How To Become A Microsoft Certified Developer

There Has Never Been A Better Time To Become Microsoft Certified


After finishing running a week-long MVC training course (Course 20486B), I had an interesting “good-bye” discussion with the delegates about what their plans are pertaining to actually sitting for the Microsoft exam and booking for the next training. The responses I got were very interesting! Continue reading

The Top 5 Hybrid Mobile App Frameworks

Plenty of Options Available, The Choice Is Yours


Lately in my line of work, which is training and software development using the latest technologies, HTML5, CSS3, MVC, C# and SQL Server, I keep on noticing a keen interest by the delegates on mobile app development, especially around what tools are available out there that target mobile app development. This persistent interest simply tells me that now we are living in the age of the mobile app! Continue reading

YouTube Officially Ditches Flash For HTML5

The Beginning of a New Era for HTML5


We all know the famous strategy anecdote, 21 Ways To Flog A Dead Horse. From this funny (but yet so true) story you will note that one of the ways to flog a dead horse is “Arranging to visit other sites to see how they ride dead horses.”! Continue reading

Tips and Tricks : How to identify an HTML5 web page

HTML5_stickerHTML5 as a technology, has finally taken off around the world since its introduction in 2009 and is now the html web page development language of choice for leading web developers. HTML5 however is still a young technology and is still making inroads to become available on most websites, especially the large ones that have a wide user base. Hence more often than note, you will always pick up a website that leaves you wondering if its really an HTML5 website or a simply a website running Adobe Flash. So how do you identify the difference? Continue reading

20 Underrated Web Design Tools

Improve your web design and development skills and save time and effort with our selection of lesser-known but brilliant apps. [By Creative Blog]

If you build websites for a living, you’ll undoubtedly use the obvious web design tools – Firebug, Browsershots, plus the various font embedding services and page speed analysers.

So this article isn’t about them. Instead we thought we take a look at the more underrated tools that can help you improve client-side browser development and rigorously test everything that you build. Hopefully you’ll find something useful in our feature that you’ve not heard about previously. Meanwhile, if you know of a tool that doesn’t get the press it deserves, let us know about it in the comments below…

01. CSS Click Chart

CSS3 Click Chart is a handy reference tool to speed up your workflow

CSS3 Click Chart is a handy reference tool for CSS3 attributes; I’m sure we’ve all struggled to remember quite what order a CSS box-shadow values are required in at some point, and that’s where CSS3 Click Chart comes in. As well as example CSS syntax to show you how to use a particular attribute, it features a demonstration of each attribute.

CSS3 Click Chart is a handy reference tool to speed up your workflow

02. Patternizer

Generate CSS3 stripes using Patternizer

Patternizer is an online tool to help you generate CSS3 stripes using an online interface. You can customise everything you need, from the gap between stripes/checks, the angle they appear at and their colour, or browse the existing library of patterns available.


03. CodeKit

CodeKit gives SASS and LESS developers an easier life

CodeKit is an app for Mac that allows frontend developers using SASS or LESS an easier life. CodeKit compiles your LESS or SASS files on the go so you don’t have to, optimises your project’s image file sizes and reloads the page live in your browser window.


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Useful, ready to use HTML5 snippets


HTML5 Starter Template

When starting a new project, you need a starter template. Here is a concise and clean template to serve as a basis for your HTML5 projects

<!DOCTYPE html>
<meta charset=”utf-8″>
<!–[if lt IE 9]>
<script src=””></script>



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