Archive for the ‘Web Development’ Category

Agile Tip: Use Assumptions To Keep Momentum

Monday, June 11th, 2007 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Here is some agile methodology worth paying attention to, stating that even wrong decisions allow developers to keep momentum and push a project forward: > If we decide not to make any decisions we lose 10 times $822, for a total of $8,220 > per week. Let me say that again: blanket indecision loses $8,220 […]

Sharepoint Meets Web Standards

Monday, June 4th, 2007 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Cameron Moll posted detailed tips on how to modify a standard Microsof Sharepoint 2007 installation into something with an acceptable output that’s valid XHTML and CSS, and less bloated with a much smaller footprint. In other words, a workaround for making Sharepoint work a little better out of the box. First of all, it’s a […]

Jakob Nielsen on Web 2.0

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007 by Thomas Watson Steen

Yesterday BBC published a short article entitled “Web 2.0 ‘neglecting good design’“. The journalist apparently attended a talk by Jakob Nielsen where he talked about usability issues in Web 2.0. The article is basically just a summary of the talk, and the main focus is that many websites, in the rush to be more Web […]

Replacement for Standard Windows Console

Monday, April 30th, 2007 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

The standard windows command window (console) sucks for several usability reasons: Standard windows keyboard shortcuts don’t work. It’s not possible to copy/paste without using a special menu. This special menu is best accessible with the mouse (or a long range of shortcuts) Compare how it should be CTRL + V With how it is in […]

Debugging CSS: My Best Productivity Tip Ever

Monday, April 30th, 2007 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Firebug keeps surprising me. I’ve recently been working on code for several web designs and this little trick helped me to understand existing HTML and CSS much faster. Just to give an example I use our Justaddwater RSS feed page (but could be any page). Before you start, get Firebug for Firefox (if you haven’t […]

Howto Create a Temporary Local Subversion Repository

Thursday, April 26th, 2007 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

UPDATE May 1st, 2007 (forgot the two final steps 8 and 9). I’ve run into the situation a couple of times where I get started on a client’s office, but due to delays and politics it takes time to get a proper versioning control server set up. It turned out to be easy when I […]

Danish Newspaper Interview: Capgemini on Rails

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Thomas and I are interviewed in Danish newspaper “Børsen” today. The article is a 10,000 feet business overview on the productivity gains and possibilities with Ruby on Rails. I really like the picture (by Reimar Juul) and the fact that the article mentions both and Copenhagen Ruby Brigade. Woot! Click image to view larger […]

Ruby on Rails Rapid Prototyping Just Got Faster

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Earlier I wrote how we use Ruby on Rails as rapid prototyping tool at work. Hobo is a promising plugin for Ruby on Rails to speed up development even more. At work, we’ve been looking into rapid prototyping of web applications for quite some time. Hobo might even help us to speed up development even […]

Usability Toolkit Now Available

Thursday, November 16th, 2006 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Daniel Szuc tipped me about The Usability Toolkit, now available from Sitepoint. I just ordered a set, and I’m really looking forward to this, as I remember Daniel mentioned the toolkit when I met him at UI 11 last month. Understand usability and get the tools to put it into practice Learn the essentials with […]

The IE PNG fix vs. Accessibility

Monday, November 6th, 2006 by Thomas Watson Steen

It is no secret that all versions of Internet Explorer on Windows prior to version 7.0 has a flaw in its PNG renderer. The flaw basically involves the rendering of the alpha transparency and means that the images cannot fade nicely into the background. The IE PNG bug explained In the screenshots below you can […]

Actual Browser Sizes (final)

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006 by Thomas Watson Steen

The numbers are in! Jesper first asked the question in “Design for Browser Size — Not Screen Size” and quickly after Thomas Baekdal of took up the challenge. After publishing his preliminary results he have now unveiled the final report: The report finds, among other things, that the majority of people browse maximized or […]

Technique — locating problems in HTML

Monday, September 18th, 2006 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Technique for using the toolbox: Locating problems in HTML. I decided to make a little toolbox that’s easy to apply on web pages, when investigating problems with web pages. Basically, it’s the tools I used when investigating the case I described in “Why web standards matter (case study)” I split this into two posts. This […]

Toolbox — locating problems in HTML

Monday, September 18th, 2006 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

I decided to make a little toolbox that’s easy to apply on web pages, when investigating problems with web pages. Basically, it’s the tools I used when investigating the case I described in “Why web standards matter (case study)” I decided to split this into two posts. This first one is about the toolbox. The […]

Secure AJAX Web Applications

Sunday, September 10th, 2006 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Scott Dietzen of Zimbra posted a decent article about security issues in AJAX web applications. Ajax security considerations. Subject to the additional precautions enumerated below, Ajax applications can be made as highly-secure as the web technologies upon which the Ajax model is based. The article mentions several issues and Scott has put some thoughts in […]

IE 7, web standards and CSS support

Monday, August 28th, 2006 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

The Internet Explorer team is preparing to ship the next major version of the world’s most popular browser. The IE team has written an update on which CSS bugfixes that will make it into the final release. Update of existing CSS on websites Before we get to that rather long list, I feel it’s important […]

Ten reaffirmations from London @media 2006

Sunday, June 25th, 2006 by Luis Villa

Hi, this is Luis Villa, Thomas and Jesper’s former colleague at Capgemini Spain. They couldn’t make it to @media in London last week, so they asked me to give a summary of the event. London @media 2006 was a Conference about frontend and web user interface in all its dimensions: strategy, design and building and […]

Elements of User Experience, my notes

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006 by Jesper Rønn-Jensen

Today I’m attending Jesse James Garrett’s event “The elements of User Experience” here in Copenhagen. I’ll update this post during the day with my notes. if there’s network access which I sort of hope. Update: Notes done. Very good day! Now on for the informal cocktail hour! Click here for My notes, “the elements of […]

Web Development Cheat Sheets

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006 by Thomas Watson Steen

I just found this page on Cheat Sheets. It contains a bunch of cheat sheets (you know the good old reference posters that is nice to have around the office). Realy good stuff. Now I just need to go to the office after dark to print a couple of posters on the A0 plotter […]