Posts Tagged AJAX

Web-forms: a first look

Getting users to fill in a field to give you their information is hard. Even when it is to do something the user would like to have it always seems to be a break-off point in the process. A user want to respond to a blog post but he needs to fill in a name and an email. It is more likely that the user will leave the form and not comment at all then fill in the form. Things like external account integration (facebook login), asynchronous  forms (javascript and ajax) and natural forms are a way to solve this. Web-forms are as much a science as they are an art. Nuances can make or break a good web-form so let’s give the science of web-forms a better look!

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Prototype: GeoTweets

4 bottles of coke, 3 days and a lot of mashed code. That is how much it took for me to roll out the first prototype of GeoTweets. GeoTweets is an web-based application to show Tweets about a location on a map. Using the Google maps API v3 as a map and gathering the tweets with the Twitter search API allows the application to show tweets on a location about that location.

The concept for this prototype was created for the course Multi-media systems at Leyden University (Netherlands). The initial concept was to show what location on the world most tweets were about. Due to technical limitations this evolved into an application that lets user click to find out what is happening on a location. The locations are saved together with the activity ratio, this is then displayed on the map as active active and recent locations.

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