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Developer
  


  
07/30/07
  
RDF For The Rest Of Us
  
Keith Alexander
  
Articles and White Papers
  
We're rapidly getting to the point where most web developers have a decent grasp of what it means to use semantic markup, but how many of us really grasp the implications of the Semantic Web? Keith Alexander walks us through the theory and practice of RDF on the web.

  
04/23/07
  
Coding for Content
  
Garrett Dimon
  
Articles and White Papers
  
Most of us have read countless articles and books about (X)HTML and CSS, but, especially early on in our careers, we wonder what goes on in the mind of someone adept at markup and code. What exactly is the thought process? Is it the same every time, or does one start by focusing on a specific challenge in a design? Veteran front-end developer and designer—and regular Digital Web columnist—Garrett Dimon shares his thoughts as he takes on the markup challenges behind his latest personal blog redesign.

  
04/23/07
  
Seven JavaScript Techniques You Should Be Using Today
  
Dustin Diaz
  
Articles and White Papers
  
Is your box of JavaScript tricks starting to look a little worn? Got the feeling your functions are slacking off when you’re not watching? Never fear—JavaScript expert, Dustin Diaz, has the lowdown on seven smart tips that should be in every coder’s toolbox.

  
03/12/07
  
Capture a Screencast with a Mac
  
Miraz Jordan
  
Articles and White Papers
  
With speedier connections becoming more prevalent, and software creating smaller files sizes, we now have more options for presenting instructional material on websites. Screencasts, which capture movies of all the action on your computer screen, are popping up all over the place in all sorts of tutorials. Ken Westin previously reviewed Adobe Captivate for PC here at Digital Web, but if you’re a Mac person and you have a limited budget, Miraz Jordan’s article is just what you need.

  
02/20/07
  
How to design selection-dependent forms
  
Luke Wroblewski
  
Steps and Presentations
  
In web applications, we sometimes need selection-dependent forms, where users need to provide additional information after having made a selection. There is a myriad of ways to solve this design challenge. Luke Wroblewski provides an overview and discusses their pros and cons.

  
01/31/07
  
Learn Ruby on Rails: the Ultimate Beginner's Tutorial
  
Patrick Lenz
  
Steps and Presentations
  
Make your mark in the brave new world of Ruby on Rails! In this action-packed adventure, Patrick provides rock-solid foundations in object oriented programming principles, and a detailed explanation of Ruby syntax.

  
11/08/06
  
Microsoft: Vista RTM a 'Significant Milestone'
  
Peter Galli
  
Articles and White Papers
  
Now that the operating system code has finally gone gold, it is up to software developers and PC and device manufacturers to finalize the work on their products and applications, company executives say.

  
11/01/06
  
The cranky user: The artful patcher
  
Peter Seebach
  
Articles and White Papers
  
Patches are a necessity to maintain software. See how to make them friendlier to your users and less of a chore.

  
10/09/06
  
The Rise of Flash Video, Part 1
  
Tom Green
  
Articles and White Papers
  
In Part One of a two-part series on Flash Video, the immensely qualified Tom Green gives us a spirited and insightful account of the rise of Flash from a face in the crowd to the dominant video format of choice for giants like YouTube and MySpace. If you are thinking of adding Flash video to your web design skill set, this series is the place to start.

  
09/11/06
  
Scope in JavaScript
  
Mike West
  
Articles and White Papers
  
JavaScript is rife with unexplored nooks and crannies that can trip up even the most seasoned programmers. Digital Web Managing Editor Mike West investigates one of the deepest: the basic question of scope and context. As he builds up from first principles of variable scope to a detailed discussion of advanced context-manipulation techniques, you’ll gain the knowledge necessary to keep careful track of this essential aspect of your scripts.

  
06/16/06
  
Top 10 Web Developer Libraries
  
Cameron Olthuis
  
Articles and White Papers
  
Libraries can be a web developers best friend. They are great resources to learn from and can save hours and hours of time. These libraries include JavaScript, Ajax, Colors, PHP, and CSS.

  
04/26/06
  
Round-up of 30 Ajax Tutorials
  
Load Average Zero
  
Articles and White Papers
  
There are quite a large number of Ajax examples and demos around the Web, but some people need a bit more information than just a raw piece of code. Max has put together a list of what he considers the best Ajax tutorials discovered over the past year.

  
03/06/06
  
Just Build It: HTML Prototyping and Agile Development
  
Garrett Dimon
  
Articles and White Papers
  
Everyone's talking about agile Web development, but misconceptions abound. Do you need to shun traditional planning and design documents just to stay competitive? And what do your clients really want? Garrett Dimon clears things up with a look at how HTML prototyping help you save time and avoid "document debt."

  
01/23/06
  
Web Presentation Patterns
  
Jonathan Snook
  
Articles and White Papers
  
What can a design pattern from the early 70s do for you? Learn how abstracting your Web application development problems with time-tested software development patterns can help you write logical, reusable application code.

  
01/04/06
  
The cranky user: What you can do about phishing
  
Peter Seebach
  
Articles and White Papers
  
Change your Web apps and reduce the risk of phishing attacks that lure your users into turning over confidential information that aids identify theft.

  
11/07/05
  
Rethinking Application Design
  
Dirk Knemeyer
  
Articles and White Papers
  
Good application design starts with a carefully staffed team. Dirk Knemeyer says it can be done in or outside the big corporation, but rarely is—even some smaller firms structure their teams poorly and deliver mediocre applications and epic invoices. Get six tips on setting the stage for excellent application design from an interaction design insider.

  
10/31/05
  
Ruby on Rails chases simplicity in programming
  
Martin LaMonica
  
Articles and White Papers
  
A solo project called Ruby on Rails has become popular among developers because of its simplicity.

  
10/20/05
  
The art of metaprogramming, Part 1: Introduction to metaprogramming
  
Jonathan Bartlett
  
Articles and White Papers
  
One of the most under-used programming techniques is writing programs that generate programs or program parts. Learn why metaprogramming is necessary and look at some of the components of metaprogramming (textual macro languages, specialized code generators). See how to build a code generator and get a closer look at language-sensitive macro programming in Scheme.

  
08/16/05
  
Introduction to Open Source Scripting on Mac OS X
  
Apple Developer Connection
  
Steps and Presentations
  
If you're new to the world of open source scripting languages—or just want to brush up on what's unique about Mac OS X—this article will help you get oriented. Mac OS X bundles the most popular scripting languages out of the box: perl, Python, php, tcl, Ruby—not to mention shells such as bash, ksh, zsh, and csh. We'll show you how to integrate scripting languages into Apple's Integrated Development Environment (IDE), Xcode, using targets and custom build rules. We'll also discuss ways to safely install newer versions or alternate languages.

  
08/15/05
  
The Elements of Design
  
Joshua David McClurg-Genevese
  
Articles and White Papers
  
Without a grounding in traditional design principles and elements, designing for the Web can be an arbitrary exercise. Dig into Joshua David McClurg-Genevese’s second Design in Theory and Practice column and get a grip on the real tools you can use in the practice of Web design.

  
08/14/05
  
Visio Glue: Not For Sniffing - Special Deliverable #13
  
Dan Brown
  
Steps and Presentations
  
Spend any time with Visio and you’ll find yourself wondering how glue works. In the real world, it’s pretty straightforward: put glue between two things and they’ll stick. Although glue is used for sticking shapes together in Visio, the metaphor ends there.

  
06/06/05
  
Flash Matures into Full-Fledged Platform
  
Libe Goad
  
Articles and White Papers
  
Macromedia introduces a new Flash Platform, making it easy to create rich-media Web sites, and previews "Maelstrom," the next-generation Flash player.

  
04/28/05
  
Generating Dynamic CSS with PHP
  
Douglas Clifton
  
Articles and White Papers
  
PHP isn't limited to generating HTML—it does a great job deploying CSS, too. Tighten up your presentation logic and learn how to store and reuse values in style sheets with this scheme switcher from Doug Clifton.

  
03/23/05
  
Being a PHP Lumberjack
  
Daryl L. L. Houston
  
Steps and Presentations
  
Debugging can be a real downer without the proper tools. Daryl L. L. Houston dons his lumberjack garb and investigates ways to use logging as an effective debugging tool.

  
10/25/04
  
Devising a new paradigm for usable, maintainable Web applications
  
Ka Wai Cheung
  
Articles and White Papers
  
Experts tend to focus on why usability is important and how to improve usability on the Web. However, they rarely address what makes usability on the Web difficult to implement and maintain.

  
10/06/04
  
PHPitfalls: Five Beginner Mistakes to Avoid
  
Daryl L. L. Houston
  
Steps and Presentations
  
Mistakes. Everybody makes them. Daryl L. L. Houston points out several common beginner blunders and how to get past them.

  
08/10/04
  
A Better Image Rotator
  
Dan Benjamin
  
Steps and Presentations
  
The first image rotator made it easy to generate a random image on a web page, even if you had never worked with PHP before. The new, more powerful (but still dead easy) version uses a simple configuration file to create custom links, alt tags, titles, and even CSS styles for each image.

  
06/09/04
  
New to XML
  
IBM
  
Steps and Presentations
  
The developerWorks XML zone contains literally hundreds of articles, tutorials, and tips to help a developer make the most of XML-related applications, but for users trying to find their way in a new topic, all of that information can be overwhelming. This page provides an overview for readers who would like to learn about XML but don't know where to start.

  
02/10/04
  
XML Basics Part III: An Example of Well-Formed and Valid XML
  
P.G. Daly
  
Steps and Presentations
  
If you've been following along with Part I and Part II of XML Basics, you're ready for Part III, where you put the pieces together and experiment with hands-on with XML.

  
01/26/04
  
Database Performance Philosophy
  
Tore Bostrup
  
Articles and White Papers
  
Here are some valuable tips on designing databases and applications for efficient querying.

  
01/20/04
  
Secure Coding Principles 101
  
Intranet Journal Staff
  
Articles and White Papers
  
Writing secure code is the first step in producing applications that are secure and robust. For custom applications that are already written, and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products, tools exist to audit for existing security deficiencies.

  
01/13/04
  
XML Basics, Part II: The Key Concepts
  
P.G. Daly
  
Steps and Presentations
  
In Part I of this series I answered the question, "What is XML?" Here in Part II of XML Basics, I will define, discuss, and illustrate some of the key concepts crucial to understanding and working with XML documents.

  
12/14/03
  
Apple's Panther bares its teeth
  
Ian Hardy
  
Articles and White Papers
  
Apple, fed up with playing second string to Windows, has been taking its operating system from strength to strength.

  
12/08/03
  
XML Basics and Benefits
  
P.G. Daly
  
Steps and Presentations
  
From XML's inception circa 1996 through the initial hype blitz up to the present day, the term XML has been ubiquitous. What does it all mean, and what do you really need to know?

  
11/24/03
  
Gates: Blazing the Longhorn Trail
  
eWeek
  
Quotes, Interviews and Expert Advice
  
Bill Gates discusses "Longhorn," Linux and why he's so optimistic about the future.

  
11/10/03
  
Flowing and Positioning: Two Page Models
  
John P. Gallant and Holly Bergevin
  
Steps and Presentations
  
Some basics on the ways web pages are visually constructed on the screen by current browsers.

  
10/30/03
  
Preview: Microsoft's Windows Longhorn
  
Loyd Case
  
Articles and White Papers
  
This is a preview based on a very early release of Microsoft's next-generation operating system.

  
10/13/03
  
Software makers look for profits in e-forms
  
David Becker
  
Articles and White Papers
  
Software makers, along with the Web's leading standards organization, are launching new e-forms initiatives aimed at smoothing the collection and flow of business data.

  
05/22/03
  
Inside Microsoft's New F# Language
  
Robyn Peterson
  
Articles and White Papers

  
04/01/03
  
W3C Advances Web Document Specification
  
Clint Boulton
  
Articles and White Papers

  
02/20/03
  
Introduction to Xindice
  
Arun Gaikwad
  
Articles and White Papers

  
01/30/03
  
Errors: examining the world of frustrations
  
Steve Adcock
  
Articles and White Papers

  
01/28/03
  
W3C Unleashes VoiceXML 2.0
  
Thor Olavsrud
  
Articles and White Papers

  
01/13/03
  
The Makeup of an XML Document – A Quick Primer
  
Zaid Siddiqui
  
Steps and Presentations

  
11/25/02
  
Flash and Web-Based Applications
  
useit.com: Jakob Nielsen’s Website
  
Articles and White Papers

  
10/29/00
  
Flash: 99% Bad
  
useit.com: Jakob Nielsen’s Website
  
Articles and White Papers

  
04/16/00
  
Reset and Cancel Buttons
  
useit.com: Jakob Nielsen’s Website
  
Articles and White Papers

  
08/08/99
  
Video and Streaming Media
  
useit.com: Jakob Nielsen’s Website
  
Articles and White Papers

  
01/01/95
  
The Future of Hypertext
  
useit.com: Jakob Nielsen’s Website
  
Articles and White Papers
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