Mint: First Impression

Tuesday, September 6, 2005 at 10:48 pm | Comments off

My first impression of Shaun Inman's Mint is a good one. It's got a very nice design (not at all surprising, coming from Shaun) and is well executed. It's by far one of the best executed uses of Ajax I've ever seen, and this is one scenario where using Ajax just makes so much sense. I'd say the Ajax is what impressed me most - how incredibly nicely executed it is. There are times when Ajax is the perfect tool for the job, and this is one of them. It really is a nice jump up from Shortstat, and in my opinion, worth the $30 bucks.

It'll be interesting to learn a bit more about the Pepper API when I get a chance. Some documentation is definitely needed, but I'm excited about the extensibility this provides, and look forward to developers starting to write useful plugins for Mint. I can think of a few that, if I have time, I'd love to write.

Overall, I highly recommend it. I'll leave you with a screenshot of Mint being sexy, displaying my browser stats for me.

Mint - User Agent 007

Now go get your mint on!

Comments

Chris
September 8th, 2005
6:23 AM | #

If you care so much about who is visiting you site then it's a good buy.

I can't see what's it going to tell you that is of real importance. As a designer you know you have to design for a set number of browsers and resolutions anyway and all hosting companies provide stats so what's the point.

Maybe i'm missing the point?

Ryan Brill
September 8th, 2005
7:31 PM | #

Chris -

There is much more to Mint that knowing what screen resolution your visitors are browsing at. It breaks down your referrers, page view, and visits in a nice, logical manner. Also, with the Pepper API, developers can create plugins for Mint, which is just way too cool. I've already got a plugin or two in mind that I'd like to create when I get time.

David Brent
September 10th, 2005
12:47 PM | #

I agree with Ryan. I find it incredibly useful knowing what my visitors are using. I then find it easier to direct my designs based upon those results.

For $30 Mint is a steal. You are getting tons of useful inforamtion.

Chris
September 12th, 2005
5:37 AM | #

That's what I find hard to understand.

You know you have to design for 800x600 and for people using IE 5.5 or some other crappy browser so I don't see how knowing what people who visit you site use is going to change that.

It is the best example of Ajax I have seen though.

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