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Overview of HTML5 Multimedia
By Ian Devlin
Dec 19, 2011
One of the most talked about aspects of HTML5 is the introduction of native multimedia. The audio and video elements make the adding of multimedia to your web pages a whole lot easier. Web developer Ian Devlin gives a brief overview of these elements and shows how they can be used and what can be done with them.
Implementing a Search Engine for a Message Board Using PHP and MySQL
By Larry Ullman
Dec 15, 2011
Everyone knows how critical a good search engine is to the success of a website, but most developers—even well-seasoned ones—don’t know how to code a search engine themselves. In this article, Larry Ullman discusses a couple of ways to add a search engine to a site, while providing plenty of real-world code.
Mining a User Management System in PHP and MySQL
By Larry Ullman
Dec 7, 2011
Basic user management—registration, logging in, and logging out—is a key aspect of today’s dynamic websites. This article walks you through some of the simple ways you can extend the code to provide added functionality to your website.
The Non-Designer's Illustrator Book: Drawing with Shape and Line Tools
By Robin Williams, John Tollett
Dec 1, 2011
If you feel that you’re drawing-challenged, follow the tasks in this chapter and then play with the tools in Illustrator. You’ll discover that you’re able to create all sorts of amazingly creative and useful images.
Diving into Acrobat: Making a PDF Presentation
By John Deubert
Nov 30, 2011
If you ever make presentations to groups of people and are looking to escape from the “Universal PowerPoint Look,” check out Acrobat as your presentation medium. Real typography, control, wonderful graphics, and a better standard of living can be yours just by reading Adobe expert John Deubert’s article. Really!
A Complete(-ish) Login System Using jQuery
By Larry Ullman
Nov 23, 2011
A login system is a fundamental part of many websites. Requiring only a simple HTML form and a backend script, this feature can readily be improved using Ajax, and is easy enough to do with the jQuery framework. In this article, Larry Ullman explains how to create a complete(-ish) and fully reliable jQuery-enabled login system.
Diving into Acrobat: A Preflight Profile of Your Very Own
By John Deubert
Nov 16, 2011
Adobe’s list of default preflight profiles is extensive, well thought-out, and useful. Still, if you create lots of PDF files in your life, you’ll want to make your own preflight profile that does just exactly what you want, neither more nor less. Happily, that’s an easy task, if a bit tedious. Adobe expert John Deubert shows you how.
AJAX-Like File Uploads with jQuery
By Jay Blanchard
Nov 14, 2011
Web developer and designer Jay Blanchard shows you how to create AJAX-like file uploads with jQuery and a very simple, and very small, script that can be modified to use in any website or web application project.
Introducing HTML5: Video and Audio
By Bruce Lawson, Remy Sharp
Nov 14, 2011
HTML5 provides a competing, open standard for delivery of multimedia on the Web with its native video and audio elements and APIs. This chapter largely discusses the video element, but most of the markup and scripting are applicable for both audio and video.
Aesthetics: Enjoy the Ride
By Maggie Macnab
Oct 19, 2011
Fundamental pieces of "memory" are embedded from the earliest experience of your ancestors and from your personal experiences collected during the first years of life. These experiences join with the unique composite of your genes to give you an individual perspective of beauty, teach you how to assess and respond, and advise you on how to make decisions based on what you believe to be right or wrong. This chapter will help you remember what you already know.
Design by Nature: An Interview with Maggie Macnab
By Peachpit, Maggie Macnab
Oct 17, 2011
In this interview, Maggie Macnab, author of Design by Nature: Using Universal Forms and Principles in Design, talks about using the principles and processes of nature in your design work, why patterns found in nature are so effective in design, and what inspires her as a designer.
Diving into Acrobat: Examine and Fix PDF Files with Acrobat Preflight
By John Deubert
Oct 17, 2011
Preparing a PDF file for some commercial purpose—in particular, for professional printing—can be a serious test of your aggravation gene. Are your fonts all embedded? Are all your colors and images CMYK? Are your line widths thick enough to reproduce on a four-color press? Are you sure? Acrobat expert John Deubert explains how Acrobat X’s preflight feature can minimize the number of sarcastic messages you get from the printing company. Not only can it look for common problems in your PDF file; in many cases, it can fix those problems!
The Mobile Future of UX
By Robert Hoekman
Oct 14, 2011
Robert Hoekman, Jr. talks about the profound impact PC Free and the mobile revolution in general will have on web designers.
Introduction to MySQL
By Larry Ullman
Oct 6, 2011
In this chapter you'll see how to define a simple table using MySQL's allowed data types and other properties. Then you'll learn how to interact with the MySQL server using two different client applications.
CSS3 Is Here! Browser Extensions in Depth
By Jason Cranford Teague
Oct 5, 2011
Because the process of developing Internet standards can take years and is cumbersome between different browsers, browser extensions were implemented to set off officially approved CSS code from code being tested by the browser manufacturers. Expert web designer/developer Jason Cranford Teague shows you how to use and implement these extensions.
What’s New and Improved in Adobe Flash CS5.5
By Brian Wood
Sep 29, 2011
Adobe Flash just keeps getting more powerful as the versions roll on, and CS5.5 is no exception. While those services are very useful, Adobe expert Brian Wood shows us how the latest version of Flash has something for everyone, and walks us through his top ten list of new features.
Turning Web Pages into Apps with Dreamweaver CS5.5
By David Karlins
Sep 14, 2011
David Karlins, author of Adobe Creative Suite 5 Web Premium How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques, concludes his three-part miniseries on how to get mobile with Dreamweaver. This article walks through the relatively easy process of turning a mobile-friendly web page into an app that runs on iOS or Android. Amazingly, Dreamweaver does most of the work, and no coding is needed!
Applied jQuery: Being Effective with AJAX
By Jay Blanchard
Sep 13, 2011
jQuery simplifies using AJAX with several shorthand methods for the basic AJAX methods. For most developers and designers, these shorthand methods will be all that they ever need to use. The jQuery AJAX shorthand methods post, get, and load are featured in this chapter.
CSS3 Is Here! Selling Progressive Enhancement
By Jason Cranford Teague
Sep 7, 2011
Expert web designer/developer Jason Cranford Teague shows you how wanting the next greatest thing for your website isn’t necessarily learning about HTML 5 but understanding progressive enhancement, a new web philosophy that will allow you to push the boundaries of web design, while not excluding large segments of your potential audience.
Using PayPal Shipping Services
By Michael Miller
Sep 7, 2011
Did you know that PayPal offers services to help expedite shipping your product? Michael Miller shows how to use PayPal to ship your products quickly and efficiently.

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