templating engine built upon Microsoft’s Razor parsing technology. The RazorEngine allows you to use Razor syntax to build robust templates. Currently we have integrated the vanilla Html + Code support, but we hope to support other markup languages in future.
  • The 7 deadly sins of software development – Being a good developer takes a lifetime of training and practice. But without proper discipline, even the best programmers risk falling prey to their worse natures. Some bad habits are so insidious that they crop up again and again, even among the most experienced developers. I speak of nothing less than the seven deadly sins of software development.
  • ILSpy – is the open-source .NET assembly browser and decompiler. Development started after Red Gate announced that the free version of .NET Reflector would cease to exist by end of February 2011.

User Interface, User Experience

  • Beginner’s Guide to Landing Pages on KISSmetrics – A well-designed landing page can greatly increase conversions for your PPC or email marketing campaigns. Rather than directing visitors from those sources to your general website (where they may have a hard time finding what they’re looking for), you can direct them to a specially-designed landing page that steers them in exactly the direction you want them to take.
  • Landing Page Best Practices: the definitive guide (with infographics) – We (at Visual Website Optimizer) are starting a series on the blog where the experts in A/B testing, landing pages, conversion rate optimization will share everything they know about how to increase sales and conversions online.
  • Responsive Web Design: What It Is and How To Use It – Responsive Web design is the approach that suggests that design and development should respond to the user’s behavior and environment based on screen size, platform and orientation. The practice consists of a mix of flexible grids and layouts, images and an intelligent use of CSS media queries. As the user switches from their laptop to iPad, the website should automatically switch to accommodate for resolution, image size and scripting abilities. In other words, the website should have the technology to automatically respond to the user’s preferences. This would eliminate the need for a different design and development phase for each new gadget on the market.
  • Fight Div-itis and Class-itis With the 960 Grid System – The 960 Grid System encourages the addition of <div> elements and class attributes, especially on complicated pages. Is this really an improvement over nested tables? Creating cleaner code means going beyond the framework and thinking about what it really represents.
  • 100+ free HTML email templates – For too long HTML email has been the ugly step-child of the web. It’s time for a change, so we teamed up with some seriously talented designers to bring their skills to the world of HTML email. Every template has been thoroughly tested in more than 20 of the most popular email clients like Outlook 2010, Gmail, Lotus Notes, Apple Mail, the iPhone, and more. They’re ready to roll and are completely free.

Development

  • Creating a NuGet Package in 7 easy steps – Plus using NuGet to integrate ASP.NET MVC 3 into existing Web Forms applications – Last month I (Scott Hanselman) wrote a post called Integrating ASP.NET MVC 3 into existing upgraded ASP.NET 4 Web Forms applications where I showed a very manual and very painful way to add ASP.NET MVC support to an existing ASP.NET WebForms application. You’d then have a lovely hybrid that is both MVC and WebForms.
  • Integrating jQuery DataTables plugin into ASP.NET MVC applications – JQuery DataTables plugin is an excellent client-side component that can be used to create rich-functional tables in the web browser. This plugin adds lot of functionalities to the plain HTML tables that are placed in web pages such as filtering, paging, sorting, changing page length etc. By default it works with client side rows that are rendered in table (in <tbody> </tbody> section in the HTML code of the table) but it might be configured to use data from the server via Ajax calls. However, to integrate DataTables with server-side code developer must know protocols and parameters that are sent by DataTables and how to use them on server side. This article shows how JQuery DataTables plugin can be integrated into ASP.NET MVC application. It contains step by step examples that show how DataTables plugin interacts with server-side components.
  • Synchronicity – A Folder Synchronizing Application – I needed an app that would sync up folders that didn’t involve anything more tedious than just copying the files somewhere. Yes, I’m aware of programs like Microsoft Sync Toy and a third-party product called Sure-Sync, but being a programmer, I figured this would be a fairly straightforward application to write myself. After all, it doesn’t have to be battle-tested for public consumption, and I wanted a certain degree of control over precisely how it works. Besides, it’s more fun to write code than it is to install someone else’s. This article (and the code it describes) is the result.
  • SharpPcap – A Packet Capture Framework for .NET – Packet capturing (or packet sniffing) is the process of collecting all packets of data that pass through a given network interface. Capturing network packets in our applications is a powerful capability which lets us write network monitoring, packet analyzers and security tools. The libpcap library for UNIX based systems and WinPcap for Windows are the most widely used packet capture drivers that provide API for low-level network monitoring. Among the applications that use libpcap/WinPcap as its packet capture subsystem are the famous tcpdump and Wireshark. In this article, we will introduce the SharpPcap .NET assembly (library) for interfacing with libpcap or winpcap from your .NET application and will give you a detailed programming tutorial on how to use it.

 

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Linkflood #4-2011

Android development

  • Get Started Developing For Android With Eclipse, Reloaded [28 mar 2011] – In this second part, we’ll continue developing the application by adding extra functionality. In doing this, you’ll be introduced to some important and powerful features of the Android SDK, including Persistent data storage, Activities and Intent as well as Shared user preferences.
  • Get Started Developing for Android with Eclipse [25 oct 2011] – In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to start writing applications for Android, the open-source mobile operating system popularized by Google.

Mobile development

  • Considerations for Mobile Design (Part 3): Behavior [22 mar 2011] – As we conclude our series, Considerations for Mobile Design, we wish to spend a little time looking at how users behave differently on handheld devices compared to desktops and laptops. In this final part of our introduction to mobile design, we explore how touch interfaces are different from more traditional means of user input, and how designers can start implementing new gestures into their own products.
  • 10 Ways Mobile Sites Are Different from Desktop Web Sites [21 mar 2011] by Shanshan Ma – The form-factor difference seems to have a dramatic impact on the success rates of users’ interactions, and therefore, should impact how we design mobile sites as well.

Designing a Product

  • The Process of Designing a Product [9 may 2000] by Joel Spolsky – We’ve talked about the principles of good design, but principles only give you a way to evaluate and improve an existing design. But… how do you figure out what the dang design should be in the first place?
  • Audio: The Interface is the Product [23 nov 2010] by Luke Wroblewski – I recently had the pleasure of talking with Justin Vincent and Jason Roberts on the TechZing podcast about the role of design and how it applies to product development, developers, and last but not least, customers.
  • Creating Web Design Wireframes: Tools, Resources and Best Practices [28 mar 2011] – Wireframes can be one extra step in the beginning of any web design project that can save a significant amount of time later on. Besides improving productivity, it also improves the final result of each single webpage, and the website as a whole. A wireframe is a “template” of simple lines, shapes, and labels that can be used to predefine a website’s layout before any of the design’s details are actually placed. Editing a simple wireframe in order to change a layout can be a lot simpler than trying to change the layout of a final coded design, or even a PSD. Of course, this is both true for personal and client projects. Showing a client a wireframe at the beginning of the design phase can allow the client and designer to collaborate more efficiently on the final content placement, and come to a set agreement to make the design process smoother, and reduce the number of major revisions.

Redesign and Reviewing

  • The Redesign Disease [17 mar 2011] – A redesign is a symptom of a disease. A good design works to make the thing perform well and to communicate how it works to the user. It’s an expression of function. A well designed thing is beautiful to us precisely because its design is optimal for its purpose—its form is in harmony with its function.
  • Good Designers Redesign, Great Designers Realign [24 oct 2005] by Cameron Moll – While this article won’t analyze the psychological ambitions of right-brained elites and their innate desire to recreate, it will attempt to describe the difference between redesigning and realigning, as well the advantages of one over the other.
  • Reviewing User Interfaces [23 feb 2009] By Rhonda Bracey – If you identify usability issues early, it’s much more likely the team can remedy them before launch, preventing bad reviews…, negative word-of-mouth, and the lost sales that result from them.

jQuery

  • Beginning with jQuery – A Solid Foundation to Learn The Basics [22 feb 2010] by Mike Gleason – Why another “learn the basics of jQuery” article? Because I was told to do so ;) but more importantly, because I feel that there are some misunderstood concepts that programmers absolutely have to know if they want to do some serious web development.
  • Useful JavaScript and jQuery Tools, Libraries, Plugins [7 apr 2011] – In this round-up, you’ll find some of the useful JavaScript and jQuery tools, libraries and plugins that we have stumbled upon recently. Hopefully, you’ll find them valuable for your upcoming projects. Among other things, you’ll find handy services and online utilities, recently released JavaScript libraries and jQuery plugins.

SQL Server

  • Querying SQL Server Metadata, INFORMATION_SCHEMA, sysobjects, … [6 dec 2010] by manub22 – While writing complex code & business logic in my scrits & stored-procdedures most of the time I wonder… What table does a particular column belongs to? What all Stored Procedures effect a particular table? How can I see what particular constraint does my tables have? What all Foreign Keys defined in table’s columns are linked to? These and many more questions can be answered by querying the SQL Server System Catalog and metadata that SQL Server manages very beautifully.

Web API

  • The Building Blocks for a Successful API Strategy [19 mar 2011] by Sam Ramji – Many companies have launched API programs, and many more will in 2011. Some have used their API to become unstoppable market forces by empowering a new indirect channel. Others have seen minimal API adoption, and are unclear on why they haven’t succeeded. Even more are in the “mushy middle” between success and failure. At Apigee, we observe common patterns in API programs that succeed – in planning, management, and organization. Those that fail hit common pitfalls in these categories as well. So we have developed a nine-box model for API program management that helps track how both strategy and execution must come together to build a successful API effort.
  • Programmable Web: 3000 APIs and Growing [8 mar 2011] by Kin Lane – Congratulations to ProgrammableWeb for hitting the 3000th API in their directory.

Typography

  • CSS Typography: The Basics [3 mar 2011] by Kayla Knight on Six Revisions – This is the first part of a three-part series of guides on CSS typography that will cover everything from basic syntax to best practices and tools related to CSS typography.
  • CSS Typography: Techniques and Best Practices [10 mar 2011] by Kayla Knight on Six Revisions – This is the second part of a three-part series of guides on CSS typography. We are going to cover some excellent techniques, tips, tricks and best practices for dealing with typography on websites.
  • CSS Typography: Examples and Tools [22 mar 2011] by Kayla Knight – This is the third part of a three-part series of guides on CSS typography that will cover everything from basic syntax to best practices and tools related to CSS typography.
  • A Crash Course in Typography: The Basics of Type [28 mar 2011] by Cameron Chapman – Typography could be considered the most important part of any design. It’s definitely among the most important elements of any design project. And yet it’s often the part of a design that’s left for last, or barely considered at all. Designers are often intimidated by typography, which can result in bland typographical design or a designer always using one or two “reliable” typefaces in their designs.
  • How to Choose a Typeface [24 mar 2011] – Choosing a typeface can be tricky. The beauty and complexity of type, combined with an inexhaustible supply of options to evaluate, can make your head spin. But don’t be baffled — and don’t despair. While there are no easy-to-follow rules on how best to choose a typeface, there are many tried-and-true principles you can quickly learn and apply to make an appropriate typeface choice.
  • 8 siti da cui scaricare oltre 40mila fonts gratis! [7 mar 2011] – interessante ed utile raccolta di siti nei quali è possibile trovare font gratuiti.

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