iPhone Application Development – Blunders That Can Be Avoided

iPhone has been one of the most unique smart phones in the market, so much so that it can be said that it has the potential of overrunning the competition. The iPhone is not only empowered with the built in features but also has the capability of being customized with other add on features. The innovative strategy of starting the iTunes store to motivate the developers to develop new iPhone applications is worth a eulogy. This move increases the add-on features of the iPhone but also gives the developers a chance to earn money by using their iPhone application development skills.

Mistakes happen in any web development task but only need proper testing after completing it because in first attempt there may be possibility of errors. iPhone development is not an easy task and very new in the market so with simple tracking and expert knowledge will he to avoid few silly mistakes without any extra research.

There have been cases where the applications have not worked just because of blunders on the part of the application developer. Some of the most common mistakes that can be avoided are as follows.

Do Not Experiment:

Enough effort has been put in to develop the user interface that is currently being used in various applications. The developer will find lot of UI elements in the library of the SDK. There is hardly any need of developing a new UI. On the other hand it is possible that if you try to experiment and build a new UI it may complicate the matter and make the application unreliable. Thus it is always better to keep the application as simple as possible. There is no need of customizing the sidebars, buttons, tables and dialogs that you get from the SDK.

Right Resolution:

The screen of the iPhone is comparatively smaller than that of the laptop. So the developer may be tempted to embed large graphics in the application for better resolution but this usually backfires. A large graphic adds load to the application and finally slows it. When a small graphic can serve the purpose there is hardly any need to use a large graphic. The resolution can be perfect with small graphics too. This all depends on the technical expertise and experience of the application developer. One can embed two dimensional and three dimensional animations with the best of resolutions.

Job work:

There are a number of iPhone application developers that try developing multiple applications simultaneously. The developer should understand that the each application needs to deal with differently and with individual attention. Usually when the application developer takes multiple job work, he/she ends up mixing the application leading to utter confusion. This could lead to waste of time, money and resources not only on the part of the developer but also the client and final user.

It is better to avail the services of a professional iPhone application developer who has enough experience at delivering quality application and fulfilling the commitments made.

Let’s Hear It For Web 0.1!

It’s November 2006. So far the Web 2.0 bubble hasn’t burst. Here’s my attempt to put a pin-prick in it.

Don’t know what Web 2.0 is? It’s the notion that the next phase of web development is based on user-generated content. _You_ don’t have to write it, your visitors will.

– You get a CMS (a Content Management System, like PHPNuke).

– Users write reviews, blogs, forum posts (Webmasterworld.com).

– Search engines index this stuff (Google.com).

– Users tell their pals about it (MySpace.Com).

– You spend a few thousand bucks, or a few million, depending on how good your chief coder is.

– The thing sells itself (Digg.Com).

– You add contextual ads (Google Adsense).

– Fire off a couple of emails a day, and bank your cheques.

For the small-to-medium webmaster, this can be the route to disaster. Here’s my experience.

See, I was in favour of user contribution. Gives people something to _do_ on a site. If it’s any good, they’ll tell their pals. More traffic.

So I have chat rooms, a forum, a MySpace clone, a dating service, contact forms, ebooks, free software, the whole shebang. All humming away, all bringing in links, all keeping my visitors amused and informed.

Only problem is, the set-up time. The maintenance. The customisation. The search engine optimisation. The hacking attempts. The anti-hacking. The bug fixes. The security updates. The swearing filters. The troll kicking. The screeching. The spamming.

More bandwidth, more databases, more time, more money, more worry.

YouTube.com is a good example. Their business model is using pirated content. They have to police users. Bandwidth costs must be huge. Where’s the money going to come from: ads in pirated videos? Gimme a break.

For any web business, the basic questions are:

– What makes the money?

– What helps make the money?

– Where is the net profit coming from?

Could your site be better served by static HTML pages which you update once every six months? If your site is purely informational, it’s worth considering.

My epiphany came when first some Bahraini hackers clobbered a site of mine. I fixed it. Then some Turkish ones had a go. So I changed to a different CMS. So far, so good, until I realised I would have to constantly update this thing.

It then dawned on me that using a text-to-HTML converter (Text2html) and an index generator (dirhtml) meant simple text files could be turned into a basic site quickly.

You write it, format it, tart it up in Dreamweaver, index it, FTP it and voila!; a mini site without the upgrade headaches.

A CMS has some handy features, but pure HTML lets you sleep easier. Easier to move when the poop hits the air-conditioning, too.

Put it this way: which would you rather own when the Nazis are closing in? Damien Hirst’s ‘Shark In A Tank’ or the Mona Lisa?

I’m starting to think before I put stuff up now. Would simple HTML do just as well? Suppose I have to move web hosts? Will I be able to find one that’ll give me ten MySQL databases at the same price as my current host? And all the other features I need? (Answer: No, I’ve looked).

The first rule of computing is KISS; Keep It Simple, Stupid. With all the brouhaha about Web 2.0, I say, let’s hear it for Web 0.1!

Website Development and Web Design – Vital Elements

Nowadays most of the businesses consider website development an investment and want to be assured of return on investment (ROI). The ROI cannot be assured unless the website is designed and developed with a lot of care and effort. Some of the key elements that assure the success of web development are as follows:

Appealing:

The website should be appealing to the visitor. The website needs to be attractive to convert the visitor into a buyer. There are different ways to make the website appealing and attracting. The two main ways for this are the embedding of visual content and the color scheme. Both these ways are subject to the product or service being sold and the targeted audience. The home page along with other pages should be so attractive that the visitor should be tempted to read them.

Upgrading and Updating:

Every time the visitor visits the website he/she should find it interesting. This is only possible when the website is regularly upgraded and updated with information that is of the visitor’s interest. How would you feel if you visit a website after a year and find that nothing has changed? The upgrading and updating is considered positive by the search engines for indexing the search engine list.

Easy Navigation:

It is natural for the visitor to get irritated if he/she visits your website and does not find what he/she is searching for. This could be because of the messed up layout and the relevant webpage being placed deeper into the website. The visitor should be able to find what he/she searches for in the least number of clicks. This aspect is very critical because the online visitors usually run short of time and want to access the information as soon as possible. Navigational ease facilitates higher ranking of the website in the search engine list. Accessing various pages in the website should be made very easy.

Authentic:

A website is not a person and consequently cannot interact with the visitor as any human being can do. The possibility of the visitor doubting the authenticity of the website increases. This doubt could be very detrimental for the business. The best way to get rid of this doubt element is through mentioning the physically address of contact along with other details such as phone number and email address.

Listing Page:

There should be a page totally dedicated to mentioning of the products or services being offered through the website. The visitor should be able to easily access this page and come to know whether the product or service of his choice is being offered or not. This page should be linked directly with the page giving detailed information about that product or service.

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