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By David Rivers | Sunday, September 07, 2014

Keep Up with Technology — and Keep Your Career Afloat

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I’ll be the first to admit I’m no spring chicken. Over the past 20 years, I’ve personally witnessed major changes in the workplace and the way we do business, thanks to the evolution of technology.

They call it “progress” and for the most part, these changes have been for the better. But new graduates, who were born into a high-tech world and do almost everything with technology, have a distinct advantage over existing workers who feel like they’re being left behind while struggling to keep up with all the changes.

Yes, getting lazy about learning new technology is a great way to kiss your career goodbye. But staying relevant doesn’t have to be scary—or even difficult.

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 Scott Fegette | Tuesday, August 12, 2014

An Interview with UX Guru Steve Krug

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When Steve Krug’s first book Don’t Make Me Think hit the shelves, it took the UX world by storm and brought the discipline of usability and building strong user experiences to a much wider audience than ever before.

lynda.com author Jen Kramer recently sat down with Steve for a podcast around his upcoming keynote session at the Northeast PHP and UX conference.

By Chris Converse | Saturday, July 26, 2014

Optimize Graphics for the Mobile Web

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When creating graphics for the web, we walk a delicate line between file size and image quality. We want smaller files for faster performing sites, especially on mobile, but we also want beautiful imagery on today/s high-quality screens.

With nearly 20% of all web traffic coming from mobile devices, it’s important to consider the file size of your graphics. The irony of this trend is that mobile devices have higher quality displays and, typically, a slower internet connection. This challenges web designers to create high-quality graphics with smaller file sizes.

This is a pretty tough order, but I have some techniques that can help reduce sizes and optimize graphics for web delivery.

By Chris Converse | Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Optimize Web Content for Mobile

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Your site’s performance can make as much of an impression as its content. When considering the many ways users will be accessing your site, it’s also important to consider what content you show, based on screen size. The two techniques discussed below will allow you to tailor content, animation, and overall user experience.

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