Clint Covington: Software design, Microsoft Office Access

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  • Blog Post: Silverlight resources post by ScottGu

    Scott Guthrie has a truly great post on Silverlight . You should be able to find anything you need to start ramping up--very cool, innovative technology! As a developer, it is definitely worth your time to get educated on the possiblities.
  • Blog Post: Design inspiration resources

    The folks at web design from scratch have recently posted a list of their 10 favorite web site designs . The sites make up good sources of inspiration. I particularly like the IconBuffet . For about $300 you can get a great set of icons that will make your application stand out. Another source to...
  • Blog Post: MSDN article "Architecture Strategies for Catching the Long Tail"

    It is a bit off topic for Access developers but I found this article a great read. I especially liked the discussion about long tail apps and plan to blog more on the topic in the future. Summary: This provides an overview of the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model for software delivery, provides a...
  • Blog Post: Web Directions North Conference, Feb 6 - 10 in Vancouver

    This looks like a great conference if you are interested in growing your web development skills. http://north.webdirections.org/ The folks at Web Directions North have offered a $100 discount on registration fees to readers of the IE Blog . The conference is February 6th-10th in Vancouver, BC and...
  • Blog Post: Principles of MicroFormats and simplicity

    I have been reading a bit about MicroFormats these days. I came across these principles that were published on http://microformats.org/about . I like the clarity of the principles and the underlying statement about keeping them simple. Most of us could benefit from a dose of simplicity in our designs...
  • Blog Post: My favorite software book of the year "Get Real: The smarter, faster, easier way to build a successful web application"

    For some time I have been a fan of the work done by 37Signals. They have a great understanding of the value of building simple software that people fiind useful. They recently self published Get Real: The smarter, faster, easier way to build a successful web application . This book is the best book I...
  • Blog Post: Visual design of Web 2.0 sites and Access applications

    I recently came across a blog post about common design elements for web 2.0 sites. http://f6design.com/journal/2006/10/21/the-visual-design-of-web-20/ There are some things we in the Access world could learn to make our apps look and feel a bit more modern. Here are some concepts that Jonathan...
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