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Month: January 2014

HML5 or Native for Mobile

We are in an interesting time.  A tweener. Native is when you build your mobile app using Objective C (IOS) or Java (Android) or Visual Studio (Microsoft).  HTML5 is when you build a wrapper for your app in native code, but all of the functionality is built using HTML, CSS and JavaScript (a.k.a. HTML5). Native The benefits of native are that you get the highest performance capabilities.  You can use all of the devices capabilities like the accelerometer, camera, location and storage.  Most apps are built this way. The down side, first and foremost, is that any code you write…

Martin Luther King Day 2014

Racism is alive and well in the United States.  African Americans are at a disadvantage in many categories.  This includes how they are treated by the law, corporations and education.  Plenty of studies have proven that African Americans have serious disadvantages that come directly from government and legal policies.  (Example)  Racism isn’t as explicit as it used to be, but in many ways it is worse. Take this horrific example from Sarah Palin’s Facebook page. (no link on purpose) Sarah Palin clearly thinks that racism doesn’t exist (or wants to pretend it doesn’t).  I don’t see President Obama playing any…

Teaching is Leading

I have four new designers on my team.  That’s alot of people to get up to speed on the product, process and people.  Rather than teaching them myself, I assigned my most experienced designer to be in charge.  He has not previously managed people and this is his first time training other designers. There are two benefits to delegating in this situation.  One is the actual education of the new designers.  The second is the experience it gives the teacher.  Teaching is a form of leadership and I want to help him become a stronger leader. Think of all the teachers you have…