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Bluetrain’s Go-To List of Source Code Management (SCM) Tools

by Robert Pirozzi

7
Apr
2014

Whether you call it a source code management tool, a version control system, or even a revision control system, serious software development requires a tool to help manage code libraries and the versions or changes to the code in those libraries. The purpose of this post, similar to our “Great Big List of Responsive Frameworks (and Responsive Boilerplates)” post), is to simply make you aware of some of the options available to you to help you manage your code…

Responsive Web Design Insights from the Front Lines

by Robert Pirozzi

3
Apr
2014

Bluetrain sponsored a panel discussion last month at South by Southwest on the next generation of responsive design entitled “From Every Screen to No Screen”. As part of that panel our founder, Steffan Berelowitz, put three challenge questions to the panelists to get their insights on how responsive design is evolving. Everyone was really fired-up about the discussion. (See comments that trended on Twitter #RWDnextgen.)

The Great Big List of Responsive Frameworks (and Boilerplates)

by Robert Pirozzi

31
Mar
2014

No warranties. No recommendations. No Reviews. The standard “mileage may vary” disclaimer. This is simply, as the title would imply, a big list of responsive frameworks and responsive boilerplates to help you as you search for the “perfect” framework or boilerplate for your next Picture of Multiple Screensproject.

Breakpoints in Responsive Design

by Robert Pirozzi

25
Mar
2014

Breakpoints in Responsive Design

We’re often asked to make breakpoint recommendations for responsive website designs, and many individuals are looking for “standard” sizes for the various devices out there. Here’s the problem – there are no “standard” sizes. With a proliferation of screen sizes – not to mention the advent of wearables – there are just too many permutations for anything to be considered “standard”.

With Wearables, Mobility is Rapidly Moving Beyond Smartphones and Tablets

by Robert Pirozzi

20
Mar
2014

The world of mobile devices is continuing to push boundaries with wearables poised to be the next “hot” thing. Signaling their strong interest in wearable devices, Google last Tuesday introduced Android Wear, an Android OS just for wearable devices (see Android Wear: Google’s Smartwatch Plans Come Into Focus).

From Every Screen to No-Screen

by Nina McIntyre

3
Mar
2014

SXSW Panel Discussion on March 8th

Graphic for SXSW PanelWhat is the future of responsive web design?  With screen sizes rapidly evolving, designers, developers and marketers need to rethink how they are serving up web content to consumers in order to keep people engaged with brands on every screen – even “screens” that are wearable devices.

Have Your Cake and Eat it Too?

by Robert Pirozzi

26
Feb
2014

It’s Not: “Responsive Site or Mobile App” – It’s: “Do I do both?”

Picture of a CakeI was reading an article about the decision of whether to do a responsive website or a mobile application (Specifically I read How to decide between a responsive website or a native mobile app from marketing consultant Brian Honigman.) It occurred to me that it is not really an ‘either/or’ proposition.

An SEO Perspective on the Importance of Addressing Mobile Users

by Robert Pirozzi

30
Jan
2014

Not to harp on the topic (okay, maybe I’m harping…), but if you still need convincing of how important it is for you to adequately and effectively deal with mobile users check out this quote from SEO and search marketing guru Eric Enge in his article “6 SEO Predictions for 2014” on Search Engine Watch:

The Smartphone Tsunami

by Robert Pirozzi

29
Jan
2014

Picture of a WaveStill need convincing that mobile access to content is important? Check out this data from IDC: In 2013 vendors shipped more than 1 billion smartphone units worldwide, breaking the 1 billion mark for the first time ever. With this, smartphone market share grew to 31.3% of the total mobile phone market. As impressive as 1 billion unit number is, the number that really caught our eye was the increase of nearly 300 million units over 2012 – or 38.4% year-on-year growth.

Big Changes in How to View Content

by Robert Pirozzi

21
Jan
2014

Many of you may already have noticed, but for those of you who have not, there is a veritable sea-change in how organizations are coming to view content. Rapidly disappearing is the notion of content as a web page. Content is increasingly viewed as a reusable asset that may be delivered to many different channels and get repurposed in many different ways. Think of it as a component, or a content object – a defined block of content with attributes that can be easily reused.



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