A backend developer’s guide to UI design

Nov 27, 2014 By
For a backend developer, designing a user interface for an application can be difficult, primarily because you are not a hundred per cent comfortable with what you are doing. It’s like writing using your left hand when you’re a righty. However, with the inception of frontend toolkits and frameworks, UI design has become a little bit more convenient for backend developers like you. Because of open source UI frameworks like Bootstrap, Foundation and Yahoo’s PureCSS, building the interface...

Should you be using Python for web development?

There are countless articles written about which programming language is the best; usually ending with the conclusion that they’re all great, and you just need to choose which you’re most comfortable with. Whilst I agree with that sentiment to some extent, I’m still interested in the question of whether any one language is better for a specific purpose, for example, for web development.   What is Python? ... Credited to Guido van Rossum in the late ‘80s, Python is one of the most popular...
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Deal of the week: 8 popular texture collections from Offset

Is flat design leaving your designs looking a little…flat? Then you might want to think about adding some texture to those flat color blocks. Texture offers designers great options to indicate function, tone areas, even unify diverse sections of a site. So we’re delighted that our sister-site, MightyDeals.com, has arranged an incredible discount on these 8 popular texture collections. Featuring more than 240 individual vector and bitmap files this bundle covers everything from concrete...
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7 habits of highly effective web developers

There are a few things that separate good from great, a fine line between just getting through, and being truly effective. This applies to almost anything, and especially web development. So what does being effective in web development mean? What are the habits that you need to develop to become great? Let’s take a look: 1) Effective developers use bug trackers ... Be it a software, mobile or web app, any development project needs to have bug and issue tracking services. It’s more practical than...
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Deal of the week: Colossal vintage design bundle (worth $600)

Once in a while our sister-site, MightyDeals.com, comes up with a truly special deal big enough to make your head spin; and this is one of those times! We’ve managed to put together an amazing 94% discount on this huge bundle of design resources, saving you over $560! The 2GB download contains vintage assets from the likes of Ultrashock and Yellow Design Studio. There are fonts, patterns, vintage lettering, frames, book covers, stationery, flourishes, and tons more. Dig into this deal and you’ll...
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15 essential Sass mixins

There are  a whole host of Sass mixin libraries out there: Bourbon is a personal favourite, Compass is hugely popular. But sometimes, actually always, it’s better to pick and mix your mixins to suit yourself. It’s never good to rely too heavily on a tool, and if you think Sass mixins begin and end with the @include statement then you should probably try writing out a few of your own. Sass mixins are available for a huge range of tasks, here’s 15 that no developer should be without: box-sizing...
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Deal of the week: Retro Textpress, 20 retro text effects for Illustrator

Retro is all the rage, and this amazing deal from our sister-site, MightyDeals.com, is the perfect way to embrace the trend. The Retro Textpress deal features 20 retro type styles for Adobe Illustrator. Just set up your text, click to apply the action and your type will be transformed into a cool retro style. What’s more, if you’re not satisfied with the styles on offer, you can customise each one to get it exactly the way you want it. These effects are ideal for adding a little vintage charm to an...
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How to get started with ImpressPages

Once upon a time, someone decided to see what would happen if you merged a powerful open source PHP framework with a drag‘n’drop content editor designed for non-technical users. As it turns out, you get ImpressPages. ImpressPages began as more traditional CMS, with an emphasis on user-friendliness. The content editor was also drag‘n’drop, but I recall that the rest of the interface seemed confusing to me. It seemed as though they were trying to cram in everything anyone might need in a CMS,...
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