As more and more opensource frameworks hit the market, few if any contain documentation on their use. The Bootstrap framework has a great website dedicated to the features and simple use. Most throw code in github and call it a day. For some people, a little instructional help or code example and they will be off and running.
I recently completed Bootstrap written by Jake Spurlock. Full disclosure, I know Jake, but he didn’t ask me to review this book. I’m interested in Bootstrap and was hoping to find a great reference. While I like web based reference material, the difficulty lies in needing to refer to the online documentation while you are learning or need help. Having a copy of this book in hand is worth the price of admission.
There’s nothing earth shattering or mind altering here, but that is a strength I think. Jake walks you through the framework and gives some great examples and potential uses. I rate this book a 4 out of 5, mainly because 5′s mean there is no room for improvement, and everyone should have to stretch. This book should be in your library for sure.
* Disclaimer: I was provided a free copy of this book to review.
Here is the PDF of the presentation on GitHub.
The following is a list of plug-ins that we discussed during the presentation. All links are valid as of this post but not be in the future.
Web hosting with BlueHost (*affiliate link)
Analytics – Clicky or Google
Cache – W3 Total Cache or WP Super Cache
Backup – BackWPup or VaultPress
Would you use Flipboard to curate your own magazine? I think its kind of a cool idea. I’m not sure I would spend a lot of time building a magazine product, but I’m sure many will be using it to promote their content. Flipboard: Now You Can Publish Your Own “Magazine” http://readwrite.com/2013/03/26/flipboard-expands-platform-enables-users-to-create-their-own-magazines
Lead image downloaded from the ReadWriteWeb article. It’s not used with permission,
A feature of the iPhone that is very annoying is the low megapixel rear facing camera. For the longest time I wondered why can’t Apple fit a really nice 13MP camera in the iPhone. And they could. But maybe it’s not about megapixels any more. I ran across this from HTC today, http://www.htc.com/www/zoe/, the Ultra Pixel Camera, which will appear in the new HTC One. The company claims a 300% performance increase over a 13 megapixel camera. I’m not really sure what that means, but the specs talk about “advanced CMOS Sensor, ISP, and optical lens system that captures significantly more light than most 8 or 13 megapixel cameras.”
I know most people are used to measuring a cameras value by the number of megapixels (I am/was one of those people). However, of the picture quality can be improved digitally, then I guess I don’t care what the megapixels are, only that it produces a very high quality true image.
This Verge review of the HTC One kinda puts the Ultra Pixel camera to the test and didn’t care much for it.
According to Gartner, in 2013, the number of smart devices in use world wide will eclipse one billion. That is a huge number. That represent something like 15% of the earths population. But actually, the number of devices sold isn't a one to one relation. For instance, I have several devices, and I would assume many others have several devices.
There is one fact that companies just cant escape, if they have a major online presence, it needs to be optimized for a mobile experience, or you will lose business. It's not a matter of maybe any more, it's a fact.