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Books on User Experience and User Interface Design

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Having spent the majority of 2011 in intense self-study to finish my transition from developer/project manager to UX engineer, I thought it would be useful for others out there to share my reading list and some brief thoughts. Steve Krug- Don’t make me think The best book for a quick introduction to user experience is this first one. ¬†You’ll find that Steve Krug (along with Jakob...

123exchanges.com – A usability analysis

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123exchanges.com is an eBay type listing site based on the concept of selling through videos instead of written descriptions. The site provides a way for sellers to register and upload videos of things for sale, and it provides browsing and searching functionality for potential buyers. They are a startup based in the Washington DC area that is approximately 6 months old.

PostGIS Basics – Part 2 – Hello World

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SELECT AddGeometryColumn('public', 'table','column', 4269, 'POINT', 2) This will add a new column to the table and add an entry to the metadata table (the 4269 specifies my reference system, more on that below). It will also add a column to “table” and several constraint checks on the new column. Next, you’ll need to know about spacial reference systems. You’ll notice that...

PostGIS Basics – Part 1 – Installation

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My OS is CentOS, so I used yum to handle installs from the rpm database. The thing with CentOS is that it is purposefully one step behind the cutting edge, so the most recent version of certain applications are not available (PHP, Postgres, etc). To get around this limitation, you have to instruct CentOS to look elsewhere for updated RPMs. One location is the Postgresql repository: Another...

Transforming an address into Latitude and Longitude using PHP and curl

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Step 2 – Construct the query Yahoo offers a REST interface to handle the conversion so we can use either a plain HTTP GET request, or if you want to do it inside of a script that is doing many other things you can use CURL, a set of very useful functions for querying and “scraping” web pages and applications. We must construct the url according to the api guidelines, which boils...

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