Hacking Google+ Part 2: Building a Friend Selector

So you have followed my first tutorial and have successfully connected your web-app to Google+ with the Sign-In Button and are now ready to offer your users a truly social experience – well done, but what’s next?! In this short tutorial I’ll show you how to implement one of the key-patterns most social web-apps will […]

Hacking Google+ Part 1: The Sign-In Button

Ever since Google+ was released in summer 2011, social web developers have been begging for API access to Google’s latest foray into social. But besides some widgets and the Hangout API, we were basically left on our own. Promising APIs like Google+ History  remained in developer preview, and Canvas integration is available to few exclusive […]

jQuery Europe 2013: Highlights

Last weekend we attended the jQuery Europe 2013 conference. Hosted by Gentics, the conference was held at the Palais Liechtenstein, a beautiful garden palace in Vienna’s 9th district. Needless to say, we have never attended a conference at a more stunning location: There was also a separate room for ad-hoc presentations, an XBOX360 Kinect station […]

How to Link to Your Facebook Tab App

There is a seemingly simple,  yet very controversial question that we frequently have to deal with: “What’s the best way to link our tab app in Facebook News Feed? What about mobile users?” It’s in the nature of the web that there is always more than one way to achieve something. So, in this quick […]

Update: Facebook Ad Image Compliance Tool for 20%-Text-Rule

[tl;dr] In December Facebook announced more strict requirements for Pages’ cover-photos and photos in sponsored stories, essentially limiting the amount of text-overlay in these assets to 20% max. Since these requirements are going into effect today (Jan 15th 2013), here’s an update on the new rules and how they’ll be enforced!

Why Web Developers Should Start Forgetting About IE

As we all know there’s a big problem with older versions of Internet Explorer: They just render HTML/CSS-code wrong differently than state-of-the-art browsers. Luckily, things have changed: recent releases of IE (9 and especially 10) are really good browsers. There’s almost no need to optimize stuff for them any longer. Your code just works. But the overall cost of […]

The Truth About Mobile Usage of Facebook Apps

I met them all: clients ignoring mobile, clients loving mobile (but don’t want to pay for it) and the rare ones: clients knowing deeply about the need to go mobile and willing to pay for the extra steps. In this blog post I will show you, why and when it’s really important for you to […]

Facebook Policy Introduces 20%-Text-Rule for Cover- & Sponsored Photos

[tl;dr] Starting Jan 5th 2013, certain types of photos and images on Facebook platform will be restricted as to the amount of text they may include (“text overlay”). These rules append according to the context in which images are published: Photo-postings on Facebook-pages which are subject to promoted stories may not contain more than 20% […]

New Adventures In HTML5: Part 2 (File API, Native Drag&Drop, Local Storage)

As developers we love building cutting-edge web apps for state-of-the-art browsers. Those are, fortunately, nowadays used be a vast majority of users (around 95% of all users in our 10 most recent projects). So for our newest project, we decided focusing on new technologies like HTML5 Canvas and the File API, among others. In this […]

New Adventures In HTML5: Part 1 (HTML5 Canvas)

As developers we love building cutting-edge web apps for state-of-the-art browsers. Those are, fortunately, nowadays used be a vast majority of users (around 95% of all users in our 10 most recent projects). So for our newest project, we decided focusing on new technologies like HTML5 Canvas and the File API, among others. In this […]