download from the app store now (short link at http://bit.ly/dictionarium) We’re really pleased with how quickly we managed to get this live in the app store. The app was approved on first submission – a testament to our internal QA. Creating a dictionary has given us the perfect opportunity to refine a number of important concepts we use when developing mobile apps. Throughout the design process we’ve taken care to optimise the display for both the iPhone and the new iPad devices. Delivering an app for both devices is not only essential for publishers, who don’t want to develop the same content twice, but also for end users who don’t want the complication of downloading different apps in order to access the same content. Continue readingSemantico’s Dictionarium app is available for
Search Engine Optimisation is a crucial part of any web strategy. Optimisation techniques involve helping search engines to accurately read and index the information on your site and deliver it to potential users through search results. The best techniques do this while with no impact on the user’s experience of the site. Here’s a review of the first steps on any SEO journey. Continue reading
It is notoriously difficult to estimate how long something will take to do. Take, for example, travel. A car journey to London from Brighton should be easy to estimate based on the distance divided by a reasonable average speed. But what is a reasonable average speed? Traffic should also be considered if the estimate is to be accurate and, for the same reason, roadworks. There are other considerations that would affect the estimate but what is obvious from this small set is that it is not possible to guarantee an estimate’s accuracy at this stage. If we take the example further, and look at how such an estimate would change over the duration of the journey, we can see that the only time the estimate can be guaranteed as 100% accurate is once the journey is complete – when the estimate is an actual. The situation is no different in software development and the accuracy of the estimation of software tasks also increases over time. This change in accuracy over time often referred to as the ‘Cone of Uncertainty’. Continue readingThe Cone of Uncertainty shows how an estimate will start with a high degree of uncertainty – either over-estimated or under-estimated – which then improves over time as more is known about the task(s). The diagram shows several common stages within a project and shows how accuracy will be increased as the project progresses. If, therefore, it is not possible to guarantee the accuracy of an estimate, then another approach is required.