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Does relying on an IDE for development make you a bad programmer?
ITworld
A good IDE makes you vastly more productive than a bad one or none at all. Projects are off the ground faster thanks to helpful scaffolding. Coding moves faster thanks to intelligent autocompletes and IDE refactoring tools. Integrated unit testing helps your application be more maintainable. Built in deployment tools, web servers, code analysis, and compile time bundling streamlines the workflow. It also standardizes the developer experience which benefits both the programmer and the business.
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Infographic: The past, present, and the future of Web design
Business 2 Community
When it comes to Web-design, we have come a long way. Today there are so many things to take into consideration, and our options are as wide as they can be. This infographic takes a look at the past, present, and the future of Web design.
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The importance of emotion in design
The Next Web
Business on the Internet is about standing out and being noticed. We want what we do online to be thought of as remarkable and worthy of continued discussion. Simply put, we want an audience to commit to a relationship with us. But to achieve this, we need to show them value, trust, and possibly most importantly, create an emotional connection with them.
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Are you a science communicator? Enter The Flame Challenge!

STC recently spoke with Alan Alda about The Flame Challenge, held each year by The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. The goal of The Flame Challenge is to show scientists how to explain complex topics with clarity; this year's contest revolves around answering the question, "What is color?" The interview covered both The Flame Challenge and the Center for Communicating Science, as well as a couple other related topics. Read the full interview and get more information on how you can enter The Flame Challenge (deadline, 1 March) at the link below.
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Corporate Value Program and Gold Value STC memberships offer more

If your company or department has five or more technical communicators, you're eligible for the STC Corporate Value Program. CVP members get discounted dues and other extra benefits for the company. The Gold Value Package is a cornucopia of extra education and networking for members who need more. Your membership includes five webinars, half off one online course, Really Early Bird rate for the Summit, any and all SIGs, and the chapter of your choice. That's over $700 of extra value for just $200 more in dues. Please note: the Gold Value Package is only available as a membership option through 31 May.
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  Master of Arts with a major in Technical Communication
Located in the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos Metropolitan area, the MATC program offers classes in San Marcos, Round Rock, and online. Classes meet one evening per week and students choose between an internship or thesis track. We also have a new state-of-the-art usability lab for student research. The MATC program offers excellent job placement rates as well as high acceptance rates into doctoral programs.
 


Have you registered for the 2014 STC Summit?

Plans are coming together for the technical communication event of the year! Earlier today STC announced the keynote speaker for the Summit, Jonathon Colman of Facebook, who will give a talk titled, "Information Entropy: The Next 10,000 Years of Content Strategy." The Phoenix Chapter of STC has lined up a variety of optional tourist events to help make your stay in their city memorable. And The Bleeding Edge is once again calling for proposals about hot, new topics in technical communication. See it all, then register today on the Summit website.
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Usability and topic-based authoring highlight STC online courses in March

STC offers two multiweek, online courses beginning in mid-March. Join Carol Barnum every Tuesday from 11 March through 29 April for Usability Testing Essentials: Hands-on Workshop and Best Practices. Or take on Topic-Based Authoring with Sharon Burton, every Wednesday from 19 March through 23 April. The STC online courses offer in-depth learning from the top names in the field, with the opportunity to network and learn from the presenter and your classmates.
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4 March webinars from STC

STC's hour-long webinars pick back up in March. Four webinars are currently scheduled in the month, with more to be added soon. Choose from: Six Simple Success Hacks; DITA-Based Documentation for Complex Software Products; Using Video/Animation: From Storyboard to Finished Project; and Plugging our Black Holes of Knowledge. Start a path toward a new skill, freshen up an old one, or find a new way of doing things with STC's live Web seminars.
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Cross-browser Web Fonts part 3: Hyphens, text rendering, and font feature settings
SitePoint
Widespread browser support for @font-face has done wonders for Web typography, allowing us the freedom to use custom fonts wherever we want. But different fonts are not the whole story with Web typography. There are other things that the Web has long been weak at, such as proper hyphenation of long words and usage of open type font features &mdash like ligature and stylistic swashes that often get locked away inside font files and never see the light of day.
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Content management is more relevant than ever
FierceContentManagement
Content management is far from dead as some have suggested recently. In fact, it's more relevant than ever, but its role is changing as it becomes part of a larger collection of technologies — and that could be causing some confusion in the industry.
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Does enterprise software need consumer-grade UX design?
FierceEnterpriseCommunications
The business world continues its awakening to the idea that apps have to be usable, or nobody will use them. Writing on Diginomica, Jon Reed points to plenty of evidence of that awakening in the world of enterprise software and services. But he also questions whether UX hype is becoming overblown at this point. Do heavy-duty back office applications really need a consumer-grade interface? Reed starts by differentiating two approaches to application design.
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5 great Google analytics alternatives
SitePoint
If you manage a website, there's a good chance you are using Google Analytics to keeping track of your visitors, or you are considering using it. GA is an excellent product, and given the fact it's free makes it a very viable and attractive solution to many website owners. But it has its flaws and imperfection. With these concerns in mind, let's have a look of some of the best Google Analytics alternatives and see how they measure up.

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What is the best programming language to learn in 2014?
SitePoint
Craig Buckler, contributing editor for SitePoint, provides statistics for some of the more popular languages and trends. However, he warns, "Never use statistics as the sole basis for learning a language." Choosing a popular language pits you against thousands of others. Fortunately, we can make a few general observations that may sway your language-learning objectives.

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Top Web design trends in 2014
Forbes
The consensus among website design pros, regarding industry trends for 2014, is fairly cut and dry and most agree the significant styles for the year will likely fall under the headings of responsive design, simple design, and storytelling design.

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Showing progress in your HTML5 pages with the progress markup element
HTML Goodies
Web applications frequently have to indicate progress to users to visibly communicate that some processing is going on. Prior to HTML5, Web developers had to write custom controls to indicate progress. There was no uniformity in how Web authors went about indicating progress. Sensing a requirement to bring uniformity, HTML5 specification introduced a new markup element "progress" for representing the completion progress of a task.
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SAP and Xamarin work to simplify enterprise mobile app development
IDG News Service via PCWorld
SAP has joined forces with Xamarin to make it easier for developers to integrate their apps with the company's Mobile Platform. Xamarin's platform lets developers use C# to build native applications for iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows, and share on average 75 percent of the source code across the different operating systems.
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Firefox OS taps into Cordova for easier Web-app development
CNET
Developers writing apps using the Cordova software foundation now can reach Mozilla's browser-based operating system as well as Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry OS.
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