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Codeblock.js: Edit and Run JavaScript Directly from Within Your Browser

December 30th, 2013
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Codeblock.js: Edit and Run JavaScript Directly from Within Your Browser

Talking about introducing JavaScript frameworks, libraries or just step by step tutorials, it is always useful, if you are able to support all your words by a handful of fitting live examples. So, instead of just posting dead code snippets, would it not be far better, if you could embed JavaScript in a way that it can be edited and run by your readers,...

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HTML5: FileSystem API – Create Files and Store Them Locally Using JavaScript and Webkit

December 19th, 2013
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HTML5: FileSystem API – Create Files and Store Them Locally Using JavaScript and Webkit

The FileSystem-API allows the creation of files and folders as well as their local storage using JavaScript. Files can be simple text files, but even more complex files such as images are possible. Modern Webkit browsers with HTML5 support are already able to handle the FileSystem-API. We show you how you can benefit from the new possibilities. Access Local Filesystems To be able to...

Essentials

Let It Snow: Festive Resources to Santa up Your Website

December 17th, 2013
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Let It Snow: Festive Resources to Santa up Your Website

In these special times we tend to not only decorate houses, streets, the whole country, basically. We don’t even leave our websites untouched. Christmassy looks are mandatory these days. If you are on the lookout for a bunch of effects to implement on your blog, portfolio, whatever, look no further. We have compiled a small collection of just what you need to bring that...

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CSS3: InDesign-Like Text Formatting with Exclusions and Regions

May 17th, 2013
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CSS3: InDesign-Like Text Formatting with Exclusions and Regions

css-regions-exclusions-w550 It's Adobe again. They made two proposals to a coming standard, which would lead to the possibility to format and present texts on websites just as we already know it from DTP software such as InDesign. With Exclusions we will be able to let text flow in any shapes and forms, while Regions will allow...

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Photoshop in Web Design: 5 Plugins to Make your Workday More Pleasant

April 28th, 2013
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Photoshop in Web Design: 5 Plugins to Make your Workday More Pleasant

GuideGuide Still nowadays lots of web designs start as a Photoshop draft. This gets more and more elaborate and has to be converted to HTML and CSS during the late stages of the project. No wonder, that services for PSD to HTML conversion still face no shortage of orders. A lot of developers have created a flood...

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5 jQuery Plugins to Breathe Life into your Texts

April 16th, 2013
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5 jQuery Plugins to Breathe Life into your Texts

jquerytexteffekte_slidingletters-w550 Texts are primarily made for reading. Yet, at least sometimes, we want them to be apparent, eye-catching. A set of jQuery plugins provide possibilities to animate texts in various ways. We have come up with five of the best of them.

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Leaflet: Interactive Maps with JavaScript and OpenStreetMap

April 14th, 2013
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Leaflet: Interactive Maps with JavaScript and OpenStreetMap

leaflet-w550 What crosses your mind first, when you think about embedding maps into a website? I am pretty sure the answer is: Google Maps. And this is perfectly understable as the easy to use JavaScript API allows for simple and flexible addition of custom content such as markers and overlays to the maps. The free alternative...

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Unobtrusive Helper: Intro.js Guides Visitors Around Your Website

April 7th, 2013
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Unobtrusive Helper: Intro.js Guides Visitors Around Your Website

introjs1-w550 You know it. A website should be self-explanatory, navigation should be obvious. "Don't make me think!" If you need a manual to tell your visitors how to use your website, you're a dead man designer walking. This is generally true. But! Imagine you changed your website, but ever so slightly that your regular visitors won't...

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Unusual Code Checker: Holmes Validates HTML, Uses CSS To Do So

April 6th, 2013
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Unusual Code Checker: Holmes Validates HTML, Uses CSS To Do So

holmes-w550 Of course it is advisable, no, mandatory to have your source code checked, double-checked and validated to avoid errors and to ensure standards compliance. Instead of having your project run through one of the many validators out there, you can opt to use the brand-new diagnostic tool by the clever name of Holmes to achieve...

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Create Favicons Online With These 5 Useful Tools

February 22nd, 2013
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Create Favicons Online With These 5 Useful Tools

faviconeditor_xiconeditor-w550 Favicons are to websites what bread and water is to human beings: essential. They've been around long-since and will still be when we all have perished. Shortly after the inception of the web, they started their triumphal march. Nowadays, favicons are not long thought or talked about, they are just implemented like a duck takes...