December 4, 2003

2. "Cheaters Sort-Of Prosper in the Blogsphere"

The admirableN.Z. Bear, about as fair a person as you could hope to find in the Blogsphere, was forced to deal with one of the worst cases of link-whoring and rank cheating in recent memory. It would seem that a group of blogs called, appropriately, "The League of Liberals," was caught out gaming Bear's blog ranking 'ecosystem' in order to push itself and its "Hate Bush" agenda higher and higher in the rankings. Multiple counters, blogs linking to blogs within blogs, blog clones, all of these were used by the ringleader of the Cheating League, one delusional "Barry," in the service of a 'higher cause" -- the defeat of the President. And like others of his ilk, any means, fair or foul, is appropriate.

The Bear, who is to my mind, much more fair and evenhanded than I can ever hope to be, issued the mildest of punishments:

:If you're wondering just how badly these blogs distorted the League's rankings, I'll draw your attention to the League's total inbound unique statistics from this morning, before I suspended these blogs: 8597 unique inbound links across all the League's blogs. With the removal of the duplicate blogs, the League now totals 5641 unique inbound links . That's right: 34% of the League's total unique links were due to these duplicate blogs. To League members, I ask you: is that really the way you want to advance? The Bear Suspends
Nice, but was the application of a baseball bat to the fingers of these little weasels completely out of the question?

Posted by Vanderleun at December 4, 2003 5:48 PM
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Not quite as entertaining as Shrek, but Dock animation can be an important and useful function in your application. For example, Dock animation is a helpful way to indicate the status of your application.

Posted by: Silvester at January 12, 2004 4:46 PM

In building your amazing Aqua application, one of the most important things to consider is the Dock. There are three things your app needs to be "Dock Compliant." Now, I write this knowing that the Dock will be going through some major changes soon, but for the most part, these should still hold true.

Posted by: Dolora at January 12, 2004 4:46 PM

This is the first thing your users see, and probably the single most important visible part of your application. It is the first chance you have at making an impression and the best chance to help establish your brand.

Posted by: Ralph at January 12, 2004 4:47 PM

To put my money where my mouth is, in each new article I'll build a hypothetical application that illustrates the guidelines I'm covering. Today's application is called "Paint" and will be based on the photo-illustrative icon I created in my last article. Together we will complete each step, and by the end of the project we should have a well-designed, 95%-100% Aqua-compliant application. I'll leave some room for personal preferences and the fact that Apple changes the OS every few months.

Posted by: Roger at January 12, 2004 4:47 PM

Adopt Sheets. I really like the use of Sheets in OS X. The use of Sheets lets me know which window my dialogue belongs to without hijacking my system.

Posted by: Ottewell at January 12, 2004 4:48 PM

Whether native or not, this is obviously one of the first steps on your way to OS X. Keep in mind that often, the functionality of your code has a lot to do with how your interface is designed. How many developers have come up with great functional ideas from working with their interface or looking at their competitors'? Start working on your Aqua compliance from day one. Don't wait until the last minute.

Posted by: Jerman at January 12, 2004 4:48 PM

For my Paint application, I created a series of icons to simulate a rendering algorithm. While the application is performing this CPU-intensive task, you can always see the status of the document by the icon changing in the Dock.

Posted by: Phillipa at January 12, 2004 4:48 PM

By building an application that takes advantage of Aqua's many facets, you help ensure that your application will not only look good, but have a chance of becoming a raging success. After a new user clicks on the icon of your program, the first thing he or she sees is the application interface. I know that when I review a product, I am very critical of its visual design. I usually have a short time to learn the new software, so design and ease of use are very important. Aside from those who marvel at the beauty of the command line, most users tend to react the same way.

Posted by: Isaac at January 12, 2004 4:49 PM

To put my money where my mouth is, in each new article I'll build a hypothetical application that illustrates the guidelines I'm covering. Today's application is called "Paint" and will be based on the photo-illustrative icon I created in my last article. Together we will complete each step, and by the end of the project we should have a well-designed, 95%-100% Aqua-compliant application. I'll leave some room for personal preferences and the fact that Apple changes the OS every few months.

Posted by: Arnold at January 12, 2004 4:49 PM

This is the first thing your users see, and probably the single most important visible part of your application. It is the first chance you have at making an impression and the best chance to help establish your brand.

Posted by: Helen at January 12, 2004 4:49 PM