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One luxury of modern web development is the access to many resources which simplify the process. HAML stands for HTML Abstraction Markup Language and is a great example of such a resource. It seems like a completely new language but the syntax is relatable to classic HTML.

These tutorials should help you get started with coding HAML for any web project. The code behaves very much like SASS for CSS so at first it will be a little confusing – but if you really want to learn just stick with it! After some time you’ll grow accustomed to the process and it’ll become like second nature.

HAML Intro

haml intro tutorial guide official website

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We all remember the classic JavaScript alert boxes and their alarming annoyance factor. Fortunately open source libraries like jQuery have come along to offer a better solution: free plugins. Alert boxes, confirmation dialogs, and modal windows are part of the same collection of interfaces which can be implemented using similar methods.

In this post you’ll find 20 free open source jQuery plugins for creating unique alert boxes and modal windows. Most of them are responsive and include parameters which you can customize based on the project. Take a peek at these great plugins to see if you can use anything in your next web project.

Remodal

remodal window popup modal ui

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Backend PHP development is still one of the most popular choices for creating dynamic websites. Although Ruby on Rails has become a favorite amongst developers, PHP thrives in a global environment with free code snippets and CMS engines like WordPress.

When delving further into PHP you start to learn about HTTP requests, file uploads, and special regex commands. One of the tenets of advanced PHP programming is working with 3rd party APIs. These APIs allow developers to pull out data from other websites like Twitter, Facebook, or Reddit. This post offers a handful of free tutorials dedicated to PHP API development working with a number of popular website APIs.

Vine API

vine videos through twitter api

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Modern websites are using so many effects that it can be tough keeping up with everything. The initial process of learning how to code CSS3 and jQuery is often confusing but fun. As you delve into more advanced topics you’ll bump into much bigger puzzle pieces to solve.

This gallery focuses on some amazing tutorials which demonstrate how to code advanced website interface features. Topics range from tabbed widgets to SVG animations and many other ideas in-between. Take a peek at these articles and see if anything catches your attention. With a bit of practice and volition you can learn how to build other exciting user interface effects.

Tilted Content Slideshow

tilted content slideshow tutorial

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Modern eCommerce solutions are dynamic, sleek, and futuristic. I still think we need more shiny chrome hover cars but that’s another discussion. Generally speaking, users want a site that’s both secure and fast. A shopping experience that behaves in a predictable yet speedy fashion.

eCommerce is about selling products and retaining customers. You can achieve this with an improved design, but when it comes to interactions the user experience is much more important. That’s why I’ve organized this handful of jQuery plugins meant to improve eCommerce websites. All of these plugins are free to use so check them out and see if anything catches your attention.

jQuery Credit Card Validator

jquery credit card validator plugin

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Browser scrollbars haven’t changed much in the decades of Internet browsing. Yet with Javascript internal scrollbars have advanced many times over compared to older HTML iframes. JavaScript is now dominant when it comes to nested scrollbars, parallax scrollers, and even touch-based scrolling features. This gallery includes ten free scripts to enhance your website’s scrolling abilities tenfold!

Custom Content Scrollers

custom internal content scrollbars jquery

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Let’s consider an equation, where A is success and B is your freelance enterprise or small business. Then: A – B represents everything that’s currently going wrong with your company.

For designers who just started a small agency, most of the issues turn out to be of an administrative nature. Creative people just aren’t very skilled at tackling the managerial challenges that arise when they’re launching their first business.

Here’s how you keep a healthy company: you recruit web apps that help you manage time + finances + projects, and which boost your e-mail marketing campaigns, form building, and file sharing.

Invoicing and Financial Apps

Nutcache

Everybody wants to get to the very top, but not all entrepreneurs are willing to find out exactly what that entails, and then put in the effort to get closer to their goal, inch by inch. In a sense, that explains why some small companies register big financial losses instead of making profit. That being said, there are several cloud-based apps that can sort out your accounting issues.
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  • Anyone who is familiar using WordPress should know it’s one of the most popular CMS engines to date. Learning the basics of theme development can be exciting and even quite fun. But with time even the brightest developers can hit a wall trying to learn everything. WordPress is a tremendous library and requires a lot of time to master.

    Once you understand the the basics of WP development everything gets a whole lot more interesting. You can start to build very complex plugins, functions, interface features, and customizations for the backend admin panel. Check out these great tutorials which focus on more advanced WordPress topics for web developers.

    Better WP APIs and Libraries

    writing wordpress apis and libraries

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    Coding websites is a long tedious process and there’s always more to learn. Why not make the job a little easier by writing code with an Integrated Development Environment? These programs(IDE for short) have syntax highlighting and many other features which expedite the coding process. This post features 11 web development programs which span the gamut of Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.

    Visual Studio Express

    visual studio express software webdev

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    Have you ever wanted to jump into the backend world of PHP programming? Frontend web development uses a whole different set of skills to construct a website layout. But PHP tackles everything from form submissions to database queries. WordPress, Joomla!, Drupal, and many other CMS engines are built on PHP.

    To get started all you need is some time and a bit of patience. WAMP and MAMP are free PHP-enabled local servers for Windows and Mac, respectively. Once you get this local environment setup it’s quite easy to dive right into PHP and start building fun dynamic web applications.

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