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Internet-ready mobile phones to surpass computers within three years

Posted on Thursday, February 18th, 2010 by purdy

"By 2013, the number of Internet-ready mobile phones will surpass the number of computers in the world for the first time, according to Gartner, a research firm."  NY Times, Feb, 19, 2010   

This should be making web developers at UNI think very carefully about how they are developing sites for university departments and entities. The new UNI home page wil have a mobile version, as will the calendar and newsroom. We should be looking at other appropriate sites for mobile versions.

UNI web purple color changes

Posted on Friday, January 22nd, 2010 by purdy

The original UNI purple and gold for the web was chosen around 2000, after testing of a variety of monitors and platforms. Back then, monitors were predominently CRTs. Today, with a solid shift to LCD monitors and laptops, the original UNI purple isn't as true to the print purple as we'd like. Research has again been conducted, and a new purple (#4B116F) has been selected for the web, to replace the original purple (#660099) as UNI web developers make updates to their sites. There is no change to the UNI gold web color. For more information, visit the UNI Web Colors site.

Web Development Languages

Posted on Friday, December 11th, 2009 by purdy

Below are the results of a recent survey of the University Web Developers Listserv of what developers were currently using and were likely to use in the future. The data is based on 83 responses.

What Web development languages do you use at your college or university?
PHP (77.1%)
JScript (38.6%)
Perl (31.3%)
Cold Fusion (25.3%)
ASP Classic/VBScript (22.9%)
Java (21.7%)
ASP.net/VB.net (18.1%)
Python (16.9%)
Ruby on Rails (14.5%)
C#.net (9.6%)
JSP (9.6%)
Other (6.0%)

What Web development languages do you think will be mainstream five years from now?
PHP (81.9%)
Java (43.4%)
Ruby on Rails (38.6%)
ASP.net/VB.net (36.1%)
JScript (34.9%)
C#.net (25.3%)
Python (24.1%)
Perl (18.1%)
JSP (14.5%)
Cold Fusion (13.3%)
Other (8.4%)
ASP Classic/VBScript (3.6%)

State of the University Web Department survey

Posted on Monday, November 30th, 2009 by purdy

First and foremost I wanted to thank everyone who took the time to fill out the survey. The feedback from this has been amazing and I know everyone has been anticipating the results. These results will help others shape and make informed decisions about their web environment. For each question I included a mix graphs, tables and some commentary about the results or question.

Survey Results...

As Facebook Ages, Gen Y Turns to Twitter

Posted on Thursday, November 5th, 2009 by purdy

Facebook is getting old. No, people aren't getting tired of it, it's actually getting old, as in its population is aging. In May of 2008, the median age for Facebook was 26. Today, it's 33, a good seven years older. That's an interesting turn of events for a site once built for the exclusive use of college students. So where are today's college students hanging out now? Well, to some extent, they're still on Facebook, despite having to share the space with moms, dads, grandparents, and bosses. Surprisingly though, they're also headed to another network you may have heard of: Twitter.      ReadWriteWeb

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