HTML & CSS
Glenn Goodrich, Dec 02

RubySource: Happenings in Ruby

There I was, sitting at my desk looking over the upcoming article schedule for Rubysource, when I realized I had inadvertently published TWO articles on Wednesday. The immediate consequence of my stupidity is we’d have no article to run on Friday (we try to publish M-W-F around here) and I’d have to fend off a bunch of different questions that all had the same answer: “Because I am stupid.” It’s our reaction in times of high adversity that define who we are as managing editors. Our first reaction was to smash our head on the desk while coming up with various adjectives about ourselves. Our second reaction was, inexplicably, to start referring to ourselves in plural third person, like royalty
HTML & CSS
Matthijs van de Laar, Nov 21

DesignFestival: Photoshop Techniques, Tips and Tricks

In the world of design, it’s all about being innovative and creative. To convey your innovative and creative ideas to a client, translate them into something they can see, you may need to create a visualization, a mockup. Photoshop remains the standout choice for this kind of exercise, offering as it does a dazzling range of tools for creating and manipulating images. In fact, Photoshop is such an elaborate piece of software that it can be difficult to work out exactly how to achieve a particular effect.
HTML & CSS
Joel Falconer, Nov 09

DesignFestival: With Adobe decision to stop work on mobile Flash, HTML5 emerges as the victor

Today is a significant day for the design industry: news that Adobe has discontinued work on its mobile Flash player in favor of a new focus on HTML5 leaked out of the company today, with an official announcement expected tomorrow. Those of us in the design and technology industries knew it was just a matter of time. Anyone who won’t admit that Flash’s days are numbered hasn’t been keeping a close eye on the industry. Many point to Apple’s stubborn refusal to support Flash as the death knell for the platform, but it’s not a stretch to say that it was heading towards a gradual end even before that
Programming
Craig Wickesser, Sep 25

RubySource: Ruby Colored Glasses: Elixir

Today makes our first post in a new ongoing series called Ruby Colored Glasses . This series aims to briefly study items outside the Ruby community that are interesting. These items may have influenced or been influenced by Ruby. Here at Rubysource, we think it’s important to look around and see what we can learn from other communities
Entrepreneur
Glenn Goodrich, Sep 14

RubySource: Rails Deep Dive: Loccasions, Authentication

In the last post , we finished our first user story. That user story was pretty simple, but it flushed out the design of our home page. The next user story, As an administrator, I want to invite users to Loccasions is not quite so simple. The implications from this user story are big: First, we have a new role, administrator, which brings our roles to two (unregistered user and administrator).
Web
Jamie Curmi, Aug 02

BuildMobile: Featured App: Secret

I’m fascinated by ciphers. There is a great book on code breaking by Simon Singh called The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography . The book is full of different encoding methods people have used throughout the ages to hide their secret messages. This book was the inspiration for an application I had in mind to make – something that would allow you to choose an encoding method from a large range of methods, and encode a message so that another person receiving the message could decode it (with the right key).
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Programming
Craig Buckler, Aug 02

What's New in Firebug 1.8

Craig looks at some of the great new features introduced in Firebug 1.8 - the tool of choice for most web developers.
2 COMMENTs
WordPress
Craig Buckler, Jun 21

How to Make WordPress Easier By Removing Widgets, Meta Boxes and Options

In Craig's latest WordPress tutorial he explains how to write a custom plugin which disables update notifications and removes unnecessary dashboard widgets, page and post meta boxes.
6 COMMENTs
Web
James George, Apr 08

5 Great Background Masking Techniques in Photoshop

Isolate objects. Extract objects. Cut out an image. Remove a background. Whatever you call it, the separation of objects from the background of an image is an essential skill for Web designers. Here, Corrie explains 5 masking techniques, highlights their pros and cons, and identifies the applications to which each is suited.
Web
Corrie Haffly, Apr 06

Create Vector Graphics in Illustrator and Freehand Article

Web
Corrie Haffly, Apr 06

Create Vector Graphics in Illustrator and Freehand

If you think Adobe Illustrator and Macromedia Freehand are all about creating boring geometric shapes, think again. Corrie explains, step by step, how easy it is to create vector graphics using either application in this excellent tutorial.
Web
Ricky Onsman, Nov 09

What’s New in IE9

Web
Alex Walker, Jul 15

Cross-browser Development with SuperPreview

In the final article in our Expression Web series, Alex shows us the ins and outs of the SuperPreview feature, which lets you preview your site across many browser rendering engines right in the editor.
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Web
Tatham Oddie, Jun 24

Easy HTML & CSS with Expression Web 4

Tatham shows us some of the new time-saving features that Microsoft's Expression Web 4 editor has to offer standards-based developers.
Web
Andrew Gardner, Apr 27

Expression Blend Behaviors

In the final installment of his Microsoft Expression Blend tutorial trilogy, user experience maestro Shane Morris caps off the prototype that he showed us how to build in part one, and the Silverlight 3 application from part two, with some storyboard and animation creation.
Web
Andrew Gardner, Apr 27

Expression Blend Behaviors

In the third installment of our Expression Blend series, Shane builds on the sample application we've created and adds real data integration, behaviors, and animations.
Web
Shane Morris, Mar 26

Designing with Microsoft Expression Blend

In Shane's previous article he looked at SketchFlow, the prototyping tool that's part of Microsoft's Expression Studio suite. In this article he shines a light on Microsoft's Expression Blend design tool in the next step of his portfolio display project.
Web
Shane Morris, Mar 11

Rapid Prototyping with SketchFlow

Microsoft's Expression Blend design tool includes a very interesting prototyping tool called SketchFlow. In this article, former Microsoft developer Shane Morris walks us through some of its unique features and shows us how to best use it for rapid application prototyping. There's also a fun quiz at the end.
Web
Raena Jackson Armitage, Dec 08

Expression Web - Your New PHP Tool Kit

Microsoft Expression Web 3 has some unique features that make it invaluable to web developers. In this article, Raena puts the web development tool through its paces and cranks out a simple PHP page. After reading the article, you can test out your knowledge with the Expression Web Quiz.
Web
Kai Koenig, Oct 29

ColdFusion 9 at Your Service: Image Manipulation with AIR

One of the exciting new features in ColdFusion 9 is the addition of a web service layer wrapping several aspects of ColdFusion's functionality. Kai shows us how to access those services from an AIR app to manipulate images online.
Web
Tim Ruffles, Oct 09

Pushing Pixels on a Shoestring: Bring out the GIMP

There's a lot of great desktop software available in the open-source world. In this article, Tim shows us a few cool tricks using GIMP, a free and open-source image editor.
Web
Kai Koenig, Aug 26

Five Stars! Add a Rating Widget to your ColdFusion App

Your readers want to have their say! In this article Kai shows you how to add a rating widget to your ColdFusion 9 app using a custom tag and some Ajax magic courtesy of the Adobe Spry JavaScript library.
4 COMMENTs
Web
Matthew Magain, Aug 05

Build Your Own URL Shortener

Kay's latest tutorial walks you through the creation of a web app to shorten URLs using the slick new beta of ColdFusion Builder. If you're interested, you can play along at home, and quiz yourself on how well you did!
1 COMMENT
Web
Kay Smoljak, Aug 05

Get Shorty: Trim the Fat with ColdFusion

Tired of the same old URL shorteners like TinyURL, tr.im or bit.ly? Ever wished you could run your very own URL shortener? In ColdFusion, it's probably easier than you think.
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