• Three JavaScript Anti-Patterns and How To Avoid Them

    In programming, a pattern represents a best practice, while an anti-pattern represents a lesson that has been learned. The term anti-patterns was coined in 1995 by Andrew Koenig in the November C++ Report that year, inspired by the Gang of Four‘s book Design Patterns. In his report, Koenig describes anti-patterns as a bad solution to […]

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  • Design services that people fall in love with

    An edited version of this article first appeared in issue 234 of .net magazine – the world’s best-selling magazine for web designers and developers. We are having a powerful love affair with our mobile devices; we sleep with them next to our beds and they are rarely out of our palms, pockets or handbags. They […]

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  • Backup Strategy: “My Hard Drive Crashed…” (And What I Learned From It)

    The most valuable part of a computer is also its most fragile: Data are the wealth of a digital lifestyle, a currency of which many notes are irreplaceable. At least, that’s how I felt staring at a “Confirm you want to wipe your hard disk” message, my finger poised over the mouse. During an emergency […]

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  • Why Rails?

    Your choice, when learning a new framework, is an incredibly important one. It takes countless hours and effort to become proficient and learn all the best practices – even for experienced developers. That’s why it’s necessary to understand the peculiarities of a framework as early as possible, in order to determine if it’s the right […]

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  • Project Management in the WordPress Dashboard

    A good project management system lets you keep track of (and manage) projects within your organization. It lets you relate and assign tasks to contacts, set milestones and goals, and it provides an easy to use interface for messaging other members of your team. Every organization has unique needs, which means no project management system […]

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  • The 20 hottest trends in app design in 2012

    User interface design is spiralling off in multiple directions right now. Rob Carney takes a look at the hottest recent trends, from skeuomorphism and photo-realistic icons to buttonless design. App user interface (UI) design, like web design, goes through many different stages. When the iPhone first appeared, many apps adhered tightly to Apple’s Human Interface […]

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  • Slick Social “Side-Out” Buttons in WordPress

    One of the best ways to integrate the pull of social media with the more traditional online blogging format is to use social media “share” buttons to encourage users to communicate with their friends about an article or page that they really enjoyed. These buttons are typically paired alongside every single post, allowing for piece-by-piece […]

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  • Best of the Week: Illustrations, Architecture, 3D and more

    It’s time for our best news of this week. We have a lot of graphic and web design, a bit of architecture, ads, tech news, awesome reads and other crazy stuff! So take a look at the links we’ve selected for your inspiration and to keep you updated about what’s going on out there! We […]

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  • 10 jQuery Animation Tutorials You Want To Read

    jQuery is one of the preferred solutions in creating animations on websites. jQuery provides great cross-browser support  and it is easy to use. Here are some of the best jQuery animation tutorials out there. which will help you create awesome animations. Looking for more tutorials? Check out these  10 Awesome jQuery Tutorials! Lateral On-Scroll Sliding […]

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  • Microsoft Surface With Windows RT Review

    2012 is ending with a bang… when it comes to tablets. For one thing, many new tablets are making its way into (or are already in) the market, tablets such as the Nexus 7 (32GB with data), Nexus 10 and Apple’s iPad Mini. One of the most publicized tablets of the year is none other […]

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  • Sass for Designers — The Setup

    As an accompaniment to my post on Sass for Designers (why and how you should use Sass) I thought I’d better include a quick writeup on my setup for working with Sass in the hope that it’ll help you get started. I’m afraid I work on a OS X, so my instructions will only be […]

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  • Screencasts: An Easy Solution for Video Marketing

    Video is one type of content that many marketers may feel hesitant to consider when promoting their business. Nobody wants to watch a commercial, you might think, and in many cases you’re right. Add to that the barriers of video production expertise, equipment, and money that you just don’t have. Producing marketing videos can suddenly […]

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  • Create.js – InPage Editing for Content Management Systems Using HTML5

    Thinking about strategies of how to best edit web content, we will rather quickly agree that the so-called inline or inpage editing is the best way to do it. Inline editing means the editing of web contents right inside their original layout. Still this best way is supported by only very few systems. The project […]

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  • 40 Useful Adobe Illustrator Text Effect Tutorials

    Adobe Illustrator is an immensely powerful graphic software. It is certainly useful if you want to create beautiful and stylish typography. How to embellish texts or how to create them from scratch is a purely creative matter that demands skills on the part of the designer. You won’t find an automatic transformation feature in Adobe […]

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  • JavaScript Date Calculations for Months

    Under the best of circumstances, calculations involving dates can be an troublesome to nail down. Throw in month calculations, and you’re bound to feel some pain. As we’ll see here today, month durations are not as fixed as one might initially presume. It really depends on the context. JavaScript doesn’t offer much in this department, […]

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  • Food For Thought: 50 Impressionable Public Awareness Poster Ads

    When we think of advertisements, we tend to negatively associate them with mind manipulation of the masses for business profiteering. We tend to forget that advertisements can be used for nobler causes that deal with issues closer to home and to our hearts. I’m talking about using these ads to raise the public awareness on […]

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  • Best of DigWP.com

    Chris and I launched DigWP.com back in 2009, and since that time have posted many WordPress tips, tricks, and techniques. As 2013 fast approaches, it’s a good time to look back at the most Best of DigWP for each year, 2009 thru 2012 — 4 years and counting!   Top 10 of 2012 Plugins Tools […]

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  • Debug This: A New Debugging Tool For WordPress Developers

    Here’s a new plugin to add to your WordPress developer toolbox. Debug This gives WordPress super admins the ability to access debugging information through the admin bar on any page. Not only does it display errors, it also gives you a succinct summary of what scripts, styles, actions, filters, queries, etc. are active on the […]

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  • 5 Use Cases for Icon Fonts

    The following is a guest post by Tim Pietrusky. Tim knows this site has long been a proponent of using fonts for icons, and had his own interesting use cases to share. While creating the demos, to make things easier for himself, he created a free service for icon font hosting. It makes for a […]

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  • Four Custom Icon Font Generators Compared

    Icon fonts are all the rage right now. They make it so dang easy to embed vector graphics into a page that designers everywhere are turning to them as the primary way to handle icons. The problem of course is, we need more control over which icons we embed. Sometimes we pull from a variety […]

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