Is your site optimized for iPad?
What steps are you taking to serve the iPad/tablet media consumer?
After implementing ‘user-agent’ detection and branching iPad users off, what kind of tailored experiences are you providing or plan to provide these new mobile, touch-media consumers?
(BTW, this new site is not at all optimized for iPad – it is murder to enter text in this WIKI section, for example.)
One of the really interesting things I've noticed is how learning to program affected the way I think in general.
In high school, no one would have used the words 'logical' or 'rational' to describe me. I was definitely a 'thinking with your heart' kinda gal.
Now, I tuck my emotions away when I have to make a decision and use cold hard logic instead. Has anyone else experienced this?
Maybe we need to teach Congress how to program...
Currently at edutopia.org, we're not developing for the iPad per se, but we have taken steps that are making us more iPad friendly. For example, we removed a flash object from our front page because the flash object had a large file size and was cumbersome to update. The side benefit was that its replacement shows up on the iPad nicely. I'm also in the process of examining how certain roll-overs work, as they behave differently on the iPad then they do on the desktop, which will most likely end up with a simplified replacement.
How about these parallels from http://catb.org/~esr/faqs/hacker-howto.html:
- Learn to write your native language well. Though it's a common stereotype that programmers can't write, a surprising number of hackers (including all the most accomplished ones I know of) are very able writers.
- Develop your appreciation of puns and wordplay.
Personally, puns are not permitted until after midnight, but there seems to be some correlation between wordplay and programming.
After all, the analogies on the verbal portion of the SAT exam are more strictly logic-based than the math questions.
(Full disclosure: I got a perfect score on the verbal portion of my SAT exam, and almost completely flubbed the math portion. This does not seem to hinder my ability to program in any way.)
I'm really interested to see how media sites will adapt to the iPad.
Will they rely on their existing websites and optimize that experience?
Will they build applications that provide a customized experience that really fits the format?
Or will they make the same mistake they made at first with the Internet, and just publish .PDF versions of their content as apps? (I've already heard of a lot of this going on.)
Agreed. There is really isn't an iPad-friendly website. Just pull the Flash content and replace with HTML 5 video or another alternative.
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