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Should your website be using adaptive design?
Harvard Business Review
In today's multiscreen world, 27 percent of all Web traffic comes from smartphones, tablets, and various other devices. Responsive design is the poster child for current Web development best practices. But, responsive design isn't the end of the road. It addresses layout problems but doesn't solve important issues, like mobile performance and device customization. To create truly great mobile Web experiences we need to go beyond responsive layouts to fully interactive and functional websites.
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How to trace JavaScript performance using your developer console
SitePoint
There is one universal rule which applies to all websites and applications: they must be fast. A lightweight and fast user experience has never been more important. Mobile and Web use in developing countries is increasing exponentially and fast broadband has never been plentiful or inexpensive. Trimming page fat is vital and so is optimizing your JavaScript performance. Fortunately, there are a number of easy ways to determine whether your scripts are causing significant delays.
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4 common responsive Web design pitfalls
SitePoint
Responsive Web design purges the need for having a separate mobile website as it empowers the webmaster to present a website that can resize or fit itself to the screen size of any device: desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. What may be less apparent to many designers and developers is that there are quite a few ways that your responsive design can fail. If you don't want to waste your hard work by ending up with a mediocre or erroneous responsive website, you should be aware of the following four pitfalls.
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Pantheon aims to take the pain out of collaborative Web development with new Multidev feature
TechCrunch
Drupal-based cloud platform Pantheon is launching a new feature called Multidev, which it says addresses the No. 1 request from the developers using the platform — the ability to "fork" every aspect of a web development project so that large teams can collaborate.
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Introduce your company to STC's Corporate Value Program
STC
STC has traditionally been open to individuals. However, the Corporate Value Program (CVP) introduces a group rate option, offering organizations significant membership savings plus benefits such as discounted online education and two free members-only publications. The CVP offers a variety of options, tailored to meet organizations' technical communication needs. Your organization can choose between memberships for all of the staff or just a few. The membership rates for the CVP are wholly dependent upon the number of technical communicators that your organization sponsors. Click the link for more information on the CVP membership benefits.
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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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6 certificate courses currently scheduled
STC
Prepare for the next step in your career with a multiweek certificate course. Certificate courses provide in-depth instruction on a topic from one of the industry's top thought leaders. STC's certificate courses prepare you to tackle a new subject or take the next step in your current career. Currently 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; a brand-new course, How to Build a Business Case and Influence Change, presented by Lisa Pietrangeli from 12 September-10 October; Undiscovered Country: Master Writer, presented by Sharon Burton from 2 October-30 October; and Writing Effective User Documentation, also presented by Sharon Burton, from 6 November-12 December.
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Free preview of 2013 Salary Database Available; Final version available soon
STC
The STC Salary Database will be available in the next few days! This unique publication, now in its seventh year, has become a highly valued resource for job-hunters and hiring managers in evaluating salary offers and recruiting strategies as well as for independent consultants and project managers estimating labor costs, location strategies, and industry analysis. 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. The full report will be available free to all STC members and available for purchase by nonmembers. Check out the preview report today and watch your email, members, for a link to your free copy of the 2012-2013 STC Salary Database.
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Web development: What are the trade-offs of client-side rendering vs. server-side rendering?
Forbes
Server-side rendering means when the browser fetches the page over HTTP, it immediately gets back HTML describing the page. Server-side rendering has several benefits. Client-side rendering means JavaScript running in the browser produces HTML or manipulates the DOM. The benefit is you can update the screen instantly when the user clicks, rather than waiting a few hundred milliseconds at least while the server is contacted to ask what to display.
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17 delightful micro UX effects and transitions for your website
Econsultancy
What makes a great user experience? They say good design is invisible, but great design can leave quite an impression on people. Here are 17 examples of micro design ideas to provide a source of inspiration for desired effects.
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Moving to cloud-based Web development
PHP Master
The Cloud is nothing new. It's just yet another buzzword for something you’re already quite familiar with — the Internet. The only technical difference between the Cloud and the Internet is how you use it. Moving to the Cloud is simply a matter of changing where you save your data and how you access it.
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Developers should strive for consistency in UX design
Develop
Developers should aim to make user experience in their games as consistent as it can be, says Jagex' player experience manager James Sweatman. In his session on user experience and interfaces at the Develop Conference, Sweatman said that developers need to take a holistic approach to the whole game when considering user experience.

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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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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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Web design and content — working together from the ground up
ClickThrough
It's been common knowledge for a while that quality content is a vital component in SEO. Having an impressively designed website to accommodate that content is also extremely important. Here, we look at the relationship between the two, and why it's important to develop both simultaneously.
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Responsive Web design: Think outside the box ... literally
ClickThrough
As Web developers, we're always looking for new, creative approaches to tackle obstacles. When you're working on responsive Web design projects, you've got to think outside the box — in an entirely different way. If you don't, the project's doomed.
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