News Wire: Developers Don’t Design?

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  • Wicked-cool color theme creation tool from Adobe Labs. Generate themes using different color combination algorithms, rate themes that other users have shared, and download any theme you like for use in Adobe Creative Suite 2 applications.
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  • This entry in the 24 ways series provides a fantastic example of why using a table to lay out a form—even when it has a tabular structure—is not a good idea. Screen readers don’t process tables and forms at once, and so your form isn’t accessible!
  • More than 300 pages and a free download (but possibly not for much longer), this late draft version of the new book, “Algorithms” by Sanjoy Dasgupta, Christos Papadimitriou, and Umesh Vazirani contains a wealth of information on programming algorithms.
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  • A very nice run-down of the changes that have been made in JUnit 4. If you’re familiar with test-driven development and Java, this article may be all you need to get started with unit testing in Java.
  • Google Checkout will continue to waive its 2% + $0.20 fee on credit card transactions (which is already cheaper than PayPal) through the end of 2007. While the business benefits are obvious, some are also trying to earn credit card reward points for free.
  • Ah, the sweet, sweet taste of unsupported media type. Yet another funny translation of HTTP response codes. (thanks andrewk)
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  • Microsoft will not be making Expression Web (its Dreamweaver competitor) available as part of its MSDN subscription program. According to Robert McLaws, this decision is based on the false assumption that developers don’t do web design.
  • Could the future of ColdFusion be in making it the best platform for building kick-ass user interfaces quickly and easily? It sure beats turning it into another general-purpose language.
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  • The popular toolkit for building AJAX functionality into Java web applications is nearing a new major release. The enhancements are pretty advanced stuff, which speaks to the maturity of this library.

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Kevin YankKevin Yank
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Kevin Yank is an accomplished web developer, speaker, trainer and author of Build Your Own Database Driven Website Using PHP & MySQL and Co-Author of Simply JavaScript and Everything You Know About CSS is Wrong! Kevin loves to share his wealth of knowledge and it didn't stop at books, he's also the course instructor to 3 online courses in web development. Currently Kevin is the Director of Front End Engineering at Culture Amp.

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