Monthly Archives: April 2012


Transforming Elements in 3D Using CSS3

With CSS3, you can apply animated effects on Web page elements in 3D as well as 2D. In this tutorial we will go through the basics of rotating in 3 dimensions and will combine these transforms with the scale and translate transforms for more complex results. We will also add a basic level of interaction to animate the effects as the user interacts with the page. Create a Page with an Image Element ... Create a basic page with a CSS section in the head area, as follows: <!DOCTYPE html> <html> <head>... now powered by MaxCDN

A faster website leads to happier visitors. While you can make a million changes to your site’s code to speed up load times, there are some things that are just beyond your control. Things like network issues between where your site is hosted and where your visitors are. So what can you do to overcome things like network latency? Easy! You can use a service like MaxCDN which is a Content Distribution Network.  We recently teamed up with MaxCDN to deliver even better performance to our blog. MaxCDN delivers...

PHP Ad Tracker: Entering Ad Banner and Client Data

In our last session, we showed how to list the ad banner data and client data.  In this session, we will examine the form that allows administrators to enter ad banner data. First, we include the class_ads.php file and instantiate the ads class: <?php require_once(""); // instantiate ads class $oAds = new ads; Next, we assign a value for the $id variable by suing the setID function in the ads class: // check for id if ($id) { // assign unique id $oAds->setId($id); } If the form has posted...

Learning LESS: An Introduction

Today, I'm proud to start a series of posts that will focus on LESS, the dynamic language that takes your CSS and puts it on steroids. LESS let's you use variables, mixins, nested rules, and even functions within your CSS. It's extremely powerful and can dramatically speed up your development. There is a little bit of a learning curve to it, but once you wrap your head around it, you won't type CSS again without using LESS. Blog Series Roadmap ... An Introduction Using Variables Using Mixins Using Nested...

Creating First Animations With CSS3 Using Keyframes

One of the main reasons the emergence of CSS3 has been so hotly anticipated is the fact that, in combination with HTML5, it will pose a genuine alternative to technologies such as Flash. With CSS3 and HTML5, you will ultimately be able to create animated, interactive multimedia applications that will be accessible to users regardless of whether Flash is supported in their environment - great news if you're developing Web apps for iOS or for mobile users in general. In this tutorial we will create a simple...

Get the Most Out of HTML5’s Native Audio

Lots of excitement surrounds HTML5's native audio element. It promises cross browser standardized support for playing audio clips embedded directly in our web pages. With this new element, gone are the days of including a third party plug-in like Flash, QuickTime, or Silverlight. Of course, we're not quite there yet. Currently, the <audio> element  is supported in these browsers:  iOS 4+, Android 2.3+, Opera Mobile 11+, and As web developers, we must be careful to include fallback support...

PHP Ad Tracker: Site Administration Ad Banner Data Form

If you have read any of the other posts in this series you know that we have done quite a bit with our PHP ad tracker. In this session, we will look at the HTML form that calls these actions. First, we create the HTML table that will hold the form header: <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tr> <td><b>Developer Drive Advertisements Administration</b></td> </tr> Next, we specify the operation (add/edit/delete/deactivate) for this...

Using Custom Attributes in HTML5

Custom attributes are among the most significant additions for HTML5, and can play a major role in semantic Web development. In this tutorial we'll go through a practical example of creating and accessing HTML5 custom data attributes, including the necessary JavaScript functions. It was possible before HTML5 to add your own attributes to HTML elements and access them using JavaScript, but if you've ever tried it you'll know you can forget about getting your markup to validate. HTML5 provides the...
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