Simple Feedback Form with Agile Toolkit

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011|Beginner tips, Version 4|by Romans|1 Comment

My company produces around 10-20 web projects per year for small companies and web entrepreneurs. Our clients, often business-oriented, are busy chasing investors and winning awards, while we are looking after their Web Software. However interacting with them is very important and we are looking for a better ways to do so.

Since we are developing web-software, why not use that web-software to interact with the client? In this article I am explaining how to go through a steps to develop a simple yet robust feedback system.

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Why Agile Toolkit is best choice for Business Web Software?

Thursday, March 10th, 2011|Beginner tips|by Romans|1 Comment

It’s been 4 years since I showed up for M50 Enterprise Program (Government program helping start-ups in Ireland) dressed in jeans and t-shirt. I had an idea for on-line project and I wanted to pursue my goal. My belief was that if I write a great software and make it look good, people would certainly start using it. Sometimes it turns out to be like that, but it rather an exception that a rule.

Back then my idea failed, however I have learned two important things about software development:

  • Research is very important. Talk with potential clients of what they want before putting your effort into making it.
  • Find a shortest path to your goal. Make things work first, then make them work good.

By sticking to those two rules you can avoid spending time on something unnecessary, failing a project or even go bankrupt. Let’s see in more details how to achieve those goals in practice with help of Agile Toolkit.

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Added Introduction to Agile Toolkit

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011|Beginner tips, Version 4|by Romans|4 Comments

There very significant introduction pages are added. They introduce you to the fundamental concepts of Agile Toolkit, demonstrates some of the UI, JavaScript and MVC goodies.

http://agiletoolkit.org/intro

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Sneak Peak into Agile Toolkit new website..

Friday, January 28th, 2011|Beginner tips, Core changes, Version 4|by Romans|4 Comments

Agile Toolkit is a new — more efficient way way to build Web Software.

Agile Toolkit is a high-performance PHP framework for UI development with jQuery. High levels of efficiency are achieved because your database and your UI are seamlessly and securely integrated. You achieve more with less code

We are getting ready to unveil our new website for Agile Toolkit. A lot of things are still being written and added, but we decided to share it with readers of this blog.

http://new.atk4.com/

I would love to hear any feedback on the website or in general.

Get in Touch

We are trying to reserve a spot to talk on Bizcamp Newry. http://www.bizcampnewry.com/. This would be our first public talk / announcement. Please follow us on twitter for more updates: http://twitter.com/atk4

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Yin and Yang of modern PHP UI Frameworks

Sunday, October 31st, 2010|Beginner tips, Version 3, Version 4|by Romans|2 Comments

I came over this old question on StackOverflow: “Which PHP Framework will get me to a usable UI the fastest?” I couldn’t help but wonder, why people are not aware of all those other PHP UI frameworks? There are few, right? If you google for “php ui” you can find them. Those are more generally referred to as UI toolkits. But why those toolkits are not known in the mainstream?

Why there is a gap between UI toolkits and mainstream frameworks? If UI is Yin and backend is Yang – why can’t they co-exist?

Here is what I think..

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Grid Documentation

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010|Beginner tips|by Romans|8 Comments

Grid is a powerful UI element used in almost any web application. Some frameworks decide not to implement them at all. Others rely on full-featured JavaScript implementation and only provide data source as requested. Agile Toolkit builds grids in HTML, then enhances them through JavaScript. JavaScript widget then communicates with back-end to perform additional features for the grid. This post will look more in-depth on what can you do with grids.

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Easier kick-start with Sample Project

Sunday, September 19th, 2010|Beginner tips|by Romans|6 Comments

For each project it usually takes some time to set up basic things. We wanted to make it easier for people who are only starting with Agile Toolkit. So we are now including a sample project, which you can “svn export” to get started much faster.

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Validity – jQuery Plugin and Agile Toolkit

Thursday, August 5th, 2010|Beginner tips|by Romans|5 Comments

I stumbled upon a interesting jQuery plugin called Validity. Syntax seemed straightforward so I decided to see how long it takes to integrate it into Agile Toolkit.

http://validity.thatscaptaintoyou.com/

See demo here: http://demo.atk4.com/validity.html

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Multi-page Pages (FINALLY!)

Monday, August 2nd, 2010|Beginner tips, Brainstorming|by Romans|3 Comments

Up till now we had to either pile up functions in API class formatted as page_user, page_user_add, page_user_del, or we had to create all those classes, each in it’s own file.

Well – not anymore. Now any page class can have sub-pages. Here how it works:

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Checking password strength with CrackLib

Monday, July 26th, 2010|Beginner tips, Version 3|by Romans|4 Comments

Password complexity is a fine balance between memorable passwords and crack-able passwords. But how you measure that? For instance “john192″ is much easier to crack than “9john2″. However password strength tests approach both with the same algorithm. Even company policies are being made up requiring passwords to cary certain amount of digits or symbols.

A fine line is drawn by a CrackLib – a library coming a long way from Unix and designed for a single purposes of assessing password strength. This article is about how to integrate CrackLib into password verification field.

You can see demo: http://agiletech.ie/pwcheck/
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