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By David Powers | Tuesday, July 15, 2014

How Do I Learn PHP?

How do I learn PHP?

One piece of advice sticks in my mind from the days when I started learning PHP: “Just read the PHP online documentation. You don’t need anything else.” PHP’s online manual is excellent, and contains lots of practical examples. But it was like throwing me a Chinese dictionary and telling me it contained all I needed to learn the language. I had no idea where to start.

By Scott Fegette | Monday, March 24, 2014

Use jQuery Ajax to Load Remote Web Content

Use jQuery Ajax to load remote web content

What is Ajax?

Ajax stands for “Asynchronous JavaScript and XML,” a friendly term for when a webpage or application asks a server for new content, then displays it in the current page without having to reload. Although the X in Ajax originally stood for XML, the content being delivered often comes in a variety of forms today, including XML, HTML, JSON (JavaScript Object Notation), or just plain old text. Ajax content has become commonplace in modern web experiences, but writing the JavaScript required to actually load and display Ajax content by hand can still be a tedious process. And that’s where jQuery Ajax can step in to make your job easier.

How can jQuery help with Ajax content?

jQuery is a JavaScript library, which simplifies many tasks in JavaScript. It’s very popular with web designers and developers for dynamically updating a webpage’s Document Object Model (DOM), and changing its structure and content as needed.

Let’s dig into the basics of using jQuery to load Ajax content using a very simple example.

By Jen Kramer | Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Bootstrap 3: What You Need to Know

Bootstrap 3 is out.

Bootstrap 3, the popular HTML5 front-end design framework (and top-starred project on GitHub), has finally been released—and what a release it is! With tons of new features and a revised API, there’s much to enjoy. Here are some of the new features and things to keep in mind when working with Bootstrap 3.

Mobile-first and fully responsive The Bootstrap 3 framework has been entirely rewritten to follow mobile-first design principles, so you can more easily build responsive web experiences that adapt gracefully from smaller to larger screens.

By Ray Villalobos | Monday, July 15, 2013

Working With The Twitter API 1.1 Changes

Twitter API v1.1

Did your Twitter app stop working after the 1.1 version of their API was released? Twitter made recent changes to its API that affected a lot of users and applications connected to the service, so I wrote a small PHP script that duplicates much of the old Twitter API functionality. The video below demonstrates the steps you’ll need to take to use it in your web apps.

By Bonnie Bills | Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Office 2010 for Business: Focus on OneNote

Microsoft finished rolling out Office 2010 to customers this week, making the suite available to purchase in retail stores and online. lynda.com has been rolling out courses on Office 2010 since it launched to business customers last month, and I’ve been talking with our Office 2010 authors about their experiences with this latest version. Today’s Q&A features David Rivers, author of many lynda.com courses including OneNote 2010 New Features and the upcoming OneNote 2010 Essential Training.

Q: What’s your favorite new feature in OneNote 2010?

A: I would have to say my favorite new feature in OneNote 2010 is actually two features that work well together. First, there’s the new functionality that allows you to share a OneNote notebook over the web. With your free Windows Live account, you can share a notebook using SkyDrive. With your notebook stored and shared on SkyDrive, you can access it from any computer that is connected to the Internet.

Second, with the new OneNote Web App, you don’t even need to have OneNote installed to view and edit the notebook shared on SkyDrive. You can even create new notebooks with the OneNote Web App.

By Bonnie Bills | Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Office 2010 for Business: Focus on Excel

lynda.com has been rolling out training on Office 2010, which launched to business customers earlier this month. I’ve been talking to our Office 2010 authors about their experiences with the latest version of Microsoft Office. Today’s Q&A features Bob Flisser, author of Excel 2010 New Features.

Q: In your opinion, what’s the most interesting new feature in Excel 2010?

A: Since Excel was already a mature application, I couldn’t imagine how Microsoft could improve it for 2010. Now that I’ve been using it for a while, I’d have to say the most interesting–which to me means fun–new feature is Sparklines. (Yes, I said a spreadsheet program is fun.)

Let’s say each row on your worksheet lists a product you sell, and each column shows the amount of a different month’s sales. With a couple of clicks, you can insert a tiny trend line or bar graph contained inside a cell at the end of each row, showing how sales of the product rose or fell over the months. If there are 20 rows, there are 20 miniature charts. With a couple more clicks, you can apply formatting that brings out exactly the information you need.

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