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CSS architectures: New best practices
Sitepoint
As you are well aware, the world of front-end development has evolved a lot over the past several years, as fresh minds have devised new approaches to solving age-old problems. Here are some of the latest best practices for front-end coding that will help your stylesheets and HTML considerably.
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7 tools to build websites using responsive design
CIO
As consumers access websites from a growing variety of devices, responsive Web design becomes increasingly important. Responsive web design is about building a Web presence that scales and functions well on desktop, tablet and mobile devices. What looks good on a desktop probably won't work on a mobile device, so Web developers must consider issues such as proportions, text, image sizes and compression. To help you address these and other responsive Web design challenges, here are several tools and online services that will help you meet your objectives.
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Mobile Mixture offers rapid Web prototyping
.net
Rapid prototyping and static site-generation tool Mixture is now in the wild. According to Neil Kinnish, one of the developers behind the app, it "brings together many popular development tools and best practices and super-charges your development" when rapid prototyping or creating static sites.
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"Starting Your Own Business" virtual conference
STC
Are you a business owner, independent consultant, freelancer or trainer? Even if you are not and you are thinking about it, you need to attend the "Starting Your Own Business" virtual conference, sponsored by Intercom magazine and the STC Department of Education. Learn how to get started, what not to do, financing, contracting and much more that will help you succeed. This unique, three-day online event will include presentations on all aspects of starting your own business or freelancing shop.
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STC election results
STC
The 2013 STC election results are in. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to everyone who ran. The new vice president is Katherine (Kit) Brown-Hoekstra. The new Treasurer is Jane Wilson. New Board members are Deanne Levander and Ben Woelk. And new members of the Nominating Committee are Phylise Banner and Andrea Wenger. See the link below for full details.
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Preliminary program by date and time released for Summit
STC
The preliminary program, organized by date and time, has been released for the 2013 Summit. There may still be minor changes, which will be reflected in the final printed program onsite, but this will allow you to set your schedule. There's still time to register online, too, but not a lot! The Advance rate of $1,025 for members ends on 19 April. After that date, all registration must be done onsite at the rate of $1,325 for members. Join keynote speaker David Pogue and your colleagues from around the world for education, networking, and a celebration of all things tech comm. Make sure you're at the best tech comm event of 2013 at the best rate possible!
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Go for the gold with STC's Gold Membership
STC
If you haven't renewed your STC membership yet, there's still time — and still time to get our best package! Get a great deal for career advancement with our Gold Education membership level. This package includes five free webinars and half off a certificate course, providing top-notch education for a fraction of the regular price. It also includes a free chapter and SIG, in addition to everything else your STC membership brings you. Get the networking you need and top-notch education to help advance your career. You won't be able to renew at this level after 31 March, though, so hurry before it's gone!
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Designing better Web experiences for bioinformatics
BioMed Central
The latest issue of BMC Bioinformatics includes the first "how to" guide for applying User-Centered Design to websites for bioinformatics. In this article, written by user experience professionals at the European Bioinformatics Institute U.K., we find out how UCD could positively impact scientific discovery in the life sciences.

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Go for the gold with STC's Gold membership
STC
If you haven't renewed your STC membership yet, there's still time — and still time to get our best package! Get a great deal for career advancement with our Gold Education membership level. This package includes five free webinars and half off a certificate course, providing top-notch education for a fraction of the regular price.

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Content-social strategy — Make sure you bring snow to the snowball fight
Business 2 Community
Content and social are such intertwined disciplines that anyone keen to market themselves with one should always be thinking about how their efforts can be supported with the other. What is surprising is how many brands will craft an entire content strategy focusing on only one of these without considering the other.

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5 extremely useful but rarely-used CSS3 properties
Design Festival
Most web designers know and use CSS to create beautiful websites that are browser-​​friendly and consistent across all platforms. Having said that, there are some CSS3 properties that aren't used as often as you would expect. Despite their rarity, they are extremely useful.
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Computing research: Web development for mobile users
Computing
The rise in smartphone and tablet use means that it is no longer enough for a website to display properly on a PC and a laptop, by developing for a W3C standard browser. Instead the experience on tablets and phones with their small screens and touch-based interfaces must be considered. Media organizations and other firms that need to keep up with consumer market trends have had mobile-specific or device-agnostic sites for a while now, and have been keeping a close eye on usage statistics, which generally confirm that things are going mobile — and fast.
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Why 'intuitive' interface is a myth
Co.Design
We toss around the term “intuitive” a lot when it comes to user interface. We think of Apple products, and the way they redefined PCs and smartphones through systems that "just worked." But Timoni West, a designer at Foursquare, makes an interesting argument. Sometimes, these so-called intuitive gestures are a poor substitute for a clearly explained alternative. In other words, don't strive above all else to make your interface intuitive — just make it easy to learn.
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Ruling the swarm (of tests) with Codeception
PHP Master
Designing and building a great Web application means that our workflow and architecture allow for constant improvement to the product. In order to make our products stable and to have confidence that new commits have no adverse effect on existing code, we use automated testing practices. And just as we need a proper architecture for our application, we need to design a proper architecture for our testing platform.
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Web CMS quick take review: Concrete 5
CMSWire
Is Concrete5 a better fit for your website than WordPress, Drupal, or Joomla? Concrete5 is written in PHP and is best known for its well-implemented in-context editing which makes it easy to use for non-technical Web authors, and easy to sell to non-technical stakeholders. Concrete5 can therefore be considered for Web projects where end user buy-in is particularly difficult.
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New rich HTML5 tools
Dr. Dobb's
Telerik has announced the latest release of Kendo UI, a framework for building JavaScript and HTML5 websites and mobile apps. This release adds server wrappers for PHP and Java, plus Windows Phone 8 support and support for modern Web Single Page Applications architecture. With this addition, Kendo UI developers can now deliver mobile Web and hybrid mobile applications across the four major mobile platforms: iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8, and BlackBerry.
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