• WordPress For Rapid Application Development

    Last week, I talked about using WordPress as an application platform – once again, even – but Ted Waller brought up an interesting comment that I’ve not heard (at least here on this blog) that I wanted to discuss a bit more. Specifically, Ted said: Whether or not it’s wise to use it as the […]

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  • How to Improvise Cheerful Forest Character Design in Adobe Illustrator

    A lot of the pieces created in Adobe Illustrator are planned out well in advance. Sketches are imported, previous work traced, and you might build images with simple shape elements for graphic work. This tutorial will take you through improvising a character in the program from start to finish.   1. Build Up Your Characters […]

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  • Don’t go cross-platform

    A shorter version of this article first appeared in issue 238 of .net magazine – the world’s best-selling magazine for web designers and developers. XVT, wxWindows, Gtk, AWT, SWT. These ring any bells? They’re just some of the toolkits which promised use the ability to write code on one platform, and produce applications that will […]

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  • More Than Just Lorem Ipsum: Content Knowledge Is Power

    “Content matters!” “Comp with real copy!” “Have a plan!” By now, you’ve probably heard the refrain: making mobile work is hard if you don’t consider your content. But content knowledge isn’t just about ditching lorem ipsum in a couple of comps. Countless organizations now have a decade or two’s worth of Web content — content […]

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  • HTTP: The Protocol Every Web Developer Must Know – Part 2

    In my previous article, we covered some of HTTP’s basics, such as the URL scheme, status codes and request/response headers. With that as our foundation, we will look at the finer aspects of HTTP, like connection handling, authentication and HTTP caching. These topics are fairly extensive, but we’ll cover the most important bits.   HTTP […]

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  • CSS3 Transitions: Thank God We Have A Specification!

    This article is packed with a number of quirks and issues you should be aware of when working with CSS3 transitions. Please note that I’m not showing any workarounds or giving advice on how to circumvent the issues discussed. Alex MacCaw has already written a very insightful and thorough article on “All You Need to […]

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  • Getting started with HTML5

    Matt West explains the fundamental principles you’ll need to get going with HTML5. Never written a line of code before? Start here This is an edited excerpt from Chapter 1 of HTML5 Foundations published by Treehouse So you’re eager to start building a website? By the end of this chapter, you will have done just […]

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  • 12 Types Of Social Network Users [Infographic]

    We have a wide range of social networks that most Internet users are addicted to and from this addiction rose 12 patterns of users that you would probably find on your own social network feeds. This new breed of social media personalities is getting the spotlight today as we look into their ridiculous idiosyncracies that […]

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  • 60+ Best Responsive WordPress Themes – Spoil Your Mobile Visitors

    A responsive WordPress theme is a theme build to adapt with the purpose of giving tablet and smartphone users a great experience. This without maintaining multiple websites and multiple sets of content! For some time dedicated WordPress mobile themes was the best option, but recently responsive WordPress themes have been all over the place. There […]

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  • Photoshop in Web Design: 5 Plugins to Make your Workday More Pleasant

    Still nowadays lots of web designs start as a Photoshop draft. This gets more and more elaborate and has to be converted to HTML and CSS during the late stages of the project. No wonder, that services for PSD to HTML conversion still face no shortage of orders. A lot of developers have created a […]

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  • Quick Tip: How to Create a Simple Hanging Sign in Adobe Illustrator

    In the following steps you will learn how to turn simple hanging sign illustration in Adobe Illustrator. For starters you will only need a simple rectangle. Taking full advantage of the Appearance panel we will add colors, highlights and some simple shading for this rectangle. Once you have your main piece we’ll create the rest […]

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  • The designer’s guide to Google Analytics

    Your web designs may be beautiful, but are they popular? Monitor their appeal with our quick guide to Google’s free analytics tools. All too often, designers are guilty of designing beautiful websites without consistently monitoring their performance. Of course it would be easier to just design a site and let it be, but monitoring your […]

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  • Build a Custom WordPress Home Page with Custom Widget Areas

    In this video tutorial I will teach you how to build a WordPress website with custom widget areas the easy way. Even if you haven’t touched a single line of code before, this tutorial is simple enough to walk you through every code. This tutorial goes hand in hand with Christian’s video tutorial on how […]

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  • Scripting Made Easier with the Eclipse JavaScript Development Tools (JSDT)

    The Eclipse IDE has become so popular for Java development that it was only a matter of time before it was extended for HTML and JavaScript as well. With regards to the latter, the JavaScript Development Tools (JSDT) plug-in supports the development of JavaScript applications as well as JavaScript within web applications. It adds a […]

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  • Coding an Image Thumbnail Hover Magnify Effect with jQuery

    I have run into a number of simple effects to generate image magnification. You can sometimes find this on e-commerce websites for product images when you hover onto the thumbnail and a bigger zoom effect will display. This is a great technique no matter what type of website you have. But I was running into […]

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  • Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse with HTML5 and SVG #2: Text, Paths and Basic Animation

    The first article in this series covered the basics of SVG, an overlooked, underappreciated aspect of HTML5. While different browsers implement SVG in different ways, the previous walkthrough described how to create text, incorporate SVG images and build basic shapes such as circles, polygons and paths in a way that all browsers recognize. The result […]

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  • Free Download: Wood Bench Textures

    Today we have a set 0f 3 free textures that come from wood benches. The textures are ideal for situations where you need a wood background with your designs. The textures are free for use in personal and commercial projects, no attribution needed. Download the textures here (4 MB zip file) Published April 25th, 2013 […]

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  • 40+ Responsive WordPress Plugins – Add mobile friendly features!

    With responsive WordPress plugins, you can safely add new features to your responsive WordPress website without breaking the layout on mobile devices. Most new WordPress based websites build today have a mobile friendly design and a responsive layout. It is not a big deal to set up a cool responsive website and impress mobile surfers. […]

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  • 10 Alternative Color Palette Tools For Designers

    Choosing a color scheme when designing a web or mobile app can often present a difficult challenge. The importance of selecting the right color palette must not be overlooked as it helps to set the tone and feel of your site or product. When creating a new web design, I often spend a fair amount […]

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  • Codio urges ‘crowd-teaching’ for coding

    Codio wants to sidestep the bureaucracy in traditional education to give students a firmer footing when it comes to coding. The team behind frontend web development tool Codio has urged a “post-curriculum approach to teaching coding in schools”. The company argued on its website that there is a major skills shortage in terms of coding, […]

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