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Underappreciated frameworks part 4: Schema UI

This is a part of the Under-appreciated series, where we explore CSS frameworks that are well-made and have great ideas, but never took off like the “big two”. For a full introduction, see the first article in the series. You can tell that Schema UI’s last update was at least a year ago because the framework is still using LESS. Okay, that was unnecessarily snarky, but I’m still bitter about Bootstrap switching over to SASS. Schema UI is another one of those frameworks that I absolutely love. You...

Underappreciated frameworks part 3: Kickstart

This is part of the underappreciated series, where we explore CSS frameworks that are well-made and have great ideas, but never took off like the "big two". For a full introduction, see the first article in the series. Kickstart is a bit different, and a bit more ambitious, than some of the other frameworks featured in this series so far. It aimed to take on Bootstrap and Foundation directly. And, though it didn’t quite reach that status, it comes with some great ideas. The implementation’s great...
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Underappreciated frameworks part 2: spaceBase

This is a part of series, where we explore CSS frameworks that are well-made and have great ideas, but never took off like the “big two”. In the first article in this series, I ranted about the wonders of Titon Toolkit. I loved it because it was made to be customized, to be abused, and built upon. Well, I’ll try not to rant about that sort of thing too much, because it’s a feature common to a few of the frameworks that I’ve selected for this series, including today’s. It’s called spaceBase, and...

Take the labor out of web development with Workbench

In recent years there has been a constant drive to produce tools to make the job of developing web sites as painless as possible. One of the most useful group of tools has been boilerplates, which set up the basics and allow the developer to get up and running on a new project in double quick time. Workbench is a little different from other offerings in this field. It comes with the usual task helpers we now expect to see in boilerplates, but it also comes with JavaScript plugins — a feature more likely to...

40+ tools for writing better PHP

PHP is a server-side scripting language designed for web development, but also used as a general-purpose programming language. With over 240 million indexed domains using PHP, including major websites like Facebook, Digg and WordPress, there are good reasons why many web developers prefer it to other server-side scripting languages, such as Python and Ruby. There are scads of PHP tools available over the internet for php developers, but finding an appropriate PHP tool is quite an arduous task...

40+ essential JavaScript tools for the Web

JavaScript is a flexible and diverse scripting language used in millions of web pages and server applications worldwide. You can use it for countless purposes, but you need some tools. Fortunately, across the Web there are countless JavaScript tools being released by developers to perform distinctive tasks. Here are 45 tools for use with JavaScript. All these tools will help you to create modern websites with all the features users have come to expect. They offer clean design and simple interfaces...

How I learned to stop worrying and love 3rd party services

I can be somewhat fickle about letting other people help me. Sure, if I have a lot of heavy stuff to lift, gimme a hand. If I'm working in the kitchen though, it’s my kitchen…get out! Thus, I’ve always had a complicated relationship with 3rd party services for my web work. I mean sure, my first experience with the Internet came when I was about nine years old and my parents let me create my first e-mail account (everyone else was getting them); I used a third-party service for my e-mail because I didn’t...

40+ essential resources for responsive websites

In 2014, if you have a website that isn’t responsive, it doesn’t count. Responsive web design has now become a standard when it comes to creating new websites. More and more people are viewing websites from their phones, it has become really important to adapt to those changes and design websites in such a way that they work across a variety of different screen sizes. But if you’ve been tasked with creating a mobile responsive design and aren’t sure where to start, this list of resources is sure...
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