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9 Best Chrome Extensions for Web Developers

9 Best Chrome Extensions for Web Developers

If you're a web developer, you probably spend a lot of time in Chrome. Since it's the most popular web browser with a 44.5% market share, you're liable to constantly use it to preview web pages that you're working on. If Chrome is your default browser, you can make your life easier by using the best Chrome extensions for web development. With Chrome extensions geared towards web developers, you can edit code on the fly, check performance, analyze the tech stack of other websites, and much more.

June 1, 2017 Read more
Progressive Web Apps the Right Way

Progressive Web Apps the Right Way

Since progressive web apps were introduced by Google back in 2015, they have been setting new standards for user experiences. While we are awaiting broader browser support, all developers should start learning how to take advantage of this exciting new way of building apps. In this post, we'll go everything you need to know about progressive web apps including how to make one. What is a progressive web app? The term "progressive" applies not to what an app does but how it's made.

May 25, 2017 Read more

5 Part PHP Cheat Sheet

PHP is perhaps the most popular general purpose scripting language for web developers, but its capabilities extend well beyond building websites. Of course, immense capabilities often come with a steep learning curve. Fortunately, PHP is straightforward enough for coding novices yet powerful enough for professional programmers. Its massive list of features may seem intimidating at first; however, anyone with even very little knowledge of coding should be able to write simple PHP scripts.

April 6, 2017 Read more

Choosing a PHP Code Generator - 6 Popular Solutions

PHP code generators are programs that automatically generate code based on settings and parameters that you choose. The benefit of using a code generator is that they can allow you to save time and money. Coding with the purpose of accomplishing a particular task can be done either manually, or in certain cases, through the use a generator. Creating code manually can be time-consuming and result in errors. When a good generator is being used, the code can be created in minutes, and you can be near certain that it will run as intended.

March 9, 2017 Read more

Agile Web Development - Comprehensive Overview

On top of learning how to work with complex software, aspiring web developers need to know how to function as part of a professional team. Software development methodology is its own field of study with a unique lexicon, and one of the most important concepts that budding developers should familiarize themselves with is agile web development. What is agile web development? Agile web development is actually a broad category of methodologies based on the principles outlined in the Manifesto for Agile Software Development, which was compiled by a team of professional developers in 2001.

March 2, 2017 Read more

Backend vs Frontend Web Development - Exploring Both Sides

Aspiring web developers often don't know where to begin when it comes to learning the skills they need to pursue their dreams. Listed requirements for web development jobs are wide and varied, and with so many programming languages, web development tools, and methodologies out there, it's no wonder that some newcomers may feel overwhelmed. However, for those who are new to the world of web development, it's important to understand the differences that exist between frontend vs backend web development.

February 23, 2017 Read more

The Building Blocks of Website Architecture

Website architecture is a term referring to the essential structure and planning that must go into building a website. Like a large building, such as a skyscraper, you can't start at the top. You have to start at the bottom and build up. There are also many components to creating a website. In this post, we will examine some of the most essential ingredients and elements of a site's architecture so that you can begin planning your own website build or that of your clients.

February 9, 2017 Read more

HTML vs HTML5 - What Is the Difference?

As you may know, HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) is the backbone of every web page on the internet. It is a markup language that describes the structure of web pages using tags and attributes. Like everything else in the tech world, HTML has evolved immensely since its inception in the late 1980s. Those who are new to coding should familiarize themselves with its latest incarnation - HTML5. But having a thorough understanding of the language's evolution can give both budding and veteran coders some perspective on the past, present, and future of web development.

January 26, 2017 Read more

Hardening Your HTTP Security Headers

There are a lot of things to consider to when securing your website or web application, but a good place to start is to explore your HTTP security headers and ensure you are keeping up with best practices. In many cases they are very easy to implement and only require a slight web server configuration change. HTTP security headers provide yet another layer of security by helping to mitigate attacks and security vulnerabilities.

March 10, 2016 Read more
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