With the release of Xcode 6 Apple has greatly expanded the power of Interface Builder and the NIB loading runtime. Some of the changes include the support for design time previewing of custom components via an IBDesignable annotation, changing custom properties of views via IBInspectable annotations, and universal XIBs and storyboards. This article is the first in a series that details these changes and describes how you can use them in your apps.
This post explains how to quickly and easily get a MVC web application from Visual Studio into AWS. The AWS website covers most of this, but the information is spread out and not necessarily written with a .NET developer in mind.
Volley and Retrofit are easy to use networking frameworks both of which allow for fast implementation and the ability to make asynchronous calls. Both frameworks were designed to accomplish similar goals including the elimination of boilerplate code and the ability to make multiple requests at one time. Recently, at a client, I was tasked with evaluating the two frameworks and choose one to replace the application's implemented Spring Framework. This post describes a seven round bout between Volley and Retrofit, which at the end of a champion framework emerges and is implemented.
A recent roller coaster of customer emotions prompted me to consider where a consumer brand (Belkin) might have delivered a better customer experience as well as where it was subject to the whims of fate. This blog tells the tale of those events with help from a customer journey map. I’ve also offered a few ruminations that illustrate how holistic Customer Experience analysis can shed light upon the need for investments in UX design and technology.
If you were born between 1980 and 2000, guess what – you’re a Millennial, the generation that came of age during the digital, cellular, and social media revolutions. You likely don’t remember a world without cable television, if you can’t get what you want “on-demand,” it’s not worth getting, and you just sent three texts, updated your Facebook status, and posted two photos to Instagram in the time it took to read this sentence. Many social pundits say you’re bolder, more socially aware, and more confident that previous generations. Oh, and according to the U.S.
It is no secret that the world of business is evolving at what can only be called a blistering pace. What worked yesterday may not function today and it could very well be outdated tomorrow. There is perhaps no better example of this modernization than in the world of evolving digital strategies. Of course, implementing a successful digital strategy to meet the core needs of any business can be easier said than done. This is the primary reason why the task is generally outsourced to professionals in the industry; they appreciate the bespoke needs and infrastructure of unique companies.
At the very first TDWI Conference, Duane Hufford described a phenomenon he called "embedded data", now more commonly called "overloaded data", where two or more concepts are stuffed into a single data field (“Metadata Repositories,” TDWI Conference 1995). He described and portrayed in graphics three types of overloaded data. Almost 20 years later, overloaded data remains rampant but Mr. Hufford's ideas, presented below with updated examples, are unfortunately not widely discussed.
It is no secret that the digital marketplace is expanding at what can only be called a breakneck pace. So, the expectations of the customer are rising dramatically. Meeting these needs can make all of the difference in the world between a failed business and one which is destined for success. Unfortunately, I have seen many enterprises that continue to struggle with adapting to such technologies. Not only are potential clients increasingly critical of how a product or service is presented, but the inclusion of mobile platforms such as smartphones and tablets also needs to be addressed.