Failing Well: Managing Risk in Web Applications

When I talk about risk as it relates to web applications, people usually assume I’m talking about hardening applications from hackers, spammers and other ne’er-do-wells. While malicious attacks are absolutely a non-trivial part of risk management, there’s a lot more to it that’s just as important.

Sexy, Cheap and Easy: Not Your Mom, Your Wireframes

I’m a planning whore. It’s true. I’m one of those weirdos that really enjoys creating data flows, use cases, wireframes, and functional requirements documents. My bizarre predalictions aside, wireframes are a critical part of planning any website or web based application.

Writing Your First Twitter Application with OAuth

If you’re interested in writing a web-based Twitter application but aren’t sure where to start, the Twitter OAuth library from Abraham Wiliams makes authenticating with OAuth and Twitter a breeze.

Heatmapping and Better Conversion Rates

With all the fancy analytics packages available, most web developers have a pretty good handle on their traffic: where it comes from, how long they stay, what browser they’re using, and which page on the site was the one that failed to hold their attention to the point where they left (exit pages.) These stats…