Firmsite Publisher is the in-house content management system used by the Thomson Rueters Findlaw division to create websites for law firms and lawyers. Over 10,000 websites are created through this online-based system.
In one of the biggest additions to Firmsite Publisher, my team members and I developed the new feature to add Drag-and-Drop capabilities. This feature is to help our content authors to customize the look of a law firm’s website easily. I was tasked with all the Front-end development responsibilities.
Screencast shows the same web-dashboard displayed on three different devices – MacBook, iPad, and iPhone See in Action
The dashboard contains several distinct widgets:
1.) Multiple carousels (swiping of data) responds to both mouse and touch gestures to swipe the card to view additional sets of data.
2.) A slider to select the date and time range. The slider transforms into the standard iPhone time picker when the web-dashboard is viewed on an iPhone.
3.) Sophisticated charts embedded inside of other charts.
4.) Grids to display data
5.) Persistent Web Design techniques to retain user’s viewing settings
- Bryntum Scheduler and Gantt Charts
- Sencha EXTJS 4.0
- jQuery.ContentCarousel plugin
- Developr theming
- jQuery.blockUI plugin
View the Web Dashboard
I have been buying a lot of apps from the AppStore and Google Play Market for my young son. Then I thought, “Hey, why don’t I make my own app?!”
In my spare time, I developed an app to teach my 2-year old son the names of his family members and favorite cartoon characters.
There are apps to teach your toddler animal names, colors, shapes, vehicles… but what about apps to teach your toddler the names of friends and loved ones? This app can teach your toddler the names of his/her family and friends in a fun and easy to play game.
Download the game from Google Play or Play the game online
Normal people think of trees as those green living things with branches and leaves. Computer Programmers think of trees as something completely different. (although computer programmers should be considered normal people too).
I made this mult-tree webpage for using jQuery and the plugin treeTable. Using JSON data from a webservice, I generate a table using the old <table><tr><td> tags with their corresponding parent ids. Then I plug in the treeTable — and POOOOOF — the tree appears. It’s that easy.
(actual data has been removed and replaced with fake data)
If you’re familiar with programming and doing a code-difference on the changes you’ve made to your code, you’ll probably notice some similarities to this web-based tool. This tool basically shows the difference between two sets of data and allows you to copy one set of data to the other. There’s more to it, but let’s not bore you too much.
And oh! If you resize your browser, the web app will resize itself to use the most space as possible… because I just hate white empty space.
It’s been awhile since I posted something I’ve done. I’ve been doing amazing things at Apple Inc, which has kept me busy. Awhile back, I did begin a project to help me learn all of HTML5 features. I decided to make a Jeremy Lin app that incorporates all of the new and cool HTML5 features. I also wanted this app/website to be responsive. This app should work and look nice on all devices – desktop, smartphone, tablet. Here is my excerpt from the Google Play store,
This is the Jeremy Lin Linsanity Video Game. You decide which play to make and watch your stats increase. Watch hundreds with highlight clips of Jeremy Lin’s NBA career. This app also includes Jeremy Lin’s twitter feed, real-time stats, youtube highlight clips, the Houston Rocket’s schedule, fan photos, news, biography, etc.
Play the Jeremy Lin video game from your desktop, smartphone, or tablet here
Download the Jeremy Lin video game from the Google Play store
List of technologies used in this App
jQuery Mobile – the framework to lay out the pages and dialog box
CSS3 – renders the elements to fit into the various devices
HTML5 Video – no plugins required to view the Jeremy Lin videos and is supported on most platforms with the latest browsers
jPlayerPlaylist – a playlist plugin to watch html 5 videos
Canvas – plots the shots taken by Lin onto the basketball court
Localstorage – keeps track of the player’s stats and saves the stats even after the browser is closed
jQueryTweet plugin – displays the twitter feed from Jeremy Lin’s twitter page
Google News – rss feed of the latest news on Jeremy Lin
jQueryWowSlider – plugin to display the sliding images of JLin fans.
Youtube – video site to watch JLin videos
Our new dashboard feature was presented at our annual conference, Project Flow 2011, to rave reviews! Project managers and executives who use our web-based software once had to scour through several charts and reports to see the information they need for the day. However, with the new dashboard design, most of the essential information can be seen on one screen.
The charts are generated using a 3rd Party add-on called ChartFX.Net from SoftwareFX. I used jQuery to populate the widgets with data. jQuery was also used to display enlarged widgets in a modal dialog box. All the widgets were generated with ASP.Net code.
*update: The dashboard feature was officially released to clients on Dec 13, 2012.