thebeebs

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

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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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    What clients say (and what they really mean)

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    We’ve all been there – your client (internal or external, makes no difference) is trying to get across what they want from their next project. They’ve done a bit of reading so as not to look dumb in front of the techies and latched on to a few phrases...
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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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    HTML5 Sports challenge: Converting a CSV file into JSON

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    We provided data as a CSV file for the HTML5 Sports Challenge that I launched on Ubelly last week. I thought I would take some time out and show you how to convert that CSV data into JSON (without using any server side code) and then use that JSON in...
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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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    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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    The rise of the T-shaped developer

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    What shape are you in? Speaking personally, I drink too much coffee and get too little sleep. But that’s not really what I mean. I’m talking primarily about your skill-set. Historically we’ve been an industry of specialists –...
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    6½ tips for landing a developer job

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    As I recently blogged, right now is a great time to be a developer . Good people with good skills are seriously in demand by tech companies large and small. Of course, the best employers can still afford to be pretty choosy. Now, these days, I don’t recruit...
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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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    How did they do that (with HTML5)?

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    Ok, I’m biased, but some of the most exciting stuff happening on the web right now is being driven by HTML5 and CSS3. From addictive, lightweight games to immersive, engaging sites, there’s so much great work being done out there. The thing is, often...
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