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6 things to consider when choosing a framework
PHPMaster
Not every application needs to be written using a framework, But if you've decided that yours does then it's beneficial to compare your needs against the features and benefits of the various offerings. It may be a framework you're already familiar with, or it may be a new one, but only through objective analysis can you be certain it's truly the best fit. Asking yourself these six questions will help you intelligently whittle down your options.
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Infographic: The post-PC era is here
FierceContentManagement
As you've probably heard, the world is heading into a post-PC era. What that means is that as mobile device use increases, the desktop PC begins to recede. That means, from an enterprise content management perspective, that you need to be thinking about content in motion, and from a Web content management perspective, you have to think about what that means in terms of presenting information to the end user.
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Zimbra to make HTML5 push in next version
PCWorld
VMware's Zimbra division has provided a preview of some of the enhancements it's working on for the next major release of the Zimbra Collaboration Server, including an HTML5 Web client interface for both online and offline access to the product. Currently, ZCS has both a Web interface and a desktop application, but the goal is to merge the two experiences so that users will be able to work both online and offline via the same client interface.
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'Starting Your Own Business' virtual conference
STC
There's still time to sign up for STC's "Starting Your Own Business" virtual conference, sponsored by Intercom magazine and the STC Department of Education. Whether you are a business owner, independent consultant, freelancer or trainer, or just thinking about going it on your own, you need to attend! 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 takes place 16-18 April from 12:30-2:30 PM EDT (GMT-4) each day and will include presentations on all aspects of starting your own business or freelancing shop. Click the link below for the full schedule and to register.
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One week left to register for STC Summit online
STC
There's only one week left to register online for the STC Summit, taking place 5-8 May in Atlanta, GA. 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 and (recently announced!) Honorary Fellow 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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Is certification right for you?
STC
The Certified Professional Technical CommunicatorTM (CPTC) credential assures employers and the public that the certified practitioners possesses the knowledge, skill, and ability needed to meet the demands of complex technical communication projects from the planning stage through completion. CPTC-certified practitioners have demonstrated that they have the most up-to-date skills in the industry. There will be two presentations at the STC Summit from the Certification Commission and members of the Commission will be available in the Expo to answer questions. Check your program for more information. Be on the lookout for a major announcement about certification in the coming weeks as well!
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Advance your career with STC certificate courses
STC
STC currently has four certificate courses scheduled in the coming months, including one starting later in April! Join Sharon Burton for Writing Effective User Documentation from 23 April-28 May to learn what "good" user documentation is and how to create it, how to plan meeting deadlines and deliverables, and how to meet the cost requirements of your company. Starting in June, Leah Guren presents both TechComm 101 and TechComm 201, beginning 10 June and 11 June, respectively, and providing either a first or advance look at the profession of technical communication. And then in July, Sharon Burton returns with Topic-Based Authoring, starting on 18 July. These multi-week courses present the in-depth training you need to get ahead!
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STC Summit exhibit space still available
STC
There's still time to reserve an exhibit space at the STC Technical Communication Summit and Expo in Atlanta, GA, 5-7 May 2013. With over 800 attendees, STC's annual conference is one "must attend" occasion of the year where technical communicators can learn new job skills, network with like-minded individuals, and receive the tools they need to be successful in their careers. Get direct access to your target market! Sponsorships are also available to fit any budget. Click the link below for more details, or email Stacey O'Donnell for details.
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Children of the DOM
Sitepoint
Close node relationships in the DOM have always been problematic, because most interpretations of the DOM include whitespace text-nodes, which scripts don't usually care about. It’s right that they should be included, of course, because it’s not up to implementations to decide whether this or that node is important. Nevertheless, whitespace text-nodes are usually not important, they just get in the way, complicating what should be simple relationships.

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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 hurry! The advance rate of $1,025 for members ends on 19 April.

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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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With Firepad, Firebase adds real-time text collaboration to its app platform
TechCrunch
Y Combinator-backed Firebase is expanding the infrastructure that it offers to app developers with its first module — Firepad, a Google Docs-style text editor that allows you to collaborate with others. With Firepad, developers can add text editing and document collaboration to their own apps without too much extra work.
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Get loaded with the File API
Sitepoint
Why do avatar uploads restrict us on file size? You know, "Please select an image (maximum 50 KB)." And why haven't photo manipulation Web apps come to fruition, since canvas has been around for a while? The answer to both these questions comes down to performance. Until now we've needed a slow plug-in or a route via a server to create and modify files in the browser. But for Internet Explorer 10, Firefox, and Chrome users, developers have in their arsenal the awesome File API to make these operations possible natively in the browser.
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Developer argues: kill 'Save for Web'
.net
Developer Adam Bradley has argued that "Save for Web" needs to become a thing of the past. Speaking to .net, he said that, although images should always be optimized for online use, the specific option of "Save for Web" should be replaced by one that automates the process of resizing, cropping, and optimization, depending on output requirements.
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BCD tackles mobile app development with WebSmart Mobile
IT Jungle
Business Computer Design International recently unveiled a beta version of WebSmart Mobile, a new component of its WebSmart development environment. The new software, which was announced at the COMMON conference in Austin, Texas, uses jQuery Mobile to enable IBM i developers to create Web-based mobile apps that deploy to smartphones and tablets running iOS, Android, Windows 8, and Blackberry platforms.
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WebSite X5 Free 10.0 makes website design easier than ever
PC & Tech Authority
Incomedia has released WebSite X5 Free v10.0, a major new version of its beginner-friendly web building tool for Windows. The app, which is also available in a number of paid-for versions, now boasts an integrated webserver for faster site previews, overhauled template gallery, and HTML5 image galleries.
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4 things to remember about social media analytics
BtoB Magazine
Most marketers are using social media in some shape or form, but what's the return on investment? It's a question that many just can't answer. A recent study by BtoB found that while 96 percent of marketers are using some type of social media, only 41 percent reported that they made any attempt to measure social's return on investment, showing a measurable increase in revenue, a growing market share, or reduction in marketing costs.
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