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5 Essential Books for Learning to Read Code

Knowing how to read code is one of the founding pillars of programming. While writing and practice are intrinsic to learning any programming language, much can be gained from reading the code written by other, better programmers. Just as a reading of Tolstoy, Twain and Austen is essential to the education of any serious writer (with even a book devoted…

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Publishing to WordPress from the Desktop, Even Offline, Using the XML-RPC Protocol

The way to avoid losing the moment of inspiration in an offline world is by installing software known as an XML-RPC client. These specially designed software applications actually reside on a user’s hard drive and place a shortcut on their desktop. They permit the writing of posts even when the computer does not have access to an internet connection, and…

45 Creative Billboard Designs

In unfortunate cases, billboard advertising can be a dull box that advertisers attempt to force into your mind simply by putting it somewhere they think you’ll look at it. These, are not those billboards. These instead, are examples of innovative and creative billboards designed by those who think outside the box. In this gallery, we have 45 of the funniest,…

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Basic Usability Ideas for Intuitive Design

I have always loved playing with different interfaces and determining what feels natural vs what feels awkward or difficult. Web designers do not always sit down to consider just how important the user experience can be. You want to provide the simplest path for new users to achieve one goal to the next. In this article I want to share…

Don’t Become a Slave to Your Archives: Highlighting a WordPress Site’s Best Content

The challenge of operating an aging and content-rich WordPress blog is to never let content be fully relegated to the archives, which most users aren’t likely to peruse on their own free time. Confining entries solely to the backdated pages of an archive section is a great way to turn them into forgotten content, with users unable to find those…

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What Bad Designers Know That You Don’t

Ever feel like you’re getting passed over constantly for new and exciting work by other designers who aren’t quite as, well, good as you are? Don’t worry, you’re not alone – and you’re not a bitter jerk for having those thoughts. It’s something that most designers will face at some point in their career, especially as they improve their skills…

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PsDefaults Giveaway: Win 10 Sets of Custom, Hand-Crafted Presets for Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop is one of the few programs that designers, developers, and photgraphers all use on regular basis. Wouldn’t it be great, then, if it were possible to dramatically imrpove the usefullness of this already-powerful program with one quick download? PsDefaults is working to create a product that will do just that — and they have generously offered to give 10…