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Consuming a RESTful Service (bit.ly) in an iPhone Application

Consuming a RESTful Service (bit.ly) in an iPhone Application

bit-ly-rest-api-objective-c Introduction Of late, many programmers who develop for Windows/Linux have moved to iPhone because of it's runaway success. Among the most successful apps on the Apple AppStore, first comes games (yeah I can hear you, fart apps!!!). Next comes apps like Tweetie and others those consume a web service (REST or otherwise). Games are pretty difficult get started especially if you aren't a game programmer. However,...

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Help your visitors with a *useful* 404 Error page

Help your visitors with a *useful* 404 Error page

A 404 Error page usually informs visitors that something they were looking for is not found. I wanted to create a useful 404 error page for my blog and site. If it is only for a blog, I would have done with a multitude of plugins available for WordPress like smart 404, AskApache’s Google 404. A quick search for “404″ in wordpress extension site will reveal atleast 6 pages of extensions. But much to my bad luck, they...

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Tip: Displaying a banner (or crash IE) when people visit your site using IE6

Tip: Displaying a banner (or crash IE) when people visit your site using IE6

You must be knowing that Youtube, displays a subtle warning when users visit it from IE6 browser. Though everyone knows that IE6 is the most crappy browser on planet Earth, corporates are still hesistant to migrate to other Microsoft browsers or from other Vendors like Mozilla/Google/Apple. To make more and more people aware of the security risks involved with IE, a whole lot of campaign started on Twitter, including  adding a Twibbon to...

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Usability Analysis – Office 2010 on Windows 7

Usability Analysis – Office 2010 on Windows 7

If you were following my tweets, you might be knowing that I got a invitation from Microsoft to test Microsoft Office 2010. Invitation to test Microsoft Office 2010 Yeah, From the screen shot it should be evident that I’m using a mac now. I testing Office 2010 by installing it on my Windows 7 Virtual Box image. Being a usability guy myself, In this article, I will primarily focus on usability aspects of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and...

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Elements of Usability Design: OK/Cancel vs Cancel/OK – Is it just a matter of taste?

Elements of Usability Design: OK/Cancel vs Cancel/OK – Is it just a matter of taste?

OK, many of the programmers would have been confused as how to design a dialog on your website. In what order should the dialog contain the OK and Cancel Buttons? Should it be OK – Cancel like Windows or Cancel – OK like the Mac? Are there any “rule of thumb” why a certain standard should be followed? Or is it just a matter of taste? Firstly Apple’s Human Interface Guidelines state that, rather than OK or...

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