thebeebs

Also known as Martin Beeby, I am a web developer and work for Microsoft as a developer evangelist

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    8 things you should know before building an HTML5 app

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    A few days ago, Seth Porges put up an interesting post on Mashable: 8 Things You Should Know Before Building a Mobile App . While, as the name implies, Seth’s post focused on native apps, it got me thinking – how does his 8 questions relate to creating...
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    Is HTML5 cheaper to develop with?

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    There is an argument for HTML5 that runs: because it can run across multiple devices, HTML5 can help you slash the costs of developing new apps. Now, rather than dealing with the time and cost of developing native apps, you can simply write once and deploy...
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    Is Pinterest’s HTML5 app short-changing users?

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    It seems you virtually can’t move online without running into an article on Pinterest . As a platform, it’s certainly captured people’s (or at least the blogosphere’s) imagination. Core to the attraction is just how easy it makes sharing the stuff we...
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    So many devices, so little time

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    It didn’t seem so at the time but not so long ago, developing for the web was actually comparatively simple. Sure there were some significant differences between browsers and some (ahem) got a pretty hard time for lagging behind. But at least there was...
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    10 super-smart data visualisations

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    At one time, visualising data meant graphs. Lots and lots of graphs. Largely static. Often incomprehensible. Certainly not entertaining. Since I’ve recently set up the HTML5 Sports Challenge on Ubelly , I’ve been looking around for inspiration on how...
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    Privacy – it’s not what you hide but what you tell that counts

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    Online privacy is one of those polarising topics. For many people it’s the hot button that triggers all their feelings of mistrust against what companies do online. For others, it’s no big deal – they just don’t care. Me? I’m somewhere in the middle....
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    The Curse of Quirks

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    <rant> At the danger of causing my Klout score irreparable damage, I want to spend this post using their site to highlight a mistake I’ve seen three times in the last week. The problem? In a word: Quirks . I went to Klout.com in IE and rather than...
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    How do you stop element breaking inside a CSS3 multi column layout

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    I came across a rather annoying feature today when I was trying to create a layout with CSS3 multi column . I wanted to stack some divs on top of each other in columns. My first attempt lead to this, which was not what I wanted: I wanted the tile’s to...
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    HTML5 - Not just because it’s new and shiny

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    After my giddy excitement over the Cut the Rope HTML5 game , Rob Ashton’s comment got me thinking a bit more. In some ways I take Rob’s point – using HTML5 because it’s new or shiny or cool isn’t the best of reasons for doing this kind of thing. (Although...
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    Building a shopping cart with knockout.js

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    Prior to joining Microsoft I worked for a large online retailer, so I know first-hand how difficult it is to produce a good shopping cart. As a user updates quantities, deletes items or changes delivery options it’s important to update the sub total,...
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