thebeebs

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

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    Taking a Chomp out of the app store search problem

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    Chances are that at some point you’ve searched for an app in one of the app stores. If you knew what you were looking for by name, you probably found it pretty quickly. If you simply knew the category, you have my sympathies. Let’s face it, app store...
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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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    Why HTML5 league tables are a waste of time

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    My dad is bigger than your dad. No, really, he is. He’s 6’4” in his socks. Did I say 6’4”? No, I meant 6’8”. And next week, he’ll top 7’ for sure. So it was recently announced that IE10 PP4 has surpassed Safari and Opera in HTML5 support . Now, obviously...
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    HTML5 Sports challenge: Converting a CSV file into JSON part 2

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    Yesterday I showed you how to convert a CSV file to JSON, today I continue the tutorial from where I left off. This time I create a new data array based on the big JSON dataset I Imported in the first tutorial. I then convert the new array into JSON and...
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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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    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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    GitHub Permission to <<repository>> denied to <<username>>

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    I was trying to use terminal on my Mac to upload some code to GitHub using an account that was different to my usual one. I set the following three settings: git config --global user.name "My Name" git config --global user.email "myemail" git config...
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    The Hunger Games website – behind the scenes

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    So among the other, more serious stuff we do at Microsoft, we also get to play on some really cool projects too. Half the time I can’t talk about them (if I told you I’d have to kill you and all that) but now and then one surfaces that we have more free...
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    HTML5 in 2012 – the year of mobile first?

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    So we have a bright shiny new year on our hands. Both a leap year and the year when the Olympics comes to my home country. While the future looks iffy on the economy, it’s pretty rosy as far as HTML5 goes. They key, of course is mobile. Sure, HTML5 can...
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    Mobile Apps in HTML5: do it, but realise it's not a panacea

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    So you’re developing a mobile app. Which platform do you choose? Well, if you’re looking for the biggest market, you’ll probably lean towards iOS. Alternatively, if you don’t want to give 30% to Apple, you might go Android. And, of course, for some of...
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