I was doing some research on tools to create interesting visualizations of data and ran across this very interesting visualization from Gapminder.org tracking infant mortality rate versus per capita income for a variety of countries over time—with country population thrown in for good measure. That’s 5—yes, count them 5—”dimensions” of data. It takes the form [...]
At Google I/O (Google’s developer conference), Steve Souders (the creator of YSlow) presented a few ideas for making websites even faster.
When it comes to optimizing a website for speed and user experience, there’s only so much you can do from the backend. The most room for performance improvement is in client-side frontend. Anywhere between 80 [...]
-Eliminate the dependence on Flash. Users who don’t have flash installed [...]
This is something we’ve all had to deal with at one time or another. I thought that this article had an interesting take on the problem. The author also provides all the code to take care of breaking on spaces.
The interesting part was that he programmatically inserts “invisible” spaces into words that are [...]
I’m finally getting around to posting some notes from my second day at the Google I/O conference.
The keynote speaker was Marissa Mayer, who was more interesting for me because she talked a lot about how Google does statistical research for everything they release. They’ll release two or three versions of, say, the search results page, [...]
I liked the intro, the first ten minutes, of the first keynote speaker. The keynote speaker on the first day of the conference looked at one part of the history of computing, the trade-offs between computing power and accessibility, and ease of deployment and functionality. With mainframes, we had a lot of raw computing [...]
The Conference has run about as they usually do. Out of a day, there was one very good presentation and the rest were so so. Seems to be about the norm.
The one great presentation was about GWT. It was a use case presentation. The presenters were the developers of the Lombardi Blueprint.
This is an on-line [...]