Web applications of all sizes rarely come without the need for editable text content. Implementing a complete content editing solution might yet be still oversized. So why not make use of one of the better known content management solutions available to the open source community – eZ Publish?
As a full blown content management system, eZ Publish does not only supply a quite powerful content repository, but also an ideally tailored content editor that supports all relevant features such as content versioning, publishing workflow or roles and permissions management.
Developing your own ExtJS components for your application is more fun and results into more resilient code if you write them hand-in-hand with test code. A solid test basis can also facilitate the task of refactoring your software.
An online acquaintance described it like this:
„You build your tool to reduce grinding. After a while, building the tool becomes a game in itself. One where you make the rules“
Multiplayer online games nowadays heavily rely on small repetitive tasks to regulate the pace in which you proceed in your competition with other players. Duel a player once and win to earn a point. You have enough energy to duel 10 times. Then you have to wait to regain your energy. If the designer did a good job, it’s fun at first. After a while it gets boring, but you have to do it to compete.
Building native Android apps is fairly simple: just throw some Java code together, add some XML to it and there you have it: a cool new Android app. But also sadly in most cases an unmaintainable Android app in the long run.
For many developers this seems to be just fine but I often asked myself why the code I wrote got more and more messy with every feature I added. I refactored a lot of the code step by step but it still felt very ugly.
I’ve been using Backbone.js in a couple of projects now and my feelings about it are quite diverse. On the one hand, I like how it provides you with guidelines on how to structure your frontend code. Although splitting model and view is a very basic idea in software development, it also is very powerful. Backbone.js is of great help by providing collections which aggregate model instances and by being able to sync these models with a server via RESTful APIs. On the other hand, it always (and I hope that it’s not just me) seems to be a pain in the b*** to figure out the best way to implement a proper view lifecycle and to keep track of all registered event handlers. If you aren’t careful when removing or even just re-rendering views, you can seriously mess up event handling and prevent proper garbage collection. If you are just a little sloppy, this leads to a slow frontend with an always increasing memory footprint.
I’m not saying that Backbone.js is bad in handling UI events, just that you have to care about too many things that are common to most web applications. This article describes an alternative to the
On Monday and Tuesday I was attending the „Beyond Tellerrand“ conference in Düsseldorf – a curated conference targeting frontend development, design and creativity. Or to sum it up: about shaping the experience for users on the web.
the conference mug
After having visited the really inspiring „sister“-conference „Play! Beyond Tellerrand“ (which is more code-focused) a year ago I was very glad and excited that I could go to Düsseldorf this year (thanks Mayflower!). When I arrived at Capitol Theater and checked in I was surprised by the adorable location: a lot of open space, people were chatting everywhere, everything was branded with this year’s artwork, the staff was so friendly, there were artists and sponsors giving small exhibitions, … Weiterlesen
When you have a virtual machine that connects both to the host directly and to the network via bridging, you can run into troubles with DNS resolution if you use DHCP on both network interfaces. Since the solution is somewhat cryptically hidden in the DHCP client manual, here’s a walkthrough.
Nowadays, if you want to have an online shop, you have a choice between a number of software solutions, from small and slim to large and comprehensive. Oxid eShop, Shopware, Magento, XT-Commerce are a couple of the more well-known solutions. Every vendor tries to provide the best experience for their target audience, so a couple of compromises is made to cover all use cases. All have in common a web-frontend with an underlying database. The latter is one such compromise. A database in itself is a compromise between storage and retrieval. Since all shopping systems come with a built-in search facility based on the database, searching is subject to a compromise.
To cater all but the most basic needs with a search facility, it needs to be tuned to find the right data, be fast at it and present the results in a meaningful manner. That is where Apache SOLR comes into play. Its main focus is on being a search engine, it does not suffer from the drawbacks that databases have.
You must be the change you want to see in the world
– Mahatma Gandhi
As things change fast, reacting to these changes is not a matter of some new actions but a challenge for a real shift of mind. To realize the necessity of shifting your mind again requires being aware of your underlying mental model. Which means recognizing that you have a mental model and qualifying it against a changing reality in order to detect possible misfits. A learning organization needs individual learning and both are woven into another in a multitude of complex relations.
I’m following Peter M. Senge’s The Fifth Discipline which I try to break down into some main points and sentences that might serve as a basic guideline for systems thinking and personal mastery, two concepts widely discussed in the book. As I would like to keep reading easy and do not intend a political career, I only mark quotations I literally took from the book. Weiterlesen