Code Learning Guides

Collections of posts that take you through a particular topic or project.
  • 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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  • Preview image@2x

    It may still be early days for this new version of the Android operating system, but with more Android Wear devices on the horizon, this is the perfect time to start getting to grips with this exciting new platform. In the first part of this two-part series, you’ll get all the background information and best practices you need, ready to start developing for the wearable platform in the second part.

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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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  • Wordpress

    A WordPress website consists of three main elements:

    1. The WordPress installation itself
    2. The contents of the wp-content directory which includes the themes, plugins and uploads
    3. The database, where all the content is stored.

    Most WordPress users never come into direct contact with the database and may not even be aware that it's constantly working to populate their site. When WordPress serves up any kind of page, be that the home page, a single post or page or an archive, it's accessing the database to bring up content that editors and administrators have added to the site.

    In this series of tutorials I'll look in detail at different aspects of the WordPress database. The series will have nine parts, covering the following:

    1. Introduction
    2. Relationships between data
    3. Content types
    4. User data
    5. Metadata
    6. Taxonomies, categories, tags and terms
    7. Taxonomies vs post metadata
    8. The options table
    9. WordPress Multisite data
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