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Building Touch Interfaces with HTML5: Speeding Up the Next Visit with Browser Cache, LocalStorage, and the Application Cache
By Stephen Woods
Mar 18, 2013
On mobile, you want to make the best possible use of caching. Stephen Woods looks at normal browser cache, which isn’t as good as it should be; LocalStorage, a newish API for persistent storage that’s an incredibly powerful tool for manual caching; and the application cache.
Top 10 jQuery Tips for Novices
By Jay Blanchard
Feb 20, 2013
Where should a novice jQuery developer start? Jay Blanchard, author of jQuery and jQuery UI: Visual QuickStart Guide, suggests that you start with his ten jQuery tips for novices.
How to Overcome Browser Challenges in Web Design
By Christopher Schmitt
Feb 13, 2013
Browsers have different levels of support for CSS features, as well as different interpretations of how to render HTML. By using tools like normalize.css and validating on multiple devices, we can address many of the challenges of web design. However, there’s no substitute for knowing and learning about your audience and working to build them the best site possible, as Christopher Schmitt advises in this chapter from Designing Web and Mobile Graphics: Fundamental concepts for web and interactive projects.
Manipulating DOM Elements in jQuery
By Jay Blanchard
Jan 30, 2013
In this chapter, learn to use CSS height, width, and position properties, work with custom HTML attributes, and copy, add, change, and remove DOM elements to enhance your website visitors’ experience.
Adobe Illustrator Master Class: Rian Saputra
By Sharon Milne
Jan 29, 2013
This excerpt from Adobe Master Class: Illustrator Inspiring artwork and tutorials by established and emerging artists profiles artist Rian Saputra.
Adobe Illustrator Master Class: An Interview with Sharon Milne
By Sharon Milne, Peachpit Press
Jan 8, 2013
Peachpit interviews Sharon Milne, author of Adobe Master Class: Illustrator Inspiring artwork and tutorials by established and emerging artists, about her book, what binds Illustrator artists together, and why vector illustration is so important.
Enhancing PDF Documents in Adobe Acrobat XI
By Adobe Creative Team
Dec 17, 2012
Learn how to rearrange pages in a PDF document, rotate and delete pages, insert pages, edit links and bookmarks, renumber pages, insert video and other multimedia files and set document properties and add metadata to a PDF.
Social Media Authentication and Authorization Using PHP
By Larry Ullman
Dec 17, 2012
Social media authentication—the ability to log in to a site using your Twitter, Facebook, or similar account—has been well embraced by users and websites alike. Rather than forcing users to create new accounts at each site, social media authentication allows them to use their favorite existing account. Furthermore, authentication leads the way to authorization, where a website can make use of the social media site's resources. In this article, Larry Ullman will show you how to integrate this functionality into your website.
Selective Styling in CSS3
By Jason Cranford Teague
Dec 6, 2012
Selective styling is the closest that CSS gets to traditional computer programming, allowing you to style elements if they meet certain criteria. This level of styling can get increasingly complex, so Jason Cranford Teague uses this chapter to start out as simply as possible and build a firm foundation of understanding.
Author Talk: Maggie Macnab on Improving Your Designs with Universal Forms and Principles
By Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel, Maggie Macnab
Nov 23, 2012
Publisher Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel interviews author Maggie Macnab about her latest book, Design by Nature: Using Universal Forms and Principles in Design. They discuss how many of the fundamental principles of nature can inform good design. Maggie also talks about her experiences growing up in scenic northern New Mexico, and the ways the landscape shaped her aesthetic.
Making Sure Your Users' Passwords Are Secure
By Larry Ullman
Nov 22, 2012
One way to improve the security of your sites is to beef up your methodologies for storing and handling user passwords. In this article, web developer Larry Ullman explains how to more securely store passwords and properly allow users to access your site when they’ve forgotten their password.
Stylin' Fonts and Text in CSS
By Charles Wyke-Smith
Nov 14, 2012
In this chapter, you’ll learn about fonts and text, and the respective CSS properties you can use to style them. You'll also learn about the wonderful world of Web fonts, which download to your user along with your pages.
Creating a Shopping Cart Class Using Object-Oriented Programming in PHP
By Larry Ullman
Nov 12, 2012
E-commerce is clearly one of the most prominent uses of PHP today, a trend that’s certain to continue. An e-commerce site can be created in many ways, whether that means using a third-party application like osCommerce or writing one from scratch in classic, procedural PHP code. In this article, web developer Larry Ullman presents the class structure you could use to create the core of a shopping cart application using object-oriented programming.
Author Talk: Paul Adams on Influence and the Social Web (Podcast Transcript)
By Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel, Paul Adams
Nov 7, 2012
New Riders Publisher Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel interviews Social Media Expert Paul Adams about his new book Grouped: How Small Groups of Friends Are the Key to Influence on the Social Web. This book pulls together the latest research from leading universities and technology companies to describe how people are connected, and how ideas and brand messages spread through social networks. It shows readers how to rebuild their business around social behavior, and create products that people tell their friends about.
Six Responsive Layout Techniques
By Chris Mills
Nov 7, 2012
Opera's Chris Mills, author of Practical CSS3: Develop and Design, provides top tips for optimizing your web layouts for as many different devices and users as possible.
"The Best Design Advice I Ever Got" with Giles Colborne
By Giles Colborne
Nov 6, 2012
Giles Colborne, author of Simple and Useable Web, Mobile, and Interaction Design, recalls an important book that shaped his career early on and reminds us that communicating effectively, above all else, should be the goal of great design.
How to Store and Retrieve Binary Data Using PHP and MySQL
By Larry Ullman
Nov 5, 2012
It isn’t too long into your web development career before you get to a point where you can store and retrieve plain-text data in your sleep. Being strong in this area is important, as plain text is the most commonly stored data format. However, there are situations in which storing and retrieving binary data is useful, too. In this article, Larry Ullman explains exactly how you can do that using PHP and MySQL, and why you would want to.
Cross-Browser CSS3 Visual Effects
By Chris Mills
Oct 31, 2012
Chris Mills, author of Practical CSS3: Develop and Design, explores some of the visual effects available via CSS3, showing how these effects can supercharge web UIs while still providing a working experience across browsers.
Tips for Writing Content For Mobile Users
By Jakob Nielsen, Raluca Budiu
Oct 31, 2012
Jakob Nielsen and Raluca Budiu explain that while there are many other points to consider, the main usability guideline for mobile content is this: When you’re writing for mobile users, focus their attention on the essential content.
Should Mobile Design Principles Be Applied to the Desktop?
By Raluca Budiu, Jakob Nielsen
Oct 24, 2012
Usability experts Raluca Budiu and Jakob Nielsen discuss whether mobile design principles can and should be applied to the desktop.

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