September 2011 Entries

2 options for testing with older versions of IE

If you’re unlucky enough to need to test web applications or sites against older versions of Internet Explorer, then using virtual machines is the obvious way to go, with the only downside being they tend to eat a lot of disk space. If you’re a Mac/Linux user, or simply don’t want to create a VM just to install a legacy browser, then you can use these Microsoft VHDs (one for IE 7, 8 and 9), which run on VirtualBox. Of course there’s no IE6, because we’re not too concerned about how our websites look for people in China running...

More mobile Boilerplates and templates

The mobile boilerplates and templates keep on rolling in. Magazine Grid looks like a great starting point if you’re looking to present some text/images in a clear, easy to read way. It’s from the folks at Asidemag, which is a pretty impressive iPad tuned HTML5 magazine. My initial reaction is that it’d be even better if it had a bit of navigation/transition support built into it, but I guess the whole idea is that it’s nice and lightweight so you can combine it with whatever you like. Touchy Boilerplate (according to the website) “goes beyond just an...

Guidelines for small project pricing

I really enjoyed reading Guidelines for Small Project Pricing. There’s some good tips in there for anyone freelancing or running a small business. Pricing and quoting can be a tricky thing, and a lot of it comes down to terminology and understanding. There’s no one way to do it, but however you choose to do it you’re likely to find some good tips in the article. A couple of things I especially liked: Negotiate scope, not price – I like this because I do it a lot myself. Breaking a quote down into a few chunks makes...

Mobile Development titbits–jQuery Mobile, Appcelerator, and iOS boilerplate

This week has been less than satisfying from a developer’s point of view, and I’ve found myself stuck hanging out with my good buddies Outlook, Word and Excel a lot more than I’d have liked However despite that I’ve still managed to pick up a few useful bits of mobile development information. Allow me to share, if you will.   jQuery mobile – resizing to landscape mode doesn’t work properly. Basically when rotating the device, the windows new size wasn’t quite correct. While it felt like a minor annoyance at first, it quickly became pretty clear it...

TFS is destroying your development capacity

TFS is destroying your development capacity – an interesting read for anyone who loves/hates TFS. Certainly there’s a few things here I identify with (try working with a TFS server at the other end of a distant VPN and you’ll find the requirement for constant active communication becomes very old very quickly!). Whether you love or hate TFS, the post is worth a read. Tags: TFS

jQuery Mobile Beta 3 released

I’ve mentioned jQuery mobile briefly a couple of times over the past couple of weeks, as I’ve got a small work in progress app that I’m chipping away at. One of the first things I was pondering about was the regularity of new releases on the project, and so I’m happy to find that beta 3 was released a couple of days ago. Looking forward to going through the change log when I have a few moments. Tags: jQuery, JavaScript

Delegating access to a single Amazon S3 bucket

I’ve just been playing around delegating access to some Amazon S3 resources using IAM and Cloudberry explorer, and found a small but useful tip for anyone doing the same thing – don’t forget to give the user account access to s3:ListAllMyBuckets, or your testing isn’t going to go very far. I’m using Cloudberry Explorer Pro, and couldn’t see an easy way to do this using the Policy Designer (not saying it isn’t there – just that I got bored looking), so I simply edited the policy script, added the ListsAllMyBuckets action and set the resource to be arn:aws:s3:::* – the final...

Things I miss right now

Welcome to September! As the new month ticks over, I can’t help but think about things I’m missing right now here in little old New Zealand. As silly and as influenced by the changing season here though they may be, these are things that are on my mind right now.. Writing – I’ve really been neglecting my writing. Not to say I haven’t written, but if you take away things written in Word and Outlook… then yeah, I haven’t written. I have a load of topic ideas I’ve scribbled down, and some I’ve started writing, but none which have...