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  GDC 2012: How Vector Unit made the leap from console to mobile games


Matt Small, creative director at independent developer Vector Unit, thought his small studio would focus on consoles forever when it was working on Hydro Thunder Hurricane for Xbox Live Arcade. But then the smartphone and tablet market picked up, and mobile devices started to offer increasing amounts of processing power. That increase in power opened up new opportunities for the people at Vector Unit, which had years of developing for consoles. So the studio worked with Tegra chipmaker Nv...

   Advice,Game design,Palm,Phone,Change     2012-03-14 13:46:22


  Are You a Zen Coder or Distraction-Junkie?


What you do when compiling can ruin your life. And not just when compiling, but when waiting for any short computer operation to finish. That time is ridiculously tiny compared to the rest of your workday, yet it can have a huge impact on your productivity and well-being overall. Yes, that’s a big fat claim. And by the way, this article is not just about coders or programmers. It’s about any smart people working with computers. And there will be pictures! Let’s rock and roll - Why am I w...

   Programming.Net,ASP.NET,Platform     2012-02-23 07:14:11


  Time Warner invests on Maker Studios


According to ATD, the start-up Maker Studios which specializes in the creation and distribution of YouTube video clips, will get a $40 million investment from investors where media giant Time Warmer is the lead investor.Maker Studios is an video clip creation and distribution of start-up headquartered in Los Angeles. According to its website, this media company's mission is to act as a bridge between YouTube and TV institutions. The program subscribers on YouTube over 80 million, over one billi...

   Maker Studios, video subscription,YouTube     2012-11-21 12:20:19


  Walking through doorways causes forgetting, new research shows


We’ve all experienced it: The frustration of entering a room and forgetting what we were going to do. Or get. Or find.New research from University of Notre Dame Psychology ProfessorGabriel Radvansky suggests that passing through doorways is the cause of these memory lapses.“Entering or exiting through a doorway serves as an ‘event boundary’ in the mind, which separates episodes of activity and files them away,” Radvansky explains.“Recalling the decision or activity that was made...

   Memory loss,Doorway,Forget,Advice     2011-11-21 10:11:19


  Marissa Mayer brings in first Googler for Yahoo


Since Yahoo's new CEO Marissa Mayer took office, many people have speculated that she might bring Yahoo more Googlers. According to AllThings D, a Googler, one of Marissa Mayer's longtime PR staffers, Anne Espiritu, formally joined Yahoo.. Espiritu worked closely with Mayer at the search giant. Google has also confirmed the news.In Google, Anne Espiritu was responsible for media and public relations of Mayer. She worked with Mayer in many consumer products. In Yahoo, she will become one of Yahoo...

   Googler,Yahoo,Marissa Mayer, Anne Espiritu     2012-08-03 14:39:43


  Google Currents goes international


In December we launched Google Currents, an app for Android and iOS devices that lets you explore online magazines and other content with the swipe of a finger. We’re thrilled by how many readers and publishers are using the app in the U.S. -- nearly 400 publisher editions and over 14,000 self-produced editions are now available. After the U.S. launch, the top features readers requested were to make the app available internationally and to allow content to sync quickly. We’ve heard you...

   Google,Current,Google current     2012-04-12 05:54:18


  Learn How to Write iOS Apps


My friend contacted me on twitter and asked for advice on different sources on how to learn iOS apps. Since this paragraph will already exceed 140 characters, I'm posting here, instead. (Obviously, reading this blog regularly is a great way to pick up some iOS development tricks) To get started, some people buy a book or find some good online tutorials. I tried both approaches, and the online tutorials were definitely better. I found Stanford's class on iPhone Development, available for free...

   IOS App,Tutorial,Advice,Resource     2011-12-25 00:58:25


  Commonly used AJAX frameworks


Have you ever wondered to design your website like desktop applications? Fortunately, with AJAX we can achieve this. By using AJAX, we no need to refresh the whole page when we just want to update a portion of a website such as the weather information or news panel. This makes our web apps look like desktop applications and bring good user experience to our visitors. You can create an XMLHttpRequest object every time when you want to initialize an AJAX call, unfortunately you may need repeat eve...

   AJAX,framework,jQuery,Dojo,YUI     2012-06-27 04:40:05


  The 9 lines of code of Google


Are you still remembering the then hot debated news about Oracle suing Google allegedly copying a small portion of codes from Oracle's Java in 2010. At that time, Oracle experts estimated that Google owes Oracle between $1.4 billion and $6 billion in damages if liable. But the court thought Oracle was eligible only for statutory damages for that copying, which were not expected to exceed a few hundred thousand dollars. At last, Oracle agreed the zero damage result. Are you curious about whi...

   Google,Java,Open source     2014-08-15 20:29:52


  Test-Driven Development? Give me a break...


Update: At the bottom of this post, I've linked to two large and quite different discussions of this post, both of which are worth reading... Update 2: If the contents of this post make you angry, okay. It was written somewhat brashly. But, if the title alone makes you angry, and you decide this is an article about "Why Testing Code Sucks" without having read it, you've missed the point. Or I explained it badly :-)Some things programmers say can be massive red flags. When I h...

   Test driven,Application design,tool     2011-10-17 10:19:16