10 Tutorials Websites To Sink Your Teeth Into

27 04 2011

Web developers are always looking for tutorials websites. I’ve got quite a list of developer tutorials that you can delve into. With these sites, you’ll spend hours learning new code that you can use in your website development. Don’t go anywhere until you try these 10 tutorials websites.

  1. AJAX Tutorials – Web 2.0 is here so you might as well learn how to code for it. These AJAX tutorials will get you started.
  2. ASP.NET Tutorials – If you are a Windows server coder, this website will give you the basics and lead you on to some advanced tutorials.
  3. CSS Atoms – Learn CSS from the bottom up.
  4. HTML Atoms – There’s no better place to learn HTML.
  5. Dot Net Tutorials – This site has more advanced .NET tutorials than any other site around.
  6. JavaScript Atoms – You can try to design a website without JavaScript, but you won’t get far. Learn how to code with JavaScript with easy-to-follow tutorials.
  7. Programming Help – This tutorials website features tutorials on CSS, AJAX, .NET, and many other coding languages.
  8. Photoshop Atoms – You can’t build a website without graphics. Learn how to create stunning graphics with this Photoshop tutorials website.
  9. The Web Made Easy – The tutorials on this website are easy, and fun.
  10. SQL Atoms – Learn SQL the easy and fun way with these awesome tutorials.

I highly recommend these website tutorials. You’ve got a lot to dig into now. Start digging. 🙂

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Should Facebook Dictate Your Web Design?

8 04 2011

Since Facebook is the most trafficked website online and it’s becoming more and more “cool” to create a website that is interactive through Facebook (and Twitter) – well, through social media in general – we must ask ourselves whether we can go too far in making our web design “Facebook-friendly.”

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not against Facebook. I’m not even against making your website Facebook-friendly, or social media interactive. In fact, I highly encourage the use of APIs to include elements of social into any website. But let’s distinguish between making your website more social and socializing it to a degree it is overly so.

Some websites demand it, of course. If you are building a social network and you want your niche social network to be viewed as an extension of Facebook, then incorporating Facebook’s API makes sense. But if you are building a business website through which you hope to obtain new business, then letting your visitors know they can interact with you on Facebook is enough. Making your website a mini-social network is overkill.

Website owners must use critical thinking in determining the extent to which they make their website social. Don’t do it just to be doing it. If it makes sense for your visitors, then go for it. Otherwise, less can often be more.





Know Your Tools

16 03 2011

The phrase “the tools of the trade” is one that comes up a great deal when someone is explaining what it is they do for a living. Every vocation, be it seemingly simple or highly complex, has tools of the trade. They might, as well, be simple hand tools or easy-to-operate machinery. They could also be great mechanical beasts that are housed in impossibly-large warehouses, replete with enough moving parts to baffle all but the bravest of engineers. What is important when we talk about tools of the trade is that they are not simply things that are there for your amusement. Not at all, in fact. The tools of your trade, whatever that might be, are there for a singular purpose: to help you get your job done and to help you get it done efficiently. Knowing and respecting your tools, as well as those who use them, is key to success. Knowing how to use them is key to keeping the job.

When it comes to programming, to building and designing not only proprietary software, but also the experience of the Internet, developers have a great deal of options. There are hundreds of different programming languages available to be used, all with individualized strengths and weaknesses. These faults and strong points set them apart and denote what exactly they can best be used for. Knowing how and when to use HTML, CSS, and JavaScript when designing a web page, for instance can mean a great deal. It can be the difference between building a dynamic site with an engaging aesthetic and designing something that could have been built with, say, Geocities. However, the main point remains: know your tools and respect their uses.





A Bold Move

11 03 2011

The world of graphic design is a versatile and varied one. On the one hand, there is no telling what you could be doing from day to day. Monday could see you working on a billboard advertisement for a local automotive dealership while on Friday you could be redesigning a logo for a major investment firm. That is not to say that graphic design is limited to the industries of branding or advertising and marketing. No, graphic designers also work heavily in the entertainment industry, creating informational graphics used in news broadcasts, designing credit sequences for popular television programs, and maybe even work on computer-generated imaging for a major motion picture. When it comes to the field, there is plenty to be interested and excited about.

However, an interesting picture or color scheme is only half the battle, as it were. As state previously, you could end up designing a credit sequence or an advertisement for a business. What is the one uniting factor between these two seemingly-divergent concepts? Text, that is. The use of text, its placement, its shape, its color, its utilization, can be key to the work you are doing. In fact, you must be able to convey a message in a limited space. Some might argue that the text can be more important than the image itself. Photoshop has plenty of options no matter what you wish to do with your text or the image that accompanies it. For more detail information, please visit the text effects section of Photoshop Atoms.





Build A World

9 03 2011
Creativity and technology, believe it or not, go hand in hand. They are bedfellows in more ways than you might expect, in fact. Of course, technological development cannot only make the creative spark a bit more accessible and a bit more widespread, it can foster creative spirit in the use of different tools. We can now draft, design, paint, compose, and animate on personal computers using relatively cheap home software. We can create anything our hearts desire and can imagine with tools found in nearly every home across the country. However, there is another creative facet to the technology we use. There is a great deal of creativity that must go in to designing and building and testing the technology we use everyday. No matter if it is a suite of productivity programs or a powerful video editing suite, there was hard work, failure, and an ultimate creative push to build the best product possible.

Let us backtrack for a moment and ponder the consumer programs we use for creative purposes. Although most media is represented fairly well in this respect, there is one product that is by far the most popular and the most visible. Adobe Photoshop has enjoyed success as the gold standard for software-based graphic design in the more that two decades since its inception. Photoshop is a powerhouse: not only can you edit, manipulate, and study images for your own purposes, you are able to create from the ground up images and animations. Really, you are only limited by what your mind can fathom. For more information on this amazing product, please visit Photoshop Atoms.





A World of Dreams

4 03 2011
Creation can be a powerful concept, if understood and applied in the correct manner. If done correctly, good art can have such a profound impact on someone that it can literally change their very being. A variety of movies, songs, theater performances, television shows, and art pieces have the distinction of being life-changing for different people and for vastly different reasons. Something might stick in the mind of one person but not even register interest for another. The varied tastes and sensibilities out there can yield an interesting response to art of all kinds. However, it can be taken as the greatest compliment in the world when an artist creates something that begets further creation, that inspires and motivates another to create something of their own. It is often the best feeling in the world to be moved by art so much that the only way to cope is to create art yourself. 

These days, we must have a broad idea of what constitutes ‘art.’ We must be able to redraw dividing lines and include some endeavors that were once thought to be too lowbrow or too technical or too pedestrian to be considered a creative work. Video games, and indeed technological design of any kind, can surely be considered artist by standards of creation and artistic merit. As well, web development can be counted amongst creative endeavors such as writing and painting. With programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Dreamweaver, we see that creation does not have to be an arduous or complicated process. Anyone can create something, anyone can be inspired to create something; those that get up and actually create, those guys are onto something.