Keeping up with technology is a lot of work. Luckily, we enjoy wading through the noise just to find the gems of awesomeness sprinkled throughout. Fusion Radar is our gift to you, Current or Potential Client, so that you can enjoy all of the awesome without any of the drudgery. Unwrap it each week, and know that you’re loved by the geeks and pixel-pushers at Agency Fusion.
Web Developer Checklist
Web Dev Checklist is a handy tool, particularly for a freelancing developer who has to code and check his own work. Not only does this simply-designed checklist include everything from analytics to usability to security, it also offers resources that can help a developer complete or check many of the items on their list.
We’ve posted plenty about HTML5 before, and this week we have two new HTML5 sites to share with you. The first, The Expressive Web, is a site that interactively showcases the new features and functionalities of HTML5 and CSS3. HTML Five Wow lets users view and interact with the “HTML5 Showcase for Developers: The Wow and the How” talk given at Google I/O in 2011.
This is an entertaining HTML5 Chrome experiment that allows friends in different locations to play music together in real time through their Chrome browser. There are about 20 different instruments you and 3 other friends can use to create virtual music together.
PlaceIt (built by responsive site builder Breezi) lets users generate realistic product screenshots with a one-step drag-and-drop tool. Just upload a screenshot, and PlaceIt takes it from there, adding skews and glares to create attractive renderings automatically.
Web Security Issues
This was a week full of coding troubles, for both Ruby on Rails and Java. For Rails, someone finally alerted administrators to a flaw that exists in basically every version of the framework. In Java’s case, they had a really rough week when the US Department of Homeland Security called on computers users to disable Java due to cyberattack security concerns.
There are all kinds of quotes out there about learning from your mistakes, but it’s so much more efficient (and so much more painless) to learn from other people’s. In this case, learn from Etsy’s infinite scroll mistake: just because something works for one popular website (like Google or Pinterest), doesn’t mean it it’ll work for another (like Etsy). Check out the case study for more life lessons.
Those pesky service-level employees are getting smarter. No one really carries cash around anymore, so putting out a tip jar is often an exercise in futility. DipJar is a simple electronic alternative (designed to look just like a tip jar) that lets users swipe their card instead of digging around for cash to leave a tip.
Put simply, the ClamCase Pro make your iPad look like a MacBook. This sleek keyboard/iPad case supports your iPad and can function as a (laptop) keyboard via a Bluetooth connection, a touchscreen stand, or a tablet case.