Web Development For The iPhone And iPad: Getting Started – Smashing Magazine: According to AdMob, the iPhone operating system makes up 50% of the worldwide smartphone market, with the next-highest OS being Android at 24%. Sales projections for the Apple iPad run anywhere from one to four million units in the first year. Like it or not, the iPhone OS, and Safari in particular, have become a force to be reckoned with for Web developers. If you haven’t already, it’s time to dive in and familiarize yourself with the tools required to optimize websites and Web applications for this OS.

Free iPhone Keynote and PowerPoint templates help get you from thought to finish: Mockapp.com has created both Keynote and PowerPoint templates of iPhone UI elements, and has made them available as free downloads. Say you had a dream in the middle of the night about the most awesome iPhone app that, to your surprise, no one has thought of yet. Instead of waking up in a deep sweat and scribbling said ideas on paper, you could dream them up on Keynote. After mapping out your concept on Keynote, you could then pitch it to others in a Keynote presentation. The Keynote and PowerPoint templates include alerts, the iPhone keyboard, arrow icons, buttons, as well as a host of other UI[…]

Here’s an excerpt from Cooper Journal: Things I learned at Agile Up To Here: Elisabeth Hendrickson has recently opened a new test-and-development training facility in Pleasanton CA called Agilistry. It’s bright and airy, well-lit and well-stocked, and it feels like home the minute you walk in. In order to publicize her new facility, she very generously hosted a week-long intensive learning exercise. She invited eleven different people with widely varied skill sets, backgrounds, and interests. She challenged them to build a website in five days using the best practices of interaction design, agile programming, and test-driven-development. We christened it “AgileUpToHere” (#au2h) and it exceeded everyone’s expectations (you can see our results here).

Apple ~Technical Note TN2262: Preparing Your Web Content for iPad: Safari on iPad is capable of delivering a “desktop” web experience. iPad has a large, 9.7″ screen and fast network connectivity, and Safari on iPad uses the same WebKit layout engine as Safari on Mac OS X and Windows. You can ensure that your website looks and works great on iPad, and even create new touch-enabled web experiences for your customers, by considering a few specific differences between iPad and other platforms. If you have access to an iPad, test your website using the iPad. If not, you can test your website in Safari on iPad using the iPhone Simulator (Hardware -> Device -> iPad). iPad is available in the[…]

In experimenting with Dashcode last night using the introductory tutorial provided by Apple, I noticed that in their example, they build a URL dynamically: var dsource = dashcode.getDataSource(“list”); var name = dsource.selection().valueForKey(“name”); document.location = (“http://www.google.com/search?client=googlet&q=” + name); But your first thought when looking at this may be (as was mine), “what if there are spaces or other characters in the “name” value that are not legal in an URL? So then I set out to use one of the standard functions for escaping URIs: encodeURIComponent. Unfortunately, when I entered the function I spelled it encodeUriComponent using camel case, which is what I thought was appropriate in this situation. Evidently not. I even was referencing good ol’ w3schools on the subject[…]

Found this forum post to be very helpful and I think I may employ this more often when doing UpdatePanel related messaging-when-done… Run a javascript function after UpdatePanel.Update() – ASP.NET Forums: … You should call the method in this way: ScriptManager.RegisterStartupScript(this.Page, this.GetType(), “MyScriptName”, “<script type=’text/javascript’>functionToCall(‘hello world’);</script>”, false); The problem could be the fact that you are using this instead of this.Page. Also instead language=’javascript’ you can use type=’text/javascript’. All I know is that when I launched the script properly passing this.Page it worked properly. I had derived from Page to a custom base page, so maybe that had something to do with it. Additionally, I refined it just a bit by building the script dynamically in a string and then[…]