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By Scott Fegette | Thursday, July 16, 2015

5 Great Reasons to Learn a Little CSS

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HTML is well known as the native language for web content—but its close counterpart CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) is the language used to style, format, and present it.

CSS is incredibly powerful. It also has a reputation for being tricky to learn and even harder to master, but that’s not necessarily true.

CSS is straightforward to learn if you slow down and take it step by step. And it’s extremely helpful to know, even if you aren’t planning a career in web design.

Here’s why you should add a little CSS coding to your skills, and have some fun in the process:

By Scott Fegette | Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Get Sass-y With Your CSS

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CSS is the design language of the web, but for many it’s a black art at best. Designers bemoan the inconsistencies, limitations, and quirks of CSS, and developers wring their hands at CSS’ lack of logic, variables, and other constructs that help make code flexible and reusable.

Turns out all you need to solve both problems is a little Sass.

Sass stands for “Syntactically Awesome Style Sheets” and it’s become an incredibly popular way to work with CSS. In this article we’ll take a look at how it helps simplify and extend the CSS workflow for developers and designers alike.

By Scott Fegette | Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Learn How to Build a Website with Dreamweaver — Start to Finish

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Having a website is now table stakes for today’s working professionals (and darn near a requirement for anyone doing business in this day and age), and Dreamweaver’s always been a great choice for building and maintaining websites.

However, Dreamweaver is also a professional application with tons of functionality packed inside, and can prove difficult to learn. Here’s a roadmap showing you how to build a website with Dreamweaver — as well as a strong foundational skill set for building websites in general.

By Starshine Roshell | Friday, December 05, 2014

Professor Gives Students 'Bang for Buck': Swaps Books for lynda.com

John Drake adopts flipped classroom to give students more value

“I’m doing it. Next semester, I’m going all in with lynda.com.”

So begins a recent blog post by John Drake, a web development professor at East Carolina University.

“I plan on chucking my existing textbook and instead requiring students to use the training videos to learn HTML, CSS, and PHP. … I am done lecturing in the classroom for this course.”

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, November 09, 2014

She Built Lifehacker's #1 Meal-Planning App with lynda.com

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Diagnosed with a life-threatening illness as a teen, Jess Dang promised herself that if she lived to age 30, she would do something to help people lead healthier lives.

So at 30, she quit her job at a high-profile company and launched a website that teaches folks how to cook simple meals using real food.

And she credits lynda.com with helping her do it.

By Chris Converse | Thursday, August 14, 2014

Improve Website Performance on Mobile Devices

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When considering user experience for mobile, speed of download is a huge factor. People are typically using a cellular data plan when browsing on phones, and website performance is rarely optimal under these circumstances.

One factor in a web page’s download speed is the number of external file requests the HTML page needs. This includes CSS files (style sheets), JavaScripts, images, audio and video, applets, online feeds and services, and well … you get the idea.

Here are some techniques for reducing the number of times your web page needs to go back to the server to “ask for more” files.

By Joseph Lowery | Monday, August 11, 2014

Hot and Hidden New Features in Dreamweaver

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Having reached the ripe age of 15, Adobe Dreamweaver CC 2014 is a precocious teenager.

This widely popular web design program is capable of simultaneously showing off big, wowza new features while casually accepting major productivity advancements with a no-big-deal attitude.

The latest version of Dreamweaver has ample new features from both the sonic barrier-shattering and the subtle-but-essential varieties.

Let’s take a tour of the new features in Dreamweaver.

By Scott Fegette | Sunday, June 29, 2014

How To Use Web Fonts

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Fonts used to be limited in number and flexibility for web designers. Those days are over. Although web typography still isn’t perfect, support for rich browser-based typography is comprehensive enough to stop waiting. It’s time to make your site’s text as beautiful as its layout and design by learning how to use web fonts in your designs.

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