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    Introduction to Adobe Air200x200
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    This tutorial will introduce you to Adobe Air, a framework to build rich internet applications. This first introduction will show how to create a simple application using Html/Js technologies.Read More…
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    Evening Tip: 5 Time Saving Coda Features200x200
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    Panic Inc.'s application "Coda" is, in my opinion, a terrific application for the Mac OS X platform. It's single window interface keeps things organized and eliminates the cluttered desktop that typically plagues web designers and programmers. What I like most about Coda is all of it's time saving features. Here are my top 5:Read More…
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    Learn How To Develop For The iPhone200x200
    Today I'm going to show you how to build an alternate page and style sheet for the iPhone and iTouch. We will cover how to detect if the user is using an iPhone to view your page as well as the orientation of the device - whether it be landscape or portrait. To accomplish this we will be using javascript, and some Safari mobile specific CSS tags. Read More…
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    How Using State Diagrams Can Make You a Better Web Coder200
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    One tool that should be in your web coding arsenal is the state diagram. A state diagram shows the various "states" (reactions) that your application (e.g., web site) can be in, as well as what action or input (from the user) is necessary to get to a specific state. A state diagram helps to make concrete in your mind all of the possible user/application interactions. This increases the chances that you'll at least consider coding for all possibilities simply because you now know them all - which reduces the chances that you have buggy code or worse, forgot to handle specific functionality. Read More…
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    How to Theme any CMS Using Firebug (and MediaWiki as an Example)200
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    Often in my career as a web ninja, I've been asked to skin or theme open source projects to bring them in line with my clients brand. Depending on the project this can be more, or less frustrating (I'm looking at you Magento) but MediaWiki is one of the easier projects to work with because of the limited number of files and things to adjust. In this tutorial we'll go through the theming process I used to style the upcoming PSDTUTS Wiki, but the process, particularly using Firebug, could be applied to pretty much any CMS.Read More…
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    Use Amazon S3 & Firefox To Serve Static Files200
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    Hosting services have gotten a lot better in recent times, more storage, more bandwidth, cheaper prices. But there is only so far that regular hosting will go. When I first launched PSDTUTS, despite being on a great webhost with some big specs, we ran into both bandwidth and file serving problems when our tutorials (each containing dozens of heavy images) would land on Digg. And then a friend recommended I try using Amazon's Simple Storage Service (aka S3). Read More…
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