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Separating fact from fiction in mobile development
The Guardian
Mobile continues to be a hot topic for businesses looking to engage an "always on" audience, and, while it's clear that mobile and tablet projects are a great way to increase sales and engagement channels, there is no magic bullet for mobile development. Even as mobile applications and technology mature, there remains a degree of confusion around what is and isn't possible or desirable. Here are the top five myths which developers should consider before getting started.
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5 ground rules of Web design that every designer must follow
Design News
There are somethings that Web designers must do, there are others they can do and there are still other things that they simply must not do. In this article, we are taking a look at some of the ground rules of Web design that need to be followed. These are the kind of rules that ensure your design meets not just your expectations, but those of the clients and its end users as well.
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AngularJS tutorial — Build an app using directives and data binding
SitePoint
AngularJS is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the most forward-thinking JavaScript frameworks around, with good reason. Backed and developed by Google, Angular takes an approach to your front end that may seem a little odd at first, but you'll soon wonder why you did things any other way.
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One-day sale on STC live and recorded Web seminars
STC
STC is holding a special one-day-only sale on 4 July for all live Web seminars and on a bundle of three recorded webinars. Celebrate the Fourth of July in style with an explosion of savings to go with the explosion of fireworks! Get 20 percent off all live Web seminars (just use Promo Code 4THJULY) or choose any three recorded Web seminars for just $50 (no Promo Code Required!). This sale is only good on 4 July, so hurry! Advance your career with STC education or bring our webinars to your organization for team-wide training.
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Introduce your company to STC's Corporate Value Program
STC
Discover how a corporate membership can enhance your tech comm team's performance. Joining today allows access to over 70 free educational Web seminars, discounts on certificate courses, monthly and quarterly publications, networking, and more. It's a win-win for the company and the employee.
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Summit@aClick sale extended to 31 July
STC
Even if you missed the STC Summit you can still "attend" many of the sessions with Summit@aClick. Summit@aClick takes audio recordings of most of the sessions and synchs them with the PowerPoint presentation to allow you to review the sessions at your leisure, wherever and whenever you want. If you need to review DITA in August, Summit@aClick is there. If your department decides to explore XML in November, you can bring up a few sessions to share. And if you're assigned a new job duty in January, Summit@aClick can help. Summit@aClick is available now! Order by 31 July and get a special discount rate of $149 for members, $249 for nonmembers.
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Get started with topic-based authoring
STC
Topic-based authoring is the next new thing in technical communication. It lets you create and reuse content, reduces project schedules, and improves your workflow. If you are looking to move to a structured writing environment such as DITA, it's the first set of steps towards that goal. But how to get started? Join Sharon Burton from 18 July-22 August for the six-week certificate course Topic-Based Authoring. You'll end the course fully armed to make this move as painlessly as possible in your workplace, armed with best practices regardless of the tools you use. Other scheduled STC certificate courses include a special two-day Technical Editing Fundamentals, presented by Linda Oestreich and Michelle Corbin on 9 August and 23 August (all day each day); Writing for Localization: Hands-on Workshop and Best Practices, presented by Lisa Pietrangeli from 9 September-14 October; Usability Testing Essentials: Hands-on Workshop and Best Practices, presented by Carol Barnum from 10 September-29 October; and Undiscovered Country: Master Writer, presented by Sharon Burton from 2 October-30 October.
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Why you shouldn't comment (or document) code
Visual Studio Magazine
Comments should explain the "why" of the code and stop there. A great comment explains what purpose the developer felt that method or class should fulfill. That comment could be extended to include a description of how inputs and outputs of a method are related, and a list of expected side effects. But that's as far as any comment should go.

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Salary guide for UX jobs
PayScale
User Experience (UX) designers have become an integral part of the digital world. Onward Search put together an infographic to outline UX jobs pay, the types of UX jobs that are in demand, and the cities with the highest demand for UX professionals.

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Free preview of 2013 Salary Database available
STC
STC has shared an early look at this year's Salary Database, with a brief summary and some of the charts and maps that will be highlighted in the upcoming publication. This unique publication has become a highly valued resource for job-hunters and hiring managers in evaluating salary offers and recruiting strategies.

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Why responsive design is driving mobile development tools
VentureBeat
Mobile devices are already outselling desktop computers, and we're seeing a steady rise in Internet traffic originating from these devices. In fact, by 2015, we expect the majority of Internet traffic will come from mobile devices. It's therefore understandable that organizations are feeling a lot of pressure to address mobile. Unfortunately, this extreme focus on a single factor (mobile) overlooks the broader trend looming on the horizon.
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CSS architectures: Completing MetaCoax refactoring
SitePoint
Taming CSS that's gone wild is no easy task. If you've studied any of the top scalable and modular CSS architectures, you may have been simultaneously overjoyed at finding the cause of your team's CSS woes, yet intimidated by the prospect of how to initiate getting the suggested changes into your documents and workflow. The MetaCoax CSS refactoring process provides a way to make changes to your CSS over time and in waves as the code gets progressively cleaner and easier to manage.
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Build a CRUD app with Yii in minutes
PHP Master
Yii is a high performance framework that's fast, secure and well-suited for Web 2.0 applications. It favors convention over configuration, which means that if you follow its guidelines you'll end up writing much less code than you would otherwise (and less code implies fewer bugs). Furthermore, it offers many convenient features out of the box. This article will cover the basics using Yii to create a CRUD system.
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Tools spotlight: Turbulenz
Develop
The next step in scalable development with the potential to reach myriad audiences is HTML5. It's a shift that boutique middleware firm Turbulenz sees great prospects in, and by making its self-titled game engine open source, it intends for you to benefit, too.
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Laura Kalbag: Web designers should mentor newcomers
.net
Brighton-based designer Laura Kalbag has concluded a four-month mentoring project. She came up with the idea in January after being inspired to share her experience with industry newcomers. On finding a project , she guided a small team and wrote online about tricky areas, successes and guidelines. Ultimately, she thought it was something more people in the industry should consider.
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Standards always win for scalability: The case for HTML5 for brands and publishers
PandoDaily
The evolution from static Web to mobile is an organic, shifting movement for publishers and advertisers. First publishers began creating mobile "versions" of their sites, containing limited content and kluge-y navigation. Next came native apps, smaller and more robust versions of sites with custom navigation. But the problem with apps is that they have to be rebuilt for every OS, every device. The answer may be in HTML5.
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