Wrapping Your Head Around HTML5 Canvas: Part 4

If you've made it this far in the series you should have a core understand on the basics and how all of them fit together inside of Canvas. Unfortunately for you, you're used to my terribly dry sense of humor as well. Congratulations are in order though if you've stuck it out, because today we'll be diving into some of the more advanced 2D Canvas API features. To be a tad more specific I'm talking about beginning to use the animation. The animation features that we see coming out of Canvas have been referred...

Creating a PHP User Survey: Database Tables and Class File Constructor

User surveys can be an extremely effective marketing tool for any business web site. Visitors can make their voices heard on what products, services and information they would like the site to provide. Site owners can then adjust their marketing plans and promotions around the results of these polls. In order to build a basic user poll, we must first create the database tables that will hold the poll question and its various responses. Create the MySQL Polls Table ... First, we must build a database table...

Create Your Own CRUD App with MySQL and PHP

You’re may be wondering what exactly CRUD is. CRUD simply stands for Create, Read, Update and Delete and it is the one of the fundamental principles of programming logic that can be expanded and applied to larger projects. For example, let’s imagine we’re creating a social network and we like to have the ability for users to create accounts, edit and update information for those accounts and also delete said accounts; that is CRUD at work. Now let’s get started using PHP & MySQL, to...

How To Change A Page’s Background As The User Scrolls

jQuery is great for adding enhancing effects that would otherwise be impossible with just HTML and CSS. In this tutorial we're going to use jQuery and two plugins to gradually change a website's background as the user scrolls the page. We'll be using the Color Animation and Waypoints plugins. The Color Animation plugin adds animations to the color properties of elements. jQuery already includes an animate function, this plugin simply extends it. The Waypoints plugin allows us to execute a function...

5 iPad Apps Every Web Developer Must Have

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When you are stuck waiting in line or for an appointment your iPad can your saving grace. Not just to check your Google+ account or play a quick game of Trailer Park Zombies, but to get actual work done. That is if you have the right apps. Listed below are some of the best apps for web developers. And this list isn’t one that only contains a few time management and task list apps. You might actually be surprised at how much you can get done with your iPad. iMockups ... Quickly and easily create wireframes for...

Wrapping Your Head Around Canvas: Part 3

We've only truly begun to scratch the surface of possibilities with our little series about Canvas, and as we journey deeper into the API you can see the benefits that it has over Flash technology concerning mobile device/browser support. Today I'd like to continue our adventures in learning the basics by talking about working with images and text. Working with Images ... It's time to introduce the drawImage method that does exactly what you thought it would, it inserts images. Just like with patterns...

New methods in jQuery 1.6

jQuery is an actively-developed JavaScript library with a fairly rapid release cycle. As well as general enhancements, performance tweaks and bug fixes, new methods are frequently added to the library. In this article we’ll take a look at the new methods that have been added to the 1.6+ release and some of the enhancements. Delaying the ready event with the holdReady() method ... The holdReady() method is used to delay the firing of jQuery’s ready event, a cornerstone event which is popularly...
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Common Mistakes to Avoid When Coding in PHP

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Despite the high expectations placed on them at times, developers are human. They were the last time we checked anyways. As humans, we are bound to make mistakes from time to time. And simple, common mistakes often slip past our filters the more comfortable we become with something. Think about it, when you first started writing code you most likely checked every line to make sure things were perfect. As you grow more comfortable with the process, little things often get overlooked and mistakes are made....
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