• General
    10 Most Sought-after Skills in Web DevelopmentSoughtafter prev
    In a time of economic crisis, web developers and freelancers everywhere have started chewing their fingernails. However, no matter how bad the economy worsens, there will always be work in certain booming fields of web development. As the moderator of the Freelance Switch job board, there are certain types of jobs that are constantly in demand. Here are the 10 skills that are or will be in highest demand for developers. If you are proficient in these skills, you'll be in a great position to find work and weather any economic downturn.Read More…
  • PHP
    How to Create an Object-Oriented Blog Using PHP 200x200 preview
    In the past few weeks NETTUTS has posted quite a few great tutorials on how to get started using PHP and MySQL to create simple web applications such as a shout box. Today we are going to take our knowledge of PHP and MySQL a step further by creating a simple blog. While there are countless excellent free blog platforms, the purpose of this tutorial is not to make a "better" blog but to use the process of making a blog to learn about advanced database structure techniques and how to use data more efficiently by utilizing objects in PHP. Read More…
  • WordPress
    The Anatomy of GamePress - Part 1 (Updated)200x200
    GamePress is a "Gaming News & Reviews" theme for WordPress and currently one of the most popular themes at ThemeForest. It is the most advanced theme I've created so far, and really pushes what the WordPress engine can do!Read More…
  • PHP
    Getting Started With CakePHP200x200
    CakePHP is an open-source framework for PHP intended to make developing, deploying and maintaining applications much easier. CakePHP offers many useful design patterns, such as the Model-View-Controller pattern, seen in other popular frameworks like Ruby On Rails. The CakePHP framework also provides a slew of valuable reusable libraries for dealing with common tasks. An example is "Inflector" (a routine that takes a string and handles pluralization).Read More…
  • News
    This is How You Use the Google Maps API - screencast200x200
    So your client emails you and asks, "Can you put one of those flashy maps on my contact page so that users can actually see our building from a satellite's view?". You've used Google maps many times, but there is only one problem: you have no idea how to use the API. Well get out your spoon and dig in! Read More…
  • General
    How Web Development Created Blog Action DayBad prev
    Blog Action Day is a huge initiative launched by NETTUTS owners Collis and Cyan Ta'eed. There was almost no possible way you didn't hear about Blog Action Day on October 15th, 2007, as over 20,000 blogs and 19 of Technorati's top 100 participated and wrote posts on the topic of the environment. This year's Blog Action Day, (which is happening as we speak), is turning that focus to poverty. Building a site that can withstand a huge surge of traffic on one day takes considerable planning and work, as well as a little creativity. Collis has shared with me some of the inner workings of the Blog Action Day site and how they built the website to provide a platform for action, bring a community together and handle torrents of traffic on one day.Read More…
  • WordPress
    Context Includes200x200
    The great thing about WordPress is that it doesn't limit how content is displayed, but provides a 'framework' of ways to do so. Even better, it's possible to change the display according to the content. When writing this tutorial it was hard to explain what's going on... But the best way is this: the post will be displayed within the loop according to its content - or contextual differences. Either way, it's including specific files that match up to the category of the post.Read More…
  • Tools & Tips
    How to Create a Mashup by Combining 3 Different APIs200x200
    This tutorial will show you how to create a mashup of three different APIs including integration with Google Maps. This idea came about when I was searching through ProgrammableWeb's API directory for a couple APIs that complimented each other enough that I could use one to provide the other with data. What I came up with will be known as the "Beer Mashup". Read More…
  • Tools & Tips
    Organize Your Team with Collabtive 200x200
    When you're managing larger teams of writers, developers, artist, or whatever really, a collaboration software can come in handy. The most popular and most talked about in the blogosphere is without a doubt Basecamp, which is a hosted solution that will set you back $$ monthly. If you want to save in on that, or if you just want to have full control of your inside stuff, then open source solution Collabtive is for you. Read More…
  • News
    An Overview of CushyCMS and the InnerFade Plugin200x200
    It's screencast time! This week, I thought I'd change things up just a bit. Today, I'll be going over two things. First, we'll take a look at how easy it is to edit static sites using the free service, CushyCMS. Next, we'll create a nice slideshow by using a jQuery plugin called "innerFade". Enjoy! Read More…
  • Web Development
    20 Excellent AJAX Effects You Should KnowAjax20prev
    There are a few special techniques or effects that can spice up just about any web page. These are the top 20 Ajax effects that every web developer should know. They're essential parts of any web developer's toolbox. If you haven't seen them yet, you no doubt will in your future web development endeavors.Read More…
  • Tools & Tips
    The Best Ways to Fight Spam200x200
    Spam is one of the major pitfalls of the social web. According to sites such as Postini, 10 out of 12 email messages are spam. As if that weren't already enough to make you cringe, 1 in 39 emails contain a virus. Spam is penetrating into other regions of the Internet as well. The creators of the blogging software Wordpress report that nearly 87% of all blog comments are also spam. As messaging and communication applications proliferate throughout the web, developers and site owners have to get creative in the fight against the thousands upon thousands of unwanted messages streaming in every day. Deciding on the best method of spam prevention on your blogs, forums, or even contact forms can be difficult. In this article we will take a look at a service called Akismet and how it can help. We will also look at why some other methods of fighting spam fail. Read More…