Eight Links – April 22

Here are today’s Eight Links — links for web developers:

  1. JsPDF – create PDF files completely using JavaScript
  2. The Database Rant – begins with “It’s time for SQL to die.”
  3. iPhone app sales – a developer explains the income his app has generated and how changing pricing didn’t change sales
  4. Why writing software is like writing
  5. 18 Seriously Helpful Cheat Sheets for Easier Coding
  6. Google Analytics API Launched
  7. Finding and Fixing Memory Leaks in Python
  8. A Design for a Distributed Transaction Layer for Google App Engine

Embed YouTube Videos With Valid Code

If you’ve ever tried to embed a YouTube video on your Web site, you may have noticed that the code they provide is not valid XHTML. I came across two blog posts today while doing some research that offer some alternative code that allows you to post YouTube videos on your site with valid code. Check them out if you are thinking of posting videos on your site or even your blog.

Twitter Tips and Twittiquette

Having recently, finally joined the world of Twitter, I began to wonder what the proper “twittiquette” was. For instance, what do the “@” and “#” symbols indicate? Should I post in txtspk or lolspk or should I post in proper English? Should I post in third person or first person?

I have found a few articles discussing these questions. For instance, Grammar Girl posted some “Quick & Dirty Tips” about posting on “Tweeting.” I also found an interesting article on BrandFlakesForBreakfast offering some “Twittiquette” tips. Finally, I also found a small Twitter glossary with some information about specific terms and symbols.

Creating A Photo Slideshow With Nero Vision

Every once in a while, I find the desire to put together a nice slideshow of photographs and package them on a DVD. In fact, for the last five or six years, I have done just that as a Christmas present for my family and friends.

I have found no better program to accomplish this than Nero Vision, which, unfortunately is not available by itself. You have to purchase the whole Nero package in order to get Nero Vision. Nero Vision is an amazing program that makes it incredibly easy and painless to put together really nice photo slideshows with narration and/or music in the background.

Google Analytics – Scheduling Regular Reports

While many people realize and recognize that there are wonderful possibilities offered by Google Analytics, few people (including myself) understand just how much you can accomplish with the service. This evening, I want to spend a few minutes showing you how you can schedule your reports and have them automatically e-mailed to you or any other recipient you choose.

Google Analytics – What Bounce Rate Means

This post is intended to be a very quick overview about what “bounce rate” means when viewing and interpreting a Google Analytics report.

The official help documentation for Google Analytics defines the bounce rate as:

Bounce rate is the percentage of single-page visits or visits in which the person left your site from the entrance (landing) page. Use this metric to measure visit quality – a high bounce rate generally indicates that site entrance pages aren’t relevant to your visitors. The more compelling your landing pages, the more visitors will stay on your site and convert. You can minimize bounce rates by tailoring landing pages to each keyword and ad that you run. Landing pages should provide the information and services that were promised in the ad copy.

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