April

April Update – Social Media Trends

Content Marketing Strategy

Social media allows brands to tell stories and connect with customers on a deeper and more intimate level. In addition, brands can use social media to regularly engage users and drive them to their content hubs, or toward higher-value actions, like visiting a product page, downloading a gated asset, or purchasing an item. We thought it would be helpful to review social media trends for 2018.

When leveraging new social features, content marketers must not lose sight of the ultimate goal of content marketing: to tell exceptional stories that drive people toward positive business results. Here are three major social media trends to watch out for in 2018 and what content marketers can do to stay ahead of the game.

Social Media Trends in 2018

Wordle of social media terms

We think web professionals should review this article where 29 experts express their thoughts about social media trends in 2018.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Creativity is the new productivity.
  • AR/VR (Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality) is the new social media.
  • Instagram is the new Facebook.
  • Facebook is the new TV.
  • Snapchat is the new MySpace.
  • LinkedIn blue is the new black.
  • Medium is the new blog.
  • Twitter is the new social movement.
  • Emojis are the new universal language.
  • AI is the new customer service
  • Talkwalker is the new Google Alert.
  • Podcasts are the new radio.

Social Media Use in 2018

A Pew Research Center survey of U.S. adults finds that the social media landscape in early 2018 is defined by a mix of long-standing trends and newly emerging narratives. Facebook and YouTube dominate this landscape, as notable majorities of U.S. adults use each of these sites. Younger Americans between age group 18 to 24 uses Facebook and YouTube, 78% of younger individuals use Snapchat, 71% Instagram and 45% Twitter.

Facebook and Privacy

Facebook’s recent crisis is just one of many privacy issues that company has had to deal with in its relatively short existence. Those privacy issues are now front and center. Facebook’s loose handling of how its data was acquired by app developers has plunged the company into the biggest crisis of its 14-year existence. Facebook has caused all sorts of headaches for social media marketers in the first months of 2018 by announcing that they’re looking to shift the focus of their News Feed onto meaningful interactions as a result, will see reductions in Page organic reach. According to the research Facebook usage is declining among American users. It is either down or flat in every demographic age group, gender, and ethnicity. This is a good summary of the many issues facing this company.

In 2019, it is estimated that there will be around 2.77 billion social media users around the globe, up from 2.46 billion in 2017. Social network penetration worldwide is ever-increasing. At 90%, young Americans still are most likely to use social networks, but growth in use among those 65 and older is surging. These trends will keep continuing till we all use cell, internet and social media.

We hope you find these resources and overviews useful. We always look forward to your comments and feedback (whether you are a member or not).

We encourage members (and non-members) check out our social media channels. We have recently been using Pinterest for our collection of curated infographics related to many topics of interest to Web Professionals. For example, we included this infographic of 21 Digital Marketing Trends for 2018

If you aspire to be a web professional and don’t know where to start, we offer a number of beginning classes to our members via our School Of Web learning management system. As a member, your first class is free.

 

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April Update – Web Server Administration

What is Server Administration?

Server Administration is advanced computer networking that includes server installation and configuration, server roles, storage, Active Directory and Group Policy, file, print, and web services, remote access, virtualization, application servers, troubleshooting, performance, and reliability. We thought it might be helpful to review the basics (particularly for aspiring web professionals).

What is a Web Server?

Web server is a computer where the web content is stored. Basically, a web server is used to host the web sites but there exists other web servers also such as gaming, storage, FTP, email etc.

How does the Web Server Work?

Web server respond to the client request in either of the following two ways:

  • Sending the file to the client associated with the requested URL.
  • Generating response by invoking a script and communicating with database
  • When client sends request for a web page, the web server search for the requested page if requested page is found then it will send it to client with an HTTP response.
  • If the requested web page is not found, web server will the send an HTTP response: Error 404 Not found.
  • If client has requested for some other resources then the web server will contact to the application server and data store to construct the HTTP response.

Architecture

Web Server Architecture follows the following two approaches:

  1. Concurrent Approach
  2. Single-Process-Event-Driven Approach.

To read more about Web Servers visit this link.

Additional Resources

Apache is one of popular Web Servers. Here are few resources where we can learn about the Apache Server.

  1. Tutorial by Lynda
  2. Apache Server Admin
  3. Apache Tutorials for Beginners
  4. Apache Web Server Complete Guide

The question is ‘Do Web Professionals need to learn about Web Server Admin?’ The answer is ‘No’ but learning Web Server Administration can make an employee more useful to the employer, or more independent if you’re self-employed. Learning things related to your own work is always a useful thing. It certainly supports offering to clients or employers if you have a better understanding of how to get your code into a production environment for public consumption.

This week focuses more on Web Server Administration. We hope you find these resources and overviews useful. We always look forward to your comments and feedback (whether you are a member or not).

If you aspire to be a web professional and don’t know where to start, we offer a number of beginning classes to our members via our School Of Web learning management system. As a member, your first class is free.

 

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April Update – JavaScript Framework

What is JavaScript Framework?

JavaScript framework is an application framework written in JavaScript. It differs from a JavaScript library in its control flow: a library offers functions to be called by its parent code, whereas a framework defines the entire application design. A developer does not call a framework; instead it is the framework that will call and use the code in some particular way. Some JavaScript frameworks follow the model–view–controller paradigm designed to segregate a web application into orthogonal units to improve code quality and maintainability.

Here is the link for the popular Wiki article.

JavaScript frameworks

Popular Top JavaScript Frameworks

JavaScript Frameworks are popular among developers for such benefits like efficiency, safety, and cost. The variety of frameworks for each development platform is huge. Every company tends to have a website or at least a landing page still it would be good to review the most popular JavaScript frameworks.

 

  • Angular.js it is one of the most beloved and used JavaScript frameworks for building single page applications.
  • Backbone.js is easy to understand usability modules, as well as the very straightforward learning curve
  • React.js was created by the team of Facebook developers and came out in 2013. This very framework is behind the front-end scenes of the two social giants.
  • Ember.js introduced in 2011 this open-source JavaScript framework was declared as the best JavaScript framework for web application development in 2015.
  • Aurelia.js being a self-proclaimed web development framework, Aurelia makes the process of site development a creative process.
  • Meteor.js with a variety of features for backend, frontend development and database management, Meteor rank as the most popular JavaScript frameworks.
  • Vue.js framework delivers two-way data binding, server-side rendering, Vue-CLI and optional JSX support.
  • Polymer is one JavaScript framework that comes with the ability to create and reuse web components.
  • Socket is a framework you can enjoy a fully functional real-time communication between the client and the server.

The process of choosing a framework depends not only on its functionality but also how it can be used within your own project. To read more about these frameworks visit this link.

More Reads

This week is all about JavaScript Frameworks and top JS frameworks in 2018. All frameworks are used considering the company requirement and what these frameworks offer. Every week we try to deliver something new and informational in Web Professional’s World. We hope you find these resources and overviews useful. We always look forward to your comments and feedbacks (whether you are a member or not).

If you aspire to be a web professional and don’t know where to start, we offer a number of beginning classes to our members via our School Of Web learning management system. This includes an introduction to JavaScript class. As a member, your first class is free.

 

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April Update – Project Management

What is a Project?

A project is temporary in that it has a defined beginning and end in time, and therefore defined scope and resources. And a project is unique in that it is not a routine operation, but a specific set of operations designed to accomplish a singular goal. So a project team often includes people who don’t usually work together – sometimes from different organizations and across multiple geographies.

What is Project Management?

Project management, then, is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements.

Project management processes fall into five groups

  1. Initiating
  2. Planning
  3. Executing
  4. Monitoring and Controlling
  5. Closing

Project management knowledge draws on ten areas

  1. Integration
  2. Scope
  3. Time
  4. Cost
  5. Quality
  6. Procurement
  7. Human resources
  8. Communications
  9. Risk management
  10. Stakeholder management

Effective Project Management for Web Professional’s

The use of project management skills is often what distinguishes an easy, successful project from a painful and unsatisfactory one. In a world where clients and business partners increasingly want a full solution, rather than just the component pieces of design and code, having basic project management skills, at least, is quickly becoming a requirement for web professionals.

This article by Sitepoint introduces you to the basics of the project lifecycle, and provide you with tools that you can use to make your projects run smoother, faster, and easier.

Certification in Project Management

WebProfessionals.org is a powerful opportunity for individuals aspiring to be or already working as a Web professional. Working with experts within industry, education and government, WOW has created a series of vendor neutral industry standard certification exams.

This Web professional certification site was designed to provide you with the following resources.

Other Resources

This week we focus on the Project Management Process, tools and methodologies used in Web Professional’s World. Every week we try to deliver something new and informational. We hope you find these resources and overviews useful. We always look forward to your comments and feedback (whether you are a member or not).

If you aspire to be a web professional and don’t know where to start, we offer a number of beginning classes to our members via our School Of Web learning management system. As a member, your first class is free.

 

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Announcing the winners of the April 2013 Dev Derby!

This past April, some of the most creative web developers out there showed us what they could do with Web Workers in the April Dev Derby contest. After looking through the entries, our expert judges–James Padolsey, Janet Swisher, Maire Reavy, and Randell Jesup–decided on three winners and two runners-up.

Not a contestant? There are other reasons to be excited. Most importantly, all of these demos are completely open-source, making them wonderful lessons in the exciting things you can do with Web Workers today.

Dev Derby

The Results

Winners

Runners-up

April was the month of the newcomer. If you have ever doubted your ability to make a difference on the web, just look at these results and think again. As always, it was difficult to name just a few winners, so please join me in congratulating all of our competitors for making the web a more exciting and a more responsive place.

Want to get a head start on an upcoming Derby? We are now accepting demos related to WebGL (June) and the File API (July). Head over to the Dev Derby to get started.

Further reading

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Geeksphone to start selling Firefox OS Developer Preview phones on April 23

Mozilla, Geeksphone and Telefonica have been working together to create a Firefox OS developer preview phone, and we’re excited to say they will go on sale April 23rd. With early access to hardware, developers can test the capabilities of Firefox OS in a real environment with a mobile network and true hardware characteristics like the accelerometer and camera that are not easily tested on the Firefox OS Simulator. Plus, new hardware is fun to play with!

Firefox OS Phones Up

Firefox OS Phones Up! Photo by Mark Coggins

The Firefox OS Developer Preview Geeksphone devices have development versions of Firefox OS and are are unlocked so that developers can use them wherever they are in the world and they are updated regularly with the latest Firefox OS build. This will enable developers to explore the potential of the open Web and to bring the power of the Web to mobile for billions of users worldwide.

Two developer devices

Geeksphone has two Firefox OS developer devices for sale, the Keon and the Peak. Both phones can be bought online and shipped to just about anywhere in the world. The Keon has similar specifications as the actual target hardware that operators will ship in the phones they roll out to consumers later this year. The Peak offers a slightly more high-end device for developers wanting to experiment with apps for devices that might be commercially available in the future.

The Keon is an orange (like Firefox!) phone with a 3.5″ screen Qualcomm 1Ghz processor and 512 MB of RAM. It’s available for €91 plus taxes, shipping and handling.

The Peak has a slightly larger screen (4.3″) and a Qualcomm DualCore 1.2Ghz processor. It costs €149 plus taxes, shipping and handling.

Both phones can be purchased directly from Geeksphone. Support and updates will also be provided directly by Geeksphone. Of course you can visit the Mozilla Developer Network for more information about Firefox OS and the Firefox Marketplace Developer Hub for information on how to build, publish and submit your open web app to Firefox Marketplace.

Existing web apps

Developers have already built and published awesome mobile web apps that you can check out today on the Developer Preview phone. We expect that these developer devices will inspire and enable even more. For some examples, you can check out the Marketplace for apps by indie developers that solve cool problems like:

Or try these indie games or challenge yourself to write your own game:

You can create an app for Firefox OS by making some small changes to your existing website. As Alexander Saladrigas said last weekend, “It was exciting to see Firefox OS in action on hardware that will be representative of the final commercial devices. I remember several devs pushing their web apps made for browsers or other platforms with the only addition of a tiny JSON manifest… and it worked flawlessly on the first try. I thought ‘Wow, that easy? Just as any web page?”

Although, it’s great to have the actual hardware to test your apps, if you’re not in a position to purchase a Geeksphone at the moment, you can still try out Firefox OS and your app in several other ways:

  • Install Marketplace for Android on your Android phone. (Your friends and family can also do this – it’s as easy as installing an app, so they can try out your app too.)
  • Use the browser-based Firefox OS Simulator to view and test your mobile app on the desktop.
  • Install Firefox OS on your own hardware.

Why develop an app for Firefox OS?

  • Keep the web open. Support the open web and help make sure the power of the web is available to everyone – even on mobile devices.
  • Simplicity. Develop on a single technology stack (HTML5/CSS/JavaScript/new WebAPIs) and deliver across the web and devices.
  • Freedom. You’re not locked in to a vendor-controlled ecosystem. You can distribute your app through the Firefox Marketplace, your own website, or any other store based on Mozilla’s open app store technology.

If you have any more questions, please read the Firefox OS Developer Preview. Below is also a helpful FAQ on Geeksphone.

We look forward to seeing what awesome apps developers make for the mobile open web. Happy hacking!

Geeksphone FAQ:

Q. What are you announcing today?

A. We’re announcing the availability of two Firefox OS developer preview devices manufactured by Geeksphone and available for purchase at www.geeksphone.com. These devices allow developers to test the capabilities of Firefox OS in a real environment, testing characteristics such as real performance and interaction with the mobile network.

Q. What are the device specs and how much will each cost?

A. The Keon is equipped with a Cortex-A5 1Ghz processor, 3.5 inch multi-touch screen, tri-band UMTS/HSPA, 4GB ROM, 512 MB RAM and a long-lasting 1580 mAh battery. It will cost 91 € without VAT or shipping.

The Peak is equipped with a 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm 8225 chipset, 4.3-inch qHD IPS screen, 8 Mpx back camera and 2 Mpx front camera, as well as tri-band UMTS/HSPA and 1800 mAh battery. It will cost 149 € without VAT or shipping.

Q. Why are there two devices?

A. The Keon has similar specifications to the actual target hardware that operators will ship in the phones they roll out to consumers later this year. The Peak offers a slightly more high-end device for developers wanting to experiment with apps for devices that might be commercially available in the future.

Q. Will Geeksphone ship to any country?

A. Yes.

Q. Who is Geeksphone?

A. Geeksphone is a Spanish company dedicated to designing and manufacturing latest generation smartphones. It was formed in 2009 and was the first European company to develop a smartphone featuring Android OS.

Q. What is Telefónica and Mozilla’s involvement?

A. Telefónica and Mozilla worked closely with Geeksphone to make it possible to manufacture these developer test units.

Q. Why do you need these devices?

A. Making preview developer devices available is crucial to ensure a rich ecosystem is ready when handsets launch for the mass market. The Geeksphone devices will allow developers to test the capabilities of Firefox OS in a real environment beyond the facilities provided by current emulators. It will be possible to test some characteristics like real performance and interaction with the mobile network.

Q. Are these the first ever Firefox OS devices?

A. Through the development of the project Firefox OS has been ported onto a number of different devices from different OEMs in order to test and demonstrate. This is the first time that developer handsets have been made available for developers working outside of the project to take away and test their applications. Today’s announcement does not represent a commercial launch for Firefox OS. These will take place later this year.

Q. Can consumers get the Geeksphone handsets?

A. These devices have not been designed for consumers and include pre-release development versions of Firefox OS. Although we know many people are excited to get their hands on Firefox OS, we would urge them to wait until commercial devices are ready and they will be able to get the full experience.

Q: What version of Firefox OS is this?

A: v1.0.1

Q: How often does it update?

A: The software will update every couple of weeks as new builds become available.

Q: Is this feature complete or will anything be added before launch?

A: This is a developer device with a developer build. New features, performance/stability enhancements will continue to be added on a regular basis. The software here is not necessarily 100% representative of what will ship into customer’s hands.

Q: How can I test v2/1.1/what’s next?

A: New releases will be automatically made available OTA (over the air) and developers who have a Geeksphone will be able to update to their build in order to test their apps.

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Announcing the April Dev Derby winners!

Last month, more than twenty amazing HTML5 audio demos were shared in the April Dev Derby competition. After looking through the entries, our three new expert judges—Peter Lubbers, Rob Hawkes, and (filling in for Guillermo this month) Chris Heilmann—have decided on three winners and two runners-up.

You don’t have to be a contestant to get excited. Because these demos are completely open-source, they provide wonderful lessons in all of the exciting things you can do with HTML5 audio today.

Dev Derby Logo

Winners

Runners-up

Like last month, our judges had a very hard time narrowing the entries down to just these five finalists. So let’s not forget about all of the other great entries. Many of these were only a few votes away from making the final cut, and all of them deserve recognition for pushing audio forward in ways we never imagined.

Want to get a head start on a future Derby? We are also accepting demos that highlight the all that can be done today without JavaScript (July Derby) and demos related to the Camera API (August Derby).

Further Reading

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State of the Docs, April 24, 2012

The following is a sample of the changes to the documentation on MDN in the past four weeks. We expect a large flurry of activity during the Documentation sprint this weekend. If you’re in the Bay Area, you’re welcome to join in person for any part of the sprint, or join remotely if you’re elsewhere.

Help needed

A reader provided feedback that they don’t understand the domQuery example in the global Function object. It needs to be more clearly explained.

Web standards docs

Mozilla technology docs

Mozilla project docs

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Weekly HTML5 Apps Developer Resources, April 25th 2012

Weekly Resources for HTML5 Apps Developers

Mozilla Marketplace Partner Spotlights:

Here are some profiles of app developers who are joining the Mozilla Marketplace.

Resources

Articles

HTML5 App Hi-light

Mozillian Bonus Link

If you find a link that you think should be included, please feel free to forward it to JStagner at Mozilla.com

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Wiki Wednesday: April 18, 2012

Here are today’s Wiki Wednesday articles! If you know about these topics, please try to find a few minutes to look over these articles that are marked as needing technical intervention and see if you can fix them up. You can do so either by logging into the wiki and editing the articles directly, or by emailing your notes, sample code, or feedback to mdnwiki@mozilla.org.

Note: This Wiki Wednesday is published way off-schedule, and a little short, due to a technical problem I ran into compiling it.

Contributors to Wiki Wednesday will get recognition in the next Wiki Wednesday announcement. Thanks in advance for your help!

JavaScript

Thanks to Berker Beksag for contributing!

SeaMonkey

Developing Mozilla

Extensions

Thanks to Neil Rashbrook for his contributions since last time!

XUL

XPCOM

Thanks again to Neil Rashbrook for his help!

Interfaces

Thanks (yet again!) to Neil Rashbrook for his contributions.

Plugins

CSS

Thanks to brianloveswords!

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