Et tu, Brute? (This in response to “From the Editors: Defining NoSQL to avoid the hype.”) I can understand non-technical people believing that Y2K was a non-issue, but I expect a whole lot more from people who should know better. Y2K looked like a non-issue because of the fantastic work done by thousands of programmers who combed through code and data and fixed them to be Y2K-compliant. Your opinion piece is a slap in the face to these people. Shame on you.
Good advice on mobile apps
This is a good reminder for all companies that are considering joining the mobile app bandwagon (talked about in “Tread carefully with your mobile app”). This point is especially critical: “Combining their expectations with your business goals will help you create the best product.” Keeping this in mind is the best path to developing a product that will not ruin your brand, or cause frustration among your customers and clients.
Hans Peter Bach
Mobile apps require client input
As a developer, I see this all of the time (also in response to “Tread carefully with your mobile app.”) Many companies are not sure of the difference between a mobile app and a website. For us, we try to work with our clients to make sure whatever we are creating is helping our clients’ customers and fulfilling a need. This in turn makes for some really great apps and can streamline a business.
The times sure changed, thanks to the ‘net
David Gerrold, you rock. Okay, specifically (in “The Trouble with Gerrold: The Internet massage”) you are talking about social changes that I am seeing, and articulating the stages in a way that I could not.
I got my first PC when I was 34, in 1995. I had a fear that the teenyboppers of the world would have the job jump on me in a few years if I didn’t get my butt in gear. The first one cost US$3,000: a Packard Bell, post 386. It had the wrong software. The modem port and printer port wouldn’t work properly. Luckily, I got the right geek on the phone, and she rectified the situation with me by sending me a new disk.
Then I fried the modem with static. The tech was nice and sent me a new one without charging me. Very nice.
I belonged to CompuServe forums then. I loved them with a passion. I was addicted to the ‘net from the beginning. Today, unemployable, I sit in front of the machine and try to save the animals. I wonder if I do any real good. But then I think that everything I ever really knew was hyperspace-jumped by the Internet. Thanks for The Trouble with Tribbles, dude.
Android started the fall of the skeuomorph
I’d say that getting rid of skeuomorphs (as stated in “Zeichick’s Take: Fake leather textures on your mobile apps: Good or bad?”) started with the release of Android Honeycomb (3.0) in February 2011, and is now therefore an established software- design approach. Why no mention of Android? I thought at the time of the release of Honeycomb that it was a rather bold departure from the Apple-esque UI of the past. Let’s give Android its due.