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Are Desktop Applications Dead?

In the Web 2.0 era, the traditional desktop application has been declared all but dead. Everything is moving to the “cloud” and the majority of user’s time is spent in their web browser. Companies like Google are leading this trend, and they have went so far as producing an operating system that consists of only a web browser.There are many advantages to a web based application. Data is centrally stored, managed an...


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Written By Jon Peppers

The Hubble Space Telescope – Porting to Windows Phone 7

For my next exploration of the MVC design pattern, I wanted to convert my “Hubble Space Telescope” application from a desktop WPF app to Windows Phone 7.  This can help demonstrate the flexibility MVC provides with such a scenario.You can see the previous article here: http://www.hitcents.com/blog/post/developing-iphone-%E2%80%93-part-4-controlling-hubble-space-telescope-mvcBy using the MVC pattern, we only have ...

April 03, 2011
development / technology
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Written By Joe Tudor

Creativity is not Divine

Creativity is a skill that we all desperately need in order to excel. Are you one of the many individuals that believe in the false mindset that you aren’t creative? I think we can do better than that. It’s true that some people have a little more imagination than others, but the good news is creativity is a trade that can be attained if you are willing to put in the time, enthusiasm, and effort.

Mo...

March 23, 2011
creativity / design
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Written By Chris Nation

Twitter celebrates it's 5th Birthday.

Twitter, the popular micro-blogging network is celebrating it's fifth year of business since 2006. The growth statistics are impressive, as Twitter boasts "140 million tweets per day", which is up from 50 million a year ago, and "46,000 accounts created per day" (Networkeffect, 2011).We here at Hitcents are big proponents of using Twitter as part of your social media package. In fact, we believe that not only should y...

March 21, 2011
social media
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Written By Chris Nation

SEO 101

I hear it all the time- “I want to be #1 on Google!” or how about this one “I am not getting enough web traffic!” These are great desires and lofty goals, but it is not a simple fix. I often encounter the thought process that everything in the web world is simple, fast and cost-effective, when in reality to have a successful online image and continued growth it is quite the opposite.Having a website is great and for a...

March 16, 2011
social media
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Written By Hitcents Staff

Finding the "happily ever after" for your website

Clients, we love you. We really do! And not just because you help to pay our paychecks (even though that's pretty cool). We also love the opportunities that each new website presents to us - a new industry, a different product, a fun idea. Each project starts as a fun new way to use our creativity and knowledge to help you grow your business. We live for stuff like that. However, each new opportunity present...

March 07, 2011
web development
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Written By Hitcents Staff

Web Design Trends

With the face of the web constantly changing, it's important to stay on top of current web design trends. In 2011, as we enter a new decade, we find that websites are moving away from more conservative design to a new era of sophisticated visualizations. Here are a few ways you can ensure your website stays cutting edge in the coming year:

1. Simple graphic pages that can be viewed on multiple platforms

If you ...

March 05, 2011
web design
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Written By Jon Peppers

Developing for iPhone – Part 4: Controlling the Hubble Space Telescope with MVC

So for this part of the series, I wanted to explore MVC by writing a sample application that reuses code between an iPhone app and a WPF windows application.  The goal here is to lessen the amount of code required to be written on the iPhone, because what developer wants to use a Mac, right?  But this should also cut down development time, too, and should make it easier to port the same app to Windows Phones...


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Written By Charles Atkinson

News Flash: Proper training leads to successful implementation

For most of my adult life, I’ve been involved in the training realm in some form or fashion and I have to say, it is probably one of the most important and under used tools in corporate America today. One of my favorite witticisms is “You don’t buy a fighter jet, set it on the top of an aircraft carrier and tell who ever is walking by to jump in and fly it in combat.” It’s a recipe for disaster, but that is what ha...

February 25, 2011
omniprise
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Written By Jon Peppers

Can Hitcents pass the Joel Test?

For those of you who have not heard of it, the Joel Test is a quick checklist that will help assess the practices of your software development team.

The test was originally explained by the blog: "Joel on Software," which is a fairly popular blog by Joel Spolsky, a software developer and CEO of Fog Creek Software.

You can see the original article here: http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/fog0000000043.htm...

February 17, 2011
hitcents / development
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