Web development covers both the coding side and the theoretical aspects. Web development, for me at least, is largely PHP driven. PHP is supported behind the scenes with MySQL for data storage and jQuery/CSS for frontend work. Frameworks are of course helpful in many scenarios, this have included but are not limited to Laravel and Zend. CSS is nicely extended by the rather powerful LESS.

Learning LESS: Maths + Colour Functions

by Paul Joyce

Continuing from my previous article on setting up LESS to improve your stylesheet efficiency and control, this week I’ll be covering the use of operators and pre-built functions within LESS. If you remember correctly we can declare variables like: If you read the previous tutorial on variables, that shouldn’t be anything new. Mathmetical operators in […]

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Salting passwords – how & why?

by Paul Joyce

Our lives are now run by passwords. We’re forced to remember more passwords everyday it seems. How can developers secure passwords more securely? Why is salting passwords important and how does using salts improve the strength of stored passwords? Consider this; what happens if the online store you run is hacked and all your customers details lifted? Hopefully all […]

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Learning LESS: Setup + Variables

by Paul Joyce

LESS is a programmable CSS language which combines the mechanics of variables, functions and operators all into a fully compliant and accessible stylesheet. If you’ve built a site from scratch, or just modified templates on platforms such as WordPress, Drupal or Magento, you’ll have come into contact with CSS files. The problem with these files is that common […]

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Meta X to IE’s Rescue

by Paul Joyce

Compatibilitiy between browsers is always a major issue when developing websites, any web developer should tell you that. The more browsers you want to support, the number of hacks or tricks seems to grow exponentially. There’s always a trade off between development time and number of browsers you want to reach. One of the compatibility issues […]

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2012: To-Do list

by Paul Joyce

About this time of year, not unsurprisingly, everyone seems to be making New Years resolutions, which I’ve always thought is a rather strange tradition. They are always decisions to be better, do more (or less) of something, start something new etc etc. Why don’t people just start doing these things when they think of them. If […]

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Top 5 WordPress plugins so far

by Paul Joyce

Everyone loves a top X list. Whether its the top 10 music charts or your top 3 holiday resorts, the lists just work. They’re just a great way of sharing someone opinions in a quick and slightly organised list. Well, since I’ve been lurking around the WordPress woods for the last few months, and with […]

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Design Complete – Band Website

by Paul Joyce

My band website I designed for last weeks self appointed ‘Design Challenge’. Overal results I’m very happy with, with this article pointing out some specifics, but I’d love to hear your critque on it. Be brutal!

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Design Challenge #1) Band Website

by Paul Joyce

Ok so I’ve been away a while; prep’ing and performing a bible study, giving my best shot at fixing various friends computers while also attempting to get my computer back to a point where I can start working on designs again. So I’ve set myself a bit of a challenge, to come up with a […]

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