thebeebs

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

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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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    Will you create the next billion dollar app?

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    So Facebook buys Instagram for a cool $1bn . Let’s face it, even in real money that’s a lot of cash. Especially for an app that only launched in late 2010. Just goes to show what a great idea, some good execution and 30 million users can do...
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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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    8 leading designers on what responsive web design means today

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    In my last post, I delivered a barebones primer on the subject of responsive web design . It was based on hosting and attending the recent Responsive Summit and hearing what some of today’s leading web designers and UX professionals are doing with responsive...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Five Things You Can’t Do With HTML5 (yet)

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    As much as I’m fascinated with where HTML5 is going, most of my day to day work is all about what you can do right now (or at the very least, ways to hack something together that works until a more elegant solution comes along). But today, I want to briefly...
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