Tag Archives: Elance

Single Page Web Applications (SPAs)

Help! What is this “jQuery” I keep seeing that everyone keeps talking about with websites. Should any of it matter to me? The answer is yes, only if to comprehend the concept behind interactivity.

I sense web designers and developers shuddering at the thought of taking on a client who indicates they want a functionally “cool” website. The thing is, like me you’ve probably been spoiled by browsing internet (I do for my day job!). When it comes to procuring your own, you can’t help but want the “cool” part of website interactivity, and it’s understandable that you don’t know where that comes from.

The dynamic part of websites, that load without having to refresh the page, all comes from something called jQuery.

Building Single Page Applications With jQuery’s Best Friends

From addyosmani.com – Today, 3:38 AM

Hey guys. Today we’re going to take a look at how you can build a single-page application (SPA) supporting graceful degradation using some of jQuery’s Best

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

(Did you even understand that excerpt?) Hehe, so basically SPAs are web applications or websites, which “run” in the same page without requiring a reload for further navigation. Simply said if you watch the url in the address bar it doesn’t change when you interact and click through to different parts of the web page, you aren’t even reloading a page! Yet, a new apparent web page seems to load, instantaneously, either as if it was already there loaded into the cache, or queried from the server depending on your input field. Data is retrieved from the web server on demand.

Now I wish I could have a web SPA, something to make my own website look a little cooler than a standard template… Here is a registry of some cool interactive ideas or “Plugins”, chunks of code that can embellish your website with a little bit of SPA

 

jQuery Plugin Registry


jQuery Plugin Registry | How to Grow Your Business Online | Scoop.itFrom
plugins.jquery.com – Today, 2:59 AM

jQuery: The Write Less, Do More, JavaScript Library
10 Just Arrived jQuery Plugins To Get Around

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

You can start fantasizing now about all the different elements of interactivity that you could have added into your website. One of the funniest things I’ve always thought is why is a dynamic drop down menu function called “Superfish” ? Take a look at the roster of top plugins being forked here on the registry, and you’ll start to learn the ideal search terms to plug into your WordPress plugin search to find the Plugin that will give you the type of dynamic appearance or functionality that you want.

 

50 Most Useful jQuery Plugins from 2012


50 Most Useful jQuery Plugins from 2012 | How to Grow Your Business Online | Scoop.it

From speckyboy.com – Today, 2:56 AM

With hundreds upon hundreds (if not thousands) of new plugins being released this year – what a great jQuery year it has been.

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

Ok… prepare to die in code. If you’re a newb (and I always consider myself to be, even though I’ve had some experience at tweaking code) then absorb these amazing examples of interactive functionality. I hope it allows you to understand  and describe more about what it is you want from your website! –  Just head over to eLance or something and hire someone to implement it for you! ( I always choose the easy way out these days then point my coders to the source material I want.)

If you’re freelancing your coding abilities then feel free to raise your hand here, comment, offer your opinion etc to help our audience of new website owners. – Juliana

 

Webdevs How do You Sell Yourselves?

You’re an avid coder or developer. You’ve been staring at the screen all week working for other people, but when it comes to selling yourself; your skills, your odd-jobs to establish your own side-income. You know you’re missing something. Worse still, everyone tells you that you should or need to get onto “Social Media”, and become more engaged, in order that your personality will fly and you can close the deal. I bet you’re cringing and puking at the thought already.

Here’s where we decide to help. I’ll take a look at a couple of entrepreneurial ways to sell yourself, with the least amount of pain involved for web developers.

Have blog install, linux, website and/or VPS skills? Looking for someone to upload some easy straight-forward WordPress sites together with SQL databases from back-up files. Domain accounts already…

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

I found a site specific to the tech industry freelancer, making it easier for you to find gigs. There are other sites like Twango.com . Much as I love Elance for outsourcing, I find from a developer’s perspective competition is fierce between web developers who are able to undercut your value because they’re living outside the US. Job requests are very time-sensitive, meaning that by the time you see an opportunity that fits, your quote is likely to be buried among respondents who have quoted from different time-zones. This makes outsourcing on generic sites like Elance a management task in itself even for people who know what they’re looking for – simply to sift through the quotes. I don’t know how successful Donanza will be, but it seems pretty Tech-oriented. Let me know how you find it.

 

Anthony Bogunovic is selling his vBulletin connect 5 license for only $180.

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

Great idea to use Google+ as a selling platform, but how do you engage it effectively? Chances are as a web developer you’ve used services like GitHub, Stack Overflow, WP plugins help forum, and various other forum communities. If you’ve ever tested out your coding or asked for help  when you hit a wall, you already have the ingredients for breaking that social media barrier. Now go back into all your dev communities and point them back at your Google Plus. Your public profile can show off your bragging rights and show sites where you have contributed, which saves you the hassle of rewriting a bio. With Google+ being native integrated to Android devices, dipping in to navigate the community platform and fish for business leads looking for help or exchange of services is no longer a chore.

 

Step 1: Tell us about your needs

  • Answer a few simple questions.
  • We’ll keep your email private, so no spam.
  • Go about your day, we’ll take it from here.

What I love about Thumbtack, is that by answering the questions, you are speaking in your own voice and actively developing your personal bio and selling presence. Work your way through the easier questions first, and before you know it you’ll have enough contextual information on yourself to go back to your LinkedIn profiles, resume, other social networks to rethink about your personal branding and strategy. Trust me, on this site, even a two minute session of picking questions to flesh out your profile Q+A will be worth it on a personal confidence level.

If you need more help selling your web-dev services for prospective website owners who need help with their hosting, follow me on Google Plus or leave a comment for me, I might run a regular featured section here on awesome webdevs and you could be the next! – Juliana

Look At These Amazing Images of The Internet

What if you could visualize the neuro-net of the internet. And not just visualize it, but apply time scales to it? This would open your eyes to understanding where possible channels of interaction are between different Time-zones. For example, how hard is it to for you  to consider that when you hire someone on Elance, possibly from a different continent, whether the workflow will fit around your daily work program. Here is the answer:

World map showing the 460 Million IP addresses that responded to ICMP ping requests or port scans from June and October 2012. Theses maps where generated in a high and a low geolocation resolution version, either with or without a legend and in aspect ratios of 16/9 and 4/3.

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

The animated overview of internet activity is striking. As night hours sweep over the world, everyone but those in the states radically change their behavior. Subject to so much interpretation, this visual data could be valuable in other ways for assessing online behaviorals of target markets.

The “nearby” feature on Twitter allows you to find tweets from people in your neighborhood, but how would all that activity look visualized on a colored map?

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

Fischer created maps for most major U.S. cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco, as well as European cities like London and Paris, and Tokyo and Jakarta in Asia. Something of immediate interest to internet marketers is the amount of uptake on mobile devices from Indonesia, and also the concentration of interaction towards coastal towns rather than mid-states.

If you’re more interested in demographics to find hot topics, then you might be more interested in the web scale data mining presented by Todd Holloway on science and technology articles:

A large-scale visualization of all of the english Wikipedia, with coloring of science, math, and technology pages.

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

Todd is specifically looking at activity on Wikipedia surrounding science and technology related articles. If you’re interested in interpretations please leave comments for him.

I’ve pointed out that there are a plethora of visualization techniques to suit your research. Some of these are just simply beautiful, and hard to say whether they offer any real qualitative insight for your business. However they all have a value in broad strokes to connect our awareness to the wider network of the internet.

Do you have any suggestions on their interpretive value? I’d love to hear, especially if this helped your insight in some way to how you think about your online activities. Leave a comment or reach out to me on Google Plus. – Juliana