10 Tech Stories To Read This Week – June 5, 2012

Here is the first installment of my “10 Tech Stories To Read This Week”. Hope you like them and do give me some feedback if you can.

Here are the 10 stories and in no order of preference:

  • Social Delegation by @mahemoff : A brilliant take on the importance of syncing social profiles. Read through it slowly, it has the underpinnings on where the next action might be to create a successful social platform.
  • Do Developers Love Legalese? via @programmableweb: When you think of developers, you probably associate them as folks who want to be as far away from legal terms and conditions and instead you associate them with just being able to get down to coding. It seems that this is no longer the case and this article discusses results of a recent survey held where Developers put favorable Terms and Conditions as one of the most important points that they are concerned about, even above things like documentation and sample code. It might be even worth asking yourself the question: When was the last time you looked at some terms and conditions of a public API seriously, before you began using it?
  • Latest Android Device Dashboard : Android has been through so many versions and it is interesting to see the percentage of devices running a particular OS. Well, Google keeps a track of this and publishes a monthly dashboard where they update the latest numbers. Take a look and note how despite the marketing around Tablets and the latest Android release, nearly 90% of the Android devices out there are still running Android 2.x. An important thing to consider if you are in the business of developing apps for Android.
  • “Web vs Apps” : A talk at the recent O’Reilly Fluent Conference given by two great folks, Dion Almaer and Ben Galbraith. The talk discusses one of the pertinent questions that mobile developers face today. Should they build native applications or should they go down the HTML5 route. Both these guys are not just technically good but they also know how to give an entertaining talk. Grab a drink and enjoy the video.
  • Flipboard inspired Web Page Layout : Flipboard is considered to be one of the native mobile Apps that has pushed the limits in terms of User Interface and not without reason. Many folks consider that emulating an experience like that using pure web technologies is not possible. Well, you decide for yourself in this brilliant proof of concept that simulates the Flipboard Page Layout. Check out the demo if you are not interested in the code.
  • Teach a Dog to REST: APIs are a big thing … right? How many of us really, really, really understand the HTTP Verbs to create a well designed REST API. I didn’t know it and kept rolling it via GET and numerous parameters till I went through this presentation months back. This presentation is old but worth watching if you have not and are thinking about designing a REST API interface.
  • How to Stop Sucking and Be Awesome Instead : A great presentation by Jeff Atwood of Coding Horror and stackoverflow fame.
  • Eloquent Javascript: Still debating whether to learn JavaScript? Or need a guide to get some basics in place. Try this book.
  • Understanding Viewport and Media Queries: If you are developing web applications, you need to seriously consider the fact that people will be accessing your application from devices of all sizes and kinds. It is important to deliver the optimum experience or for that matter, different experiences depending on their screen size. You might have heard about the term Responsive Web Design that addresses this. But why don’t you start first with the basics of @viewport CSS tag that addresses this. Andreas Bovens has done a great service by creating series of HTML pages with various viewport and media query settings to help you understand what exactly is going on.
  • Understanding Stuck: Seth Godin once again delivers a great piece. I particularly like the paragraph where he says “Change gets made by people who care, who have some sort of authority and are willing to take responsibility. Often, though, finding all three is tough, particularly when faced with the immovable object of the stuck organization.” When I think about this paragraph, it reminds me of the Paradox “Cheap,Good and Fast” — you can pick only 2 , never all of them. Similarly, finding folks like this in most organizations is a rarity if not impossible.

Have a great week !

Check out the entire series of “10 Tech Stories To Read This Week”.


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