Making design responsive means not only certain representations on different screens, but also particular behavior on different devices. Usually on mobile devices mouse is not available, keyboard with navigation keys is out of reach. So we are short of controls to provide a useful navigation.
Let’s take image viewer. User taps a thumbnail and gets an overlay with the image. We don’t have much screen space on the smartphone. So the image goes fullscreen. Well, how is the user supposed to close the overlay? On desktop we would place close button on the frame. Besides, we would use Esc and any click outside the frame. Here on mobile we just have this fullscreen image and no keyboard. If we place “close” button on the image, it will hide a part of image. Let’s add to the list “previous” and “next” buttons, all big enough to tap easily by a finger. So what are we to do?
A few months ago I bought a new Macbook. I’m really fond of the development environment I set up on it. The more I work with it, the more I love it. However, while building the environment I couldn’t find any decent step-by-step manual. So, it took me for a while to get what I wanted. Here’s my experience
I went through the specification and started writing design pattern examples on TypeScript to get a feel on the language.
Automated testing is an essential part of application life-cycle (see Continuous Integration). In web-development we usually test: Back-end (*Unit-tests), Front-end (HTML/CSS validators, JSLint/JSHint, CSSLint, YSlow etc) and UI (functional testing). Unit-testing (Back-end, Front-end) is about checking if all the application components adhere the technical design requirements. Every unit-test simulates the application environment on which runs. Functional tests are to determine if the application as a whole ecosystem has no flaws. They run on a copy of real application environment and show if everything is ok from user prospective. You can see it as an automation of QA-engineer routine where it is possible. For functional testing widely used such frameworks as Selenium, Windmill, Twill, BusterJS. Though, if you use qUnit for front-end unit-testing, you may love the idea to use the same tool on functional testing. jQuery provides an incredible API for DOM manipulation. It can be amazing tool to simulate user behaviors and check DOM reaction.
You know, when coupling is not loose, components depend too much on each other. It makes your entire architecture fragile and immobile. You can check how loose the coupling is by making a unit test for a component. If you have no problem substituting dependencies by e.g. mock objects then everything is ok. Let take a model class. It depends on DB connection, here Lib_Db_Adapter_Interface instance. We cannot just create DB adapter instance within model constructor, because it depends on configuration data which don’t belong to the model. We can pass to the model constructor a settings array with DB configuration data.
Design by contract (DbC) is an approach in application design, which originally came from Eiffel, but now widely used on different languages (particularly in Java). In real world one party (supplier) makes an offer for an agreement (business contract) and another one (client) accepts. The same way can be described relations between objects in software engineering. As a declared agreement is accepted by the client object, the last one is expected to keep its rules.
In my previous article among other patters I was telling about Flyweight. That is about the objects designed so to minimize memory use by sharing as much data as possible with other similar objects. You can find plenty of Flyweight implementation examples in Internet, though it will be mostly variations of Multiton, a collection (map) keeping only instance per every identical object. And I decided to follow that unwritten rule as it seems to be the simplest way to show the idea. In some cases it is much more efficient to share not the instance itself, but weighty parts among the instances. Imagine, you have user object containing properties and methods relevant for any user. However registered user has extended set of properties and methods. Moderator or admin contain even more.
Project X at Crytek GmbH. No details till the project is launched (NDA's signed)
Age of Web 2.0
Size of my contribution: information architecture analyze on early stages, technical design (UML, documentation), PHP (on Zend Framework) and JS (on YUI3) project component development.
POZZZY is social system to aggregate entertainment, which has features of social news system (Digg.com), collective blog (Slashdot.org) and social bookmark system (del.icio.us). Pozzzy is an OpenID server/consumer, supports MicroID, Pavatar, hCard, XFN and FOAF.
Size of my contribution: idea, projection, programming
Age of XML Sapiens
XML Sapiens is an XML-based language used for describing of web-application data, presentation and functionality composition.
XML Sapiens allows to prepare a set of data structure declarations, content field type set, functionality and use all of them within site designing. Reusing of those components reduces costs of web-development and lets to avoid low-level programming.
Size of my contribution: idea, projection, specification developing
Site Sapiens is an enterprise content management system including web content management system (WCMS), web-application development environment, web-integration platform.
Web 2.0 Technological Foundation: AJAX, RIA, SOA
Leading program methodologies: AOSD/AOP, XML Sapiens, TDD, Replicating DB Architecture
Site Sapiens has been chosen as CMS for projects of Russia, Belarus, Ukraine markets such companies as The Coca Cola Company, Renault, Elle, Mars.
Size of my contribution: idea, projection, programming (everyting except AJAX-framework and XML Sapiens processor program code. Since version Site Sapiens 3.1 I left the project and it is deleloping without me).
SAPID CMF is a framework for rapid creation of content-based application of Web 2.0 generation. SAPID CMF allows to organize effectively process of new application development, data, structures, representation and functionality
components reusing, rich user interfaces creation.
Size of my contribution: idea, projection, programming
SAPID CMS - is a freeware tool for site creation and management. SAPID is distinguished through the comfortable Ajax-based site structure management interface and high flexibility of design, content and functionality integration.
SAPID does not need DB (file-flat CMS). SAPID is inline CMS. It means that site documents are editable in a way "what you see is what you get", a document in delivery phase looks same as in administrative phase.
Size of my contribution: idea, my share of projection and developing ~ 50%, promotion, cretion of sapid-club.com, special editions SAPID SHOP, SAPID Gallery, SAPID Personal Site).
Internet Auction Web Services API
The solution contains class library, which realize web services on server side, load balancing engine, samples of interaction with web services on client side, documentation (Web Services API Guide, 60 pages) and presentation.
Size of my contribution: library programming, documenting
Age of MySITE
MySITE - is the first full-function information space control system in Belarusian Internet. MySITE allows web-systems construction, management, scaling and change. MySITE does not require special knowledge for administration area user interface management. The system includes additional modules for management of a electronic catalogue, reports on attendance, advertising management, forums system management, interrogations and posting management.
Size of my contribution: idea, projection, programming
In year 2000 STC ATLAS (at that time a part of SoftLine Group) developed the following projects under my supervision: a web-site of Central commission of elections and referenda of the Republic of Belarus -"Elections 2000";Informational analytical server of Administrative office of the President of the Republic of Belarus.
In summer 2001 I had been offered to develop an electronic publications system MyPRESS.
It is a universal program complex which includes all basic functions of content control systems and allows creating and leading periodic WEB based editions. Sites management system MySITE has been created on MyPRESS basis in autumn.
This bookmarklet provides a controllable overlay with an image of page graphical design over top of the developed HTML. In fact it is similar to the well-know Pixel Perfect Firefox extension, which doesn't work properly with last Firefox builds for a while.
Page navigation using touch gestures on mobile devices
Usually we hide all auxiliary page components on mobile to save space of the viewing area. So we have to provide in return alternative navigation tool out of the screen. Since keyboard with navigation keys isn't available, we can use touch gestures.
The plugin turns your markup into a slide-show with a set of fancy configurable transition effects. The plugin tries to render the effects with CSS3 transitions. However if the browser does not support CSS3, the same effects will be achieved by JS.
Every available effect is encapsulated into a separate module. One can remove redundant effect modules from jquery.t-effects and leave the only code responding to his requirements.
That is a jquery plugin, which emulates HTML5 Form behavior on old browsers.The plugin also allows to customize form submission validation tooltips and field validation callbacks (e.g. via XMLHttpRequest).
Currently the plugins serves following input types: text, email, url, number, tel and following input properties: novalidate, placeholder, required, autofocus, pattern, min, max
Either you likely provide already sharing buttons to you blog posts or not, you may be interested in this light-weight solution. Why? Because it’s fancy, it takes very little space on your page and it is so easy to attach.
Have you ever noticed Google+ has an amazing feature called Google Feedback. You click on feedback highlight an area of the site page and getting screenshot with your marking on it sent to the Google support team. If you wonder of having this tool on your own, just take my code and adapt for your requirements.
I'm passionate about software product quality, particularly code architecture.
I have a strong belief that regardless of a programming language developer needs
a framework primarily for a consistent abstraction and the framework must not replace the language, but guide
Scss/Compass styles following SMACSS conventions, semantically meaningful HTML and
Software architecture, domain driven design
HTML5 + CSS3
Continuous Integration and Deployment
Test-driven development / BDD
An accomplished web developer specializing in Object-Oriented Design and Analysis with extensive experience in the full life cycle of the software development process.
Information Architecture: including metadata standards, classification schemes, knowledge of representation
CRYTEK GmbH(senior web developer)Frankfurt am Main, Germany
PHP5.x, remote APIs such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Gamespy, automated building with ANT/Grunt, CI-server Jenkins
Designed and built Site Sapiens ECMP. Took part in development of more than half of hundred web-sites.
2007 - initiated and developed POZZZY startup. It was a social system to aggregate entertainment, which had features of social news system (Digg.com), collective blog (Slashdot.org) and social bookmark system (del.icio.us).
2006 - designed and built Site Sapiens 3.0 ECMP
2005 - PHP Programming Innovation Award October 2005 Winner of PHP Classes
2005 - created once popular Open Source CMS SAPID (sapid.sf.net)
2004 - wrote the specification of language XML Sapiens for CMS developers
2003 - designed enterprise information area management platform Site Sapiens
since 2003 - Senior web developer at Red Graphic Systems company
Developed a few dozens of web-project including some Intranet/Internet portals of Administrative office of the President of the Republic of Belarus. Initiated, designed and developed the first known CMS in Belarus - MySite
2002 - deputy head of Stc. Atlas studio
2001 created site management system MySITE
2001 created electronic publications system MyPRESS
2000 – 2001 - head of web-development InternetService studio
My duties included development of small business applications based on Clarion RDBMS. Created an interactive GUI extension (mouse control, pseudo-graphic) for Clarion using C /Assembler and applied to develop.
1993 – 1994 - programmer at BelarusRezinoTechnika joint-stock company (http://www.aobrt.by/en/)
1989, 90 – twice winner of All-Union contest for programming innovations and Soviet Union schoolboy conference member. Winner of the All-Union Lenin’s grant.
Speaker at the international congress PHPconf’2005
Speaker at Internet-forums by’99, by’00, by’01, by’02, by’03, by’04
Speaker at the international e-commerce congress etp'2001
Participant in broadcasts programs on the Belorussian TV and national radio as an Internet-technology expert