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Solving the issue of context in responsive Web design
Business 2 Community
"Context" as a consideration in responsive Web design has been discussed and debated at length since Ethan Marcotte introduced RWD to the world in 2010. The issue can be phrased as a simple question: Does a user on a mobile device have different goals than a user on a desktop computer?
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CSS Architectures: Refactor your CSS
SitePoint
The article discusses a MetaCoax CSS refactoring process, designed to "de-bloatify" thousands of lines of redundant CSS — improving the readability, simplicity, and extensibility of the CSS while keeping the visible design and functionality of the site the same. The MetaCoax process is a four-phased approach. Each phase builds on the previous one, and they all incorporate practices that decrease the amount of code, increase scalability and maintainability, and lay the foundations for a future-friendly site.
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NoBackend: Front-end first Web development
InfoQ
At the recent Front-Trends 2013 conference, Gregor Martynus gave a talk entitled "Look ma, no backend!" about developing applications primarily from a front-end perspective, falling back to using server-side components only to implement the features the browser does not yet support. A website named noBackend was launched to further evangelize this idea.
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Did you follow the Summit?
STC
Even if you didn't come to Atlanta for the Summit you can still read all about what happened! Visit the Summit website for our collection of tweets, or see the link below for a series of "At the Summit" blog posts from a few of our attendees. Make your plans to join us next year in Phoenix, 18-21 May 2014! And coming soon is SUMMIT@aClick, a collection of recordings of most of the sessions. Watch future emails for details.
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Earning the CPTC credential gets you results
STC
"The CPTC certification is a great way to validate your skills as a Technical Writer and establish a professional presence. After I received my certification, I also received a promotion." -Serena Beck, CPTC

"Now having earned the credential, I feel confident I stand on an even plane with other professionals, and I can’t wait to take on any challenge presented to me." -Steven Winnefeld, CPTC

"Earning my CPTC helped to boost my career. I was promoted from senior technical writer to technical writing supervisor after earning this official certification. It was absolutely the right decision!" -Michele Wallace, CPTC

Join your peers and earn the Certified Professional Technical Communicator (CPTC) credential available through the STC Certification Commission. Visit the website for more information and to apply.

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Learn about DITA from Legacy to the Future
STC
Do you need to learn about Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) and want the basics of the software tools that work with it? Then sign up for STC's certificate course, DITA from Legacy to the Future, 21 May through 2 July for what you need to know! There are three more certificate courses scheduled in the coming months as well. 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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Mobile, cloud top list of most in-demand dev skills
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Mobile development, cloud development, and front-end skills are the most desirable for programmers to have at present, and it's a trend that's likely to continue into at least the near future. That's the conclusion of worldwide recruiting firm CyberCoders, which just published a list of the 10 most sought-after skills of 2013.

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6 things to consider when choosing a framework
PHP Master
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.

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6 mobile design pitfalls that ruin the user experience
Akihabara News
Having a mobile-optimized website is a must today — visitors will simply bounce upon landing on a site that looks wonky from their smartphones. There are a few major design musts and a few mishaps to be avoided at all costs when it comes to mobile design. Follow a few basic rules, and you can avoid messy mistakes that make your mobile site difficult to use.

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Adobe ditches Creative Suite for CC: Creative Cloud
PCMag.com
At its annual MAX conference in Los Angeles, Adobe Systems announced the latest milestone in its market leading Creative Suite, which will in effect cease to exist, to be replaced entirely by Creative Cloud, the company's software subscription option. A big emphasis of the new suite version ties in with the company's push to this Creative Cloud subscription model that includes downloads of constantly updated apps for subscribers along with new collaboration tools and online services.
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Microsoft WebMatrix 3 Web development tool comes with deeper windows Azure integration and support for GitHub
TechCrunch
VideoBriefMicrosoft has released WebMatrix 3, the latest version of its free Web development tool. The new version now comes with deeper Windows Azure integration and support for GitHub. WebMatrix users can now sign in through Windows Azure and create up to 10 sites for free. The capability means users can manage their sites locally or in Windows Azure.
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MongoDB indexing, Part 1
PHP Master
Indexing is one of the more important concepts of working with MongoDB. A proper understanding is critical because indexing can dramatically increase performance and throughput by reducing the number of full documents to be read, thereby increasing the performance of our application. Because indexes can be bit difficult to understand, this two-part series will take a closer look at them.
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Web design vs. SEO: It doesn't make much sense
Search Engine Journal
It's a common sight: designers bashing SEOs and vice versa. We all have been seeing this happening for a long while now. And it's probably not going to end any soon. It might get pregnant and more heated in a year or two, though. Unless, of course, both sides realize that they finally need to go along, that clients don't care about their altercation and are interested in one thing above everything else: a website that has great usability and appearance — and at the same time ranks well.
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Designers rejoice, Froont wants to keep developers out of the responsive Web design process
TechCrunch
Inventure-backed Froont has launched in public beta with a Web-based tool that aims to make it easy for designers to create, prototype and share responsive website designs, without the need to code. Using a visual, largely drag-and-drop interface that creates responsive CSS/HTML on the fly, it aims to replace the somewhat arcane process where a designer hands off a Photoshop mockup for a developer to interpret.
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5 ways to support high-density retina displays
SitePoint
"Retina" is Apple's brand name for double-density screens but other manufacturers are creating similar displays. If you look around the Web, you'd be forgiven for thinking everyone has a Retina display. Currently, it's only available in high-end devices. In the real world, the percentage of people using similar displays is in low single figures. That said, Retina-like screens will eventually migrate to all devices.
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