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Entries about web-development

May 30, 2007

See your site on a PC, without a PC

If you create websites, you know the trouble of getting it to look right on all browsers, especially in Internet Explorer on Windows. Thanks to NetRenderer’s free web testing tool, you can instantly test what your site looks like in IE, without even owning a PC. Simply type in a URL, and NetRenderer will open […]

Oct 26, 2006

Free eBook: 37signals’ Getting Real

37signals’ manifesto and eBook, Getting Real, is now available for free as an HTML site. The book details 37signals’ rapid prototyping and web-app development process with the goal of showing you “the smarter, faster, easier way to build a successful web application.” If you’re familiar with the company’s successful web applications, Backpack and Basecamp, the […]

Aug 29, 2006

Everything a web developer might need on one page

On my way to becoming a web designer, I am constantly searching for techniques, tutorials, and other resources. The Web Developer’s handbook is a hefty database of links on a range of subjects pertinent to web development and design—all on one page. The list is a bit intimidating at first, but you are sure to […]

Aug 3, 2006

Ah hah! Build easier, more efficient web pages with Server Side Includes

After posting Design like a pro: 20 web design tips last week, I began to put some of those tips into practice myself. Today, I discovered Server Side Includes (SSI)—a technique so simple, I’m offended no one told me about it. SSI allows you to reuse a piece of code without having to hand code […]

Jul 25, 2006

Design like a pro: 20 web design tips

.net magazine offers 20 pro tips to help neophyte web designers do it like the pro’s. The tips emphasize writing clean, organized code yourself, rather than using a WYSIWYG editor like DreamWeaver or GoLive. .net magazine’s 20 pro tips: Planning Do it by hand Stylesheets: importing vs linking Smarter gradient backgrounds Commenting Use simple PHP […]

Jul 19, 2006

How to accurately layout your website

Khoi Vinh details how to get accurate alignment on web pages. The technique uses a background image of columns that sits behind all the page elements. The visible columns make it easier to see when elements aren’t lining up, allowing you to precisely make adjustments. Once everything is aligned, you can turn off the background. […]

Jul 12, 2006

Firefox turns 2.0! (almost)

A public beta release of Firefox 2.0 is just around the corner. But for those impatient (nerdy) souls who just can’t wait any longer, go ahead and check out the current beta release candidate available now from Mozilla. Notable new features include: The ability to undo closing a tab A built in real-time spell checker […]

Jun 24, 2006

Mark James makes free icons to pleasure your eyes and soul

Modern operating systems like Mac OS X and Windows Vista are obsessed with large photorealistic icons that ooze gloss and libido. Sure, they’re pretty to look at, but I’ll never give up my love for tiny icons that say a lot in a small space. The love for small icons is also not dead for […]

Jun 22, 2006

One desktop background to rule them all

For many designers, size matters when it comes to monitor displays. I currently have a 20-inch Apple LCD display at work, and the larger screen real estate is great for opening multiple palettes and windows. The higher resolution and size, however, isn’t so great for gauging how a site might look on a standard monitor. […]