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15 delicious examples of card-based Web design
Econsultancy
The rise of the smartphone has ushered in a new way of thinking among Web designers and developers, who need to create websites that work on smaller screens. The constraints of smaller screens have actually helped the Web to become that little bit more modular, with responsive design now one of the foremost Web design trends. This has refocused attention on "cards," as a design pattern for displaying information in bite-sized chunks. Cards are ideal for the TL;DR generation, perfect for mobile devices and responsive design. The format may not be new, but it's on the rise.
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Web developers less concerned about browser-compatibility, more concerned with HTML5
ITWorld
Web development is clearly a large and growing subset of software programming these days, as evidenced by the increasing popularity of Web-related technologies like Javascript and HTML5. But what are the big technical issues that Web developers are discussing amongst themselves? Understanding the questions they're asking each other will lead to a better understanding of what challenges those working with Web technologies currently face.
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Design and on-page optimization — The building blocks
Search Engine Journal
A good SEO campaign is built on a strong technical foundation. This means that your basic website structure and on-page SEO elements are optimized. Your design, with a specific focus on your computer and mobile user experiences, also plays an important role. It's easy to get lost in the world of social media marketing and content development and forget that unless the core components are in place, all the external or more advanced work that you do could be for naught.
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Register for the Summit

The Early Bird rate for the 2014 Summit has expired, but you can still get the Advance rate through the end of April. The Advance rate of $1,075 for members and $1,350 for nonmembers provides you access to all the education sessions plus select networking events. But you must register by 30 April; after that date, all registrations must be done on-site in Phoenix. And keep an eye out for an announcement soon on a very exciting Honorary Fellow as well!
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Plan ahead for an STC online course

STC's online courses start back up again after the Summit, with four multi-week courses currently scheduled in June and July, including a brand-new course in project management. Developing Effective User Documentation, presented by Sharon Burton, starts 3 June; Project Management and the Technical Communicator, presented by Liz Herman, starts 11 June; Minimalist Writing, presented by Bernard Aschwanden, starts 7 July on a special compressed schedule; and TechComm Manager, presented by Saul Carliner, kicks off on 15 July. Plan ahead and register today!
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Upcoming webinars from STC

STC has three live Web seminars scheduled for the rest of April, with a few already scheduled for May and June — and more to come soon! From the future of tech comm to collaboration to the art of the question, we have you covered! See the full schedule at the link below and sign up today for an hour of introduction, education, and sometimes even entertainment.
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Kinvey launches new libraries for mobile Web development
App Developer Magazine
Kinvey has announced new libraries for mobile Web development including a full range of JavaScript, Backbone.js, Ember.js, and Angular.js frameworks, in addition to enhancements to its PhoneGap and Appcelerator Titanium modules. These new capabilities give enterprise customers more flexibility to deliver mobile applications for employees, partners, and customers on any device.
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PHP extension development with PHP-CPP: Object oriented code
SitePoint
In Part 1 on building a PHP extension with PHP-CPP, we saw some basics in using PHP-CPP to create our first skeleton PHP extension and covered some important terminologies. In this part, we further elaborate its OO features. We will mimic a complex number (in the form of 3+4i) class to demonstrate some more useful and powerful sides of the PHP-CPP library.
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4 tips to become a better coder
Nextgov
While in-person courses can be a great way to build a basic foundation, many self-taught engineers have been fortunate to have some great mentors along the way who gave support and advice. Here are four pieces of advice that can help make you more marketable to hiring managers and to grow as a developer.
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Deep linking: The mobile app experience on steroids
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If you’re developing a mobile app for today's market, you'll need to know about deep linking. Rarely has an advancement had the potential to universally improve the 2.5 million apps on the market, regardless of the operating system or category of the app. The concept is simple: Navigate a user seamlessly through native apps on the mobile device just like the Web, without sending the user back to a site or app store.

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Facebook's Hack language a silver bullet for user-developers
CITEworld
How do you modernize the way we build the Web? That's the question at the heart of the release of a flurry of new languages and development platforms. First there was Google's Dart, then Microsoft's TypeScript, and even Twitter has its Bootstrap front-end framework. Now Facebook has joined the pack, with the release of Hack, a new language for its HHVM runtime. Facebook's HHVM and Hack combo is targeting one of the foundations of the modern Web: rapid application development.

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The evolution of the developer: How cloud infrastructure and open source changed the landscape
The Next Web
There's an ongoing conversation about the shifting role of developers and what that means for IT departments. They're now shaping product and user experience with such great influence that businesses must understand their importance in order to be as successful as possible. Even Apple, one of the most successful tech companies in the world, dedicated its home page to thank developers back in March of 2012.

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UX designers: Side drawer navigation could be costing you half your user engagement
The Next Web
So, you have a mobile app where there are more pages or sections than can fit on a mobile screen at once. Your first thought might be to create a tabbed design, with a row of tabs along the top or buttons along the bottom. But that extra row of tabs or buttons wastes a lot of valuable real estate on a small mobile display, so let's not do that. Instead, let's move the options into a side menu, or side drawer.
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No coding required: The rise of tools for nondevelopers
FierceDeveloper
By definition, a mobile developer is someone with programming skills who writes code and designs user interfaces that result in an app. Or they at least design the interfaces. Or maybe they're just the ones who come up with the basic idea, or something. While many traditional developers continue to come from a technical background with knowledge of JavaScript or C++, the massive market opportunity around mobility has led to a growing number of online platforms and services that promise a "no coding required" approach to making apps.
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The designer's guide to A/B testing
SitePoint
In an ideal world, a client would simply accept all of a designer's ideas and they'd be left to get on with it. However, it's rare that this happens in reality and so a designer has to fit in with the ideas of a client and the client's marketing department. This often leads to a discussion of A/B testing, with the idea that different designs can be applied and tested on various groups in order to see which is the more effective.
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