13 JavaScript Frameworks That Can Make You a Better Web Developer

JavaScript earned popularity with web developers because of how responsive it is for users. Since it runs locally in the user's browser, there is no waiting for the server-side computations to run. And what you can do with JavaScript is pretty fascinating when it comes to dynamic page effects and user interactivity. But even something as simple, and lightweight, as JavaScript can be improved upon. That is where the JavaScript frameworks come into play. Using these frameworks allows a developer...

jQuery Instead of JavaScript

jQuery has quickly become one of the most popular JavaScript libraries out there today. One of the main reasons is because of how efficient it is because when using it, developers are able to write less code. jQuery is also great tool for creating animations and effects for your websites, UI's etc. It gives us the ability to add many of the things we want out of JavaScript without bloated code. Let's look at the anatomy of a basic jQuery statement.           First thing we see is a...

How to Secure WordPress Part 2 – The Plugins

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In Part 1 of this series we took a look at how you can better secure your WordPress files during, and after, the installation of the software. But once you have the files hardened against different threats, it is time to start looking at some of the different plug-ins available that can help you further protect and secure your WordPress site. WordPress Firewall 2 ... Having worked with a company that deals with web application firewalls, I can tell you from firsthand experience that these are by far one...

What Developers Need to Know About Cross Site Request Forgeries

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Cross Site Forgery, or cross site request forgery (CSRF), is a web based attack where a malicious web site, instant message, email, or program causes the victim’s Web browser to perform an unwanted action on a trusted site for which the user is currently authenticated. For example, let's say I am logged into my bank account, or cookie information is stored from a recent login, and I click on a malicious link. As a result, the link causes me to transfer money from my account (which I am logged into) to the...

Will Muse Kill the Web Development Industry?

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When Microsoft released FrontPage back in 1997 many people thought that the web design industry would suffer because all of the sudden anyone could use this software to create a pretty decent looking website without having to know HTML. Of course CSS, PHP, MySQL, Python, Ruby on Rails, etc. all changed the game for the WYSIWYG editors. If you wanted a dynamic, data driven web site you needed to hire a developer. And with everything being “Web 2.0”, static websites just lost their appeal to many. So...

How to Secure WordPress Part 1 – The Basics

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WordPress is easily one of the most popular web applications in use, and that makes it quite a target for malicious hackers using PHP injections, SQL injections, Cross-Site Scripting and many others to compromise blogs that are not secure. You see, WordPress made its bones on how easy it is to install and use. Users quickly get hung up on finding, or designing, the right template for the blog’s UI and activating all the plug-ins needed to enhance the site’s functionality. Unfortunately not many...
CSS

CSS3 Media Queries Tutorial: Part 1

With the introduction of a whole new market of mobile devices and tablets, there has never been more of a need for your website content to display across a variety of platforms properly. There is the old tried and true method of using multiple HTML landing pages that utilize JavaScript to redirect you to the appropriate page, then styling the content accordingly or you could make the entire process easier on yourself in the long run by exploring the possibility with CSS3 and media queries. This tutorial...
PHP

Top Three Lists Regarding Web Application Security

I recall a project I worked on a few years ago where I was tasked with overseeing the security of a website we were building. When I sat down with the chief programmer I wanted to discuss three types of vulnerabilities with him: cross-site scripting, SQL injection and information leakage. His response was simply, “I don’t know anything about this stuff and I don’t care. That’s your job.” While other web developers I have worked with aren’t generally so curt in their response, I have noticed...
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