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Start New Web Project on the "Right Foot". 50+ Web Development Applications and Side Tools

Starting web development project on the “right foot” is essential for completing it in time. As well as communication with customers might become easier. In this article, I will list some popular tools that are directly and indirectly related to successful web project development. DIA https://dia-installer.de/ Diagram software (freeware) that is available for all major operating systems – Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It is an excellent alternative of Microsoft's Visio. DIA is very powerful and easy to work with. Without a doubt can help you with diagrams, flow charts and mindmaps which on the other hand can be also useful for presentations and making project goals more clear. Google Docs Excellent tool, again provided by Google. Easy way to share and prepare content, before publishing on a website. Excellent features, including WYSIWYG editor, permission settings, etc... You can create and edit Excel spreadsheets, documents, presentations, etc...Free version is sufficient enough, but there is also paid version available. Google Drive Popular cloud-based storage provided by Google. In addition to file sharing between you, customers and team members, it can be used as backup of important files and even the complete project. It depends on personal preferences, many developers used Dropbox,...
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How is Akamai Driving IBM, Others from Traditional Tech Footholds?

As February comes to a close, we can see just which tech companies managed to keep their footholds and which businesses lost ground to their more innovative competitors. The findings show that longstanding American tech institutions are losing significant market influence, while smaller, lesser-known upstarts are only gaining. Take, for example, IBM: after specializing in business tabulating procedures for the last twenty years of the 19th century, the company was incorporated in its current form in 1911. From there, it grew into a computer producer, analytics powerhouse, and infrastructure hosting agency. Even being entrenched in the industry for more than 100 years, IBM stocks are showing losses in 2014. Year to date, the company has lost $4.78 on its stocks, almost a full percentage of their worth. On the other hand, groups like Akamai Technologies, Inc. and Juniper Networks have seen 32% and 24% growth, respectively. Where are IBM and older companies like it going wrong? Outdated Hosting Methods Need to Stay in the Past The issue for IBM lies in its continued reliance on physical hardware. Before cloud computing appeared in the foreground, businesses were left to rely on physical servers for their IT infrastructures. For a long time, the...
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Why Web Designers Need to Have a Grasp on Google

When you read about the importance of web design and how it can help you tap into $1.25 trillion in annual eCommerce spending, what company name do you see at least once in every article? It certainly isn't Bing or Yahoo! No, without fail, you will see Google mentioned multiple times throughout any piece discussing web design for search engine optimization. Is this just favoritism on the part of content writers, or is there something far more serious at work here? Why Google is More Important Than Other Search Engines The reason why every article you read stresses the importance of getting in good with Google is because it is the most popular search engine on the web. How popular is it? Recent statistics show that Google owns 65 to 70% of the search engine market share. In more concrete terms, the search giant handles 100 billion searches a month. Microsoft's Bing, Google's closest competitor, only owns 17.9% of the market share, generating significantly lower monthly search requests. In short, it's far more important that your web designer pleases Google than any other search service. Why Web Designers Need to Know Google Guidelines Sorting out Common Mobile Design Problems Using responsive web...
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Top Web Development and Publishing Software for Ubuntu

Ubuntu – probably the most popular Linux distribution, operating system that can be complete replacement of Windows without suffering lack of software. As a webmaster and web developer, I need wide variety of tools that will cost me a fortune and are necessary for daily work. Actually this article is written in Ubuntu with popular office package LibreOffice. Actually some of these open source applications (actually some of these tools also work on Windows and Mac). One of the best thing about all the software that I will list below is that system requirements are much lower compared to similar applications under Windows. I will divide tools that I use into two categories, lets start with graphic design and publishing tools. Ubuntu Web Development Tools Regarding we b development tools, selection might vary depending on personal preferences on programing language and IDE. SciTE Code Editor https://www.scintilla.org/SciTE.html Analogue of NotePad++, excellent code editor and syntax highlighter. I keep this editor open most of the time, for quick code editing. KompoZer – WYSIWYG Editor https://www.kompozer.net/ It is a fact that there isn't any analogue of Dreamweaver in Ubuntu, but as far as basic and stable WYSIWYG editing, KompoZer can do excellent job. Geany...
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Tug of War: Adobe Flash vs. HTML5

Over the past few years, the conundrum posed by Adobe Flash and HTML5 has continued to spark an unending debate in the IT industry. Both are scripting languages used to perform similar functions in developing websites. However, with a few features of one better than the other they are standing against each other. As a user you may not feel the difference but it’s a developer’s dilemma to choose between the two. You’ll often find articles swarming with conflicting advice on which technology is providing better solution and usability. With this heated discussion surrounding the subject, it becomes very difficult to make a choice. Keeping this in mind, I have penned down my take on the matter with a hope to clear the cloud around it.   Let’s start by discussing both the technologies along with their pros and cons. We’ll discuss Flash first since it’s been with us for a longer time. What is Flash? Adobe Flash, commonly referred to as Flash, is a multimedia system generally accessed in a website. It’s also used to create compelling interfaces and menus on some mobile phone software. Flash is the system that is used to support streaming of videos on sites like...
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