The service industry needs web apps too

The service industry needs web apps too

Your product is your time and your skills, those aren’t exactly tangible things that you can sell online. You don’t need a webstore and you deal with your customers face to face, so you might think that an interactive web application holds little value for your business. Of course, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
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Why I Don't Do Wordpress

Why I Don't Do Wordpress

I often get a lot of slack from my colleagues over my disdain for WordPress. To be fair, I don’t actually have anything against it and obviously, WordPress has its place. So why do I cringe when someone asks me to build their site in Wordpress or add custom functionality to their existing Wordpress site?
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OpenVBX Material Design Theme

OpenVBX Material Design Theme

OpenVBX is a great open source web application that provides an easy to use interface to manage multiple user's phone numbers, voice mail, and phone trees. While the app is easy to use and set up, its design is very dated. Luckily OpenVBX is extendable and it is easy to write your own overriding style sheets to re-theme it as needed.
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The App is Dead, Long Live the App!

The App is Dead, Long Live the App!

Native apps, the software that you generally download from an app store like iTunes or Google Play and then install directly on your device, are becoming obsolete for many of their common uses. A primary benefit of an app has always been the ability for a developer to tap into the device itself to access things like local storage, GPS, accelerometer and camera as well as register and receive push notification.
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Even My Gas Pump is Online

Even My Gas Pump is Online

Years ago, I knew DVDs were the future when Blockbuster started devoting more shelf space to discs than VHS tapes. Later, I knew Facebook was about to dominate social media when my parents signed up for accounts. Now I know that the machines are taking over the Internet because even my gas pump is online and I have the app!
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Roll Your Own API

Roll Your Own API

Machines are really picky about reading. They like normalized and structured sets of data. Machines don’t generally want to look at the pictures on your website or read the paragraphs of hand-crafted copy you’ve spent hours writing. Machines don’t care about the usability of your navigation or that you’re using the latest responsive design with metro tiles, flat icons and giant fonts. They just want your data.
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Password Resets, You're Doing it Wrong!

Password Resets, You're Doing it Wrong!

Your users will forget their password. Maybe not all of your users, but some of them will and when they do, you need a way to still let them access your site and their data. There are several ways this can be done; however, some common methods are simply not secure.
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