Posts Tagged ‘ programming ’

The Ins and Outs of PHP Exceptions

Exceptions

http://net.tutsplus.com/tutorials/php/the-ins-and-outs-of-php-exceptions/

Still returning false whenever a function in your program fails? In this article, we’ll learn about PHP exceptions, and how you can use them to soup up your application’s error handling.

Exceptions are special conditions, usually errors, that can occur or be explicitly made by a program. They connote that something entirely different from what was expected has occurred. In most cases, the situation requires that a special instruction set be done in order to mitigate a catastrophic system failure

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7 Essential JavaScript Typography Resources

JavaScript Libraries for Web Type (Elsewhere on the Web)

http://sixrevisions.com/elsewhere-on-the-web/javascript-libraries-web-type/

When you think of web typography, CSS instantly comes to mind. And that’s great, because CSS is the primary option when dealing with the style/visual layer of your website.

However, when you hit a roadblock with CSS, take it up a level by using JavaScript (JS).

Open source JavaScript libraries can help you craft responsive web designs (a technique that optimizes webpage layouts for mobile devices), implement fun text effects and more. In this post, we will primarily focus on JavaScript libraries that use modern web typography techniques to underscore and promote current web design best practices.

5 things designers can learn from sports

Right now, we are surrounded by so many great sports leagues. Whether you prefer baseball, basketball, football or even hockey, you can flip to ESPN and catch some pretty great highlights and news.

Not everyone is big into sports (or at least not the popular ones), yet no one can deny the entertainment value that sports give us day in and day out.

Personally, I am a huge NBA junkie (go Celtics!). With the recent close of the 2010–11 season, I picked up on some implied rules that typically guarantee a team some measure of success.

I also discovered that following these rules and tips could be useful to me as a freelance graphic designer in search of my own success. Rather than looking forward to the next season, I’ll share some of these rules with you now.

http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2011/10/5-things-designers-can-learn-from-sports/

Are CSS Tables Better Than HTML Tables?

Glass top coffee table with the letters css on the table legs

http://www.vanseodesign.com/css/tables/

Mention css and tables in the same sentence and controversy is sure to follow. Web designers like myself have been telling you not to use html tables for layouts and now here we have a way to create tables with css alone.

What’s the difference between html tables and css tables? Should we use css tables? If so how?

Once again I want to thank Pedro for emailing me the idea to talk about css tables. I hope I cover what you’re interested in knowing.

Let’s get to the how of css tables first and then tackle the question of whether or not you’d want to use them in practice.

Architecture in Web Design: Applying Vitruvius’ Principles

http://tympanus.net/codrops/2011/10/13/architecture-in-web-design-applying-vitruvius-principles/

Let’s make a real world comparison: buildings are very much like web sites. So are we (web designers and developers) essentially just architects? When you compare web design with any other major form of art, fine art, print design, music, sculpture, architecture, it almost directly compares itself to architecture. Web design, like architecture, is an art form that has many differing interests. Web sites and buildings have users, clients, companies, products, information, technology, structure and design.

35 Photoshop Tutorials for Website Layouts

Design a Textured Outdoors Website in Photoshop

http://vandelaydesign.com/blog/design/photoshop-layout-tutorials/

Most web designers use Photoshop to create the visual design before moving on to coding the site. There is an excellent selection of tutorials available that show the process of designing sites/pages in Photoshop, and if you are looking to learn more or improve your skills in this area, these tutorials can be very helpful. In this post we’ll link to 35 quality tutorials for creating layouts in Photoshop.

Big question: what’s the key factor affecting web design today?

http://www.netmagazine.com/features/big-question-whats-key-factor-affecting-web-design-today

The field of web design and development has developed so much in the last couple of years that we’ve really become masters of the domain. We’ve become experts at everything from understanding the needs of the user and planning out complicated sites, through to managing intricate development processes and learning how to build sites that scale. We understand the importance of accessibility and have mastered new frontend technologies and techniques like HTML5 and responsive design. This means that we’re now able to build fully rounded applications in the browser that were hitherto impossible. As such I think the biggest single most important factor affecting the state of web design today comes from the client.