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Teachers: An Untapped App-Development Resource - 10 Jul 2016 06:23


[[html]]If you are going to spend time, money and energy designing and developing a mobile app for children on iOS or Android, and then market it as educational and promote it to parents and teachers as a tool to support their child's learning and development the first thing you'd do is engage a educational professional to help with that, wouldn't you?<br><br>You'd think so, but in my work engaging with a large number of app developers who are designing and building apps for children's learning and development, there is a notable absence of educational professionals and people who really understand the development of children and importance of pedagogy. And, people who really understand children's learning and development within a new media context are rare. With the explosion of educational apps, you'd think there would be a raft of ex-teachers and child development psychologists being invited into the app development industry. But, there isn't.<br><br>This is both a problem, and an opportunity.<br><br>It is a problem because it means we currently have learning and educational tools being developed for mobile devices in isolation from the systems they intend to be used in and without the input from people who understand what children need to learn, how they learn it and have experience planning, designing and creating learning tools for children. We all know the impact a great teacher can have on our lives. Imagine if the ideas and enthusiasm of those great teachers were also captured in the apps our children engage with both inside and outside of school.<br><br>Sure, mobile devices in schools are not yet ubiquitous by any means, but organisations like the New Media Consortium are indicating through their Horizon Report that it is highly likely that they will be. So, the next Horizon is the apps on those devices and while there are some great ones out there — we still have a long way to go.<br><br>Yes, the U.S. Department of Education has invested in the development of apps in education through the 2010 Ready to Learn Grants, but that does not guarantee the companies themselves will seek the advice and input of the best and brightest in the educational world. They need to recognize that good graphics, design and programming is not enough.<br><br>This is where the opportunity kicks in. Technology companies know the importance of engaging with educators, look at Apple's Distinguished Educator program and Google's own model. Consider the hardware producers of interactive whiteboards and projectors and software developers who pay teachers to be part-adviser/part-marketer for their products. There is a roll out there for educators in app development companies. There is a role for people who understand and can apply Gange's Conditions of Learning to 21st century learning technologies. There is a role for people who have the expertise in how children learn and develop. This will help take us beyond apps that simply mirror flash cards and textbooks. Look into the twitter-sphere, there are enough early adopters in the education field to tap in to.<br><br>So, I look forward to seeing the job descriptions being written by app development companies as they identify that engaging teachers from the concept phase in the development of new apps will be how they create a point of difference. Job descriptions that come because app developers recognize that it is great products that rise to the surface in educational markets. To create apps that really support 21st century learning, they need to tap into the skills and knowledge of those who know learning and education best.[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Free Web Development Tools for Windows - 09 Jul 2016 05:38


[[html]]<img src="" alt="Microsoft ASP.NET"/><br><br>Microsoft ASP.NET is a free web framework for building great Web sites and Web applications using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. You can also create Web APIs, mobile sites, use real-time technologies like Web Sockets and more. &#13;<br><br>Learn more about ASP.NET<br><br><img src="" alt="Microsoft Visual Studio Community 2015"/><br><br>Visual Studio Community 2015 is a free development environment for building, testing and deploying Web standard applications including ASP.Net, Internet Information Services (IIS), Azure and SQL Server. Develop, debug and deploy using ASP.NET Web Pages, ASP.NET MVC, AJAX, Silverlight and more. &#13;<br><br>Learn more about Visual Studio Community 2015<br><br>&#13;<br><br><img src="" alt="Microsoft Edge"/><br><br>&#13;<br><br>Microsoft Edge is the new browser for all Windows 10 devices. The included F12 developer tools help debug and inspect front end web code including HTML, JavaScript &amp; CSS. Performance, network and memory tracing is also provided. &#13;<br><br>Learn more about Microsoft Edge&#13;<br><br><a href=''></a>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

10 Reasons For Developing Web Applications With Php - 06 Jul 2016 06:58


[[html]]If you are a budding web developer or are looking to learn a web programming language then you really should consider learning php. In this article I'll present 10 good reasons why PHP should be one of the modern web programming languages on your professional development short-list.<br><br>1: Free, experienced support from a 1000 php communities<br><br>Actually, there are probably many more than 1000 communities that can provide you with php help. There are literally hundreds of dedicated php web development forums and hundreds more that have php sub-forums. Help for the php beginner is literally a forum post away. Generally speaking you'll find an answer to your problem in a very short time. Getting help from more experienced php coders is a great pleasure because it can remove a lot of the uncertainty accompanying learning something new.<br><br>2: The cost of an open source application is nothing<br><br>Unlike other propriety coding languages (notably Microsoft's aspx language) you don't pay a cent to get started with php programming. In fact you don't need to obtain or download any php software to begin. Simply use an open source editing tool and start coding. Upload your code to a cheap hosting account and you are away. You can readily obtain open source editors from a variety of sources. A search on Google for "php editors" returns hundreds of possibilities. As you progress you can download packages such as LAMP or WAMP so you can see php in action in a live server environment.<br><br>3: Open source has better security - because everyone knows what is in it<br><br>Again, unlike propriety web serving systems, everyone can see what php is made of. Some people will argue that this makes php less secure because everyone knows what php specific exploits exist. My view is that the open nature of php literally "forces" the php developers and community to keep abreast of security issues and to respond to them as soon as possible. Be aware however that it is easy to make simple security mistakes with php - and all languages suffer from this characteristic - you just need to do your research to keep your web applications secure.<br><br>4: Hundreds of existing php code examples<br><br>In addition to forums that provide advice and experience for free you'll also find hundreds of examples that will help you get started and move ahead as a PHP Programmer. From simple code to connect to a database, more complex examples that allow you to grab data from an external website or a full-blown example of AJAX and php integration it is all there for you to study, take apart and build upon. <br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="" width="310" /><br><br>5: Scores of existing code frameworks<br><br>Frameworks are a relatively recent development and they can save you heaps of time and heaps of heartache. Simply, frameworks are like pre-fabricated houses. A team of developers have combined their efforts to solve the problem of repetitive programming tasks. Frameworks allow you to get up and running with both simple and complicated web applications in a matter of hours. There are scores of php frameworks for a wide variety of tasks. Again a simple search on Google will provide you with a large array of frameworks to choose from and explore.<br><br>6: Interoperability with web 2.0 applications<br><br>Modern web 2.0 applications are largely characterized by mashups and desktop style user interfaces. php is an excellent choice for interacting with other websites and providing rich user experience. Simple php commands like curl or fopen allow you to grab data from other websites with relative ease. Php works well with javascript so you can provide your end users with modern, responsive interfaces that are way beyond the old static interfaces of days past.<br><br>7: Many content management systems use php<br><br>If you decide that you want to be a website designer or programmer then php is an excellent choice. Many of the modern content management systems (CMS) use php. Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla - these very popular CMS packages all use php. Each CMS usually has a vibrant php developer community. And if you become expert in one or more php-based CMS then you stand a very good chance of finding ongoing work customizing CMS packages for clients or website providers.<br><br>8: php is scalable to the largest web applications<br><br>Some of the most frequented and popular websites on the planet use php. php will scale up to meet the most exacting requirements for websites such as and These websites provide 24X7 availability for thousands of concurrent users without skipping a beat. If you have the next facebook or myspace application in mind then php is definitely a development language worth considering.<br><br>9: Most web hosting companies support it<br><br>Most of the website hosting providers will support php. It is a standard component of most Linux based hosting accounts. Remember we talked about LAMP and WAMP earlier? Well the 'P' stands for php. If you want your applications to run on Linux-based (and some Windows-based) web hosting platforms then php is an obvious choice.<br><br>10: Coding with php is fun! <br><br>Hopefully by now I have convinced you that php is a web development language that at the very least is worth serious consideration. And while you consider seriously the option of developing with php I'd like to leave you with this last thought: Coding with php is fun. I have spent countless hours writing simple php applications, customizing php-based CMS packages and generally mucking abut with php. And generally speaking (not counting the odd pulling out of my hair every now and then) every hour with php has been more than worth the effort and extremely rewarding.<br><br>By: rightwaysolution<br><br>Article Directory:<br><br>Rightway solution is a leading PHP development company expertise in Web application development, Software development, portal development. Hire PHP developer, Joomla programmer, flex developer, ROR developer on hourly or contract basis.<br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Adobe Systems Inc (ADBE.O) Company Profile - 01 Jul 2016 06:50


[[html]]<img src="" width="339" /><br><br>Adobe Systems Incorporated, incorporated on May 9, 1997, is a software company. The Company offers a line of products and services used by professionals, marketers, knowledge workers, application developers, enterprises and consumers for creating, managing, delivering, measuring, optimizing and engaging with compelling content and experiences across multiple operating systems, devices and media. The Company operates through three segments: Digital Media, Digital Marketing, and Print and Publishing. The Company markets and licenses its products and services directly to enterprise customers through its sales force and to end users through application stores and its own Website at It offers various products through a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model or a managed services model (both of which are referred to as a hosted or cloud-based model), as well as through term subscription and pay-per-use models.<br><br>The Company distributes certain products and services through a network of distributors, value-added resellers (VARs), systems integrators (SIs), independent software vendors (ISVs), retailers, software developers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). In addition, it licenses its technology to hardware manufacturers, software developers and service providers for use in their products and solutions. The Company's products run on personal and server-based computers, as well as on smartphones, tablets and other devices, depending on the product. It operates in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia-Pacific (APAC).<br><br>Digital Media<br><br>The Company's Digital Media segment provides tools and solutions that enable individuals, small and medium businesses and enterprises to create, publish, promote and monetize their digital content. The Company's Digital Media segment offers Creative Cloud, which is a subscription service that allows members to download and install the latest versions of its creative products, such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe InDesign. Creative Cloud members can also access a growing marketplace of digital content through Adobe Stock, an online marketplace for photos, graphics and videos. Creative Cloud also offers members access to online services to synchronize, store and share files, participate in its Behance community of over five million creative professionals, publish and deliver digital content through application stores, develop mobile apps, and create and manage Websites.<br><br>The Company's Creative Cloud addresses the needs of creative professionals, including graphic designers, production artists, Web designers and developers, user interface designers, videographers, motion graphic artists, prepress professionals, video game developers, mobile application developers, students and administrators. Its creative products are used to create printed and online information people see, read and interact with every day, including video, animation, mobile and advertising content. The Company's Digital Media business offers various products included in Creative Cloud, including subscriptions to the Creative Cloud version of certain point products, and also offers a range of other creative tools and services, including its hobbyist products, such as Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe Premiere Elements, Adobe Digital Publishing Solution, Adobe Typekit and mobile applications, such as Adobe Photoshop Mix, Adobe Photoshop Sketch, Adobe Photoshop Fix and Adobe Premiere Clip that run on tablets and mobile devices.<br><br><img style="float:right;margin:10px;border:none;" src="" width="282" /><br><br>The Company's Adobe Photoshop CC is a digital imaging software. It is used by photographers, designers, animators, Web professionals and video professionals, and is available to Creative Cloud subscribers. Its Adobe Illustrator CC is its vector graphics software used across the world by designers of all types who want to create digital graphics and illustrations for all kinds of media: print, Web, interactive, video and mobile. Its InDesign is a professional page layout software for print and digital publishing. InDesign is built for designers, prepress and production professionals, and print service providers who work for magazines, design firms, advertising agencies, newspapers, book publishers and catalog companies, as well as in corporate design, commercial printing, and other publishing environments. Its Adobe Premiere Pro is its nonlinear video editing tool used by video professionals. After Effects is its animation and creative compositing software used by a range of motion graphics and visual effects artists. Its Dreamweaver provides a toolset for professional Web designers and front-end developers to create, code and manage Websites.<br><br>The Company's Adobe Animate CC is a toolset for professional designers to create interactive animations and publish them to multiple formats or platforms, including HTML5 Canvas, WebGL, SWF, FLV or even custom platforms. Its Adobe Digital Publishing Solution is a solution that enables media publishers, large brand organizations, enterprise customers and advertising agencies to transform their print publications into interactive digital reading experiences for tablet devices and smartphones. Its Adobe Typekit is a subscription font service that brings fonts from foundry partners into one library for quick browsing, easy use on the Web or on the user's desktop, and typographic inspiration. Its Behance is a social community to showcase and discover creative work online. Its Adobe Document Cloud is a portfolio of secure digital document solutions that speeds business transactions through digital workflows. With Adobe Document Cloud, users can create, review, approve, sign and track documents, whether on a desktop or mobile device.<br><br>The Company's Digital Media segment also includes its Document Cloud business, built around its Acrobat family of products, the Adobe Acrobat Reader and a set of integrated cloud-based document services. Its customers include traditional content creators, Web application developers and digital media professionals, as well as their management in marketing departments and agencies, companies and publishers. Its customers also include knowledge workers who create, collaborate and distribute documents.<br><br>Digital Marketing<br><br>The Company's Digital Marketing segment provides solutions and services for how digital advertising and marketing are created, managed, executed, measured and optimized. Its Digital Marketing business provides various solutions that include analytics, social marketing, targeting, media optimization, digital experience management, cross-channel campaign management, audience management, premium video delivery and monetization. The Company delivers these capabilities through its Adobe Marketing Cloud, an integrated offering enabling marketers to measure, personalize and optimize marketing campaigns and digital experiences across channels. With its set of solutions, including Adobe Analytics, Adobe Target, Adobe Social, Adobe Media Optimizer, Adobe Experience Manager, Adobe Campaign, Adobe Audience Manager and Adobe Primetime, as well as real-time dashboards and a collaborative interface, customers of Adobe Marketing Cloud are able to combine data, insights and digital content to deliver a personalized brand experience to their consumers. In addition to Chief Marketing Officers and digital marketers, users of its Adobe Marketing Cloud solutions include marketing professionals, such as search engine marketers, media managers, media buyers and marketing research analysts.<br><br>The Company's Adobe Analytics helps its customers to create a holistic view of their business by turning consumer interactions into actionable insights. Adobe Analytics enables Web, social, video, mobile, attribution and predictive analytics across online and offline channels. It also provides the ability to perform ad-hoc segmentation and to integrate data from offline and third-party sources.<br><br>Its Adobe Target lets its customers to test, target and personalize content across various devices. Its Adobe Social provides marketers a solution to build connections through content guided by tangible data. With Adobe Social, its customers can manage social content and activities across various social networks and profile pages; listen and respond to consumer conversations in real time; create social campaigns, and track performance with integrated analytics. Its Adobe Media Optimizer is an advertisement management platform.<br><br>The Company's Adobe Experience Manager helps its customers to organize, create and manage the delivery of creative assets and other content across digital marketing channels, including Web, mobile, e-mail, communities and video. It enables customers to manage content on premise or host it in the cloud, delivering deployment. Its Adobe Experience Manager includes digital asset management, Web content management, integrated mobile application development, enterprise-level forms management, and social capabilities. The Company's Adobe Campaign enables marketers to orchestrate personalized experiences determined by each consumer's behaviors and preferences. Its Adobe Campaign provides visual campaign orchestration, allowing for intuitive design and automated consumer experiences across channels, from one-off campaigns to triggered messages.<br><br>The Company's Adobe Audience Manager is a data management platform that helps digital publishers to build audience profiles in order to identify segments and use them across digital channel. Adobe Audience Manager consolidates audience information from available sources. It then identifies, quantifies and optimizes target audiences, which can then be offered to advertisers through an integrated, secure, privacy-friendly management system that works across all advertising distribution platforms. Adobe Audience Manager provides access to various data sources, offering digital publishers the ability to use a range of third-party data, as well as Audience Manager's private data co-op. Its Adobe Primetime is a modular platform for video publishing, advertising and analytics. The Company's Digital Marketing segment also contains two legacy enterprise software offerings: its Adobe Connect Web conferencing platform, and Adobe LiveCycle, an enterprise document and forms platform.<br><br>Print and Publishing<br><br>The Company's Print and Publishing segment contains legacy products and services that address market opportunities, including eLearning solutions, technical document publishing, Web application development and printing. The Company's Print and Publishing segment addresses market opportunities ranging from authoring and publishing needs of technical and business publishing to its legacy type and OEM printing businesses.<br><br>The Company competes with Apple, Autodesk, Avid, Corel, Microsoft, Quark, Getty Images, Shutterstock, Google, Box, Dropbox, DocuSign, Citrix, IBM, Oracle,, SAP, SAS and Teradata.<br><br><a href=''></a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

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