Android on the move, gets Facebook respect

May 27th, 2010

Facebook announced its new SDK for Android developers today. One of our developers was at Google I/O last week where Facebook was showing a developer preview.

Up until now the ways to integrate Facebook into Android applications were hacks that weren’t officially supported by Facebook. But in a nod to the fast-growing popularity of [...]

Open APIs Are All The Rage

May 27th, 2010

Everybody is calling everyone else, apparently, in a monster repackaging of data, re-presenting info on my website (please stay here, don’t go to the source) and especially via mobile apps. REST is killing SOAP. Some info on the numbers, republished from a ReadWriteWeb post:

Perhaps most illustrative is his “API Billionaire’s Club.”

Members of the club include [...]

CSS Media Queries

May 25th, 2010

A very cool and new (at least to me) concept: CSS media queries. This will allow us to set CSS for specific screen sizes: from the 480px wide handheld devices to the 1920px wide monitors.

Please note that this is different than the liquid/flexible layouts usually based on percentages. CSS media queries allows you to control [...]

Javascript on the server with Akshell

May 20th, 2010

I’ve been intrigued by a few different “Javascript on the server” frameworks as they have passed by. Here is one that runs Javascript in a cloud and have an online IDE for creating the sites. The article at the bottom is an interview with the creator.

Akshell is a Cloud Service that helps developers [...]

Best Practices for Android UI

May 19th, 2010

Here’s a great article about how the UI for Twitter for Android was designed.

It touches on seven UI features and behavior patterns:

Contacts Sync with Address Book at Sign in
Twitter account integration with QuickContact for Android
Action Bar
Search Bar
Companion Widget

New Cytrix XenClient

May 14th, 2010

This may be of interest to the hardware people here. I am thinking of Jeff, Shane and Jason. You can include yourself if you want.

Citrix XenClient is a bare-metal hypervisor running on desktop PCs using the Intel vPro technology which allows it to create virtual machines taking advantage of 3D and HD graphic [...]

CSS Cheat Sheets

May 13th, 2010

I came across these nicely formatted CSS print cheat sheets – for both CSS2.1 and CSS3. For any of you who may be tired looking up the CSS values for the position attribute (for the 13th time).

CSS 2.1 Cheat Sheet (PDF)

CSS 3 Cheat Sheet (PDF)

We love happy clients! More kind words from NCCD

May 4th, 2010

From our friends at NCCD regarding the new site…


Hi John,

Thanks so much for checking in.

We are LOVING our new website. It’s like having a new toy, only better.

…Everyone has had nothing but positive feedback for us. In fact, our Midwest office is trying to bring their side of the site up to this new standard…

Thanks [...]

State Department Promotes Program Using Dayspring Web App!

April 28th, 2010

Dayspring developed the ImagineNations Network community website to allow young entrepreneurs to get help from supporters around the world in growing their businesses, a mission now embraced by the U.S. Department of State with the e-Mentor Corps initiative. is one of only three platforms designated by the Department of State as partners to serve as [...]

Compliments to the graphic design chef

April 27th, 2010

You have to feel pretty good when the vendor that is pitching you is apologizing for its own website after looking at yours. “Went wild with praise” is the operative term in the email thread below.

Nice work design team!

Sent: Thursday, April 22, 2010 11:23 AM

To: (Dir. Marketing)
Cc: (EVP)
Subject: IOA Web Design has the [...]