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First .net podcast out

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

So you expect me to talk?

Check the first .net podcast and hear Paul Boag (as the host), Dan Oliver, Gary Marshall, Andy Budd and me talk about the iPhone, hiring web developers, HTML emails and IE7.

Event Driven Web Application Design Article on the YUI Blog

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

What started as a blog post grew out to be an article for ALA or Thinkvitamin but then ended up on the official blog of the YUI. In the article I am explaining a different approach than using frameworks or standard web design methodologies to create web applications. Instead of concentrating on the technology or the user agent conformity of the application you concentrate on how the app should react to what users do. Separation of Structure, Presentation and Behaviour was just the beginning. Separating out the events that drive the application might just make it easier to build complex applications. I know it did for me.

A great example of good marketing email writing

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

I just ordered another set of Moo Cards (those little business cards you might have gotten from geeks at @media or similar occasions) and got the following mail as a confirmation:

Hello Christian
I’m Little MOO - the bit of software that will be managing your order with us. It will shortly be sent to Big MOO, our print machine who will print it for you in the next few days. I’ll let you know when it’s done and on its way to you.
In the meantime you can track and manage your order at:
Remember, I’m just a bit of software. So, if you have any questions regarding your order please contact customer services (who are real people) at:
Little MOO, Print Robot
MOO “We love to print”
Order details as follows:

Honest, funny and with all the information you need. Please more of that!

Don’t buy the pig in the wig or \”why most JavaScript tutorials still suck\”

Monday, January 15th, 2007

I think we all have realized it by now – JavaScript is a hot topic again and if you know your stuff and play your cards right you can make money and gain fame with publications (books, articles, magazine submissions) and conducting trainings and workshops.

This is grand and there is no reason why JavaScript should not be an integral part of web application and web site design – if used in an unobtrusive manner and with maintenance in mind of course.
However, lately I’ve discovered that there are a lot of publications cropping up that have been rightfully forgotten and got a lick of paint and the label Ajax just to be sold again without really looking into upgrading them. (more…)

Formcamp, ho!

Friday, January 12th, 2007

I am leaving for Munich tomorrow to take Mike Davies to the FormCamp UnConference in the German Yahoo! office. Let’s hope the “adverse weather conditions” reported by BA don’t get us stranded in Heathrow and we have a chance to add our expertise to build an accessible online form framework.