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An Introduction To Full-Stack JavaScript

Nowadays, with any Web app you build, you have dozens of architectural decisions to make. And you want to make the right ones: You want to use technologies that allow for rapid development, constant iteration, maximal efficiency, speed, robustness and more. You want to be lean and you want to be agile. You want to use technologies that will help you succeed in the short and long term. And those technologies are not always easy to pick out.

November 25, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

Four Ways To Build A Mobile Application, Part 1: Native iOS

The mobile application development landscape is filled with many ways to build a mobile app. Among the most popular are: native iOS, native Android, PhoneGap and Appcelerator Titanium. This article marks the start of a series of four articles covering the technologies above. The series will provide an overview of how to build a simple mobile application using each of these four approaches. Because few developers have had the opportunity to develop for mobile using a variety of tools, this series is intended to broaden your scope.

November 25, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

Blueprints For Web And Print

Have you ever submitted design files to a development team for production and a few weeks later gotten something back that looks nothing like your original work? Many designers and design teams make the mistake of thinking that their work is done once they’ve completed the visual design stage. A design is more than a simple drawing on a canvas in Illustrator, Fireworks or Photoshop; it is a representation of function. “Form follows function” is a well-known principle, first coined in 1896 by the architect Louis Sullivan. How will the website work? How will that section fold? What happens when you hover over this button? How does that menu function?

November 19, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

An Introduction To DOM Events

Click, touch, load, drag, change, input, error, resize — the list of possible DOM events is lengthy. Events can be triggered on any part of a document, whether by a user’s interaction or by the browser. They don’t just start and end in one place; they flow though the document, on a life cycle of their own. This life cycle is what makes DOM events so extensible and useful. As developers, we should understand how DOM events work, so that we can harness their potential and build engaging experiences.

November 14, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

Killer Responsive Layouts With CSS Regions

As Web designers, we are largely constrained by the layout features available to us. Content placed inside a container will often naturally extend the container vertically, wrapping the content. If a design requires elements to remain a certain height, then our options are limited. In these cases, we can only add a scroll bar or hide the overflow. The CSS Regions specification provides a new option.

November 11, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

Freebie: Nice Things Icon Set

Inspiration strikes at funny times. Chris Behr was just watching TV and playing around with the Shape tools in Illustrator. His mind wasn’t focused on either task. He casually divided a square into a grid, then randomly colored it. Something about the colors inspired him to combine the grid with a couple of icons that he had been doodling the night before. Thus, Nice Things was born, a set of 128 original, beautiful icons that we are honored to present to you.

November 5, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

Dates and Time – The OOP Way

The Date/Time PHP extension is a set of classes that allow you to work with almost all of the date and time related tasks. It’s been available since the release of PHP 5.2 and the extension introduced several new classes, all of which are mapped to real life scenarios.

October 31, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

DMXzone Database Updater PHP/ASP Manual

In over 120 pages, this article provides all the needed information to work with DMXzone Database Updater PHP/ASP. We packed it with basic as well as advanced tutorials that will guide you through the process of inserting, updating, deleting and more actions that you can do with these useful extensions. Also, the tutorials are available in video format.

October 30, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

Working with IndexedDB Part 2

Welcome to the second part of the IndexedDB article. Raymond Camden strongly recommends reading the first article in this series, as he’ll be assuming you are familiar with all the concepts covered so far. In this article, we’re going to wrap up the CRUD aspects we didn’t finish before (specifically updating and deleting content), and then demonstrate a real world application that we will use to demonstrate other concepts in the final article.

October 22, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

Working With IndexedDB Part 1

One of the more interesting developments in web standards lately is the Indexed Database (IndexedDB for short) specification. For a fun time you can read the spec yourself. In this tutorial Raymond Camden will be explaining this feature and hopefully giving you some inspiration to use this powerful feature yourself.

October 22, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes