I remember I started to work full time in Web Development Industry around 2003. That was 10 years ago. I treated this as my professional career. However, a friend asked myself why my clients need to hire us for building websites. She can do it in MS office. I think she is just one of many do not understand our industry.
We just ARE NOT JUST BUILDING WEBSITES. We are delivering a web technology solution to our clients. We have to understand our clients' requirements. And then we need to deliver the best solution for our clients. Moreover, we have to make the solution comply the clients' organisation requirements and legal requirements. Also, the most important part is to make sure the solution can be deliver on time and on budget. Our professional is not just to build a pretty website.
I am still using ADO.net and very simple applications. ADO.net is more flexible. I got more control to translate sql into objects for the presentation. Moreover, for simple applications, that is too much for using LINQ or other ORM. This is a bit over kill. I still recommend you to consider to use ADO.net, that is classic and useful!
Yesterday, I was talking with my staff during rebuilding a dev box. The hottest topic in that conversation is Chromecast. That is a small USB computer for JUST $35. It uses HDMI port to connect your TV and turn your TV into a smart TV. In a simple term, it can make your TV runs Chrome. It can read and load the content from internet into TV. The most feature is "Remote Cast" which is similar with AirPlay. You can drop the content from your iOS devices, Mac, Android Devices into Chromecast. Then you can continue to watch the content in your TV. But that is different from Airplay. The AirPlay can support Offline content, Chromecast has to online.
Well, this device is attractive and that is just $35! If I have not already Android USB TV stick. I will buy it. However, my Android USB TV stick already runs Chrome browser and it runs the app from Google Play, that sounds more powerful than Chromecast.
I have not heard about Android for a while. Today, I finally heard somethings about that. Android 4.3 will be available.
But there are some improvements only, without any very impressive new functions. The major updates are:
- A device can be login by different users and you can have a profile for each user to restrict their right too.
- Better 3D
- it has a new rendering engine for games
- Gesture Keyboard
- That is the most impressive I think. You can swift the multi keys to type. That looks similar with SwiftKey.
If you are Nexus 7 user, I think you should have it.
-Android - What's New
I am started to use Umbraco. But I found there is no form engine. I cannot create a contact form without coding. But I found there is a good contact form package, Cultiv Razor Contact Form. That is easy to use too.
You just need to this line into your template: