Build A Web App Without Code

22 04 2011

Do you have an idea for a Web app or a mobile app but don’t have the coding skills to pull it off yourself? Instead of paying someone hundreds of dollars to develop the app for you and hope it works right, why not create your own app using an app service like iBuildApp’s Web Apps.

With iBuildApp, you can build your own Web apps for the iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, and Windows. You can customize your apps with icons, graphics, pictures, skins, and even social media. The app service allows you to change fonts and add your own images. Plus, you can add features like events, locations, ecommerce, and even audio and video streams.

With those kind of features, you can build just about any kind of app for any niche under the sun. The service includes a preview so that you can preview your app as you are building it.

I knew it was just a matter of time before some brilliant Web developer came up with a system like this to help non-developers build a creation of their own design for mobile and Web apps users. So, when are you going to jump up and build your own Web app? Now is a good time.


The Value Of Apps And Where To Get Them

1 04 2011

Apps. Say the word and everyone knows what you’re talking about. Even if they aren’t using them. But what about them?

First, there are different kinds of apps. Some are free and some are not. Web apps are apps that interact with one or more website, or that can be used by Web users through a toolbar, their computer desktop, or another doorway to the World Wide Web. Mobile apps are apps that can be downloaded and used on one’s cell phone.

Even mobile apps have a variety of uses and media. You can get an app specifically for your iPhone or Android, or you can get one that will interact with any mobile phone on the market that supports apps.

So where do you go to find these apps? Again, the places you can find useful apps are legion. If you own an iPhone or an Android, you can go to those websites to download useful apps for those cell phones. But there are also third-party apps websites that allow you to download apps for these products as well.

I’d encourage you to seek out reviews of apps before you start downloading them. Not all apps are worth the download. Some will even fill your computer or mobile phone with a virus or some other nasty. If you download your apps only from reputable websites and seek out reviews from reputable reviewers, then you should have no issues.

On the World Wide Web Consortium…

26 01 2011

Often spoken about, but never really understood — sort of like an ephemeral “computer illuminati” of sorts — the W3C is, indeed, your go-to source for the latest trends & developments in HTML & CSS coding.

No developer worth his/her weight would ever dream of not participating/consulting in the W3C!

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) was founded by Tim Berners-Lee after he left the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in October, 1994. It was founded at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Laboratory for Computer Science (MIT/LCS) with support from the European Commission and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which had pioneered the Internet (unfortunately, though, the DARPA did not contain Al Gore!).

W3C was created to ensure compatibility and agreement among industry members in the adoption of new standards. Prior to its creation, incompatible versions of HTML were offered by different vendors, increasing the potential for inconsistency between web pages. The consortium was created to get all those vendors to agree on a set of core principles and components which would be supported by everyone.

The domain attracted at least 11 million visitors annually by 2008 according to a study.

The Consortium is governed by its membership, which in August 2009 comprised 322 organizations. The list of members is available to the public. Members include businesses, nonprofit organizations, universities, governmental entities, and individuals.

W3C also engages in education and outreach, develops software and serves as an open forum for discussion about the Web.

CSS: A Brief Introduction

24 01 2011

What, exactly, is CSS? In a nutshell, CSS — or Cascading Style Sheets — define, in the language of HTML, how to display certain elements.

When HTML was originally designed, it was meant to define content within a document. However, with the addition of such tags as <font> and various color attributes, HTML became a nightmare for web developers. In response to this nightmare, CSS was developed by the W3C.

CSS files are often external files — and it’s this external file development that allows you to edit the entire appearance and layout of a website…all at once! CSS eliminates the need for repeated changes throughout various pages, and — unlike many other languages — is cross-browser compatible!

Let’s begin by discussing some basic elements of CSS — the syntax of the language, for lack of a better word.

You will note that — much like the English language sentence structure has a subject & predicate — the CSS syntax consists of a selector and a declaration.

As seen in the above photo, the selector — like the subject of the English language sentence — defines what HTML element you wish to edit. In the example above, the selector is “h1,” or HEADER 1.

Like the predicate of the English language sentence, the declaration consists of a property and a value, and “tells” the HTML element what, precisely to “do” in each of the webpages. In the example given above, the declaration is “telling” the HEADER 1 to be blue, and to be 12px in size. This value will remain consistent throughout the entire website unless and until the CSS file is edited.

In the next blog, we will give further examples of CSS syntax, and discuss additional elements within the CSS sheet.