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PHP to Static HTML On The Fly

Data driven web sites are da bomb, in my not-so-humble opinion. The ability to drive information through a slim passage and have that information display, in various ways, is without a doubt amazing. Anything can be manipulated, altered, structured, added, removed and decided before it even hits the screen. Systems like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal have had their day in the sun. On the horizon are even more progressive, minimalistic UCGm [User Generated Content management] systems that will have...
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10 Best Open Source Tools for Web Developers

Web developers have a fond love for open source tools not only because these tools are generally free of cost, but they can be modified in any way the developer sees fit. That is actually where the free in free/open source software comes from. While .NET and other paid technologies and tools do have their place on the Web, it really is open source tools and applications that power it. There are thousands of great open source applications and picking the best among them is really hard since so many people have...
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Slide Show Snippet with JavaScript

Many websites nowadays make use of sliders to highlight different content or pages but these slide shows usually appear at the top of the home page. Anyone who deals with content knows the power that images have to keep a reader engaged. In fact, most content creators try to scatter images throughout their text for this very purpose. But what happens if you marry the two concepts together? Taking the slide show concept and inserting it into the content of a web page... Begin by opening up the HTML of your...
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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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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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A Look at Responsive Web Design

Responsive web design is widely thought of as a design trend, but it’s much more than that. It is an approach to web development that allows a website to break itself down smoothly across multiple monitor sizes, screen resolutions, and platforms, be it a computer, tablet or mobile device.  It allows the developer to create a site that is optimized for each platform, both in navigation, readability and load time. In this tutorial, we take a look at what responsive web design entails for the developer....
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5 iPad Apps Every Web Developer Must Have

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...
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Integrating AJAX with PHP Part I

AJAX earned its share of stardom once industry giants like Google Maps, Zoho Writer and Y!Mail Beta started to actively implement AJAX into their services. Though many webmasters out there are already using AJAX yet there is that section which is still unaware of its advantages. This tutorial will help the latter part enjoy hands-on experience with AJAX and PHP. I won’t be using jargons yet I am assuming that you understand the basics of HTML, PHP and JavaScript. What is AJAX? ... Well, AJAX won’t...
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