thebeebs

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

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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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    Who are you really developing for?

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    Privacy is dear to many people’s hearts, especially online. Recently, this has been brought into sharp relief with Google’s circumvention of users’ browser settings and the much trumpeted change to their privacy policy . Unsurprisingly it’s generated...
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    10 reasons why 2012 is a great time to be a web developer

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    With all the stories of doom and gloom in the media every day, it’d be easy to think we should all be breaking out the razor blades. But actually, if you’re a web developer and at least competent at what you do, things are looking pretty rosy. In fact...
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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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    HTML5 standardisation and Facebook

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    I recently stumbled across an article on ITworld: Facebook pushes for HTML5 standardization, mobile payments . It did a good job of hanging some thoughts off the back of an attention-grabbing headline but, IMHO, missed the point. Let’s get this straight...
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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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    Responsive web design in 3 minutes 42 seconds

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    How many screens do you create your sites for? For many designers and developers the answer is one, perhaps two – a traditional desktop/laptop and, maybe, a smartphone. Chances are these will be two separate sites – the www.main-site-that-most-effort...
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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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    Are you developing for all browsers or just your favourite?

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    The choice of browsers today is wider than ever before. And, for the most part, if you develop for one modern browser, your site will pretty much work on all the others (albeit with a little tweaking here and there). It’s pretty amazing, and this browser...
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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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