What Is the Best Way to Learn Web Development?

Learning Web Development is Like Learning How to Paint Let’s say you wanted to become a painter. Where would you start?   How would you feel if your first painting looked like the one below?   I believe painting by numbers teaches the mechanics and joy of painting to beginners. It quickly builds confidence. You… Read more »

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Web Hosting Options and What I Recommend

It can be hard finding a good web hosting company. I have used some good ones and some really bad ones. Below are my recommendations based on the following criteria. Provide quality customer support Based in the USA. I want my server to be in the same country as my audience to improve the speed… Read more »

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What is Visual Hierarchy in Web Design and Why is it Important?

When designing a page layout it is important to consider the overall visual hierarchy of the page. In other words, what grabs your eye first, second, third? What are the goals of the page and how can you make those goals easier to achieve? Your design can use size, color, position, and proximity to define… Read more »

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What are the integrity and crossorigin attributes and why are they necessary?

In the code snippet below, you will see how Bootstrap uses a CDN to deliver their minified scripts and styles. But what is that long string of random characters after integrity=?

With this technology, developers can benefit from the performance gains of using Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) without having to fear that a third-party… Read more »

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What are the differences between CSS and SASS and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Sass stands for syntactically awesome stylesheets. Sass is a scripting language that is compiled into regular CSS. It was created to help writing CSS easier and more efficient. CSS is great but it lacks the ability to do advanced programming and calculations. Sass is CSS with superpowers but browsers like Chrome cannot read Sass files…. Read more »

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Take Command of CSS Flexbox

As a kid I loved playing with toy plastic army men. I would line them up and pretend to be in command giving orders to my soldiers in order to defeat the enemy. Since I was in full command, the soldiers would look to me for their orders. Sometimes a hot shot recruit would overstep… Read more »

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How to Detect and Run JavaScript When Bootstrap Media Query Breakpoints Change

Update: I created a small jQuery plugin that adds media query detection for Bootstrap 3 and 4 projects. You can learn more about IfBreakpoint.js here. Have you ever wanted to trigger some javascript at a certain media query value? Relying on document.width() has problems because it includes browser scrollbars. A simpler and more accurate solution… Read more »

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How to Reorder Columns with Bootstrap 4 Order Classes

With Bootstrap 4 column ordering it is best to start out understanding how the natural or default column ordering works. When your browser reads your HTML code it reads from the top and works its way down reading left to right. So in a two column grid, the first column will be the first one… Read more »

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How to Create a Full Width Bootstrap 4 Responsive Carousel

Do you want your Bootstrap 4 carousel to extend the full width of the browser window? Do your images look cut off or have unwanted padding on the left and right? In this tutorial we will take a closer look at the Bootstrap 4 carousel and determine the best approach in making it full width… Read more »

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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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