Designing Smartphone-Optimized Websites: Challenges Web Developers

Web developers are increasingly being asked to build sites that cater to smartphone Internet users, or to recast existing sites into user-friendlier formats for mobile devices. By 2015, statistical research by eMarketer predicts that more than half of the persons who access the Web will do so through a smartphone or other small-screen device. This paradigm shift represents a challenge to the established Web development community, which now has a mandate to configure Web content previously optimized...
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Creating A Web Page Calculator Using The HTML5 Output Element

HTML5 includes a host of new input elements, such as the output tag. Using the output tag in conjunction with the "oninput" event listener, you can create simple or complex Web page calculators, giving the user instant results. The output tag allows you to build forms using semantic markup, since the element is specifically designed for displaying calculation results. In this tutorial we will create a simple Web page calculator to demonstrate using the output element. Many of the new input elements...
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Learning LESS: Put It Into Action

We'll finish our Learning LESS series today as we talk about putting your LESS into action on your web projects. Today's post will be slightly different than previous posts, as we won't really showcase new techniques and code examples as much as we'll talk about how to use LESS, projects you can work on to jump start your LESS development and more. Blog Series Roadmap ... An Introduction Using Variables Using Mixins Using Nested Rules Using Functions Divide and Conquer Put It Into Action Coding With...
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Learning LESS: Divide and Conquer

We're getting to the end of our Learning LESS series, and this is one of the posts I'm most excited about. One of the best features of LESS is how modular and organized your code can be, and how it doesn't add much weight or calls to your live sites (if you compile locally with LESS.app, CodeKit or some other compiler). Blog Series Roadmap ... An Introduction Using Variables Using Mixins Using Nested Rules Using Functions Divide and Conquer Put It Into Action Grab a cup o' joe, your favorite text editor and...
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Allowing Users to Resize Web Page Elements with CSS3

With CSS3 you can give your users a greater level of control over how they view your pages without having to employ complex JavaScript functions. Using the resize property in CSS3, you can set elements to be automatically resizable. These elements appear within the browser with a subtle indicator at the bottom right corner letting users know that the element is resizable. On clicking and dragging the corner, the user can resize your element. The resize property in itself is not complex, but can have...
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5 Differences Between C# and Java: Data Types

The line between desktop development and web-based applications has been all but obliterated in the last few years. With the advent of smartphones, especially Google’s Java-based Android operating system, developers are scrambling to jump onto the newest technology, while fearing that the skills they have cultivated over the years may become obsolete. Many former C++ and C# programmers are migrating their way to Java applications. While the languages are remarkably similar (as Java was built...
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Up and Running With Custom Post Types Part 2

In part one of our post Up and Running With Custom Post Types, we covered the concept behind WordPress's Custom Post Type feature, and how to get started by creating your own custom post type. We also covered ways to keep it modular by utilizing a separate PHP file, allowing you to port the post type from theme to theme. In this post, we'll cover creating Taxonomies for your custom post types, creating custom fields and meta boxes, saving your data and using it in your WordPress themes. Let's get rollin'!...
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Utilize Favicons and Meta Tags to Boost Your Website’s Visibility

A memorable Al Pacino line from the popular sports movie “Any Given Sunday” states that, in essence, “Life is just a game of inches”. In other words, success in any endeavor can depend on the smallest details, because they can end up having a major impact. When it comes to SEO, I am constantly amazed at how paying careful attention to tiny, often overlooked factors can significantly assist in boosting a website’s online presence, thus gaining its owner a competitive advantage. As web developers,...
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