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April 22nd, 2014
As Drupal 8 edges ever-nearer to release, excitement continues to grow among site owners and developers alike about many of the new features it will bring. The improvements to user experience alone – including in-place editing and many of the other sleek interface enhancements pioneered in Spark – warrant real enthusiasm as they will go a long way toward rectifying some long-standing frustrations and inconsistencies with the content authoring experience in Drupal. As compelling as these and other related enhancements are, the advances made on the back end are where things really begin to get interesting.
April 17th, 2014
With so many database development tools out there, how do you choose which one is right for you? Popular databases in the application development world are MS Access, MySQL, MS SQL Server, Oracle and DB2. Before choosing and using a database, there are some points programmers should consider:
April 15th, 2014
I recently downloaded the financial application called Mint, as a way to keep track of how I spend my money. “What does it do?” my friends asked me. “Not that much,” I responded, “just simply tells me how much money I have and what I’ve spent it on.”
April 10th, 2014
April 8th, 2014
The Adobe Experience Manager (“AEM,” previously called “CQ5”) group here at NavArts recently did a project for a client that required us to render content from Alfresco‘s Document Management system in a custom AEM component. We considered several options, ranging from installing a connector that would allow us to access the Alfresco content directly from AEM as a JCR node, importing the content from Alfresco into the AEM DAM and then accessing it directly using the Adobe’s API, and ultimately decided on a RESTful call to a client-provided web service (which the client made available for our use after the previous considerations).
April 3rd, 2014
Ever since our flirtation with smart phones and tablets blossomed into a full blown love affair, responsive design has also become a go-to in terms of designing and building sites that can be used across all devices. But a fascinating and refreshing thing has happened as responsive has become a standard solution: the collapsible navigation we know on our phones and tablets is now making its way to a desktop near you.
April 1st, 2014
Identity theft is one of the biggest problems faced by Internet users all over the world, particularly with hackers and pirates whose skills are constantly refined by the discoveries of new and highly developed deceptive methods.
March 27th, 2014
The rapid adoption of tablet and similar touch screen devices means that we can no longer merely focus on desktop monitors as the sole means for website display. Towards this end, I suggest taking a “tablet first” approach to website design. This is the idea that websites should function and display accurately on a tablet device as well as on a traditional desktop monitor. This approach includes the following:
March 25th, 2014
You probably spend countless hours feeding fresh and relevant content to your site, but how often are you using data to gain feedback on what you post? Most people don’t use the data right under their noses to direct themselves to the content that most needs their attention. Google Analytics, Adobe Analytics and most other leading digital analytics packages come with pre-canned and configurable reports that will help you do your job more effectively. Your organization probably tracks your site through one of these packages already; here are some ways to leverage your analytics and keep a pulse on your content.
March 20th, 2014
A corporate identity crisis is nothing new to us or any other agency. But what if a company, brand, or product doesn’t even have a name yet? Determining a name can be a lengthy and arduous process, but along the course of a recent branding project I did for one our clients, I helped to establish a methodology to guide people painlessly through the creative decision.
March 18th, 2014
If your organization’s web content constantly changes, you need a Web Content Management System (CMS) of some kind to manage it. But what does a Best-of-Breed Web CMS have that another CMS doesn’t? Below are three brief and important answers from my real-world insight I’ve gained from CMS implementations and scenarios for a variety of organizations. These answers can help you choose between the many CMS vendors available.
March 13th, 2014
All of us fall victim to the fact that we are so consumed with our everyday work lives that our default career path is to set the cruise control to auto pilot. You think, “I kind of have an idea of where I want to go; everything will fall into place and good things will come if I keep my head down and work hard.” Included in this thinking may be the assumption that the “right” career path is vertical and that the view of success will be the one you have when you hit the top rung of the “corporate ladder.”
March 11th, 2014
Far too often, we see good projects fail because a business demands feature-rich perfection out of their initial product launches, and at the same time demands the product be released on some arbitrary launch date. More often than we would like, the features required by users do not align to what the business perceives as features users actually want. If the customer doesn’t want it, then why build it? To support a marketing manager’s notion that they intrinsically know what their customers want? Organizations manifest this type of behavior quite often, if only subconsciously.
March 6th, 2014
Every project leader has one or two project tools they believe benefit all projects. For me, one of the most valuable tools is going through a pre-planning questionnaire that can be used to ask questions to yourself and your client to help anticipate post launch needs and prevent any undesirable pain points.
March 4th, 2014
Technological shifts causing massive disruption in enterprise software have dominated the press. Much like the VHS cassette, the PC is fading into history. Cloud storage has put unlimited computing power in the hands of everyone at very low costs with software-as-a-service now a reliable alternative to on-premises software. And the proliferation of mobile devices is leading the business users to supplement enterprise software with their own cloud-based services.