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Code Learning Guides

Collections of posts that take you through a particular topic or project.
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    Developing mobile applications for Microsoft's Windows Phone platform is a straightforward process with many tools available to developers. In fact, the mobile team at Microsoft did a great job with the Windows Phone platform by taking a completely unique approach in several aspects. This series will get you up to speed developing for Windows Phone 8. It will cover the tools you need and how you can use them to create your very first Windows Phone application.

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  • Wordpress

    Setting up an online shop has never been easier, with so many options available, one can easily get lost in the maze of plugins that developers launch every single day. 

    So what WordPress options do you have? What should you look out for when setting up a WordPress eCommerce website? Below I have reviewed some of the possible solutions and particular features that make them stand out from the rest.

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  • Bitbucket

    In this series, we look specifically at Git and Bitbucket and how they can help us in our day-to-day work. 

    Throughout the series, we look at Git and how it's distributed source control model works. We also look at how pull requests work and how they are useful in the context of code reviews, and we also look at team workflows and creative uses for web hooks.

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  • Unit testing

    This learning guide is based on the Unit Testing Succinctly eBook, by Marc Clifton, kindly provided by Syncfusion.

    Unit testing can be a valuable part of any development cycle, but it can easily cause more problems than it prevents if used incorrectly. In this series, you'll learn what you need to know to leverage unit testing and minimize the number of bugs introduced in development. 

    The series clearly defines what does and does not constitute units and tests, different approaches to implementing unit tests, and even the far-reaching effects that unit testing can have on the architecture of your application.

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  • Html

    When building a website, you have a few ways to approach doing so.

    You can start by creating the most advanced version of the site with all of the scripts, styles, and so on, and then have it render in older browsers via graceful degradation, you may opt to ignore older browsers, or you can start with a basic page and add scripts and styles such that it becomes more functional via progressive enhancement.

    In this series, we're going to take a look at the latter.

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  • Behat

    Welcome to this series about developing Laravel applications using a behavior-driven development (BDD) approach. Full stack BDD can seem complicated and intimidating. There are just as many ways of doing it as there are developers. 

    In this series, I will walk you through my approach of using Behat and PhpSpec to design a Laravel application from scratch.

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