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Category Archives: User Experience

Refreshing XING’s Mobile Website

Every two months, XING gives its developer and product teams a week away from their everyday work to come up with great ideas for XING and then turn them into reality. During the last innovation week held at the start of November, two Rails and three front end developers got together to work on touch.xing.com.   Continue Reading…


Challenges for a developer: Harmonising advertising and customer satisfaction

Or, to put it another way, “How iFrames became smart and (a bit more) secure” A lot of people, including customers, developers and interaction and user experience designers, immediately feel uneasy when they hear the word “advertising”. Adding advertisements to a page is always going to slow down performance, and moving things around due to   Continue Reading…


Icebreaker for Xing – Google Glassware app concept

For the XING Innovation week we had in May, our team (Nikkel Blaase, Miguel Parramon, Sebastian Wüst and Jochen Preusche) set out to build a prototype to explore the possibilities of what Google Glass could offer to a social network like XING. XING Innovation weeks are an initiative that lets XING developers work on their own ideas   Continue Reading…


Placeholder – revived using state-of-the-art technology

At the beginning of July 2012 I wrote an article about a custom [placeholder] solution we integrated at XING. The idea was to have placeholders that should still be visible when focused (see “placeholder – Custom solution vs. native HTML5 feature”). As mentioned in that article, Chrome at one point natively handled what we implemented   Continue Reading…


JSConf EU 2012

My trip to Berlin was only brief but nonetheless a great success. On the sixth and seventh of October, 44 talks were held over 2 days and presented on 2 stages (the production hall and the “bubble”) in the “Alte Münze”. The bubble was a fun transparent room made of plastic which was filled with   Continue Reading…


Inspirational reads for developers

Articles I found on the web during the past days and weeks. Today: HTML5, MVC, Windows 8 & Internet Explorer 10, SASS, WebKit and more…


‘GUI & DESIGN’ – Developer’s Conference in December 2012

Yay! On December 11/12, 2012, we will be attending the ‘GUI&DESIGN’ conference in Berlin where we’ll be talking about ‘Undercover user testing for developers’. Acquiring new users and keeping them happy is a daily challenge for us as a business network. In our session we will provide you with insights about our work in the   Continue Reading…


Inspirational reads for developers

Again we want to share some articles from the past weeks. Today: AngularJS, Cache, Responsive design, Device testing, Content Security Policy, “data-” attributes and more


Keyword suggestions for job ads

We always aim to make XING easy to use for our members. To this end, we’ve simplified things somewhat when it comes to posting job ads. Nowadays information needs to be readily available, so it’s vital that we provide it in such a way that it’s easy to find.


oEmbed – open embed format

Since the latest release, XING is able to embed YouTube and vimeo videos as well as SlideShare presentations in the “What’s new in your network” feed so you can watch and navigate them without having to leave XING. While this isn’t a completely new feature, embedding is now implemented using oEmbed, which gives us more   Continue Reading…