Apple finally open-sources Swift

Swift, Apple’s programming language targeted towards OS X and iOS developers, has just been released as open source. Under the Apache License, all of the source code—which covers code for a unique package manager—is going to be open to edit and compile. This means that programs can be created without any attribution. In a press release on the Apple site, the company announced that developers from all over the world can contribute to new Swift optimizations and features, thereby bringing Swift...
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Looming PHP 7 and its effect on WordPress

It’s no big secret now that PHP 7 is just on the horizon, and with that development comes questions on how it affects sites that run on WordPress. PHP 7 is a massive update to the server-side web development language called PHP, yet it’s also going to have an impact on any PHP-powered CMS like Drupal, Joomla and Magento. Performance upgrades ... PHP 7’s biggest performance improvement is a direct response to criticism over past performance issues on the platform. The new release will provide a 50%...
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What’s new in WordPress 4.4

Each new version of WordPress brings enhanced features and bug fixes to improve the Web’s most-used blogging platform. The upcoming release of WordPress, version 4.4, is slated for sometime in early December 2015 with some interesting changes. The 4.4 codex page has already been created and is awaiting full details. But some release info has already been put out and should excite all fans of the WordPress platform. Greater oEmbed support ... WordPress 4.4 will include expanded support for oEmbed...
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Creating a simple glass effect with Raphaël

You may be wondering what the point is of creating virtual glass. Well, just like in the offline world, glass is used when you want to protect something but still be able to see what lies underneath. Besides that, with a little imagination you can create some cool effects for enhancing your web presentations or games. As a practical example, we'll be creating an over-simplified version of a graphic which is taken from a real-world training product, just to get familiar with the concept but without a high...
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What’s new in Foundation 6

In the last 12 months, ZURB has been busy at work on the latest and greatest iteration of its remarkable Foundation Framework. Foundation 6 is the recipient of not just a code restructuring or an update for the sake of increasing the version number—it’s actually a major overhaul of the entire Foundation Framework based on feedback ZURB has gathered from Foundation users. As a result of this intense listening, ZURB has implemented a new philosophy that’s more holistic than any Foundation version...
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Vivaldi Browser goes beta with brand new features

Earlier this week Vivaldi browser finally released its first beta version to the public. Disappointed with the choices of available web browsers, ex-CEO of Opera Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner created Vivaldi to fill what he perceived as a gap in the market. Tetzchner created Vivaldi as an alternative to Opera and the many other household names like Safari and Firefox. Vivaldi is meant to be a browser that works exactly as you’d expect with loads of features for customization. The current browser...
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Flat-file CMS Grav gets new updates

If you’re in the market for a CMS , the chances are you’ve already considered the big names: WordPress, Drupal, Joomla. You may not have thought about a flat-file CMS. A flat-file CMS is a content management system that doesn’t need a database to run, and over the last 18 months they’ve grown increasingly popular. One such system, is Grav. Just a year old, it has been updated this week with a bevy of new features, improvements, and bug fixes. A fully dynamic CMS built on PHP, Grav is focused on speed...
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Magento 2.0 makes gains on clean e-commerce design

Ask many e-commerce site owners, webmasters and businesses, and they’ll likely tell you that Magento is one of their favorite e-commerce platforms (if not their favorite). Now, they have even more reason to be thankful for this CMS: its new version. Magento 2.0, now available on GitHub in its beta version prior to its general release later this year, takes some of the superior features of the original and makes them even better. Let’s look at them in detail. UX gets a facelift ... For any CMS, UX has...
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