We’ve Made Web Development Complicated

When I first made my transition from front-end development into back-end development in ~2002, I had two things to learn:

.- a server-side language
.- how to talk to a database (SQL)

on top of my knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript. With these five basic things, I was able to build some useful stuff.

I’m working on a web app now and it recently struck me how much more complicated things have become.
In the memory of Alex King.

Who was Alex?. An independent web developer. A genious. A human being who made our live easier. Working on the medium, and on the content. Design and code. Thanks to his imagination, we are able to represent the generic action of sharing a web page. Thanks to his devotion to the social ecosphere, you are deploying webs and calling yourself a webmaster today using these tool we called b2, later  known as Wordpress.  ( Sorry for newcomers, it must be completely overwhelming ).

Read his complete article here.

 Read on his obituary here.

How many … are there?

Having visual impressions is, of course, necessary for seeing things, but it is not sufficient.

What must be added is not anything sensible. And it is precisely this that unlocks the outer world for us; for without this non-sensible something, each of us would remain locked up in his inner world.

Read what about the mainly ignored Herr Friedrich Ludwig Gottlob Frege is written here.

Don't Maltreat Users

Tim says the phrase "Web 2.0" first arose in "a brainstorming session between O'Reilly and Medialive International." What is Medialive International? "Producers of technology tradeshows and conferences," according to their site. So presumably that's what this brainstorming session was about. O'Reilly wanted to organize a conference about the web, and they were wondering what to call it.

I don't think there was any deliberate plan to suggest there was a new version of the web. They just wanted to make the point that the web mattered again. It was a kind of semantic deficit spending: they knew new things were coming, and the "2.0" referred to whatever those might turn out to be.

Via Paul Graham  in a visionary article, Web 2.0,( November 2005 )

Get into the Passion

There is still two weeks left to enter the 4th annual MobileWebAwards hosted by the Web Marketing Association (deadline September 30th). The best mobile websites, responsive websites and mobile apps in 86 industries will all be recognized.

Now is your chance to enter and win recognition for yourself and your company while receiving all of the benefits of being a winner.

Get into the passion, and flavour your creative app here

A Renderer

Three wishes:


style sheet

A CSS style sheet.

renderer

A UA that interprets the semantics of a style sheet and renders documents that use them.

authoring tool

A UA that writes a style sheet.



A style sheet is (..)  valid according to the generic CSS grammar and the individual grammars of each feature defined.

A renderer (..) in addition to interpreting the style sheet as defined by the appropriate specifications, it supports all the features defined (..) by parsing them correctly and rendering the document accordingly.


An authoring tool (..) writes style sheets that are syntactically correct according to the generic CSS grammar and the individual grammars of each feature (..), and meet all other conformance requirements of style sheets as described.



Via the W3C, CSS Cascading and Inheritance Level 4, working draft.

This Indecision is Bugging Me

 Summer ends, so here goes a couple of links  that may enhance your vision and goals or serve as inspiration in your future and present projects. Choose between GET or POST.

Methods GET and POST in HTML forms - what's the difference?

The HTML specifications technically define the difference between "GET" and "POST" so that former means that form data is to be encoded (by a browser) into a URL while the latter means that the form data is to appear within a message body..

Dropbox starts using POST

Switching to POST discards a number of very useful features though. POST is defined as a non-safe, non-idempotent method. This means that if a POST request fails, an intermediate (such as a proxy) cannot just assume they can make the same request again.

The Definitive Guide to GET vs POST

Because query strings are transferred openly in GET requests, we have to consider our security and that of our users when dealing with sensitive data like passwords or credit card numbers.

Limitations of the GET method in HTTP

HTTP-based APIs take advantage of this by using GET for API calls that don’t modify server state. So if an app makes an API call using GET and the network request fails, the app’s HTTP client library might decide to retry the request. The library doesn’t need to understand the specifics of the API call.

Hack

Hack is a designed typeface for screen, to make coders' everyday living easy and pleasant.
The face has been re-designed with an expanded glyph set, modifications of the original glyph shapes, and meticulous attention to metrics.
Hack is multilingual, and based on the unfamous Bitstream Vera face. Get hacked, at sourcefoundry.

After hours of using it, I am quite impressed.

Credits and kudos for Christopher Simpkins, the designer.

Adieu to the little blue “g” icon

There was a time in the history of the web that everything, nearly every website look ugly, pretty ugly.

There was a real tendency for ugliness and dirtiness in that gutter, while quite few of us were looking at the stars. That time was until four or five years ago.

Now we have devices with cameras that may unconsciously reflect a world where design counts and is present, standardized, as physical methods of payment are, we realize design might be to embrace standards. Proportion, structure, pattern, measure, vision, use. Beauty in code is design.

Google has embraced  today, 2015, ( mark-da-date) the basic elements of visual design  ( colour and  symbol ) in a formal manner and has unveiled his new logo. Temperate, proportional, adaptable, foreseen more than one simple use ( the metaphor of a desktop through a screen).

This is what design is about: Analysis and execution. Express using a collection of signs and colours the same as you might refer or say using Swedish german language. 

You design things to fit into other things that still do not exist. And when they will exist, the thing you have designed has to fit well.

At Google, is call it an update. This old cow, coming from a business model driven education, coming from a culture where the Internet Web was made to be printed, and heard, name to this change branding.  Perfect Sans deserve less.

Congrats Google. Welcome to a visual future spelled backwards.

‘Analysis’ is ‘design’ spelled backwards

Live Templating, allready finished

Part two, of a series. Like an unfinished symphony, this, your, weblog crafted live templating is nearly finished.

Template is entitled, for obvious reasons, "Russell", and you might see below a detail of the result


Russell, a blogger custom template - gently crafted by Delfi Ramirez  at Segonquart Studio HQ, 2015
Russell, a blogger custom template - gently crafted at Segonquart Studio HQ, 2015

Instructions and the how-tos, can be found there

It is my personal hope that some of you might find it of use.

Built with faith, for you to write and post about things in Life.
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