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Monday, February 23, 2009

Driscoll Web Development Launches iamguiltyof.com: the social confessional

On February 19, 2009, we launched iamguiltyof.com: the social confessional. As the name of the site might imply, the purpose of iamguiltyof.com is to allow people to make anonymous confessions of guilt and follow others' confessions in real-time.

We're very happy with how our first weekend went: iamguiltyof.com drew over 1,000 visits from over 700 unique visitors in just 4 days. In order to keep the momentum going we've added a Twitter bot into the mix so that users can tweet their confessions and see them posted on iamguiltyof.com AND get updates on their confessions and others' confessions via the bot's timeline (for more information on the iamguiltyof.com Twitter bot, read this).

Some of our users have drawn comparisons between iamguiltyof.com and similar sites, but most (if not all) have cited that iamguiltyof.com offers a distinct advantage with its real-time delivery of confessions to users. That, we believe, along with multiple points of entry to the application and a clean and simple interface not unlike that of Twitter, makes iamguiltyof.com a leader in the social confession / gossip space.

But, don't take our word for it: we strongly encourage all readers to go to iamguiltyof.com and check it out for themselves. Furthermore, we'd love to hear your feedback on the site, either via comments to this post or via the feedback form that is available on iamguiltyof.com

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Now Available: The BitlyXAPI Library for .NET Development

Introducing: the BitlyXAPI library for .NET development!

This library allows .NET developers who wish to leverage the Bitly API in their applications a way of quickly implementing the Bitly API in their libraries/apps without having to worry about the plumbing, constructing calls, etc.

The zip file includes the BitlyXAPI DLL, a sample application (with source code), and documentation.

Download the BitlyXAPI package here:

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Technology for the Holidays

So in case you haven't heard, Christmas is right around the corner - which means 2008 is coming up fast. We're gearing up for a new year at DWD, and we have some pretty cool prospects in front of us for oh-eight.

First and foremost, we're all-in on a consulting contract with one of the Philly area's leading WBT/E-Learning software development firms. We've spent a few weeks with the folks at this growing company, and so far it has been a blast. We're looking forward to working with them throughout 2008.

"Hey, what's with the title?!? I thought this post was supposed to be about technology?", you might be wondering aloud.

Well, fear not, we have some juicy tidbits for you from inside the walls of DWD!

As part of our contract with the aforementioned E-Learning firm, we've been looking into new ways to develop and deliver the firm's software. What did we find? We found the Flex 3 beta SDK and Adobe AIR, of course! After unzipping everything and flying through the code in the sample apps, we put together a few POCs for our client. All told, it was a lot of fun playing around with Flex and AIR, and we already have some ideas for some desktop RIAs that we plan to work on in our spare time.

While we wouldn't qualify this as a review of either Flex or AIR, they do have their downside - most notably the fact that Adobe has opted not to support Flex or AIR development in pre-CS3 versions of Dreamweaver and Flash. This is not very surprising, of course, as Adobe is doing everything it can to bring users of the Macromedia product line into the CS3 fold. However, it would be nice if Adobe gave some consideration to those who purchased Macromedia Suite 8.0 just before the merger was announced.

Seeking an IDE that would support both Flex and AIR development, we came across Aptana Studio 1.0. At first seemingly lightweight, we found some pleasant surprises in Aptana Studio's plugins to support AIR, PHP, AJAX, and Ruby on Rails development. We were also quite happy to find that we could build in support for Flex development simply by specifying the Flex compiler. What's more, Aptana Studio includes several Javascript libraries for RIA development - including Scriptaculous, Yahoo! UI, MooTools, and several others. Best of all, Aptana Studio supports iPhone application development via plugin, which is really exciting (almost as exciting as an iPhone under the tree).

As you can see, we have a lot to look forward to in the new year, and we hope you do as well. Happy and Safe Holidays from us to you... We'll see you in 2008!

Brian Driscoll
Owner, Driscoll Web Development

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