There is a problem that I think most designers encounter at some time or another, and I have unilaterally decided to call it Design by Homeopathy. You deliver a strong design - something memorable,hopefully, and with a bit of character. You take this design and give it to a client, who wants to dilute it with a large quantity of blandness. Maybe there are some overall guiding requirements from higher up in the organisation, or requirements from internal stakeholders, but your exciting design is getting seriously watered down. But you bite the bullet and mix in the blandness, and take the result and give to the client again. Again it gets diluted with more blandness. This can happen any number of times, but that's OK, because the blandness 'remembers' the initial great design.
I don’t know about you but one of the things I find most irritating about browsing the web on a mobile is following a deep link into a site but being redirected to the site's mobile home page. The infuriating thing is that I KNOW the content is in there and now I’ve got to go and find it all over again. I have made a request for specific content and the site should be smart enough to display that content in the most suitable format for the device I am accessing it with. If you are storing that content in a database (probably CMS) then why would you not want that content as widely available as possible?
I've recently been reading a fairly lightweight, factual book on our Kindle. It's probably been about six months since I've done this, as my wife has had sole custody of the thing for an age, apparently reading Agatha Christie's entire back-catalogue. Anyway, as when I first bought the thing, I have been marvelling at what a nice user-experience it provides. So light, so easy to read, so comfortable to have my thumb by the next-page button and so romp through any given book, never seems to need charging, and so on. It would be fair to say that, as far as I was concerned, the user-experience lacked nothing.
Having recently finished making a vast set of built-in bookshelves for our living room, I have finally got around to unpacking all of our books from their hiding place in the loft. To be fair, we have only been living here for two-and-a-half years...! One of the books unpacked was a rather nice hardcover version of the same book I'm reading on the Kindle. I now seem to recall buying it, nearly new, from a bootsale shortly after it came out. This seemed to be a good excuse to try out a back-to-back comparison, so that night I read the next 3 chapters from the book instead.
Over the many years Auros has worked with Alterian CMC, we have gathered together a number of useful SQL files we use for querying, re-setting, and reporting against the Alterian CMC databases. Time and time again developers, installers and the support team at Auros find a use for some of these scripts so It would seem silly not to share these with the wider Alterian community!
Download Alterian CMC SQL Toolkit
The file names of the scripts within give a good overview of what's contained:
Please let us know if you find this useful, and whether you have any others you think would be worth adding.
Please note - absolutely no warranties are provided with these scripts and you use them completely at your own risk.