Mar 26 2013

Full Throttle: Cloudflare Promises To Boost Your Website’s Performance

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Websites nowadays should best be jack of all trades services. Extremely fast, secure against attackers, packed with lots of the most amazing features. This is not easy to accomplish. We could try to lock in dozens of web developers for weeks and not let them out before they offer a fitting solution or, we should look for other ways. The start-up Cloudflare from San Francisco offers one of these “other ways” and its quite disruptive. Their solution: Route all your traffic through our servers, we’ll take care of the rest. Sounds easier than it actually is.

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Mar 25 2013

Mandatory for Web Developers: Free Video Tutorials on Chrome DevTools by Code School

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Are there web developers who have never heard of Chrome DevTools? I don’t know of one single example. Chrome DevTools are a developer’s friend. Directly implemented into the browser, they deliver tools that are inescapable when it comes to web programming, especially the debugging part of it. Getting started with DevTools is not exactly complicated, but – as always – any help in accomplishing a faster start is greatly appreciated and lowers the inhibition threshold for newcomers. It is exactly such an entrance (and more) that the free video tutorial “Explore and Master Chrome DevTools” offers you.

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Mar 24 2013

Facebook? I Don’t Care!

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The Maple Kind is a website with a distinct claim that reads “Where infographics meet comics and bullshit!” What urges its creators is to make you chuckle. This sure does sound much simpler than it is, but it definitely implies, how the following infoographic shall be read. Therein, the Maple Kind argues, why we need a new button on Facebook (a few more than one more, in fact). This new button shall be named ” I Don’t Care” and is bound to be the most widely used expression on Facebook, once it has been instated. Though the infographic in fact made me chuckle, The Maple Kind does not follow a far-fetched approach. Take a look at your own use of Facebook. What would you use more often? Like or I Don’t Care? I know what I would do, but I don’t see Facebook as anything of value for modern society anyway…

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Mar 23 2013

uiFaces: Placeholder Service for Avatars in Design Mock-ups

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We have been introducing you to placeholder services frequently. This new app by the name of uiFaces, that we want to show you today, does not stand in line, though. It covers a rather unique aspect of modern design, the integration of Social Media. With uiFaces you can easily integrate social network areas into your design mock-ups. With its ample flexibility, uiFaces covers any use-case.

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Mar 22 2013

IE10 and Beyond: Unifying Touch and Mouse Made Easy with Pointer Events

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I often get questions from developers like, “with so many touch-enabled devices on phones and tablets, where do I start?” and “what is the easiest way to build for touch-input?” Short answer: “It’s complex.” Surely there’s a more unified way to handle multi-touch input on the web – in modern, touch-enabled browsers or as a fallback for older browsers. In this article I’d like to show you some browser experiments using MSPointers – an emerging multi-touch technology and polyfills that make cross-browser support, well less complex. The kind of code you can also experiment with and easily use on your own site.

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Mar 21 2013

Social Media Image Maker: Photo-Editing One-Stop-Shop for Social Media Networkers

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Facebook, Twitter, Google+, then Pinterest, Tumblr, Xing or LinkedIn and what do I know where all you’ve set your flag, and are networking as networking can. All these services want you to maintain a proper profile and, if you really do think you should register practically anywhere, you should try your best to make a good impression. One main necessity to achieve this is adequate imagery. Even if you really have reasonable images for these use-cases at hand, that’s still where the problems begin. I don’t know of two social networks that share image resolutions or other specifications. You can’t simply upload the same picture to a zillion websites and hope for an adequate presentation. Instead you have to struggle with the same zillion different requirements when it comes down to even such a simple thing as a profile header-image. To further complicate the situation, social networks have fun changing their image-related specifications frequently. A new tool by the name of Social Media Image Maker promises relief…

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Mar 20 2013

Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse with HTML5 and SVG

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As browser adoption of HTML5 continues apace, developers are finding more and more options for creating elegant, highly responsive UIs. In the case of Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), what’s old is new again, and quite slick.

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Mar 19 2013

44 Corporate Identities plus How To Create Your Own Using Photoshop

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Corporate Design (CD) as a subset of the wider Corporate Identity determines how a company will be perceived in the public eye. Its logo or elements from it make up the outward appearance. Any means of communication, be it business cards or stationery and any means of advertising, such as flyers, brochure and of course digital representations in the form of a website or – growing more and more popular – apps derives from it.

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Mar 18 2013

A Deeper Dive into jQuery Mobile: Themes

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The first article (Introduction to jQuery Mobile), published over at MSDN, in this series looked at the subject of themes at a high level and at themes available in jQuery Mobile (jQM). In this, the third of three articles on jQM, I show how to build a custom theme using the Theme Roller, as well as look at some custom themes that allow a mobile Web application to look more like an iPhone, Android or Windows Phone application.

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Mar 17 2013

Down with Boredom: 5 Pattern Generators for Background Designs

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If you want the background of your website to consist of more than a color, you’ll be thinking about a background image. If there’s no obvious image you should use or if you don’t want to get determined by your imagery, while at the same time being able to serve different resolutions more or less effortlessly, you’ll soon turn your thoughts on textures or repetitive patterns. Creating repetitive, seamless patterns is not easy. Pattern generators are there to help you achieve just this. We have aggregated the five most promising tools…

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