Getting started with Facebook’s Create React App

React was always a bit hard for the average developer to easily get started with. Facebook’s open-source library was meant to encourage developers to efficiently create apps as well as their interfaces within JavaScript. Unfortunately, developers also had to learn a lot of other tools besides JavaScript just to set up their React projects. Yes, Facebook has mentioned its own tooling for React. However, the simple truth is that the majority of developers and small startups just don’t have the...

Getting over your fear of commitment with WordPress plugins

When I first started out creating websites with WordPress, I was in awe of the depth and variety of plugins available. During those golden days I would willingly install just about anything that looked cool. Shortly thereafter, I was smacked in the head by reality. Stuff started breaking and seriously hurt my good time. It turns out that not every plugin is a great one. And there are times when it seems like the work we do is held together with bubble gum and duct tape. Everything works splendidly until it...

3 best free starter themes for WordPress

WordPress themes are one of the best features of WordPress. You can change the whole design of your website within a few seconds or minutes. You can choose a free theme, buy a premium theme or you can decide to create a new WordPress theme from scratch. Even there, you can start coding your design from scratch, or you can just use a starter WordPress theme that has all the basics to get you going. There are many free WordPress starter themes available, and if you are a beginner and trying to learn WordPress theme...

Microsoft releases .NET Core and ASP.NET Core 1.0

Microsoft has been in the news a lot lately, with its biggest announcement being the recent purchase of LinkedIn. There’s no sign of this tech giant slowing down as it recently announced .NET Core and ASP.NET Core 1.0. In a lengthy blog post on its .NET Blog, Microsoft unveiled the new release, which is available on Windows, Linux and OS X. .NET Core, developers will recall, is an open-source, cross-platform and modular .NET platform for building modern web apps, console apps, libraries and micro...

Understanding coders via humor

Programmers and designers—and nerds in general, really—can be kind of difficult for non-nerdy people to understand. The reverse is also true. Programmer types can get the worst of it, though. Generalizing broadly, the mental world they tend to live in is full of things that make sense because they follow specific rules. Those rules can get infinitely complex; but the basic principles of programming can get you past most of the problems you might encounter. It was probably a misplaced semicolon,...

Opera releases VPNs for desktop and mobile

It’s been quite a year of milestones for Opera. In March, Opera made headlines when it let users block ads natively. Now, Opera is making another huge impact by offering a free VPN (virtual private network) that’s integrated into the browser. In a recent blog post, the company announced that Opera is the first big browser to incorporate an unlimited and free VPN. This means that users won’t have to shell out extra money for VPN subscriptions or download any VPN extensions. The company’s rationale...

Shutterstock builds machine learning into its search

There’s good news for everyone who uses stock photos, today: finding the right one just got easier. That is, if you use Shutterstock. Shutterstock is taking a page from the Google Images play-book by implementing a reverse image search. Then, they took it a step further by giving us “visually similar” search. Really, most of what you need to know is right in the names. Anyone who has dragged a photo into Google Images to find the original source knows what I’m talking about. Now, you can do the same...

Getting started with Toast: A light-weight responsive CSS grid

Toast is a really light-weight fully responsive CSS grid. Toast grid was created by Dan Eden, the man behind animate.css and baseline.js. If you are already using Bootstrap, Foundation or any other CSS framework, You might ask why you should learn a new grid system. The number one reason to use Toast grid system is that, it is very light, no-nonsense grid system, for creating responsive websites quickly and easily. Bootstrap, Foundation and many other CSS framework allow you to create responsive,...
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