Sep 06

What were they thinking: Gmail's lonely button

I noticed that my “What were they thinking” line of posts have been me making fun of apple products. Today I thought I’d post something about Gmail’s lonely button. Here it is in all its glory!…

Picture of lonely compose button.Right there in the centre of the screenshot is Gmail’s loanly “Compose mail” button. Hiding in the sidebar between the text based html links. I don’t see why that button deserves to steal so much of the users attention. I would think that a prominent text link would be more suited to the role. But wait! It turns out that the button isnt alone. The address book functionality has a “New Contact” button in the same place. Yea sure its consistent across apps. But does it steal users attention unnecessarily? I think it does. Im not a regular user of the web interface, let me know what you think in the comments.

Jun 29

After 3 years, Apple iOS start getting some flash love

It was on this day 3 years ago that the original iPhone hit the shelves in the US. Most people wont remember the day as the 29th of June 2007, instead they see it as the day the race to building better phones wasnt in the features(ie Nokia phones of the day). Instead the mobile phone market was suddenly met with the formidable force that was Apple Inc.

Lots of controversy has surrounded the mobile platform over the past 3 years. However I think that bringing Flash to the mobile device has been the most controversial. So much so that the CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs has even issued a press release to give Apple a voice to the matter.

A few weeks ago, I stumbled onto an excellent iPhone application that should inspire all flash developers to Continue reading

Feb 28

A Developers friend: Eclipse IDE

Ive recently come to a realisation about what my most used programs are. Interestingly, I find that for doing any sort of programming, Eclipse is the best IDE out there. Similar products such as NetBeans are just horrible in comparison. Here are the programming languages you can do development for in Eclipse.

  • Java(deh)
    • Also Web development using JSP’s
  • C/C++
  • C# For windows application development and (kindof) linux/mac development.
  • Perl
  • Shell scripting
  • SQL
    • Including connection to databases.
  • HTML/CSS
  • PHP
  • Python
  • Flex
  • ColdFusion
  • Event B

I should clarify that by ‘do development’ for these languages, I mean proper IDE support such as syntax highlighting, code completion and debugger/compiler integration. You can see that the list covers a very broad spectrum of programming languages ranging from scripted languages to web development to even hard core programming languages. Interestingly the only well known language that isn’t very well supported(from what i can tell) is Objective-C. I sometimes think that Apple should just abandon X Code and join the eclipse movement… which wont happen any time soon! Also, I hear that there is upcoming support for Google golang. These languages are coupled with a similarly useful set of tools and features that put the icing on the cake! Here are some more extensions you can get which make eclipse so much more awesome:

  • Subversion(SVN) support.
  • Mercurial support.
  • CVS support.
  • Regular expression testers.
  • Task management with JIRA and TRAC integration.
  • Class diagram generation support.
  • Integration with Remote services such as Google App Engine.
  • Code formatter support(for Flex development).
  • Debugger integration.

This list is not even close to being complete or exhaustive. Theres a good chance that if you need a feature, a quick Google search will give you what you need. I would suggest that you spend a hour or so and see what it can do for you. Shout me a message in the comments or on twitter if you need any help.

Feb 24

iWebKit5 comes to Firefox

Recently i have been working on taking the iWebKit 5.0 framework and producing a CSS extension that allows pages to be ‘better’ rendered on Firefox. Checkout its homepage at: http://trynull.com/iWebKitMozilla/.

Checkout the a screen shot of it in action:)

Using this couldn’t be easier! All you have to do is add the ‘extension’ CSS to your header after the official CSS.

Special thanks to the Soft-V2 theme of iPhone icons for the ‘installer’ icon. Grab the fill list of icons at:

http://kediashubham.deviantart.com/art/Soft-v2-Theme-for-iPhone-85448639