Essential tools for modern web development

Every day, we, as developers, use a wide array of tools to finish our tasks. And as we all differ in preference, so too do the tools we use. However, there are a lot of tools to choose from and trying them one by one will be counterproductive, and not to mention, difficult. So wouldn’t it be nice to have something like a Swiss knife for developers? You know, handy tools that you could just pull out from your bookmarks section? This saves you the trouble of doing a lot of Google searches that could lead to procrastination....
read more

Control vertical rhythm using Sass and Compass

Good vertical rhythm on a website has numerous benefits: aesthetically the design will appear more balanced and polished; for the reader, the content will be more cohesive and easier to read. If you’ve ever read a content heavy website and found it hard for your eyes to jump to the start of the next line, it was probably due to a poor vertical rhythm. In the old days of print design, vertical rhythm was set using font sizes, line heights, margin and paddings, set in point (pt) size units. Today the same styling...
read more

How to use custom taxonomies in WordPress

In this article, I will cover custom taxonomies and how they are created. I will make three custom taxonomies to show how the code can be reused with ease and also adapted to the needs of each taxonomy. Let’s start with a definition of custom taxonomies. What are custom taxonomies ? ... Taxonomies are different ways of grouping things together. A real life example might be TV shows: they can distributed by a number of different variables, like the channel airing them, their genre, or even the hour...
read more

A transparent box: the case for developing from scratch

In all types of computer programming, be it web or desktop development, most developers don’t want to reinvent the wheel. Why spend your time and effort writing some code that someone else has already written? The code that is available ranges from small jQuery plugins, right up to full platforms which enable full applications to be built on-top of them. I refer to them as “black boxes”. Essentially you input some data at one side and get some different data out on the other side. In some cases you...
read more

50 Twitter tools to supercharge your social networking

Do you want to get the best marketing results, get more followers and understand them on Twitter this year? These tools will help you become more productive, efficient and skillful. They will help you understand when to tweet, which hashtags to use, how to tweet, who to follow, and much more. Managing your Twitter account along with your other online networks can be difficult if you have limited resources. It means we need some help. Today I’ve collected 50 twitter tools for productivity, for efficiency,...
read more

Should you switch to a Flat File CMS in 2015?

You may have already heard it said: “This is the year of the flat file CMS.” You may have even looked at a few and wondered why someone would use a system like that instead of Wordpress or Drupal. Before we go any further, let’s define what a Flat File CMS (FFCMS) is. The name itself gives a big hint of how they differ from traditional CMSs. A traditional CMS like Wordpress or Drupal has page templates that are connected to a database where all the content from your posts and pages are stored. When you go...
read more

40+ essential JavaScript tools for the Web

JavaScript is a flexible and diverse scripting language used in millions of web pages and server applications worldwide. You can use it for countless purposes, but you need some tools. Fortunately, across the Web there are countless JavaScript tools being released by developers to perform distinctive tasks. Here are 45 tools for use with JavaScript. All these tools will help you to create modern websites with all the features users have come to expect. They offer clean design and simple interfaces...
read more

How I learned to stop worrying and love 3rd party services

I can be somewhat fickle about letting other people help me. Sure, if I have a lot of heavy stuff to lift, gimme a hand. If I'm working in the kitchen though, it’s my kitchen…get out! Thus, I’ve always had a complicated relationship with 3rd party services for my web work. I mean sure, my first experience with the Internet came when I was about nine years old and my parents let me create my first e-mail account (everyone else was getting them); I used a third-party service for my e-mail because I didn’t...
read more
Load more