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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.
Author Talk: Sharon Steuer on the Best New Features of Adobe Illustrator CS6 (Podcast Transcript)
By Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel, Sharon Steuer
Oct 18, 2012
Publisher Nancy Ruenzel chats with author Sharon Steuer about the most exciting features of the new Illustrator CS6 software. Sharon also discusses the process of revising the newly released Adobe Illustrator CS6 WOW! Book, now in its twelfth edition.
Author Talk: Alberto Cairo on the Functional Art of Infographics (Podcast Transcript)
By Alberto Cairo, Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel
Oct 16, 2012
New Riders/Peachpit Publisher Nancy Ruenzel talks with Alberto Cairo, professor of information graphics and visualization at the University of Miami and author of The Functional Art: An introduction to information graphics and visualization. Alberto names some of his favorite designers and data visualizers working in the field today, and discusses the complex relationship between function and form.
Author Talk: Tim Kadlec on Implementing Responsive Design (Podcast Transcript)
By Tim Kadlec, Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel
Oct 11, 2012
Peachpit publisher Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel interviews Tim Kadlec, author of Implementing Responsive Design, about why he wrote the book, the Breaking Development conference, and how anyone can start applying responsive design to their site.
Basic Object-Oriented Programming in PHP
By Larry Ullman
Oct 10, 2012
Larry Ullman explains not only the syntax of OOP in PHP 5 and later, but the key underlying OOP theories as well.
Adding Form Fields with Acrobat XI
By Adobe Creative Team
Oct 5, 2012
Learn how you can use the form tools in Acrobat XI to add form fields to any document.
How jQuery Mobile Handles HTML5 data- Atrributes with Dialog Windows, Popups, and Buttons
By Kris Hadlock
Oct 4, 2012
HTML5 plays a key role in the jQuery Mobile framework. HTML5 is the starting point for everything from defining how your web page renders in mobile, tablet, or desktop browsers to custom attributes that define widgets, themes, and much more. Web developer/designer Kris Hadlock shows you few ways that jQuery Mobile handles HTML5 data- attributes with dialog windows, popups, and buttons.
The Infographics Complexity Challenge: Presentation and Exploration
By Alberto Cairo
Oct 3, 2012
An information graphic is a tool for the designer to communicate with readers, and a tool for readers to analyze what’s being presented to them. It doesn’t matter if you see yourself as an engineer or as an artist: If you create infographics and visualizations, the balance you achieve between these two dimensions will define whether or not your work is good.

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