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It's true. Life moves pretty fast and that applies especially to anyone working in the web design space where new interesting frameworks and techniques pop up every hour or so. I love creating applications and websites. But I also love teaching about what I've learned to aspiring web designers and developers in school. There's so much to do and so little time in a day. That's why it's important for me to slow down from time to time. Here are five things I do that help me balance my days. These activities purposely slow me down nd if you ask me, that's a good thing, not a bad thing. …



            

I've been playing around with Appcelerator Titanium lately and wrote a tutorial for the Dutch edition of Web Designer Magazine on how you can use the framework to build native apps for iOS and Android. The code I used throughout the tutorial is based on what I used to create the Pakfriet app , an app for iPhone that lets you locate places that sell typical Belgian fries. If you're interested in getting started with Titanium, check out the tutorial in Web Designer Magazine issue 49 . Happy reading!



            

Great things come from small countries and besides an overdose of tasty beers, waffles and Brussels sprouts, we're still quite proud of our fries here in Belgium. A frituur or frietkot as we call it here, is a place where you go to grab a freshly baked portion of fries. You don't find those friet-places like we have them here in Belgium in other countries, definitely not as often as you can find them here. For anyone fond of good Belgian fries (that's right, we don't call them French fries here), we've created a simple and free app for iPhone and iPad that will help you locate the …



            

Readers of this blog probably know about the free iPhone app that I've released just before summer called the I'm Fine App (thanks to @pascalculator for the birdie logo). The application lets your friends and family know (through email or Facebook) that you're doing fine or that you need help. This can be handy in several situations from going to a festival to going on a dangerous hike in the mountains. The idea for the app emerged after a heavy storm hit Pukkelpop - a large Belgian festival - and we were unable to contact any of our friends after panic broke out and the cell phone …



            

For web designers and developers, fresh inspiration is crucial to grow in what we do and to stay on top of our game. Here at GoodBytes, over the past few months I've been stacking up so much good stuff to read, listen and watch but I simply don't find the time to catch up on all that. Chances are that you are in exactly the same situation as I am. Let's do a little test to see if that's true: do you recognize any of this: you've been bookmarking articles that you'll probably never read, you have a text file sitting somewhere on your desktop with links to video's that you should watch one …



            

A few months ago, I was using Twitter under my own name @jorishens but decided that it would be better to Tweet under my brand name GoodBytes . Unfortunately that account or username was already taken on Twitter by a friendly guy who wasn't really using the account for anything. On top of that, GoodBytes was just his nickname, not his business name so I kind of wanted to get my hands on my Twitter name. If you are in the same position as me, I recommend you to follow the next few steps to reclaim your Twitter account. 1. Contact the owner of the account The first thing I did …



            

Every month, I get a couple of emails from people of very different backgrounds and ages that think about either starting a career in web design and development or that consider a career move towards coding and pixel pushing. I absolutely love getting back to those emails, because every single one of them is written by somebody who's truly passionate about getting involved in this sector. Without exception, I encourage anyone who asks me whether or not they should pursue their dreams to do so as quickly as possible, especially when that dream involves debugging lines and lines of …



            

I've been playing around with Appcelerator Titanium lately and one thing that I found frustrating was the fact that I couldn't get a GPS fix with the Android emulator. The iPhone emulator on the other hand was returning my current position just fine. Of course, dummy data is being returned by the emulator. To make sure that the Android emulator returns a valid GPS location by using Geolocation in Titanium, you need to do the following: 1 - launch the Dalvik Debug Monitor a.k.a. ddms The location of this tool depends on where you installed the Android SDK. For me, ddms is …



            

Binnenkort lanceer ik samen met Dries onze startup SolidShops.com , een online applicatie die zich richt op web designers en webontwikkelaars die voor klanten (of voor zichzelf) graag op een eenvoudige en betrouwbare manier webwinkels willen opzetten. Wie graag een beta uitnodiging ontvangt voor deze applicatie kan een reactie achterlaten onderaan deze post. Schrijf in je reactie waarvoor je de applicatie wil gebruiken, als we je idee interessant vinden doen wij de rest. In dit artikel delen we graag enkele zaken die we geleerd hebben tijdens de uitbouw van SolidShops.com. Zo zijn …



            

Op het eerste zicht lijken CSS frameworks fantastisch voor webontwikkelaars. Sneller websites bouwen, IE-bugs automatisch elimineren en betere code schrijven. Sign me up please! Jammer genoeg blijken de beschikbare frameworks deze verwachtingen niet altijd in te lossen. Wat zijn CSS frameworks? CSS frameworks zijn eigenlijk niets meer dan stylesheets die je kan gebruiken als basis voor je nieuwe projecten. Iedereen die regelmatig websites bouwt heeft al wel eens gedacht dat hij op bepaalde momenten soortgelijke opmaak aan het schrijven was als in een vorig project. CSS frameworks …