Tag Archives: CSS

Weekly recap: 10 critical ERP upgrade mistakes, evolution of enterprise software, and more…

EducationEvery week, I share the most interesting and useful tech articles that I’ve found over the past week. This week’s top articles focus on critical ERP upgrade mistakes, the evolution of enterprise software, and more. I hope you find them useful:

Evolution of enterprise software
Enterprise applications are changing. Giant, confusing enterprise apps are being replaced with simple, web-based applications. Companies who still use outdated enterprise apps must figure out a way to transition to modern web apps without disrupting business. Continue reading

Weekly recap: Top 7 in-demand tech skills for 2013, how to choose a BI solution, and more…

EducationEvery week, I share the most interesting and useful tech articles that I’ve found over the past week. This week’s top articles focus on the in-demand tech skills, how to choose a BI solution, and more. I hope you find them useful:

Top 7 in-demand tech skills for 2013
Maintaining current skills is one of the most difficult aspects of being an IT professional. If you’re looking to keep your skills up to date, this article outlines which areas to address. Continue reading

Weekly recap: 9 app dev projects you should cancel in 2013, CSS3 pseudo-classes, and more…

EducationEvery week, I share the most interesting and useful tech articles that I’ve found over the past week. This week’s top articles focus on app dev projects to cancel, consumerization of IT, and more. I hope you find them useful:

Getting to know CSS3: Structural Pseudo Classes
CSS3 introduces a number of new pseudo-classes, including structural pseudo-classes that target elements based on position or based on relation to other elements. This article gives a great introduction to these pseudo-classes, and is a must-read for any web developer. Continue reading

Weekly recap: Will the cloud end the IT department, CSS tricks, and more…

EducationEvery week, I share the most interesting and useful tech articles that I’ve found over the past week. This week’s top articles focus on the cloud, BI, and more. I hope you find them useful:

10 reasons why your users won’t use your BI solution
Did you know that half of all BI projects fail? Why is that? The biggest cause of BI failure is user adoption. Specifically, it’s difficult to make users start using a new BI solution. How can you fix this problem? While this article gives some good tips, there’s another great solution mentioned in this article: Why users don’t use business intelligence. Continue reading

Tutorial: Avoid browser differences with conditional style sheets

EducationHTML5 and CSS3 bring some great new elements to web development. These modern standards let web developers add new interface features and improve their application’s overall look and feel.

There’s just one problem: Many people still use old browsers, which don’t recognize modern standards. Unfortunately, web developers cannot control their user’s choice of browser.

So, what can web developers do? HTML5 and CSS3 hold so many opportunities, but aren’t supported by older browsers. Should developers just ignore these new standards until the use of older browsers dies out?

Thankfully, there are ways around this problem. One such way is with the use of conditional style sheets, which let developers create separate styles for old browsers. How can you use conditional style sheets in your web applications? We’ve written up a short tutorial, which you can find right here.

Weekly recap: 10 hot IT skills for 2013, the data-less iPad, and more…

EducationEvery week, I share the most interesting and useful tech articles that I’ve found over the past week. This week’s top articles focus on hot IT skills, small data, and more. I hope you find them useful:

Implement the data-less iPad
Do you want to know the simplest way to ensure that a lost mobile device doesn’t cause a data breach? Don’t store any data on the mobile device. How is this possible? It’s possible with web apps, which access data that’s securely stored on your database, but not on the device itself. And don’t forget that m-Power makes building web apps a breeze. Continue reading

Weekly recap: Top CIO challenges, teaching your ERP system new tricks, and more…

EducationEvery week, I share the most interesting and useful tech articles that I’ve found over the past week. This week’s top articles focus on CIO challenges, CSS tips, and more. I hope you find them useful:

Could a cloud PET teach your old ERP system new tricks?
Many businesses have invested so much money and time in their current ERP system, they’re not going to replace it with a cloud-based solution any time soon. But, that doesn’t mean that they can’t take advantage of the latest technology. Analysts predict that traditional ERP systems will be enhanced with bolt-on web applications to lets them address modern business needs. Continue reading

4 big problems caused by old browsers

EducationAbout a month ago, an online retailer made the news for imposing an “IE7 Tax” on its customers. Any customer using the Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) browser was charged a 6.8% tax on their total bill. In their opinion, the tax helped offset the cost of supporting the IE7 browser.

While the move probably riled up a few customers, it brings up some good questions: What’s so bad about old browsers like IE7? Are they really that expensive to support? Why are modern browsers so important? To answer those questions, let’s take a look at 4 problems caused by old browsers: Continue reading

One way to use CSS3 in your web applications right now

Save TimeIf you’re an application developer, you face quite a dilemma. You must somehow build applications that are functional, attractive, and work across all browsers. As we learned in this recent post, the last part of that sentence is a big problem.

The problem is, while CSS3 brings some great new styles that can improve nearly any application, it’s not supported by every browser. What does that mean? It means your applications may look great in some browsers, but awful in other browsers.

What can you do about this problem? You can ignore the newer styles until the use of older browsers declines, but that probably won’t happen for years. Besides, this leaves you with ugly and outdated applications, which I know you don’t want. Continue reading

What application developers must understand before using CSS3

EducationIn my experience, application developers tend to focus on function over design. Frankly, there’s nothing wrong with that. After all, a well-designed application that doesn’t work right is useless. That being said, design also plays an important role in application development.

How important of a role does it play? Research indicates that visitors judge a web site/application in 1/20th of a second. In other words, first impressions are made before users even start using your site or app. Furthermore, that first impression affects subsequent opinions on credibility, usability, and even purchasing decisions. Continue reading