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4 Ways To Become A Better Web Developer

Being a web developer is a great job. You get to write code and create websites for your employer or for clients. However, while it seems there are a lot of web developers out there, you can stand out from the crowd by becoming a better web developer. I've shared a few tips in this article.   Read and Study Other People's Code   A great way to improve your web development skills is to read and study code that other developers have written. This allows you to understand how different code is run and how it works, which can give you ideas on different ways to solve problems and get things done.   The way that other people write code may be better than the way you would have solved it, which is great, because it lets you learn from them and improve your development skills.   If the code you're reading isn't as good as yours, or has a problem, you can learn from it as well. Work out what isn't so good about it, or why it isn't working. The process of you thinking about the code and trying to improve it will make you a better...
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4 Elements to Test on Your New Mobile Website

Mobile optimization is a given in today's world of ecommerce. It can be a major faux pas to neglect your organization's mobile usability. Chances are, a significant portion of your audience is looking at your website on a smartphone or tablet screen. While many companies invest in mobile optimization services, very few organizations continually test the usability of these pages. Since mobile protocols are continually changing, it's vital to make sure that your webpage is still functioning properly for your mobile users. Here are four elements your company should test on a regular basis. Navigation Your bounce rates with increase dramatically if your viewers cannot get to the information they're looking for. Your mobile navigation should be clear and intuitive. Menu elements need to be large enough for people to read and tap easily on a smartphone or tablet. Users shouldn't have to resize these navigation elements in order to move to another area of the website. Links Broken links are another major source of frustration for your online audience. Before your web designers and developers make significant changes to webpages, ensure that they fix all links that might be impacted. Checking links manually can be extremely time consuming, especially if...
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Customer Communication and Education

Often there are stories related to “customer from hell”, “cheating webmaster”, “web developer disappearance”, etc... Partially there is a lot of truth, but let's not forget that there are two sides in these stories. Practically communication between web developer (company) and customer is extremely important, but what usually happen is that there is misunderstanding, that's why educating the client is important. All the steps that I will describe are absolute necessity to prevent future problems and possibility to do double job. Communication with your Team Every project is related to cost, time-frame, technology choice, scalability, etc... As a team leader you should have the expertise related to all these factors. In web development there are always delays, but sometimes delay on time-frame is related to miscalculation by the company or changing the project too often in the last moment, to fit client requirements. Collaboration between the team is very important, as well as prioritizing the tasks, you simply can't build a house, if you try to put the windows first. Planning and Communication with Customer Especially for brand new web project, creating a detailed outline of what customer want is essential. Document all communication and requirements, to prevent delays. Recently I've...
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4 Typography Trends to Look Out for in 2014

Emoji abuse. Chances are you’re guilty of it or you know someone who is. It’s tempting, of course, to play around with those colorful little creations available right on the keyboards of our smartphones and tablets. And you should, mostly because they’re fun and allow for a wider range of expression than boring old words or even photos. But emojis have also made for a heck of a challenge for web designers. If you’ve been on Twitter on your desktop or laptop, you can tell when someone you follow uses an Emoji in a tweet -- it always shows up as a misplaced, ugly, empty box. Emojis are becoming hugely popular, and not just in tweets, but also in blog posts and other traditional web content. That’s prompting the main players on the web to start experimenting with multicolored (and even animated) fonts. Mozilla, Abode, Microsoft and Google have all begun researching the possibility of more engaging typography as 2014 progresses, CNET reports. It makes sense; the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the web design industry is slated to grow 22% between 2010 and 2020, meaning more innovation is already on its way. So, what other kinds of typography breakthroughs...
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Web Design - Guide for choosing the right Companies

The website of the company speaks a lot about the company. In case of internet it is the calling card. So, the company’s website should offer a pleasant view of the business. This can only be achieved by the quality web development companies. So, choose the professional web development company to create and develop the web site for your business. Before choosing the best one you should think about the below requirements: Initially, you must think about your goal, which means that How your website should be? What’s your business goal? Do you want any services or you are offering any services? The website must explain about the company to the visitor’s shoes. The next important step is to think about your budget. Fixing the budget helps you to negotiate with the companies. Once you find the company you don’t start your budget. Let them explain about the project budget as per your needs. The Best choice for finding the company is, go to internet and search about the web design companies. Creating a website is not a matter but it should be properly maintained. If you have any technical staff for maintaining the web site then it’s not a...
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Find out new tools for website design and development

Integrated development environment applications, slide shows, visual effects- they do not have anything in common. However, the trend for the tools to integrate to develop a site remains apparent. An important objective for each of these tools is to improve some of the errors of the web so that you can concentrate on figuring out real problems without repeating the same problem. Let us know about some of the tools that can get you the finest experience in developing a web. Adobe edge tools It is a flash like animation equipment for Hyper Text Mark Up Language and a new good code editor that offers an effective mobile testing environment. This is a part of Adobe’s current beta program that becomes distinct after the release of Edge Tools. Although, there is a shortcoming in it as the edges are a little rough, it has a winning element in the form of Edge fonts- Adobe’s free selection of web fonts. You can have access to this via CSS code. Do not forget to check out this new add-on. The typography for the web will become natural because of the Adobe edge tools. This web tool is available at free of cost. tiltShift.js...
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6 Tips For Succeeding Online

Succeeding online is not always an easy thing. It might seem like there are a lot of companies that make millions online… take Amazon, Google, or any other major online mega-business… these companies definitely don’t have much trouble succeeding. So, why is it so hard for the small-time blog, business, or company to succeed nowadays? The answer is fairly simple, though it is not necessarily easy. (if it were easy, everyone would be doing it, right?) There is an art form to succeeding online. It is obviously an art that many businesses have mastered, but you, as an internet entrepreneur/blogger/business owner, can enact the very same strategies that are being utilized by internet giants! One great thing about the internet is the fact that it is sort of a leveling ground… as an individual, you can still have an amazing website, a huge web presence, and pull number-one rankings on the search engines. You just have to work smart!Here are some tips that might help you out. Utilizing these tips will definitely give you a leg up on the competition, but they will also give you some insight into how the ‘pros’ are doing it! Tip #1… Identify Your Target Audience...
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Developers get Visual Studio 2012 and Windows 8

Microsoft has recently released the Visual Studio 2012 & the .NET Framework 4.5, offering the final tools for the development of Windows 8 apps.  According to Microsoft, Windows 8 OS will be released on October 26 for general public. The tooling came out approximately 2 months prior to its general availability. The latest version of tooling has been developed in accordance with the modernized Windows 8 platform. The developers got its first preview in September 2011 at Microsoft’s BUILD event. Many changes have been triggered by the developer feedback throughout the testing phase, particularly after the introduction of a revamped user interface by Microsoft in February with the beta release. On August 15, Microsoft altered its normal procedure of initial dibs for MSDN subscribers and rather, made the tooling available to the developers. However, the Windows 8 RTM can be accessed by the MSDN subscribers for testing purposes. Developers, who don’t have an MSDN subscription, can access a 90 days trial of the OS’s Enterprise edition.  The Windows 8 RTM has also been released to the TechNet subscribers, so that testing of the OS can be carried out by the IT professionals.        The release of Windows 8 to manufacturing at...
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Do You Need A Local Web Developer?

If you’re looking to have development work undertaken on your website, then you’ll probably need to use the services of a web developer.  In the early days of the Internet, most website owners would deal with design and development issues in-house. As this area of technology has become more complex, it’s become increasingly necessary to use those with specialist skills.  You may be fortunate enough to know friends or family members who can help out with this work. There may, however, be a requirement to make use of a professional. Is this is the case, how will you go about finding someone suitable?  Tracking down a specialist There are a number of approaches that you might like to adopt. Many would say that a personal recommendation is extremely helpful in identifying someone with the right skills. It’s clear that there are many advantages to receiving such a recommendation from someone who is known to you.  Most of us only tend to make such recommendations if we have genuinely been impressed by the quality of service that we’ve received. This means that a positive review of this nature will send you a strong signal that you’re being told about someone who you...
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Fancy CSS3 button

So I've decided to post my little triumph's from building my facebook app as a have them in order to document it and help out anyone else who's in the same boat.  In this case I had wanted new button's that looked more buttony...jquery theme buttons kinda suck....so after scouring the internet I found something I liked, viewed the source and grabbed the code....after some tweaking to get the colors changed to the way I wanted it.  Pure css 3 button with rounded corners, drop shadow, text shadow that's cross browser compatible with latest IE, Chrome and Firefox. Here's the code for the button: {codecitation class="brush: css; gutter: true;" width="650px" } .css3-button {cursor:pointer;display: inline-block;padding:10px 15px 6px 15px;-webkit-border-radius:18px;-moz-border-radius:18px;border-radius:18px;font: 12px "Lucida Grande", Sans-Serif;background-color: #b6d3f4;background-image: -webkit-gradient(linear, left top, left bottom, from(#b6d3f4), to(#5483b8)) !important;background-image: -webkit-linear-gradient(top, #b6d3f4, #5483b8) !important;background-image: -moz-linear-gradient(top, #b6d3f4, #5483b8) !important;background-image: -ms-linear-gradient(top, #b6d3f4, #5483b8) !important;background-image: -o-linear-gradient(top, #b6d3f4, #5483b8) !important;box-shadow: inset 0 1px 1px white, 0 3px 3px rgba(0,0,0,0.6);border: 1px solid #9ac9ff !important;font-weight: 600;color: black !important;text-shadow: 0 -1px 0 rgba(256,256,256,0.3);text-decoration: none;margin: 0;position: relative;}.css3-button:hover {color:white !important;text-shadow: 0 -1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.3);box-shadow: 0 2px 6px white inset, 0 3px 3px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.6);}.css3-button:hover .add-symbol {background-position: -24px -55px;}.css3-button:active {color:white !important;box-shadow: 0 2px 6px white inset, 0 1px 1px...
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How to Find a Good Web Host

With so many web hosts out there, it can be hard to determine which one to choose for your hosting needs. You definitely want a host that provides you with a strong, reliable signal at all times. It is also beneficial to find a web host that has a strong reputation for providing good customer service. If you are having trouble finding a good web host, the following tips should be able to give you some insight and make the process easier for you. Ask Around Since the internet is used by so many, one the most reliable methods for finding a good web host is to ask people you know. Asking around will easily help you determine which web hosts in your area are worth looking into, and which are not. Anyone who knows you is more than likely going to give you their honest opinion and any recommendations they may have. Track Record Another thing to look for in a web host is the track record of the company. This would include how long the host has been in business, and also if they are reliable. Many web hosts have websites that will tell you when they were established...
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Basics Of Drupal – Aura of Creative Thinking

      It is a marriage of application tools and creativity when one sets to design a website. You can refer to various aspects of appearances along with functionality and relevance to a topic or subject that needs to be considered carefully; and all of this need to be done prior to any form of execution of plans as you wouldn’t wish to waste time for trial and error eliminations of design structures. If you were to consider external help that would give you conclusive ideas on the structure and framing architecture of a website then the basics of Drupal would be an appropriate way to start your research. It is very important that you study its nuances and understand the applications well before you set about to utilize this huge think tank of resources. You might also want to read our Drupal 7 review. A definition of the basics of Drupal would refer to this as an open source content management system; however the ideal explanation of this incredible CMS that is written in PHP and available freely under the GNU General Public license – this implies that not only will you be eligible to download this software package...
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