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Media Queries Made Simple

The further into the future we get, the more we realize just how necessary it is to design websites that are compatible with all screen sizes.  This is where media queries really come into play.  With a bit of fancy CSS, you can use media queries to reconfigure the CSS for a website to fit any screen size. 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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