Sample datasets for benchmarking and testing [1 feb 2011] – Sometimes you just need some data to test and stress things. But randomly generated data is awful – it doesn’t have realistic distributions, and it isn’t easy to understand whether your results are meaningful and correct. Real or quasi-real data is best. Whether you’re looking for a couple of megabytes or many terabytes, the following sources of data might help you benchmark and test under more realistic conditions.
If I ran Twitter, this is what I would do. It’s about the service, stupid [12 mar 2011] by Kelly Sommers – What I would do .. oh boy, where to start. The primary thing that rings in my head is this: It’s about the service, stupid. If I was calling the shots I would take the direction that we must satisfy the needs of being a short messaging service and the best damn one possible. Going the route of ads embedded in the client is small potatoes profit wise I think compared to what the service has in it’s back pocket which is simply: data.
10 best alternative operating systems [13 mar 2011] on TechRadar – We’ll look at the best alternative operating systems, with the potential to change the computing landscape over the next decade. There’s only one rule – no Microsoft, Apple or Linux. While some of these new operating systems are still relatively early in development, the technology that they’re introducing could make its way into the next round of updates for the mainstream OSes we use. Helpfully, you can try these projects without having to repartition your hard drive thanks to the excellent (and free) PC virtualisation and emulation tool available from www.virtualbox.org.
Build What You Know [21 dec 2010] by Ben Werdmuller on 24 Ways To Start – An old maxim for wannabe novelists is “write what you know.” That advice is more inspirational than it first appears to be. Nobody’s suggesting that authors should populate their novels with their friends, families and neighbourhoods. Rather, they should write what they know to be true. It’s a call for artists to address their beliefs about the world and write from the heart. It’s also great advice for entrepreneurs. Whether you’re building a technology business, opening a restaurant or providing a new kind of service, it’s not enough to simply identify a gap in the market and address it. Finding a problem is easy; the key is to find a solution that you’re passionate about, and then create what you know is needed. The best startups aren’t just new companies – they’re manifestos by people who seek to change the world.
Building an offline capable mobile web site with jQuery Mobile [12 mar 2011] by Raymond Camden on Coldfusion Jedi – One of the more interesting features of HTML 5 is offline support. As you can guess, this is the ability to cache and store content for use when offline. On a desktop this isn’t terribly useful. Most of us have continuous high speed connections. But on a mobile device it could be incredibly useful. I thought I’d create a simple demo based on the mobile hotel web site I built a few days ago. That site provided contact information for the hotel as well as a map and driving directions with GPS. If the user is offline, then the site won’t work at all.
Handle JSON Exceptions Gracefully in ASP.NET MVC 2 [21 apr 2010] by Malcolm Sheridan on DotNetCurry – One thing to keep in mind when using ASP.NET MVC is how to gracefully handle exceptions that are thrown when executing Ajax requests. Normally if an error is thrown on the server, without proper error handling, the client will never know about the error. Another thing I wanted to do was not to litter my action methods with try/catch/finally blocks. They’re good, but I want my action methods to look elegant! By the end of this article, you’ll be able to decorate your action method’s that return a JsonResult with an attribute derived from ActionFilterAttribute.
Using ASP.NET, Membership, and jQuery to Determine Username Availability [23 feb 2011] by Scott Mitchell on 4 Guys From Rolla – Many websites use Ajax techniques to check whether a visitor’s desired username is available as soon as they enter it (rather than waiting for them to submit the form). This article shows how to implement such a feature in an ASP.NET website using Membership and jQuery. This article includes a demo available for download that implements this behavior in an ASP.NET WebForms application that uses the CreateUserWizard control to register new users. However, the concepts in this article can be applied to ad-hoc user registration pages and ASP.NET MVC.
6 Popular Content Presentation Design Patterns [1 mar 2011] by Cameron Chapman on Six Revisions – Content is what is considered the “meat” of a website. Content should be usable and displayed in a manner that makes it efficient to read and act on. Now that we have discussed website navigation design patterns, let us now explore popular design patterns for displaying content. Below, we’ve included a few current design trends in content presentation, all based on enhancing the user experience.
The Basics of Good Database Design in Web Development [17 mar 2011] by Kayla Knight on onextrapixel – In this article, we’ll go over the basics of how to design a good plan for a database, no matter what its final intended use. For all database designs, there are a set of standard rules and best practices to follow, all of which can help a database stay organized and help to team up with the respective site in a smart and efficient way.
7 Basics to Create a Good Design Brief [17 mar 2011] by Cameron Chapman on Webdesigner Depot – A comprehensive, detailed brief becomes the guiding document for the entire design process, and spells out exactly what you, as the designer, need to do, and the constraints within which you need to do it. In this article we’ll examine the basics needed for a great design brief which should help ease your design work and avoid any problems with your clients.