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By Scott Fegette | Monday, July 27, 2015

What’s New in Dreamweaver CC 2015

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Dreamweaver has always been a veritable Swiss Army knife for web pros—a huge application that covers just about every aspect of web development.

However, that breadth and power makes it hard to learn, and hard to stay up to date with all the Dreamweaver features and changes from release to release.

Fortunately, there’s a lot to be excited about in this year’s update to Adobe’s flagship app for web designers and developers, with a noted focus on making Dreamweaver more friendly for beginners and pros alike.

Let’s take a look at what’s new in 2015.

By Scott Fegette | Wednesday, July 22, 2015

5 Reasons to Love and Learn AngularJS

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AngularJS is an incredibly popular framework that provides a comprehensive, integrated set of tools to help you build web apps without fuss.

If you’d like to reduce the headaches of web development and have some fun in the process, AngularJS is a great application framework to consider. And we’ve unlocked our Up and Running with AngularJScourse on lynda.com through the end of July—so now’s the perfect time to learn!

Here are five simple reasons why you owe it to yourself to learn a little AngularJS.

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 | Sunday, June 28, 2015

5 Reasons to Learn HTML

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HTML truly powers the Internet.

It’s the fundamental technology behind everything you see in a web browser, and it’s used (alongside other tech like JavaScript and CSS) to build everything from simple web pages to complex web applications and services.

But there are lots of good reasons to learn HTML beyond just pursuing a career designing websites.

Here are five reasons everyone should know a bit of HTML.

By Scott Fegette | Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Get Sass-y With Your CSS


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 | Monday, June 8, 2015

Get Your Hands on Code with New Practice Environments


Learning how to code doesn’t have to be a challenge. But when faced with setting up development environments, code editors, and servers before you can experience your first taste of success, it can certainly seem like a challenge.

Fret no more. With the new Practice Environments at lynda.com, there’s no setup involved. You can start coding alongside your course immediately in the comfort of your own web browser.

By Scott Fegette | Thursday, June 4, 2015

5 Amazing Visual Effects from Mad Max: Fury Road


“Mad Max: Fury Road” ends a 30-year hiatus in George Miller’s wildly popular post-apocalyptic Mad Max movie series, and if one thing’s obvious after three decades, it’s that visual effects have come a long, long way since 1985.

The movie’s popularity is largely due to its non-stop, breakneck-speed action sequences featuring seamless visual effects that immerse you in the dystopian world of Mad Max.

Here are my five favorite types of visual effects in Fury Road—an amazing cornucopia of “modernized” photographic techniques and cutting-edge 2D and 3D digital effects orchestrated by visual effects supervisor Andrew Jackson. If you’re interested in taking a shot at a few of these techniques yourself, I’ve included links to lynda.com courses that can help get you started.

By Scott Fegette | Wednesday, June 3, 2015

6 Habits Guaranteed to Boost Your Productivity

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I was a really disorganized kid. My room looked like a war zone, my internal clock was always about 30 minutes late, and my life was a series of minor emergencies strung together by random chance. I spent so much time trying to keep up with my day-to-day responsibilities that my bigger life goals seemed completely out of reach.

By the time I hit my early twenties, the frustration of always feeling behind and overworked reached a breaking point, so I started searching for a solution. What I found were countless productivity philosophies and tools that promised to organize my life.

After years of trial and error I ended up distilling them all down to six helpful habits that keep me productive and on track.

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