The Methodology Doesn’t Matter, It’s Having One That Counts

Methodologies can get very religious. Should we be doing TDD? Should we use Waterfall? Should we have stand-up meetings? What sort of continuous delivery should we use?

A few years back I was diagnosed as having type 2 diabetes. At the time I was diagnosed I was not particularly overweight and my diet was not too unhealthy. But I was coming out of a time in my life where I had been overweight and I used to snack a lot. At one of the places where I had worked there had been a food table where you could help yourself to the food and my desk was right next to it. As I used to really enjoy my sweet food it and I didn’t do much exercise it was a health disaster waiting to happen. Now days I eat healthier, have fewer sugary foods and I also exercise regularly.

In my opinion not having a methodology is much like not having a healthy lifestyle. Your code becomes overweight with bug fixes, and getting the code out of the door, much like getting yourself out of bed when you are overweight, can be quite a chore.

I am a great believer in the idea that not only the way you write code, but also the process involved in the delivery of it are highly coupled to the quality of the code. So for me, having a methodology is like having an exercise regime. The methodology helps keep your code leaner and there is a greater chance of pushing the quality of your code higher.

With a healthy lifestyle it doesn’t matter what exercises you do as long as you do something, the same applies to your software development methodology.

It doesn’t matter which methodology you follow as long as you have one.


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How to optimize your app’s layout on iOS 7

Whilst there is not necessarily a right way and a wrong way to design your app’s layout, there are some tricks you can use to make sure that the user experience is as optimal as possible.

Ample Space for Controls

We all know that smartphone screens are small, and iPhones are consistently on the lower end of the screen-size spectrum.

To optimize your app’s layout for iOS 7, try to make sure that your main, controllable elements are at least 44×44 points. This way, users will have no trouble performing basic tasks with one finger or one hand while they are on the go.

Draw User Focus to Main Elements

There are two simple ways to draw the user’s attention to the main elements of your app.

1) Place important items in the upper-left of the screen (i.e. the menu) , with less important items going in the bottom-right (i.e. terms & conditions, privacy policies)

2) Make important items larger than less-important items, since larger items tend to draw the eye more easily. Larger items are also easier to access on a touchscreen, so users can perform the most essential tasks quickly and easily

Communicate Groupings


Effectively communicating which elements of your app go together can a make-or-break factor of your app’s layout. This can also be done in two ways:

1) Use alignment and indentation to organize your content and make it easier for users to discern which groups of content are related. For example, align any images or graphics with the text that they compliment. This is a cue to the reader that the picture is meant to associated with that text.

2) Consistent UI elements will also help users understand which elements belong together. A general rule of thumb is that elements that perform similar functions should also look similar. Any design inconsistencies could confuse the user and make them waste unnecessary time trying to figure things out.

Text Size

On the iPhone, users have the option of changing their default text-size setting across their device. While this is sometimes done for aesthetic reasons, many users actually use this feature due to visual impairments that make small text hard to read. If a user changes their default settings, they will expect your app to adhere to those settings as well.

For iOS 7, developers should consider adopting Dynamic Type, which will automatically adjust line spacing, line height, delineate between text types (heading, body, footer, etc…), and resize any text-size changes requested by the user.

Developers should also consider using a single font type throughout their app. This way, it will be easier for you to ensure that the font will render correctly at all different text sizes.

You should also consider making your app responsive to changes in text-size. For example, if you have a two-column, text-based app, you can make your layout shift to one column for any text-size larger than the default 17 points.

For more iOS 7 layout tips, visit Apple’s Developer Library!


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Cake PHP is a rapid application development framework that greatly simplifies the web application development process due to it’s easy configuration, rapid prototyping with code generation and scaffolding, clean MVC conventions and lots more. Being based on the MVC (Model, View, Controller) model, it provides logical separation of code from the user. PHP Cake Framework comes packed with rich features out-of-the-box.

Some of the striking features of Cake PHP that makes it a desirable web development platform are:

  • CakePHP is easy to set up and requires minimal coding
  • It has a built in database authentication
  • It also uses built in features for validation
  • Built in Object Relational Mapping Framework.
  • It maintains a flexible caching system and ACL.

Brainvire specializes in cake PHP web development and can conjure up advanced technology websites to kick start your business with the right approach. With a legacy of 10+ years of experience in PHP and hundreds of successful projects delivered to a global clientele, we are well equipped to facilitate web solutions using PHP for all business verticles Hotels, Restaurants, Media and Entertainment, Gaming, IT services, Social Media Networking, real estate and lots more!

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  • Database: MySQL 5+, PostgreSQL
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  • Tools: Cake PHP development Environment, Cake PHP tools , cake php ide

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HTML5 Canvas Graph


Create an HTML5 canvas graph with javascript.

Today we will be creating a graph that looks similar to the Google Analytics Graph using HTML5 Canvas and Javascript to draw the graph. HTML5 Graph has many uses including website statistics, pageviews, visits, and so on. We will cover the basics of creating a simple graph.

The Markup

We need to trigger the NewGraph() function when the document loads. To achieve this we will be using the onLoad event.



We use the <canvas> element to draw the image to.



The whole HTML5 markup below:


The Javascript

Now for the javascript. The NewGraph() function will be called when the page loads. We start the JS with our function named NewGraph().



First, find the <canvas> element with the id of graph. Then, call its getContext() method (you must pass the string “2d” to the getContext() method). The getContext(“2d”) object is a built-in HTML5 object.



We will store the line values in an array() for the x and y values on canvas.



Create an Image object.



Before you can draw the image, the image must be fully loaded. To determine if an image is fully loaded, we use the onload event.



Start display of the image from top left of the canvas, x set to 0 and y set to 0 as well.



Line stroke width.



Line joint shape.



Line stroke color.



Use the beginPath() to start drawing a new path.



We use the JSON.parse() method to parse a string as JSON.



Draw lines from the array loop.



Fill the stroke.



Line joint color.



Draw circles from array loop.



Load the image into memory.


The whole Javascript

45 Best Free Blogger Templates 2014

Blogspot is the first CMS i ever remember and the first i have used and that too for years before skipping to others due to limited resources back then. Recently blogspot community has evolved to a much higher scale and we can see templates released for blogger without any pause. Many sites give away a lite version of their paid template to us and it is a boon to the blogging community. Lite version is all we need to start our business by the way from scratch.

Most free blogger templates here are recent and many sites doesn’t even has the templates listed here as of right now. Some special releases has been informed and we have listed them here just for you. One, two , three column templates all of them are here even though with little effort and play we can alter the look of the template completely. 2013 has seen huge release of themes for blogspot compared to the last years. When i was using blogger there were almost no quality themes and i had to change website appearance by myself.

Please use this opportunity as in this modern day with rise in technology enthusiasts and themes coders we now see large number of free templates for the blogger community. Also share these newly found templates within your blogger community. The Download file contains xml file and you may have to import the xml to customize your blog. Importing theme xml file and restoring is child’s play as it works flawlessly without messing up the website contents. Enough said, we will continue to update this topic with clean & free blogger templatesreleased in 2013 and further so stay tuned. Share in your comments and add any newly found template as we will include theme here for you. Here are some responsive premium blogger templates 2014 for you.


A blogger template which seems to be inspired by wordpress hexa theme which i have used recently. This theme is clean and responsive with more focus on typography, content  sidebar.

Released: 30 March 2014


Sorbet Blogger

Moments Blogger Template

A responsive personal blog style template with two columns for each navigation menu on the left and right sidebar.

Release on : 06 Feb 2014

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A simple two column template for blog-spot bloggers with nice typography and feature images. The sidebar and responsive design layout will inspire everyone.

Released: Jan 2014

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Typefocus Blogger



A magazine style blogger template with clear blog items, responsive designs, content slider, social buttons etc.

Created on : 24 Jan 2014

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A dieting website template for blogger with unique slider and responsive design.

Created on: 21 March 2014

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Dieting Template


ShotMag – Minimalist Photoblog Blogger Template

A blogspot template file which has been crafted to perfection to suit travel, blog or toe-hr creative websites of your choice. A responsive design will let the website scale to any screen size also helping to create, modify the template.



LepontoMag Free Blogger Template

LepontoMag Blogger Template is a Beautiful Business Blogger Template with 2 Columns, Right Sidebar, 3 Columns Footer, Featured Content Slider, Top Drop down Menus and Social Buttons.




SkyBlue is a free blogger template with 1 column,responsive design, gallery-styled, fresh look, rounded corners, exclusive design for Blogger, footer columns etc.



FameMag – Blogger Template for News & Magazine

FameMag is a minimalist Blogger template for multi-purposes. You can use this blogspot template for writing a personal blog or invite your friend to write as a magazine website.



Magazine Easy News

Easy News is so clean, flexible and has a fully responsive Blogger Template! This template gives you an awesome tool to launch a daily news or magazine website. Easy News has a lot of awesome features, check them out below!


Easy News


Educator Blogger Template is utterly stylish yet decent and sober theme designed for BlogSpot based websites. We have designed this template for all those colleges, universities and other institutions who want to have an amazingly professional website with not a lot of expenses.



Flat Mag Responsive Blogger Template

Flat Mag Responsive Blogger Template is a multi-purpose straight Blogger template precisely designed for multimedia, news bulletin, Entertainment and Technology blogs. With elegant green color scheme, Fla tMag gives you visitors the experience of their life as they go though the responsive and flexible design.



Vortex Responsive Blogger Template

Vortex is 100% responsive, high functioning and multimedia magazine style blogger template designed for richly professional bloggers and webmasters. It has some efficient features and functionalities that would certainly make you go gaga about this template. Most importantly, this template looks different on each and every device. For example, check it on your PC, Laptop, iPad and even your smartphones you will find all layouts a slight different from others, we call it the excellent designing. Other than that, it has some noteworthy features which are listed below.




Fabric Blogger template is a simply, and minimalistic theme presenting a woven style that is pleasingly unique among modern web design, Fabric is a premium looking blogger template with the great typography which brings out the true beauty of the Theme.



Siren Free Blogger Template

Siren Blogger Template is a xml blogger theme is a blog style post and have very nice use of intro. This is very nice template with is a very good.

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Free Chalkboard template

An old classic styled theme made for new generation monitors as it is fully responsive. The standard two column website will be interesting to see as well.


Classic Chalkboard

Plazify Responsive Blogger Template

Plazify is a fully responsive magazine template (you can check yourself by resizing your browser) has 2 sidebars and clean layout area.



NewsMagazine – Three Column Blogger Template

This Is a Two Column Blogger Template with Left and Right Sidebars.The Template Colors Are mainly White, Black, Grey and Blue.



TechMatters – Two Column Blogger Template

This Is a Two Column Blogger Template with a Right Sidebar. This xml blogger template will suit great for your technology blog.



Sentify Responsive Blogger Template

Sentify is super clean and modern design make it suitable for any type of website: creative, agency, portfolio, blog and many more, It is a very powerful, super clean and responsive design. Coded with care in HTML5 & CSS3, Well designed layout area of sentiy also.



Codify Magazine Blogger Template

This is a modern magazine blogger template, which can look great on coding blogs, news blogs, including amazing notification bar.



Central Blogger

A magazine template which is simple in design and will suit your design website which is updated daily.



Cool Three Column Blogger Template

This is another Template with a Left and Right Sidebar and it looks gorgeous straight away. Chilling template for your cool website must try.



Free Blogger Template – Responsive Portfolio

Responsive Portfolio is a free, professionally designed template for your Blogger site with many useful features. Developed for those who want to showcase their portfolio, it includes the ability to display a jQuery carousel, and the whole template adjusts according to the size of the device it is viewed on.


Personal Portfolio

RoadRunner Blogger Template

Roadrunner blogger template is a wide theme, designed for users who used to add tons of Ads on their blog. 3 column template with a wide post area. We’ve added 2 navigation bar on left side-bar and a fixed navigation area on top.



Tech Blog

We’re releasing a simple (little bit stylish) template which is named as Tech Shadow for all the blogger users.  Totally for tech blogs and menu at the bottom still impress me.


Tech Shadow

Galauness Grid Blogger Template

Galauness is free premium blogger template with Elegant, Clean and Minimalist Design representing a grid system this theme can help you for many purposes.




COM4ME Under Construction Blogger Template

COM4ME is a simple and under construction blog blogger template. its design using blue and black color, there have auto count down option, you can use this theme before start blogging.


under construction

Catalog e-commerce Grid template

Another template with grid styled layout which will impress your visitors for sure. This catalog theme will be useful for e-commerce website due to its grid style and adding cart options will be very easy with blogger.




PureZ Blogger Template

PureZ is a magazine style clean blogger template. its 2 column blogger template with 1 right sidebar and 4 column footer area.




A two column template for magazine and news websites as it is compatibly with every browser.



Blue Blogger Template.

A blue & chilly magazine template specially made for blogger and is free to download at any time. Take your time and grab this special  two column theme.


Blue blogger

Minute Grid Template

Minuet is a grid based Blogger template with awesome parallax header and tablet optimized layout. This template is coded in best practice and featuring a clean, modern, and minimal design, packed with many possibilities from Template Designer.


Minute grid

Timeline Blogspot

A timeline inspired template which everyone will love. Using this for blog or news will also bring great results.



K-44 White

This responsive template is probably one of the most beautiful blogger template available to us till date. The template has massive number of unique features which brings the user interaction at its best.


K-44 White

True Pixel

The template has a elegant look and is very attractive. This template has many in built features in it and is suitable for all type of blogs.


True Pixel

Flat Blue Magazine Template

A clean flat magazine template colored in blue is just perfect for latest designs trends.


flat blog

Movie Blogger Template

A movie blog with free downloads. I guess free to provide freely available movies.



Posted Blogger Template

A premium looking magazine / news theme which will make your website look clean and nice.



Flat Green Blogger Template

A green flat template with horizontal layout on the front page make this perfect for photography authors.


Spring green

Kont Magazine Blogger Template

Making a professional blog with these magazine / blog template wont get any easier. Suitable for tech blogs, gaming community etc.



Metro Blogger Template

Metro reminds me of inspiration site dedicated on showcasing user interface designs of new apps, tablets etc. A unique style of magazine of magazine blog including subscription and sliders.



Montric Magazine Blogger Template

A perfect top class magazine template for blogger, no questions asked. This fully packed template consists of  functional scripts designed just enough to fit in the overall Blogger Magazine and with a clean flat design it makes the website stand out.




8 Best Open-Source Ecommerce Platforms to Open Your Own Store

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The modernization of world had led to coming of many businesses online. Businesses have realized the importance of coming up online. That is the main reason why most of the businesses have opted for e-commerce websites. When it comes to some best open source Ecommerce platforms, you have plenty of choices. It might be very difficult for you to decide an open source Ecommerce platform for your own website that might serve people as an online store. Here is the list of some of the best open source Ecommerce platforms on which you can open your own online store.

Best Open-source Ecommerce Platforms


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This is one of the oldest e-Commerce platforms available to create a good website. This platform was created by Harald Ponce de Leon and was started in year 2000 in Germany. More than 14000 live websites are using this platform. Some of its great features are:

  • It is a free open source e-commerce website creating tool

  • Free templates are available

  • More than 7000 add-ons

  • Customer and order management from the site dashboard


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More than 150000 websites are powered by PrestaShop. It is a free open source e-commerce solution that has got following features:

  • It has got over 2500 modules

  • It is very easy to use and has got simple site management, product management, products displays, client accounts etc.

  • It has got analytics and reporting features

  • Good marketing and SEO capabilities

  • Customer support from dashboard


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It is another great shopping cart to create your own online store. You can utilize this tool on any server with MySQL and PHP running on it. Websites created using this tool are highly optimized on search engines. It offers you choice of tax payment in different countries. Other features of this e-Commerce platform are:

  • It is free open source tool

  • It has got one of the best order management

  • It is simple and easy to use for beginners


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It had been designed to work with Joomla. It is a clean cart to make customers feel comfortable and easy to navigate. Some of its best features are:

  • Customers can create account

  • They can track their order history

  • Multiple language and currency support

  • Unlimited products and categories


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Magento is a free open source Ecommerce platform that helps you to create a good business website. This platform was created by Varien in 2008. It is built in Zend Framework. It is the fastest growing Ecommerce solution in the world. More than 150,000 businesses are running their business website on this platform. Some of its best features are:

  • It has got reliable and stable structure

  • It is an free open source platform

  • You can easily adjust the existing features and replace them with new one

  • Some other features are: catalog management, shopping cart, checkout, search etc.


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This tool is designed for the people who are selling products like file download, event passes & tickets, event registrations, or something like that. It should be integrated with Joomla to use it without any interruption. It can also work with Drupal too. You can customize your store in your own way.

Zen Cart

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This is developed by Zen Cart Development team in 2012. It is more CSS based and quite easy to use as compared from OsCommerce. Some of its best features are:

  • It offers great customer management on dashboard

  • It is easy to handle, modify, and install

  • It has got an user friendly interface


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The user interface of ZeusCart is user friendly and very attractive. This resource is especially designed keeping small and medium businesses in mind. It offers you SEO friendly URLs, E-mails, tier pricing and many more exciting features.

Top 30 Essential Free WordPress Themes

Blogging is something very common these days and it has become one of the greatest businesses that you can do online as well.

That considers that fact that it has a huge potential to make you a lot of money. Of course, for blogging you need a website and they do not often come for free. This is the brilliant part about WordPress. See if you are into web designing and blogging etc. you would know what WordPress is. WordPress is basically a platform that allows you to create your own website from scratch in no time.

The best part about WordPress is the fact that it has loads of free wordpress themes that you can use to give your website the kind of look you want. That basically means that you do not really have to pay very heavily to all those web designers (which by the way, we are not against). Sometimes, of course, you do not find the right stuff when it’s free. Either way, we are sure you will not be disappointed going through this list of Top 30 Best free WordPress themes. Let us know what you think. As always, your comments are welcome.


Infinite is a clean, responsive, retina ready and fully responsive wordpress theme for business websites, blogs and portfolio websites to showcase your work.






Lupercalia is a simple, clean and customized theme for WordPress. Features: Logo uploader, six custom headers, social network link (Facebook, Flickr, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Vimeo and Youtube), custom navigation menu, lightbox, breadcrumb, featured post image, custom background, featured home slider, related posts, auto-resized footer, auto-resized front page section, responsive, and more.






Market is my first WordPress theme designed for WooCommerce. This theme has a Minimalistic design, with some stunning CSS3 Powered animations. Fully Responsive in Nature, this theme offers you everything you want from a Woo Commerce theme.




Aadya – Free Premium WordPress Theme

As usual the theme is developed using Twitter Bootstrap’s Responsive CSS Framework.





A very neat and clean black and white business theme. The theme supports widgets. And features theme-options, threaded-comments and multi-level dropdown menu. A simple and neat typography.





A Tiny and Clean WordPress Theme to Make Building Business Sites Easy




MaxFlat Core

Beautiful theme contains styling effects with balance color contrast.

MaxFlat Core




MidnightCity is an easy customizable WordPress multipurpose theme. It is a fully responsive theme that allows for easy viewing on any device. Using Theme Options panel, you can customize this theme directly to your needs.

Midnight City



New Gamer

A Gaming focused WordPress theme, styled in dark and neat colors. Perfect for Video Game and Entertainment websites. This theme has been specifically styled in colors and a layout that would suit any gaming website.

New Gamer




Redpro is a Twitter bootstrap based responsive WordPress theme which can be used for personal or corporate websites.




Socialize Lite

A lightweight and responsive WordPress theme. This is a simple, effective and beautiful theme for bloggers or magazine websites. Get ready to socialize!

Socialize Lite




A responsive theme designed for blogs and magazines. Zenith has layout options, custom menus, integrated Gravity Form styles, and custom page templates.





vFlex is Built on responsive layout based on Bones skeleton CSS3 framework. The theme looks amazing on iPad ,iPhones and other tablets and mobiles.




Strap Slider Lite

Strap Slider Lite features a full-width auto-sliding content panel

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Splendio provides a good balance of content





Fully Responsiven Multipurpose WordPress Theme using Twitter Bootstrap with Metro Styled Accent. This theme is will make your website adaptable with mobile devices. Theme Features: Custom Homepage Settings, 3 Page Templates, Custom Background Support, Search Engine Friendly.





Appliance is a clean and minimalist theme that is ideal for blogs / magazines / portfolios. Spacious, minimalist, clean, light and very fast to load.




Folder – WordPress Theme

Sleek and responsive WordPress Theme perfect for showcase and business





Noteworthy features a bold palette and layout that happy showcasing content




Origin: Responsive Magazine WordPress Theme

Origin is a fully responsive WordPress magazine/news or blog theme with a minimal design to allow visitors to focus on the content. Features include a 2 or 3 column layout, 5 colour schemes, responsive gallery using the excellent view.js and all sidebars and footer columns are controlled by widgets including custom widgets for categories, Twitter, and Flickr




Polar Media

Polarmedia theme will take your website to a totally new level. It is ideal for news portals and personal blogs. Innovative featured posts will attract new visitors and make them your loyal readers.

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Capture Free

Designed with photographers and videographers in mind. Capture offers a fullscreen featured image slideshow built using cutting-edge technology, lightweight SVG assets and more!




Catch Kathmandu

Catch Kathmandu is a full-fledged Premium Blog/Corporate WordPress theme. The design is highly customizable and you can tailor the display to your taste with a few easy clicks. Based on HTML5 and CSS3, it is a responsive theme which automatically adapts to the screen’s size, regardless of the devices the visitors use




DW Timeline

A clean Timeline WordPress theme for free – DW Timeline. Inspired by the timeline layout from Facebook, we took this innovative design and turn into a whole new WordPress timeline theme – DW Timeline.




Graphy – Free WordPress Theme for Blog

Graphy is a WordPress theme for blogs that are designed to have beautiful typography. It is developed using mobile-first responsive design, ensuring that your blog will be no less beautiful when viewed on a smartphone or tablet.





Hemingway is a clean, beautiful and responsive two-column theme for bloggers





Radiate is a clean, creative and light retina ready responsive blogging theme supporting parallax header image. It integrates primary color option, custom background, custom css and few other features through WordPress customizer.




WPChimp Countdown Theme

WPChimp Countown is a clean and simple coming soon theme that provides a countdown timer and allows visitors to sign up to your mailing list. The theme is responsive and will work on any device.


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