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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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How to edit text faster with Vim’s command mode

Stick around code nerds long enough, and we'll start talking about text editors. Eventually, one might (or, if you're discussing this on the Internet, one certainly will) bring up Vim. Ah, Vim: the text editor that many command-line users love. Here's what happened to me: I was looking into new software with which to write my articles and synchronize them to Evernote. Through a convoluted series of events which I shall not describe here, I ended up spending a couple of hours learning to use Vim. I'm...
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Simple team scheduling with Doodle

Working in groups can be tough. No, scratch that; it is tough. Group work is all about balancing personalities and trying to get the most from your partners. It's a great test of life — learning how to work with people, especially to create great things. Those who work in a team that genuinely meshes well are enormously lucky. Unfortunately, some of us don't get to live that life. One of the hardest things about working with a team is getting together to meet face to face. Aside from balancing personalities,...
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Parallax scrolling is better code-free. See why with Webydo’s closed beta invite for DD’s readers

[— This is a sponsored post on behalf of Webydo —] Following on from the professional web design platform, WYSIWYG application Webydo’s announced its community-choice’s latest feature: Parallax Scrolling Animator. Voted for by almost 93,000 users, Webydo’s release of its code-free Parallax Scrolling Animator is an exciting feature update for professional web designers; giving them the freedom to create incredible web experiences for their clients and visitors, without the need...
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The coder’s guide to finding the perfect color palette

I’m far more of a programmer than a designer. I can deal with hex and RGB color values all day and plug them into my CSS like a champ. I can poke around in Photoshop, take some color samples, tweak them in the palette tool, and come up with pretty colors. But how do I come up with real, usable color schemes? Thankfully, for both the color hack like me and the graphic artist with a more refined eye, we have a large array of color resources available online: tools to help create palettes from scratch or based on an...
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