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Design Over Functionality

Visual design is important. I’m not talking about making applications look pretty. (Which is never a bad thing.) I’m talking about how an the User Interface of an application is laid out. How the user interacts with the application. A good design will draw the user’s eye to the correct area and lead them through the application as you, the developer, intended. You should never need to read a manual or instruction guide to use the application. A well designed application is intuitive to the user and natural to use. The user, upon first use of the application, should be able to “just know”…

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DroidScript Fun @ GDG

This week’s Mercer/Macon Google Developer Group was hosted at SparkMacon, and my friend and coworker, Michael Rosario, was presenting on DroidScripts. This is Michael. DroidScripts lets you write android apps with JavaScript. Ya know, if you’re really into JavaScript. But it really does seems to be a good alternative to regular Java/Android, if you’re looking to do some quick prototyping. There’s no manifest file to futz around with and hardly any setup before coding. (Bee tee dubs, I called the “manifest” file the “manifesto” file for the longest time. And nobody corrected me, seriously? lol.) The IDE you develop in is browser based,…

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Implementing a heartbeat pattern with AJAX and ASP.NET

Problem So I’m working on a web application, where I needed a way to detect when a user has closed their browser. Javascript’s onunload event looked promising. However, it is unable to differentiate between a browser closing, a postback, and a page refresh. After talking (i.e. complaining) to Kyle, he suggested this Stack Overflow solution on implementing a heartbeat pattern, letting the server know when the client was no longer active. Heartbeat Pattern In the heartbeat pattern (where you can read more about here), the client will send a signal to the server indicating that it’s still alive every 10 minutes (or…

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Your code is bad… Take care of it

  Refactoring is often not done. “There is not enough time”.  “Its not your responsibility”.  Look. Refactoring can only *help* you. You don’t need to devote hours and hours to it. Just make small changes. And over time your code will improve. And for the most part. Most of us are not writing NEW code. We are maintaining code. (And you probably should not be trying to write MORE code, but that’s another story). And its likely you will be working in the same code base for the duration of your employment, or will eventually be called to return to it.…

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3 (Nearly) Effortless Ways to Keep Code Clean

Keeping code clean does not have to be a huge endeavor. Just do a little bit at a time, and your code will be shiny in no time. Consistency in naming variable. From the database, to the middle layer, to the user interface. If they are the same thing, do not change up the naming. It will make it so much easier for both you and other people to follow the code. Delete commented out code. If the build is working without the commented code, then you don’t need it. Maybe it’s someone else’s code. But if it’s been there…

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