The Next Big Thing in Web Development

How To Make Your Site ‘Mobile’ Compatible

According to GSM Association there were over 2.4 billion mobile devices that were Internet compatible circulating the mobile networks by mid 2006. This means that cell phones are in the process of becoming one of the most used ways to not only communicate but to receive information. While sitting in traffic, waiting for the train, or at a meeting, one can check their email, sports stats, stocks, order products, and even get directions to a restaurant in seconds. To top it off, it all comes from your mobile device no bigger than your palm.

How It Came To Be

The Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) granted .mobi as the suffix to Web sites designed for mobile phones, PDA’s, Blackberry’s and Sidekicks. Then 13 of the leading mobile and Internet organizations registered with Mobile Top Level Domain (mTLD) to begin access in May 2006. In no particular order five of the leading organizations are: Google, Microsoft, Nokia, Telecom and T-Mobile.

The idea boomed throughout other organizations and by March 2007 the .mobi domain names has increased to 400,000.

Before You Get Started, Keep In Mind

Before you get started keep in mind that these hand-held devices are decreasingly smaller than any PC or Mac screen. Therefore, less information will be available to be read on your mobile device. Web developers must choose and format the most important web information.

Getting Started

Check out the Worldwide Web Consortium’s Mobile Web Initiative and its “Mobile Web Best Practices” document. Additionally if you have compatible mobile phone contact your service provider find out how their .mobi site works.

Once you’re ready to test your mobile site try it out for analysis at http://ready.mobi/index.html This is a great, new and exciting way to stay ahead of your competition. Open up to the new technologies of tomorrow for better business success.

Semantic Web Development

Semantic Web Modelling Centre of Excellence

Introduction

Semantic Web Development and dealing with complexity is a tricky issue. Representing information is a problem where complexity can preclude any single approach. In order to find our way around large quantities of information it needs to be structured. But the information already exists and is still being created, so this makes it a moving target.

I’m sure such matters will be covered at the www2006 conference at Edinburgh .

The structuring of ontologies from the top down can be useful, but can only be achieved where the ontology developers have some control over the information. Much of web development and other creation of information is bottom up, in that there is no controlling authority. This is good for inclusiveness and speed of development, and something that encourages community, and encourages individuals to create their own content, which is a good thing. In his interview with the British Computer Society Tim Berners-Lee http://dig.csail.mit.edu/breadcrumbs/blog/4 answers a question on ontologies. He talks of a top level ontology that can be created to hold certain terms and the need to find out who is using these terms, so that other web pages and databases can be categorised. This would be achieved using URIs (Universal Resource Identifier) and RDF (Resource Description Framework). In answer to what Tim Berners-Lee hopes to achieve, he talks of this bottom up development that is going on, using blogs, and wikis etc and a possible approach of ‘web science’ – ‘the science and engineering of web based things that have a bottom up Web-like structure’.

I think this approach is highly relevant to my PhD research on user-driven programming, with University of the West of England (UWE – Bristol). Not everyone has the time to learn programming especially if their main expertise is elsewhere. They then have to ask others to do the development for them and this leads to delays and mis-understandings. The approach advocated here could enable visual creation of software by members of a community. Members of this community would not need advanced programming skills if other members with more advanced development skills could create a suitable interface for the creation of software. This could be achieved in a similar way to that used in visual web page creation tools, or word processor and spreadsheet software. Also the members who do possess advanced skills could provide ways of sorting, searching and navigating the programs created using the visual development tools. Members could work with either or both groups, according to their skills and interests.

A good first step would be to link communities and sites that have a mix of those with advanced software skills who want to encourage and enable others to learn to program, and of new starters who want to learn. This could involve those who are willing to try out new techniques to make it easier for new starters to train learn and gain experience.

 

Tips to Help Find Web Design For Small Businesses

Do you need to find web design in Dunmow? Are you a small business or organisation such as a sports club or charity, perhaps a sole trader or a start up business?

Do you think you will not be able to afford the website you want and the support you need? Is there just too much choice, too much confusion? Don’t know where to start or who to talk to? Keep putting off making a start?

Do not let your concerns delay you when you are searching for web design in Dunmow. Instead use them to ensure the company you select offers the criteria that you want. Search for companies that give free consultations and whose stated aim is to develop a website for your business that will save you time and money. Ask for a quotation that clearly sets out what is and is not included; be aware of expensive monthly fees and any extra charges.

Select a company for web design in Dunmow that can provide you with local support – don’t deal with call centres or faceless organizations. Ensure you know how ongoing support and maintenance will be provided – will it cost any extra? You are based in Dunmow then surely the company that can give you the best service needs to be local to you, you should be able to meet the person you will be dealing with on at least one occasion.

You want web design in Dunmow that will actually help your business so select a company that wants to learn about you, that wants to build a relationship with you. Over time your business will develop and change, ensure you select a company who can provide a website that can grow with it.