UI Development

October 28th, 2009

Securing WCF web services for Silverlight with Forms Authentication

One of the most straightforward ways of securing Silverlight-enabled WCF web services involves leveraging ASP.NET Forms Authentication.

October 7th, 2009

Lies, damned lies and Adobe’s penetration statistics for Flash

Another quarter, another set of statistics from Adobe claiming “worldwide ubiquity” for the Flash plug-in. As with many vendor-commissioned surveys, the results of the Flash penetration survey are based on a truth that is spun out to an absurd degree.

July 3rd, 2009

Microsoft Surface Applications: a round-up of the best apps so far

The challenge with Microsoft Surface is coming up with ideas that make the most of the unique features of a multi-touch, table-top computer.

June 30th, 2009

Developing mobile applications in a fragmented market

Developing applications for a mobile phone is a nightmare – which of the five or six competing application platforms should you use?

April 3rd, 2009

How to stop spam comments on blogs and forums

How can you stop spam from flooding a social media site? It’s like an arms race between webmasters and spammers…

December 11th, 2008

Web spam: How Google and other search engines catch spammers

Web spam is content that is designed to trick search engines into directing traffic towards them – how do search engines identify it?

April 13th, 2008

Social media and fanzine culture

As a medium where people could share ideas and be genuinely creative for the sheer hell of it, fanzine culture was like a small-scale internet.