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The Five Biggest JavaScript Misconceptions
By Larry Ullman
Feb 22, 2012
JavaScript, despite its importance and widespread use in today’s web, is a very misunderstood language. Whether it’s thinking that JavaScript is somehow related to Java, or that you can’t implement access control without classes, there are plenty of misconceptions about JavaScript, one of the world’s most used programming languages. In this article, programming expert Larry Ullman discusses five of the biggest misconceptions commonly held when it comes to the language.
Working with Text in HTML5
By Elizabeth Castro, Bruce Hyslop
Feb 20, 2012
Unless a site is heavy on videos or photo galleries, most content on Web pages is text. This chapter explains which HTML semantics are appropriate for different types of text, especially (but not solely) for text within a sentence or phrase.
How to Design the Look of Your Website with WordPress
By Rafael Concepcion
Feb 15, 2012
Rafael Concepcion shows you how, by using themes in WordPress, you can have multiple looks for your website in just a few clicks.
Bulletproof Web Design: Creative Floating
By Dan Cederholm
Jan 31, 2012
The creative use of the float property can give grid-like results, with a fraction of the code we’d need with the nested-tables approach. By paring down the markup to its barest essentials, you make it easier for browsers, software, and all devices to read your content, at the same time making it easier for other designers and developers to modify and edit these components.
A jQuery Reading List by Jay Blanchard
By Jay Blanchard
Jan 26, 2012
Jay Blanchard shares a few of his favorite jQuery books.
HTML5 Multimedia: Using Video with Canvas
By Ian Devlin
Jan 18, 2012
Ian Devlin shows you how to use HTML5 to draw and manipulate graphics using JavaScript via the new canvas element. The canvas element defines an area on a web page that you can draw on using a JavaScript API.
WordPress Basics: Adding Facebook Integration to Your WordPress Site
By Jessica Neuman Beck
Dec 26, 2011
Let your WordPress readers share your content with their Facebook friends. Follow these quick steps from Jessica Neuman Beck, coauthor of WordPress Visual QuickStart Guide, Second Edition, to give your content new life on the social network everyone is using.
Diving into Acrobat: Jetspeed Searches with Indexes
By John Deubert
Dec 19, 2011
If you’re work routinely entails searching PDF files for significant bits of text, you can reclaim part of your life by creating a search index. Search times drop to near zero, regardless of the size or number of the PDF files you’re inspecting. Adobe expert John Deubert shows how remarkably easy it is to do.
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!

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