thebeebs

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Tech conferences – a four-point survival guide

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    I go to a lot of conferences. Some would say too many. In fact, it’s probably around 25 or so a year. So, about one every fortnight (although, like London buses, there may not be one for a bit and then three turn up in the same week). While some...
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    Web Workers and Tooling

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    Web Workers are a technology that give you a way of supporting long running or complex JavaScript functions without interrupting the general browsing experience. In short, Web Workers give developers an opportunity to create applications in JavaScript...
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    5 things you should know about developing Windows 8 Apps with HTML5

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    Now that the Windows 8 release preview is out, a lot of developers are beginning to experiment with what they can do with Windows 8. Unsurprisingly the focus for many is on Metro-style apps that can run across everything from desktop to slate. There are...
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