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Simplify your documentation process with Couscous

If there’s one thing I hate more than tracking down bugs, it’s documenting code. It takes forever, it’s almost a project in itself, and I never seem to factor it into my project lifecycle. Setting out to solve that problem for me, and anyone else whose life is too short, is Couscous. Couscous takes markdown files and converts them into professional standard HTML docs that colleagues, or fellow developers, can easily follow. You can preview the resulting site on your local machine, correct any...
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40+ essential resources for responsive websites

In 2014, if you have a website that isn’t responsive, it doesn’t count. Responsive web design has now become a standard when it comes to creating new websites. More and more people are viewing websites from their phones, it has become really important to adapt to those changes and design websites in such a way that they work across a variety of different screen sizes. But if you’ve been tasked with creating a mobile responsive design and aren’t sure where to start, this list of resources is sure...
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50 free ebooks every web developer should read

In the digital era, less and less people rely on paper books. That obviously doesn’t mean people have stopped reading books, just that ebooks have largely flooded the market. There are numerous reasons for this, but the most prevalent is that ebooks can be brought to market quickly whilst their content is still relevant. There are millions of ebooks available, teaching you everything from typography to apps. And incredibly some of the best are available absolutely free. Check out my list of essential...
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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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10 free jQuery mobile menu plugins

One of the biggest headaches you’re likely to encounter as a developer is cramming a designer’s gigantic menu onto a mobile screen. There are options open to you: you could repurpose the menu for mobile, you could compact it with JavaScript, you could even reposition it with CSS. But thanks to the amazing jQuery community, you probably don’t need to. There are dozens of jQuery mobile navigation solutions available, all of which have been designed to solve the problem of menus that don’t fit...
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How to get started with version control

Welcome, friends, to your first lesson in version control. This article is entirely for non-expert-programmers. If you’re already an expert, this article isn't for you. Shoo. For those programmers who don’t already know it all, readable information can be hard to come by. Most of the things I've read about version control systems like Git and Subversion are written in harshly-accented programmerese. This is my attempt to simplify the concept in plain English for those of us who are just getting...
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How to use the Dribbble API

One of the websites most commonly used by designers to showcase their work is most definitely Dribbble and most designers already have their shots on dribble so why not combine the best of both worlds and use the Dribbble Api and Jribbble to showcase the shots in your portfolio ? In this article we’ll create a simple one page portfolio with some text, social links and your latest Dribbble shots that you can use as the basis for your next portfolio.   The HTML ... Before we start with the actual...
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8 awesome extensions for Brackets

Brackets has not yet replaced Sublime Text as my primary text editor, but it’s a definite possibility. The quick edit functions are great, it’s always nice to have a color picker handy, it’s light, it’s fast, and it looks kinda purdy. I’ve used it for light editing, as well as a couple of code experiments, so I have a pretty good idea of what it’s like to use it regularly. I have a few issues, of course; getting the live preview to work with a local copy of WordPress seems downright impossible at...
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