Posts with tag: 'responsive'

Adaptive Design vs. Responsive Web Design: RWD Pundits Come Full Circle

Luca Passani, CTO @ScientiaMobile, January 2017 I had not blogged for some time, but listening to a conversation that involved Ethan Marcotte and Karen McGrane the other day inspired me to hit the company web log with a new post. The reason for this is because I heard something that I consider big. Very big. Ethan and Karen are two venerable authorities when it comes to the topic of Responsive Web Design (RWD). Plus, they have real experience with web projects, including mobile web, for large enterprises. This is why, when they speak, taking notice is often a good idea. […]

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jQuery Plugin for ImageEngine

ImageEngine is an image resizing tool particularly suited for web mobile scenarios where it can significantly reduce the image payload of and improve the load time of views. ImageEngine works as a plain and smart Content Delivery Network (CDN). It sits in between your server application and the client browser and replaces the host server when it comes to serving some, or all, of the images of the web view. In this article, we’ll see how to encapsulate the functionality of the ImageEngine in a jQuery plugin. An Executive Summary of ImageEngine Because a picture is always worth a thousand […]

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Optimize Images with ImageEngine

A while back we launched a free image optimizing service over at wurfl.io. This turned out to be a huge success, and we’re now serving billions of images every month, saving the end user kilobytes of data per image! We’re not only happy because of the great numbers, but also because this proves that the web industry is increasingly concerned of performance and optimization. Another reason may be that the Responsive Images specification didn’t turn out to be the silver bullet after all. We got some feedback on our blog post where we wrote about Responsive Images and the need for […]

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Introducing WIT: the WURFL Image Tailor

Introducing WIT: the WURFL Image Tailor by Luca Passani, CTO @ScientiaMobile “If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.” – Albert Einstein “You cannot fashion a wit out of two half-wits.” – Neil Kinnock Resizing images is not a new concept by any stretch of the imagination. Those who, like me, have been involved with the mobile web since the WAP era, are very familiar with the problem of not sending 200kb pictures to phones that could only handle 10kb XHTML-MP pages. This post on the WMLProgramming mailing list is a good example of the […]

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Virtual Capabilities and Filters: introducing WURFL API 1.5

Virtual Capabilities and Filters: introducing WURFL API 1.5 virtual   — adjective 1.        having the essence or effect but not the appearance or form of: a virtual revolution 2.        having the form or appearance but not the essence or effect of: virtual reality 3.        (rare)  capable of producing an effect through inherent power or virtue Umberto Eco, a famous Italian phylosopher and a novelist, when asked for an opinion about ‘Virtual Reality’ replied that it did not interest him, but “please, call me back when I can make love to Marilyn […]

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WURFL and Responsive Web Design (RWD)

RESS Responsive Web Design with Server Side Detection

Pretend for a moment that you’re working as a front-end developer. (If you’re already a front-end developer, well, pretend you’re also wearing a pirate hat.) – Ethan Marcotte, Responsive Web Design, page 17       If you have never heard of Responsive Web Design, I respectfully wonder how in the world you landed on this blog. In a nutshell, RWD has changed (and arguably, has changed single-handedly) how people create regular and mobile websites. Up to two or three years ago, building a website that worked on mobile devices necessarily involved serving a mobile-specific experience to those devices. More […]

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BDConf and Exposing WURFL Capabilities to JavaScript

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” – Leonardo Da Vinci (disputed)   Important Note (April 2014): If you are interested in using WURFL from Javascript, you may want to check out WURFL.io (or this blog post). Steve and I were at the awesome Breaking Development Conference  last week in Dallas, Texas. What an amazing stand-up of great speakers (and what an amazing chance for networking!). The presentations covered quite a lot of ground and a variety of topics. Some speakers gave their more high-level “long term” visions of where mobile is going and how every device (including your toaster) will be communicating […]

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