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Thinking Inside The Box With Vanilla JavaScript

During the past four or five years of blogging regularly and doing research for other writing projects, Louis Lazaris has come across probably thousands of articles on JavaScript. To him, it seems that a big chunk of these articles can be divided into two very general categories: jQuery and theory and concept articles focused on things like IIFEs, closures and design patterns. Yes, he's likely stumbled upon a ton of other articles that don’t fall into either of these categories or that are more specific. But somehow it feels that most of the ones that really get pushed in the community fall under one of the two categories above.

October 7, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

Data-Driven Design In The Real World

As more designers and writers look to analytics to inform their decisions, many still struggle to implement their findings in a sustainable, ongoing way. Too often, testing and analysis are one-off activities, providing plenty of important-looking numbers but not lot of context or specific direction. After more than five years helping content and design teams capture, measure and understand website performance data (client-side at Bazaarvoice and now at Volusion), Ashley Moreno has learned a lot about connecting the dots between data and design improvements.

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

DMXzone Database Connector Manual

In this article you will find all the needed information so you can use the basic as well as the advanced functionalities packed in DMXzone Database Connector PHP and DMXzone Database Connector ASP. The user manual contains nine useful tutorials that are also available in video format and cover basic connection building and source definition as well as more advanced options such as table joins, filters and integration with HTML5 Data Bindings.

September 18, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

Responsive Navigation On Complex Websites

Central to a solid user experience is a well-structured, simple navigation system. Over the past few months, Jon Rundle has been involved in launching two large institutional websites with complex navigation systems. Maintaining simplicity on such large websites becomes increasingly difficult as content requirements grow and tiers of navigation are added, not to mention the extra complexity added by small screens.

September 12, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

How to Collaborate On GitHub

If you don’t already know, GitHub is an incredibly effective way to collaborate on development projects. Providing a place for anyone with an internet connection to have an avenue where they can share code with the world for free (not to mention the robust supporting tools for source inspection and easy viewing of commit histories). GitHub has been adopted by many large open-source projects as their primary home for collaboration and contribution.

September 2, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

Email Marketing For Mobile App Creators

If you’ve developed mobile applications or have just started building one, then you probably realize that marketing should be as much of an ongoing concern as the product’s design and development. After all, what’s the point in creating a beautiful, valuable app if no one knows about it? Assuming that promotion on Google Play or Apple’s App Store will take your app from beta to bestseller is… well, magical thinking. In reality, most successful developers kick off their marketing efforts months before release.

August 20, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

Useful InDesign Scripts And Plugins To Speed Up Your Work

Few applications feel as complete as Adobe’s InDesign. First released in 1999 as a direct attack against the then-industry standard, Quark, the page-layout application has been made faster and more feature-rich with each iteration. But even the best applications lack some features. Luckily, Adobe realized this some years ago and opened the doors to allow designers to expand this beloved set of tools through plugins.

August 20, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

The New IE11 F12 Tools

Back in January, Ray Bango walked you through the features of Internet Explorer 10's F12 Developer Tools. Microsoft's recent release of Windows 8.1 Preview brings with it, not only an update to Internet Explorer (now at v11) but also a welcome refresh to the F12 Developer Tools. The latter is especially important since developers are dependent on them to troubleshoot site-related issues from within IE. Till now the tools have solved most debugging use-cases but it's clear that as sites become more complex, developers need richer tools to work with.

August 13, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

Backbone.js Tips And Patterns

Backbone.js is a popular open-source JavaScript “MV*” framework that has gained significant traction since its first release a little over three years ago. Although Backbone.js provides structure to JavaScript applications, it leaves a lot of design patterns and decisions up to the developer, for better or worse, and developers run into many common problems when they first begin developing in Backbone.js.

August 13, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes