This extended category features articles on client-side and server-side programming languages, tools, frameworks and libraries, as well as back-end issues. Experts and professionals reveal their coding tips, tricks and ideas. .
Before getting down to business, let’s talk about portfolios. A portfolio is a great tool for Web designers and developers to show off their skills. As with any project, spend some time learning to develop a portfolio and doing a little research on what’s going on in the Web design industry, so that the portfolio presents you as an up to date, innovative and inspiring person. All the while, keep in mind that going with the flow isn’t necessarily the best way to stand out from the crowd.
Ruby is an object-oriented language. What does that even mean? It has unique quirks and characteristics that we’ll explain clearly. This article assumes that you have no programming experience, not even HTML.
An important skill to have when creating a program is translating — translating the desires of the user into the output they are looking for. In order to do that, you have to be able to think like a developer so that you can take what you know instinctively (as a user) and morph it into what the computer needs to be able to do what you want. So, we’ll help you start thinking like a developer. When you are done, you should have a mental model of how Ruby works and be on your way to becoming a successful Rubyista.
At our company, we process a lot of requests on the leading gift cards and coupons websites in the world. The senior developers had a meeting in late October to discuss working on a solution to replicate the MySQL functions of
AES_DECRYPT in the language of PHP.
This article centers on what was produced from Senior Developer Derek Woods and how to use it within your own applications. Security should be on the top of every developers mind when building an application that could hold sensitive data. We wanted to replicate MySQL's functions because we have a lot of our data already AES encrypted in our database, and if you are like us you probably do as well.
E-commerce runs on secrets. Those secrets let you update your blog, shop at Amazon and share code on GitHub. Computer security is all about keeping your secrets known only to you and the people you choose to share them with.
We’ve been sharing secrets for centuries, but the Internet runs on a special kind of secret sharing called public-key cryptography. Most secret messages depend on a shared secret—a key or password that everyone agrees on ahead of time. Public-key cryptography shares secret messages without a shared secret key and makes technologies like SSL possible.
The idea behind this project was to produce a consistent set of buttons that could be used for the range of social actions frequently taken in Web applications. These actions are often important goals for users, such as connecting third-party accounts or sharing content to third-party platforms, so their appearance has to be attractive and clear.
The standard buttons provided by third parties (such as Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud) vary in size, style and interactivity. A consistent button set could reduce a lot of that visual noise and inconsistency. Furthermore, having it in CSS format means that changing the text for certain actions would be a breeze for developers, and it also allows administrators of non-English websites to translate labels into their native languages.
The Web has become increasingly interactive over the years. This trend is set to continue with the next generation of applications driven by the real-time Web. Adding real-time functionality to an application can result in a more interactive and engaging user experience.
However, setting up and maintaining the server-side real-time components can be an unwanted distraction. But don't worry, there is a solution.
In April 2011, Keir Whitaker joined Smashing Magazine as editor and curator of the Smashing Coding section—a new part of the magazine devoted to more in-depth articles focused on client-side and server-side programming languages, tools, frameworks and libraries, as well as back-end topics.
KEIR MOVING ON
Unfortunately, Keir has decided with a heavy heart to pass the reins on to a new editor. Among many other projects, he has formed a new company with Elliot Jay Stocks named Viewport Industries. Nevertheless, he will remain to review articles every now and then and be a treasure among the other fantastic experts in the Smashing Magazine Experts Panel.
Welcome to the first in a new series of interviews called "How I Work". These interviews revolve around how thinkers and creators in the Web world design, code, and create.
The goal is not to get into the specific nuances of their craft (as that information already exists online), but rather step back and learn a bit about their habits, philosophies, and workflow for producing great work.
But we must be careful to avoid abusing CSS3, not only because old browsers do not support all of its properties. In any case, we all see the potential of CSS3, and in this article we’ll discuss how to create an infinitely looping slider of images using only CSS3 animation.