Web development – Standard and commercial websites

The difference between standard and business sites isn’t just in their purpose; there are differences in the elaboration of the same. They both require extensive knowledge of several coding languages (more you know the better site you can build) which every web developer possesses.

Development of general websites

The person who wants to create a webpage needs the knowledge of web technologies and coding languages. The average developer should have knowledge of HTML, JavaScript, and XHTML. Those that want to create websites that have additional features should also learn CSS, XML, ASP and any other language that others use.


Some people tend to edit their text files, but it’s better and more efficient to have an editor that will work alongside the developer. Editing also requires knowledge of Adobe Dreamweaver, Microsoft Visual Web Developer Express and other similar software.
Once the writing is done, the developer has to test their website. The best way to do that is through testing on all the main web browsers (not everyone uses the browser the developer prefers). The final step is the validation of the page (making sure that it fulfills all requirements and standards).
A good website consists of several pages, and each and every one of them needs to be unique and exciting to the visitor. A professional web developer is a person who can create a unique website that stands out.

How to build a commercial website

The development of a site for commercial use is almost same as the building of a regular site. The only significant difference is the path the developer has to follow. Commercial sites are there to make money and therefore they have to be developed to meet the needs of the future clients.
Sites that sell products should have simple and yet compelling order where the customer can choose a product and read more about it on the page of that product. Info about the product should be near the picture of the same. Overcomplicating is something that every web developer should avoid.

Commercial websites that sell services are simple, and they don’t have too many pages. The main page should be interesting, and it should contain data about the service and the provider. Several other pages should exist, one of them should be supported page, and another should be a page about the vendor (more extensive than on the main page) and so on. Every page should be different to avoid monotonous look.

Speakers

Andreas Weigend
Fmr. Chief Scientist, Amazon.com

He teaches at Stanford and directs the Social Data Lab, helping companies understand the Social Data Revolution and its irreversible impact on how we express our identity, relate to each other, make purchasing and lifestyle decisions, and create knowledge as a community. Previously, as the Chief Scientist of Amazon.com, he focused on building the real customer-centric, measurement-focused culture, key to Amazon’s success.
Andreas is currently an advisor or board member of RocketFuel, Skout, VillageVines, Solvate, eCommera, Peerius, ApeSnap, Uniqlick, and Mu-Sigma, as well as a limited partner at Founders Fund. Startups he co-founded or advised include Moodlogic (music crowdsourcing, sold to All Media Guide / Macrovision), Cleverset (recommendation technology, sold to ATG/IBM), Agoda.com (travel and hotel reservations, marketed to Priceline), Xiaonei (now RenRen, China’s largest Facebook clone), and Nugg.ad (behavioral targeting, sold to Deutsche Post).

Nick Halstead
Founder & CEO, Mediasift Ltd

Nick is CEO and Founder of Mediasift Ltd – which created TweetMeme.com – one of hottest real-time news aggregators based on data from Twitter. TweetMeme has stored over 4 billion unique links that have ever been shared on Twitter (used for the famous Retweet Button of which 500 million widgets are served every day.)


His latest product DataSift is a real-time data mining platform processing 100′s of millions of pieces of social media data each day. DataSift also supports storage of the real-time streams – based upon HBase + MapReduce bringing the next generation in social media data analysis.
Nick has been in development for over 20 years and continued to push the boundaries of technology within the web space. He is passionate about the future of news and ‘Big Data’.

Bram Cohen – Founder of BitTorrent

Bram will join the founder of the summit, Gil Elbaz, on a panel that will discuss Open Web and how open it is.
Bram was the employee of the MojoNation which he quit in 2001 after which he started his work on BitTorrent. He created CodeCon conference where he showcased his first version of this software. He attracted a broad audience with this software as it was able to support sharing of the large files (movies, music and so on). He also worked in Valve Corporation for short period where he dealt with a digital distribution system that we all saw in Half-Life 2. He left the Valve after less than a year and went to from BitTorrent, Inc.

Anthony Goldbloom – Founder and CEO of Kaggle

University of Melbourne graduate Anthony Goldbloom started his prolific career in Department of Treasury of Australia and the Reserve Bank of Australia. He then went on and became an intern in London (The Economist). His first thoughts that spawned the Kaggle were in London where he wrote about “big data” in a column. From there he went to the USA where he created Kaggle, a company that helped NASA, Ford, and Wikipedia (among others) in problem-solving through predictive modeling. The company was very successful, and it gained a lot of media coverage due to payments they received from satisfied clients.

Pitch Day

25 selected applicants attended the April 2 Data 2.0 Pitch Day where they presented their work to a group of peers and investors. The selected few received a 75% discount on their Data 2.0 Conference tickets.
The top 5 pitches from the Data 2.0 Pitch Day were invited to pitch on stage to 800+ attendees, alongside speakers from Google, Microsoft, Factual, SimpleGeo and Palantir at the Data 2.0 Conference.

Application Requirements

Applicants had to be either owners or founders of the project or startup.
Candidate projects had to identify or solve a problem facing business or society in a way that can be explained to non-technical judges. The core innovation had to involve the sourcing, organizing, analyzing, distributing, or visualizing of data.
Projects had to be owned by a for-profit company with under $10 million in funding AND under $10 million in 2010 revenue. Non-profits do not qualify.

Venture Capitalist Judges

Over six venture capitalist judges were there to rate the projects on the Pitch Day and the April 4th Data 2.0 Conference on-stage startup pitches. They included True Ventures, General Catalyst Partners, Accel Partners, Shasta Ventures, Reed Elsevier Ventures, and Sierra Ventures.

The results of the Data 2.0 Pitch Day

Only five, out of 25 applicants satisfied judges with their projects and they faced off against each other on the second day. They had three minutes to present their project and another three minutes to answer the questions from the judges.


PlantSense developed sensors that could detect the conditions of the soil and environment, both in greenhouses and in the open. The program also takes into the consideration the type of a plant and gives out recommendations that would improve those conditions. The project isn’t anything new as it exists since 2006.
Chart.io analyzes the data and converts it into real-time charts. The primary purpose of the program is to allow average users the insight in the data they collect. It makes it easier to read the data and draw conclusions from it.
Mashape created a central directory for APIs in which everyone could distribute and build them. It also simplifies the way people can generate simple APIs.
Min.us introduced the service that makes sharing quite easy. Anyone who has the need to share can do it by dragging and dropping the content. They launched this service to multiple platforms as well as extensions on Chrome and Firefox.

The winner of the event was the Micello that created a program that launched Google Maps for indoors. The program contains more than five thousand maps of various buildings including malls, stadiums, and conference centers. The DEMO of the application launched in 2009, and since then it developed a full-fledged app that anyone can download and use.

Introducing new Data 2.0 Summit

Every individual speculates on what the next step in technology development is and it’s not strange that the primary focus of this Data 2.0 Summit strikes near it. The summit and its organizers ask why the Data Revolution is the next step in our advancement.
The cloud tech experiences new breakthroughs on a weekly basis, and it’s obvious that this tech represents the technology of the future. This summit will focus on questions about the path that this advancement should take and the way it is on at this moment.
Many prominent speakers will address other issues that concern data. We will experience a lot of talk about possible monetization of the data as well as API infrastructure and its place in this new world. Accessibility to the data and its openness is another subject that will be addressed. The founder of the summit will present a panel that will discuss the openness of the Open Web. These are only some of the things you will experience on this years’ Data 2.0 Summit.


Morning Session 1
Panel: Why Open Data?

Governments have started opening data for many reasons: it is a politically affirmative action, and it alleviates the responsibility of analyzing and interpreting the data internally. Social Networks open data so they can become more valuable as the hub of many spokes since 3rd parties will develop applications that make their data more useful. Will traditional businesses open their data? Are some forms of data such as financial information necessarily closed-off and high-priced?

Data Storage Management

Examine challenges with managing explosive data growth. Tools, techniques, technologies, processes, and procedures are reviewed to help you visualize data storage, be prepared for rapid data storage growth, manage SLAs, facilitate chargeback and determine costs

Morning Session 2
The Advertising Equation

We don’t market. We target ads to online users based on their customer profile, real-time ad pricing, and sophisticated analytics. From hyper-personalization to ad marketplaces, what is the latest equation for placing the right ad in front of the right user at the right time? What does the future of advertising look like in a real-time personalized web?

Augmented Business Intelligence

When most people think “business intelligence,” they think about corporations with silos of private data using software and analytics to enhance operational decisions. With the emergence of new lines of evidence–from open data to social data and data as a service–new BI platforms can augment your corporate data with external data. Where does your BI platform source data from? How are you enabling businesses to plug in additional sources? How do you see the BI landscape changing in the next ten years?

Morning Session 3
Future of Social Data

The Future of Social Data panel tackles how the web will adapt to who we are and who we interact with. Where will my social data exist online, and who will own it? What are the efforts to standardize social data between web services? What buying habits or personal preferences can be inferred from our social data? How do we balance exposing social data on services like Twitter with locking down social data in services like Gmail?

Twilio, The Pesky Side Effect of Data

Use of infrastructure services (IaaS/PaaS) results in the generation of interesting datasets on your usage. Let’s look at what infrastructure can do to help alleviate the storage and analytics burden of this data, and how platform providers can make this echo-data accessible and useful.

Register for the best web development tools

Every web developer has an array of instruments that they use. Not all individuals use same tools as some have preferences for one, or another type of help that those tools provide. New developers are always on the lookout for new web development tools that will complement their skills, and they search them through many internet registers that contain such things.
Register for less-known and excellent tools
Some web development tools don’t get the attention they deserve. They are excellent, but people don’t use them because they don’t look very promising at the beginning.


Play Framework is a good example of this. It’s one of the best tools for the creation of apps with Scala and Java. It’s relatively easy to use it, and you only need a text editor and a browser to create applications. It has testing tools already built in, so the patching process is simplified. This software creates apps that are incredibly fast because of its runtime and compiler work on JVM.
Another excellent and under-rated tool is the Apache Couch DB which is an open source product which allows the user to store all types of data on the cloud with JSON documents. It also permits the conversion of said documents with the use of JavaScript. Another excellent feature of this program is the ability to query the indexes and follow the progress of the web development through real-time notifications.


Other less known web development tools from this register

Bug Muncher is an exemplary bug feedback application that assists with bug fixing after the site goes online. It allows people to highlights the bugs on the site and Bug Muncher makes a report of the bug and sends it to you. This turns a long and tedious exchange of emails regarding the bug in a simple one click highlight and instantaneous report.

The Converse is the only chat based tool in this register and it’s perfect for websites that sport char-rooms. It allows the programmer to set different types of chat rooms on the same site. It also allows translation of the text into fifteen different languages. It’s written in Javascript so you can run in in the browser.

The most prominent web development conferences in 2016

2016 was a year of web development and many new technologies advanced which caused improvement of the industry. Many of those techs are still in their infancy stage, and new breakthroughs in this field were the main subject of many prominent conferences.
Many events regarding this industry happened in 2016, and we will overview some of the biggest gatherings. We will mention their goals and accomplishments as well as famous guests and speakers.

Top web development conferences

San Francisco was the home field of one of the biggest conferences called Smashing Conference. The event lasted for two days (April fifth and sixth), and it was the event that explored insights into the industry, new techniques, and tricks within the field. People who visited could participate in six workshops and listen to 16 speakers. The subjects revolved around Persuasive Design and CSS Architecture.


NDC Oslo was a success once again. This event lasted for five days, with two days of workshops and three days of the actual conference. This event didn’t have any focus on a particular subject except the discussion about the future technologies that will impact the web development. People were able to listen to experienced speakers and their subjects that included, among other things, Cloud technology, design, UX, security and so on.
The primary focus of Information Energy 2016 was the creation of usable information through collaboration and cooperation. The idea was to create and discover data that would benefit multiple parties. The best way to find that kind of info is through connections with entities from other spheres.

Other significant events that happened in 2016

The Fronteers Spring Conference was an event organized by the community of Fronteers, and it brought together some rather prominent speakers like Yan Zhu and Marcy Sutton. The general topic of this event was the technical, visual and accessible performance.
Collective 2016 is a somewhat strange event that doesn’t follow the guidelines of other conferences. This event lasted for three days, and all interested visitors could learn from fourteen successful web developers. The events gathered app builders, web development companies and other relevant entities from the industry (Instagram, Facebook and so on).

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