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  • Blog Post: Learning Announcement: MCSD relaunched!

    We are delighted to announce the new MCSD designed for developers! The new MCSD credential focuses on the ability to design and build application solutions, which may include integrating multiple technologies and may span multiple versions of a single technology. It also demonstrates a candidate's commitment...
  • Blog Post: Poll of the Fortnight: Web Development

    Fill out my Wufoo form! View the results here.
  • Blog Post: Continuous deployment for Web Projects with Windows Azure Websites and Git

    By Richard Conway June saw the release of Windows Azure Websites which enable you to get up and running in testing your Web API code at no or little cost. Websites come in 3 flavours: Free, Shared and Reserved. For the purposes of this post we’ll stick with the free version which is the default. The...
  • Blog Post: Top Tip: CSS Architecture

    Recommended by Dave Sussman CSS Architecture: I’ve long held the view that CSS is the way to apply layout and styling to web applications and believe that basic CSS is a core skill for all web developers. The following article discusses how you should architect your CSS, what naming conventions are useful...
  • Blog Post: Performance and the mobile web

    By Dave Sussman Web Site Performance is more complex than you think. I've been banging on about CSS for years, and how it can improve performance, but the modern world is more complex; not only do we have multiple desktop browsers, but also multiple mobile ones. The web is inherently mobile these...
  • Blog Post: Easy spam protection using hidden form fields

    By Ian Haynes Spam bots usually fill in all the form fields they see on a page, and can’t tell whether a field needs to be blank. Developer Martin Psinas takes advantage of this to create simple spam protection: http://www.sitepoint.com/easy-spam-prevention-using-hidden-form-fields/ ...
  • Blog Post: CSS Font Size Testing

    By Ian Haynes Font sizes can vary on different devices because of the display pixel densities. You can get round this by using relative sizes (ems or rems). It’s easy enough to build a test page for this but it’s something you probably never find time to do. Kevin Pederson has saved us...
  • Blog Post: Article: Solve browser zoom issues with ‘proportional media queries’

    By Ian Haynes We can cover a range of device sizes with CSS3 media queries and typically do so using % or ems (or rems) for font sizing and test for the device width in pixels. This can give issues with browser zoom modes however, and a solution is to use ems for the media queries too, rather than...
  • Blog Post: Article: 51Degrees.mobi - Making the mobile web work

    By James Rosewell The mobile web is huge with 1 billion active mobile broadband subscriptions and is fast becoming the primary method of accessing the web in the western world. In developing countries most people’s first experience of the internet is via a mobile device. If not today, then very...
  • Blog Post: Article: A JavaScript alternative to CSS Media Queries

    By Ian Haynes Adapt.js determines which CSS files to load before the browser renders a page. Apart from being JS dependant it does have the advantage of being supported in old browsers without the use of response.js. A case of swings and roundabouts perhaps…. http://adapt.960.gs/ Author...
  • Blog Post: How to: Dynamic, responsive, best-fit layouts using jQuery Masonry plug-in

    By Ian Haynes . Sometimes simply floating everything ‘left’ (particularly images) in a responsive page layout isn’t the ideal option. You end up having empty spaces with some screen sizes and awkward looking layouts with others. The Masonry plug-in solves this by laying objects out...
  • Blog Post: Article: SignalR 0.5

    By Andrew Westgarth . With the increasing desire to provide the most fluid and responsive web applications we possibly can, one of the challenges which developers face is how to build real-time data rich web applications. A project I have been taking a look at over the last few months is SignalR ...
  • Blog Post: Interview: The Apprentice–Microsoft style

    As part of the Britain Works program, Microsoft’s DPE and Citizenship teams have been working with training company QA and e-skills UK to develop a year-long Modern Apprenticeship in Software Development . According to the Department for Business Innovation and Skills , small and medium-sized...
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