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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Mar 16 2013

jQuery Custom Content Scroller Does Away With Ugly Scrollbars

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Scrollable elements in websites are not everywhere, but they are not seldom either. What makes designers avoid them, if possible, is their layout-breaking ugliness. Standard-scrollbars are pushed in according to your browser’s unchangeable preference. Some guy in Redmond or Mountain View decides how scrollbars are presented. With the jQuery plugin Custom Content Scroller we need no longer waste much thought on the guys behind the browser-scrollbar. Instead, we design them to our own liking and according to the project’s design guidelines.

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Mar 15 2013

How I Built the Paint 4 Kids Windows Store App Using Only HTML5 and SVG

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Paint 4 Kids is a Windows Store app, specifically designed for kids. A simple app for coloring and drawing. You can read of the consumer’s features directly from the Windows Store site, where you can also see some screen shots. For this article, you can simply think of an app that has several drawings and you can interact with them.

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Mar 14 2013

Let It Flow – 26 Awesome Examples of Responsive Web Design

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Responsive web design is undoubtedly a rapidly growing trend right now, the increasing tablet and mobile device usage has definitely been an ingredient in the success of web responsiveness. It would not be surprising to see the majority of popular websites adapt responsive web designs in the near future. Responsive websites not only enhance the user experience when viewed on tablets or mobiles, but it is mind-blowingly cool to see designs adapt to the size of a browser window as you resize it. I’ve compiled some of the best examples of responsive web design for inspiration. Check them out below and let us know your opinions.

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Mar 13 2013

Varnish – Free Cache-Server Extraordinaire Speeds Up Your Website

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Complex web apps and high traffic spell doom to many a web server. Web as well as database server have to put together the right data at each new visit to deliver it as renderable HTML. No wonder caching solutions have become popular throughout the last few years. Caching means storing already deliverable content in memory instead of compiling it anew at each new hit. The duration or lifetime of cached content is configurable and should be fine-tuned according to the needs of your web project from minutes to hours to days. Quite a few web apps already are equipped with some kind of caching strategy. If you want the real deal, say a speed boost of 300 to 1,000 times faster, dedicated solutions should be considered.

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Mar 12 2013

CMS Made Simple: Best Choice For Developers?

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Alright folks, it is time once again for another CMS review. And today, I shall be taking a closer look at CMS Made Simple. Considering the fact, that CMS Made Simple believes in, well, simplicity, let us keep this introduction crisp, short and simple and head straight into discussion.

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Mar 11 2013

How To: Genericons – 62 Vector Icons Webfont by WordPress Creators Automattic

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Not only do we see a massive growth in the number of mobile devices, also the capabilities of these little handsets improve with every new generation. It’s an irreversible trend, commonly known as HiDPI, that causes lots of work not only, but also for web designers. If you have ever had the pleasure of looking at a non-retina app on one of the new MacBooks Pro, you know what I’m talking about. WordPressers Automattic made sure that their blogging software got equipped with retina-capable iconry during the latest update. A few days ago they published Genericons, an icon webfont made up of vectorized symbols…

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Mar 10 2013

HTML5: Threesixty.js Generates 360 Views From Images

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360 degree walk-arounds, just as you know them from the major automobile brands: that is what you can expect the fresh jQuery plugin Threesixty.js to deliver. It does this using HTML5 data attributes, thus showing a very simple approach that has you fiddling together a nice 360 in a matter of minutes.

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Mar 09 2013

How To Pin Web Apps As Tiles To The Brand-New Startscreen Of Windows 8

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The new user interface of Windows 8 needs a lot of getting used to. The upside is, the introduction of the so-called tiles, which are intended as the main way of interacting between user and system, brought new possibilities to provide the user with additional information. Tiles are not limited to showing an icon, the way it was before Windows 8, only without the tiles ;-) Inside the tiles notifications can be placed and kept in sync. This is not only possible for apps, but also for websites. Microsoft provides several specialized meta-tags to customize the looks and contents of tiles with links to websites.

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