Anyone can code

Anyone can code

As will.i.am, member of the hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas and coding beginner, puts it, “Great coders are today’s rock stars…” A video by the name of “What Most Schools Don’t Teach”, which was created just over a year ago, made waves online and became the number one video on YouTube within only one day. The video featured many tech giants like Bill Gates (creator of Microsoft), Jack Dorsey (creator of Twitter), Mark Zuckerberg (creator of Facebook) and Drew Houston (creator of Dropbox). … Continue reading

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Which Azure datacentre should you use for your South African sites and apps?

Azure datacentre

Recently the team at Maxxor had to decide which Azure datacentre to use for a new mobile app project. This was a very important decision as the choice would determine the speed at which the app would work. There are two important things that one needs to look at concerning the choice of an appropriate datacentre. One of these is latency. To explain it simply, it is the time that elapses between when a network request is made and when that request elicits a response. … Continue reading

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Why do we need CAPTCHAs?

Why do we need CAPTCHAs?

There is no doubt that if you’re a regular user of the Internet that you have seen what is called a CAPTCHA box, usually when you are leaving a comment, creating an account or logging in somewhere. What are these mysterious puzzles and why are they so necessary to decode when trawling the Internet? What is a CAPTCHA? CAPTCHA is an acronym that stands for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart”. Quite a mouthful. It was coined in 2000 by … Continue reading

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Best Firefox add-ons for developers and designers

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Add-ons can be useful as well as time-saving for developers and designers alike. Take a look at some of the great add-ons you can attach to your Mozilla Firefox browser to make your life easier. MeasureIt Adds a ruler across any web page of your choice in order to check the width, height and alignment of page elements. This will help you to see if elements are what you intended them to be when creating the CSS. Colorzilla This tool allows you to choose a … Continue reading

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Creating user interface design that drives conversion

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When designing a marketing website, microsite or landing page there are many factors that you need to consider in order for the end result to work for you. One of the biggest factors in driving conversion is good user interface (UI) design. Whether you are designing something by yourself or sourcing a company such as Maxxor to design the site on your behalf, you need to take into account some UI features that will make users want to convert to using your product or service. … Continue reading

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A quick comparison between iOS 7 and Android 4.3

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Ever since Android came onto the market in 2005, iOS has needed to defend their piece of the pie. In recent years, Android has been winning the race for dominance and is now seen as the undisputed global leader in the mobile operating system space with iOS coming in second. With the rivalry between Android and iOS users still going strong, we are going to make a quick comparison between the latest iterations of these two operating systems. We look at how each platform deals … Continue reading

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The growing trend in hackathons

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For those not in the know yet, the word “hackathon” may conjure up images of a techie gaining access illegally to unwitting people’s computers or devices. In fact, a hackathon is in fact very legal and an inspiring process for those who organise it as well as those who attend. Hackathons (also known to some as “codefests”) can be described as an event where a group of developers, designers, programmers and so forth come together at a specified venue and work together in teams to … Continue reading

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Maxxor attends the annual Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference

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The annual Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) was recently held in Houston, Texas. Two Maxxor team members, Raj and Mustapha, were privileged enough to attend this event and to mingle with partner companies from every country across the globe. Of course, the conference also provided an opportunity to learn more about Microsoft’s vision for the future. This year’s keynote was presented by Tami Reller, Microsoft’s CFO and chief marketing officer for Windows. The keynote discussed the many creative ways in which Microsoft partners are building … Continue reading

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