What Are the Pros and Cons of Using Bootstrap in Web Development?

Is a CSS Framework Like Bootstrap Even Necessary? If you are new to CSS frameworks, you are probably wondering what the benefits are of using Bootstrap in your project. Prior to using Bootstrap, I used a boilerplate I wrote myself that consisted of a reset, basic grid, typography, utilities, and media queries. Below are the benefits I… Read more »

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5 Important Things to Keep in Mind When Making a Responsive Web Design?

1. Write your CSS mobile first Write as though you are only targeting a mobile device. 2. Work in gradual stages Once the mobile device looks good add styles in media queries for larger viewports in stages working your way to larger sizes. 3. Keep your media queries grouped by component and not in a… Read more »

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Why Is Responsive Web Design Good?

I believe responsive web design is good because it solves the mobile friendly website challenge in the least amount of time/cost. Pros One stylesheet for all devices Can be setup by one designer/developer Easy to maintain and update Less expensive – Does not require server side device detection or complicated mobile app programming Does not… Read more »

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When Will Bootstrap 4 Be Released?

I recommend keeping track of the project milestones to gauge the progress. Track Bootstrap Milestones As of 5/24/2017 the Beta is 92% complete. You can drill down to see what is still needed to be completed in the ship list. You could even help out if you are able. Patience is the secret to good… Read more »

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What Is the Best Way for a Beginner to Learn Responsive Design and Bootstrap 4?

Compare Learning Responsive Web Design to Learning How to Paint a Picture If you were an absolute beginner, how would you feel if your first painting ever looked like the one below? You would probably feel really proud and want to share it with someone. The person you share it with would say… Wow! You painted… Read more »

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Design Trends, the Power of Influence, and Appropriate Design

Design Trends Think about all of the things you look at everyday: websites, movies, billboards, menus, youtube videos… Your eyes and brain are constantly absorbing information. All of this visual content is influencing your frame of reference. Some streams of images are more powerful and persistent than others. Take for example your computer, you could… Read more »

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Going from Print Design to Web Design – My Learning Story

Early in my career I worked as a graphic designer for an advertising agency. I mostly designed brochures and sales flyers but on one project we discussed building a website to get leads. After I had the design ready we met with the development team to discuss the project. Half way through the meeting I… Read more »

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The Four Stages of Learning

Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” – Socrates The four stages of learning Earlier this month I received an email from Henry who shared his experience learning Java and web programming. It was so inspiring I decided to interview him to learn more about his motivation and learning path…. Read more »

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How Setting Goals and Losing Sleep Can Help You Learn Programming

In this post I will be interviewing Henry Grammy who who has learned the basics of HTML, CSS, C++, C#, and PHP in just 4-5 months. His story is motivational because it shows what can be accomplished when you set goals and challenge yourself to achieve them. If you are just starting out as a… Read more »

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Style Guides are Important but Often Ignored

“We began to refer to this living document as “a toolkit built in style guide form.” This achieved our goal to communicate our work…” – Mark Otto, creator of Bootstrap Framework   Style Guides are Important but Often Ignored Recently at work, one of our websites was redesigned to be mobile responsive. It was developed by… Read more »

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