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Tips for Building HTML Emails

If you have ever tried your hand at building an HTML email you may have quickly discovered that a lot of the techniques you use for the desktop/mobile web simply don't work. Designing HTML formatted emails these days, and have them work on the plethora of email clients out there flawlessly, is quite a chore. It makes you feel like you are designing with one arm tied behind your back ...

Book Review: PHP 5 in Practice

PHP 5 in Practice is a PHP recipe book from Elliott White III and Jonathan D. Eisenhamer. Its most recent printing was in 2007 and is part of the "Developer's Library" series from Sams Publishing. At 456 pages in length, this book is a bit shorter than some of the other books I have reviewed over the past several months. I have become a big fan of the Developer's Library ...

The Basics of Passing Values From JavaScript to PHP and Back

One of the common questions I often run into from new programmers to JavaScript or PHP is how to pass values back and forth between the two. The quagmire is that JavaScript is a client side language (most of the time) and PHP is a server-side language. Once you know how the process works when someone submits some data on the front end, and how it is manipulated and returned ...

My 10 Favorite Sublime Text Tools and Shortcuts for Beginners

Back almost 16 years ago when I first got into developing text editors pretty much had Microsoft Works and Notepad. Then of course if I wasn't writing a paper for school or anything then Works was a bit of overkill... so notepad it was. I was a notepad user for many years and still use it from time to time for when I need to clean something up (remove formatting ...

Exciting and Frustrating Times Ahead for Web Developers

Any web developer that has been working in the field for awhile can tell you the frustrations of having to support multiple browsers and testing apps against them. Only until recently we had to just think about Webkit/Gecko browsers and then the rogue IE6/7. It seems like those might be the good old days given the recent news of more fragmentation in browser engines. Just as we think browser makers ...

Help Wanted: Developers Who Are Also Janitors

Once, long ago, I use to be a janitor cleaning up after executives in office buildings as I put myself through school. At the time I would be sweeping the floors as I saw some of those workers crunching through their spreadsheets late at night getting ready for their presentations the next day. One guy I saw did a lot of print shop type of stuff, graphic work, troubleshooting etc ...