Can you overuse media queries?

When most people think about responsive web design, they think about a website that restructures and reforms to fit the device where it is being displayed. While this is true, few know how this is actually achieved. There are all types of different frameworks out there for building a responsive website. Most of them use media queries to get the job done. With all of the devices out there, at different screen sizes and resolutions, can you set up a media query for each one? Also, is there such a thing as too...

How to build a simple reservation system

This article will provide a brief tutorial in using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, and MySQL to build a simple reservation system. It is assumed you are already at least a little familiar with all these technologies, and the real purpose here is just to link them all together to accomplish a common task. It is intentionally over-simplified, because it is aimed at beginners. Scenario ... Let’s suppose our client owns a conference center where people can book rooms for conferences and other events....

7 essential steps for hardening WordPress

WordPress is well known to be a target for hackers. So, anything you can do to harden your WordPress site is a sensible thing to do; and should be part of your overall design process. I’ll look at some of the main areas that should be on your list of potential areas of weakness and what you can do to add greater levels of security and protection. The general areas that need to have attention are shown below but you may have site specific security requirements too, so bear this in mind: Access control to the...

Infographic: AngularJS vs. React

Ever wondered who’d win in a face-off between AngularJS and React? Ever looked at a project spec and puzzled which way to go? Perhaps you’re planning to learn one or the other but aren’t sure which. Wonder no more, because we’ve put together this neat infographic to compare the major points of each language. Whether you’re concerned with speed, complexity, or how appropriate they are, you’ll find the answer in this quick reference. ...

How to simplify SVG with Raphael

Bitmaps are by far the most commonly used image format on web pages. When the images we want to show are photos, that makes sense.  But when it comes to illustrations and GUI components, bitmaps are wasteful. Many designers actually do make extensive use of bitmap images directly in user interfaces. Personally I don’t feel this is a good approach, but the blame for it becoming habitual stems from the extensive use and recommendation of Photoshop for interface design. Vector graphics offer numerous...

How to develop web games with EaselJS

The arrival of HTML5 has opened up a world of exciting possibilities for us as developers. The idea that you can quickly develop very high quality 2D and 3D games that run directly in the browser using simple JavaScript commands and without having to make use of any proprietary components to make it work could probably inspired you to finally get around to attempting that game idea you’ve been nurturing for years. Then when you actually go to do it and you see just how many new things you will have to...

How to usability test your project for free

Usability testing is sometimes one of those things that developers conveniently ‘forget’ about. Why? Well do a search for it. Usability testing, as it is generally practiced, costs money. There are interviews to perform, a variety of tests to create for each and every project, services to pay for… and what if your client’s in another country? Or what if they’re a small business with a small budget, or a brand-new startup? What if the only reason you learned web development in the first...

55+ jQuery plugins for developers

jQuery is a fantastic JavaScript library, we know this. We also know that there are lot of cool plugins out there which take things to the next level. If you’re an amateur dev, plugins expand on your capabilities by implementing things you might not know how to do yourself, yet. If you're an expert programmer, they can make your job go a whole lot faster, or even just provide inspiration. Whatever the case, we've collected some of the best and most interesting jQuery plugins that we’ve found, and...
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