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Some of My Favorite Web Tools

Thanks to my BFF the Internet, there are a slew of resources available for web development. I thought I’d make a nice list of some of tools that I dig using! Continue reading

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An Interview with UX Experts

Recently I had the chance to interview Kerry Thompson and Dan Zola, co-owners of UX agency SwayUX.  I was able to get a little bit of insight into what UX actually is, and some other fun information about what their work is like as well as some key advice.

What exactly is UX? How would you explain it to your average person with no knowledge of the field? Continue reading

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Setting Up a Local PHP Development Environment

Perhaps setting up a local server on your personal computer is second nature to some, but I remember the process being rather confusing back when I first started trying to develop local sites using PHP.  Because PHP is a server-side scripting language, running a local server is necessary in order to view the product of your code.  Otherwise any PHP script will just display as text rather than executed code in your browser window.  In this post I will be showing you how to set up a local server on your personal computer.  I’m using Mac OS X Yosemite, though I imagine the process is similar for other operating systems.   Continue reading

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Sass: A Powerful CSS Extension Language

Sass is an extension language for CSS.  It has many useful tools to help web developers streamline their process.

With Sass you can define attributes to a variable and then use them repeatedly.  For example, if you have several elements on a page that will all have the same default settings such as margin width, border, and font-color, you can assign all of these attributes to a single variable and use it over and over again.  This not only saves you time when doing your initial coding, but if you want to change your attributes down the road you only need to change them in one place.   Continue reading

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