The Child Protection Act System Project -- Interview with Justin Carmony Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Monday, 29 August 2011

During the last LDSTech Service Day, I talked with volunteer Justin Carmony about the Child Protection Act System Project.

Here's a general transcription of the conversation.

Why Do I Need an LDS Account? Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Tuesday, 23 August 2011

In the early days of the web, most websites were informational only. For example, in 2000, if you went to, you could read the standard works, view Church magazines, and find lesson material.

Today the experience of the web is more interactive. You’re not limited to just reading websites. In fact, many websites contain applications built directly into the browser. And the information these sites deliver is personalized to your identity and role.

For example, on you can now sign in and view your ward directory and calendar. You can access resources specific to your calling. You can view Church buildings and sites near your location. There’s even a Study Notebook where you can highlight passages and create journal entries.

In fact, there are dozens of new Church websites offering similar personalized experiences, from New FamilySearch to to LDS Jobs. To access these and other resources, however, you need an LDS Account.

Inside—Awards, Origins, and Influence Print E-mail
Written by Daniel Fawson   
Friday, 19 August 2011 was recently selected by Interactive Media Awards (IMA) as one of the Top Ten Websites of the Year. IMA candidates are judged by a panel of leading web-related professionals working with the Interactive Media Council. These judges include professionals from businesses like Microsoft, Time Warner Inc., and Verizon. Notable past and present IMA winners include Adidas, Mercedes-Benz, New York Life, and Electronic Arts (EA).

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On, members can create profiles to share their faith, experiences, and testimony with others.

The importance of this award is further validation of the changes made to over the last two years. Senior Manager Ron Wilson said the site has always been effective in telling the world about the basic doctrines of the restored gospel, but prior to the site changes, it did not effectively introduce the outside world to the members of the Church or how Mormons live their lives.

Helping Out with the Inner City Project Website Print E-mail
Written by Curtis Palmer   
Thursday, 18 August 2011

Curtis PalmerThe goal of the Salt Lake Inner City Project is to assist the poor and needy by teaching principles of temporal self-reliance. Service missionaries are called to serve under the direction of Inner City bishops and branch presidents.

For example, Janet Van Alfen, a service missionary for the Inner City mission in Salt Lake, says she and her husband recently helped one person earn his GED certificate—a beginning to opening new doors of opportunity. They helped another woman become certified as a home help care provider and later gain employment.

Typically, service missionaries are assigned to an Inner City ward or branch and given a few families or individuals to assist. Service is rendered in the form of teaching self-reliance through discussion and hands-on action. A few other areas throughout the United States have similar programs. The Inner City Project currently has over 600 service missionaries, with 300 to 400 more needed.

The Accessibility Testing Project for Print E-mail
Written by Sarah Levis   
Thursday, 11 August 2011

As we navigate the physical world, most of us have some awareness about accessibility features in place to help the disabled: ramps, elevators and lifts, adapted washrooms, and parking spaces close to buildings.

However, far fewer people are aware of the equivalent features for websites. When website accessibility features are neglected, it can prevent people with visual disabilities and the deaf or hard-of-hearing from having a useful browsing experience. Imagine visiting a website and finding the following:

  • All the images look like a grey square to you, because you are red-green colorblind.
  • The content includes podcasts and videos that you can't hear, because of an auditory disability.
  • The font is too small for you to read.

The Accessibility Testing – project aims to make more accessible, and ultimately to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to more people than ever. The accessibility principles and techniques used on can be used for other Church websites as well.

Helping Out with the Gospel Library and LDSTools iOS Projects Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Tuesday, 09 August 2011

The following is a video interview with Stephan Heilner, project lead with the Gospel Library and LDSTools iOS projects. We talk about how to help out with the iOS projects, among other things. We recorded this video at the August LDSTech Service Day.

The following is a general transcript of the video.

Introduction to My Study Notebook Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Sunday, 07 August 2011

My Study Notebook is your own personal, private space on to organize and study your notes from living prophets, scriptures, and the gospel library. The following video provides a short introduction to My Study Notebook.

(If the above video is blocked, you can also watch it on Brightcove.)

For more tutorial videos, see the help page for My Study Notebook.

Continue the Legacy of Service Print E-mail
Written by Carrie Fox   
Thursday, 04 August 2011

History of LDSTech Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Tuesday, 02 August 2011

The LDSTech community consists of hundreds of Church employees, members, and volunteers that come together to discuss, learn about, or work on Church technology. The LDSTech site has several components — a blog, a discussion forum, a wiki, and a projects section. Each is used for a different purpose:

  • Blog: Informs members about the latest Church technology news and projects.
  • Forum: Allows members to ask questions and exchange ideas about technology. 
  • Wiki: Hosts instructional articles and other technical information.
  • Projects: Allows community members to work together in teams to build software applications and other solutions.

Despite the different uses, the common theme of the LDSTech site is Church technology.

Using Code Libraries in Your Projects Print E-mail
Written by Patricia Cruz   
Monday, 01 August 2011

A code library is a compilation of code originally written for a particular software application that can be used in other applications. At the Church, any code that developers have not written themselves while working on Church applications is called a “code library.”

Using a code library is one of the most popular ways to reuse content created for the web. After all, a lot of different applications are released every day, but many of their essential functions are the same. A code library offers developers a shortcut. Rather than write all code from scratch, you can simply borrow the existing code that others have written and spend more time refining unique parts of your app.

For example, if you are developing a photo album as part of a mobile app for a touch-enabled phone, you can get a code library that allows you to resize images by using a pinching motion with your fingers. Code libraries can be used for simple functions, such as changing the font, or for complex functions such as multi-step financial calculations.

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