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CSS Border Styles

It is hard to remember the CSS border styles so with some help from W3schools, creating a demo of the available border styles is easy as pie. But in the process, Border style turns out to be handy for providing alternative link decorations as shown below: Now the tricks here are easy to describe when …

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Single Page Web Design:Luminato Festival

For the past few months theOpenSourcery has been emphasizing web tools that expedite info-intensive SPD-Single Page Designs. These tools include jQuery based routines that expedite layouts of grids/tables of images and and HTML blocks but also CSS powered layouts as well. For example, see the following reviews: Isotope.js for Grid Widget Sizzle – shows power of …

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Isotope.js for Grid Widget Sizzle

Currently responsive sliders are being used in more SPA-Single Page Applications for Mobile clients to replace deep  menus and  and button driven designs. The idea is to get portfolio/product impressions upfront as a visitor investigates a website.  But there is a whole new class of responsive grid widgets that do image sliders one better by …

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Makes Big Waves

Remember the adage about Redmond – 3rd time charm. Well  Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 appears to garner that lucky state big time. This machine announced today is already pulling in strong reactions all over the tech and business press: Motley Fool declares “Microsoft Corporation Launches Thermonuclear War On Its Own Partners With Surface Pro 3” Seeking …

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Dropcaps CSS

Dropcaps in CSS are always “fun” to do for 3 reasons. First, the CSS seems easy enough to do. Use a float styling in a SPAN. Or use a :first-line:first:letter pseudo-class to style not just the first letter but also the first line of text as well. The second reason dropcaps are “fun”is because then you …

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CSS3: More Triggers

CSS3 has unleashed the animation and active transformation capabilities of CSS in general. But much of this CSS should have been available 10 years ago if web browser vendors had been more prompt and uniform in their simple CSS standards implementation [think a very delinquent Microsoft IE even after a second promise from BIll Gates …

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CSS3 Online Generators

Like Rodney Dangerfield, CSS3 gets no respect – not only have the various browser vendors been slow in implementaion; but many are also imposing their own bizarre prefacing like -webkit-box-shadow: and -moz-box-shadow: etc. To add insult to injury, the traditional CSS Styling programs like Top Style and StyleMaster have also been tardy in their implementation of …

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Adobe Spurs Open Source

 Recently Adobe was in a disastrous,  market threatening  position – a major consumer software vendor that had to defend itself from the tyranny of Apple, Microsoft, and Google’s OS + App Store monopolies. These OS market share pinnacles allow arbitrary exclusion [Apple’s infamous Flash ban on iOS], OS API update dependencies or vulnerabilities [again, used in …

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CodePen Canvas Example

Here is another opportunity to show an online HTML/CSS/JavaScript environ in action – CodePen. In this case a Canvas example using the wirelib() library of 3D routines is highlighted: More about Wirelib can be found here.

The Fate of Bill Gates

Reuters started the ball rolling earlier this week saying the 3 of the top 20 Microsoft shareholders raised the question of whether Bill Gates should be replaced as Chairman of Microsoft. Now Bill’s 5% holding of Microsoft stock is the largest but the 3 dissident  shareholders have a combined holding that is slightly larger. And …

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JavaScript and WordPress

JavaScript and WordPress go together like oil and water – they mix but only under certain conditions. True, WordPress supports Java Script and its many attractive frameworks like DHTMLx, EXTjs, jQuery, mootools,  Prototype,, Scriptaculous and others. WordPress even puts a link to the core jQuery engine right into every header.  So WordPressers using jQuery scripts …

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Web Browser Market Share

Usage share of desktop browsers for June 2013 Source Chrome Internet Explorer Firefox Safari Opera Other StatCounter 42.68% 25.44% 20.01% 8.39% 1.03% 2.44% Clicky 38.92% 29.08% 21.22% 9.28% 1.17% 0.32% W3Counter 32.60% 21.70% 19.50% 15.40% 2.20% 8.60% NetApplications 17.17% 56.15% 19.15% 5.55% 1.58% 0.40% Wikimedia 46.02% 20.47% 17.71% 3.10% 5.45% 7.25% The following table is …

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Will the PC Not Just Revive But Prevail over Mobile Devices?

The world of computing has been turned topsy turvy by mobile devices – light, mobile, long-battery life and most important – touch screen operable. Smartphones and tablets  from Apple have lead the way; but now the Wintel Empire Strikes Back with ultrabooks , convertibles and 2-in-one PCs. But what may shape this latest twist in …

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Nextgen Gallery 2 Beta

NextGen Gallery image using ScrollGallery plugin One of the better gallery plugins for WordPress has been Nextgen Gallery which uses the WordPress database as a source of information on the images stored and used in a WordPress blog. Users can create dozens of galleries and combine galleries into albums for display purposes. Plugin vendors have …

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My Kingdom for a Good Diff

With all the coding playpens, browsers powerful  Element Inspectors and the availability of great debuggers in Eclipse, CodeLobster and NetBeans, one can easily forget how useful a Diff file comparison utility can be. And now that JavaScript and SQL, and CSS code starts to run into hundreds of lines and team connections can mean several …

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Python Renaissance

Python is enjoying a sort of renaissance – and I am not talking about all those foundling pet pythons in the swamps of Florida. This open source, cross  platform programming language has been popular in academic circles for its simple  syntax but robust functional programming.  Here is the the key philosophy of Python:  “PEP 20 (The …

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