By Chris Converse | Thursday, August 14, 2014
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.
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 Ray Villalobos | Wednesday, August 13, 2014
But the language has matured and found a few killer libraries that have earned the respect and love of the development community in not just the browser—but also on the server.
Now there’s a new sheriff in town called Node.js, and it’s leading the way for a new class of web applications.
By Chris Converse | Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Displaying a series of photographs and images within a small area of a site can be challenging. The goal is to give folks a sense of the image while providing a navigation scheme to get a sense of the other images. Though this technique may be referred to as a carousel, or slider, the effect is the same.
A more literal navigation system for an image carousel is to align a series of images in a circle. This gives the user an interesting navigation experience in addition to getting a glimpse of the total number of images available.
By Chris Converse | Wednesday, May 07, 2014
As mobile web usage continues to rise, it’s increasingly important that your website functions across all types of devices and screen sizes. The smartest way to provide the best user experience (UX) for today’s technology is to create a website with a responsive design.
By Chris Converse | Friday, May 02, 2014
If you want to capture your audience’s attention, you have to provide a great user experience. An interactive website is one of the best ways to keep your users engaged and returning to your site. While interactive websites may look impressive, they don’t have to be difficult to create. With jQuery, you can achieve an interactive web experience rather easily.
By Scott Fegette | Monday, March 24, 2014
Let’s dig into the basics of using jQuery to load Ajax content using a very simple example.
By Chris Converse | Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Simply rearranging your web design across screen sizes isn’t enough to assure a smooth, natural experience for all the devices that will view it. In order to truly optimize the user experience, we must alter the content and behavior as well. This means loading alternate HTML content, suppressing animations, and collapsing navigation for small screens.
Navigation on small screens is collapsed into a single button, which expands into the global navigation when clicked or tapped, providing an optimal experience for small screens.
In this course, we’ll explore altering the user experience based on screen size. This approach will allow us to increase the user experience and download speed for larger screens, while delivering smaller-sized files and targeted experiences for smaller screens. Learn how to combine jQuery with your HTML and CSS to alter experiences across screen sizes.
By Ray Villalobos | Thursday, December 27, 2012
Recently I built a small website for an event in my area. This type of project required me to manage small amounts of data—information about speakers, bios, titles, and a description of the talks. I wanted to have a speakers page, but I also wanted a rotating promo built as a component I could use on the homepage, and on other pages to highlight the event’s speakers. That meant two different views for the same data.
This was the kind of problem I used to throw a quick SQL database at, but it really wasn’t worth the pain for this project as the amount of data was so minimal. However, I didn’t want to resort to HTML because I knew the information would change often and be a pain to update. To solve the problem, I used a library called mustache.js. It’s pretty easy to use, and solves the problem with just a few lines of code.
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