FloatLabels : Better placeholders for inputs!

FloatLabels : Better placeholders for inputs!

This is really nifty jQuery plugin that allows form input elements to use the “Float Label Patterns” principle!  Input placeholders labels inside the input itself that move as you type.  I think it makes for great UI.  Help describe the field the user is using, validation, etc.  Keeps their eyes focused on the one input.

PrestaShop 1.5 in Azure

I had a client request to install PrestaShop on Azure.

Azure Series : PrestaShop on Azure Websites using Web Matrix
http://navcodeinc.wordpress.com/2012/06/27/azure-series-prestashop-on-azure-websites-using-web-matrix/

302: PrestaShop 1.5 – Configure shop information – an error occurred during installation
http://www.inmotionhosting.com/support/edu/prestashop-15/302-an-error-occurred-during-installation

What One Query Can Do

I recently took on a legacy application.  The client was complaining of site speed issues.  Specifically on Saturday and Sunday the site would just crawl.  For a few hours the site would even go down.  I installed NewRelic and started looking for the problem.  Within a few minutes, I found the issue.  One page of the site that displays data from SQL is where 80% of the time is spent on the site.  There was a particular stored procedure that was running.  Upon inspection on the query I found that the SQL was using some odd way of pulling data, instead of using JOINS.  Once I changed the SQL in the stored procedure (and tested the results) we launched it to the clients live application.  Instantly, the web application became more responsive and within a week we had several compliments sent through a feedback tool.  We went from a 5-15 second load time, to less than 500 milliseconds!

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It’s crazy to think, that in our profession, how much of an impact a few words in a single query can have.