6 March 2012 in jQuery

Ajax with jQuery: A Beginner's Guide

Ajax with jQuery: A Beginner's Guide
Many modern websites - and practically all web apps - use a technique called Ajax to provide a smooth, fast experience for the user. From apps like Gmail and Google Maps through to JavaScript frameworks like jQuery Mobile, Ajax is a popular way to fetch data from a server in the background and update the page dynamically.

Writing Ajax JavaScript code from the ground up can be fiddly. However, many JavaScript libraries, including jQuery, have excellent high-level support for Ajax, making it easy for you to build Ajax-driven websites and apps with minimal hassle.

In this tutorial, you'll learn the basics of making Ajax requests using jQuery.

Enjoy!
17 February 2012 in Website Authoring

Responsive Web Design: 5 Handy Tips

Responsive Web Design: 5 Handy Tips
In Matt Doyle's previous article Responsive Web Design Demystified, he explained the concepts behind responsive web design, and showed how to build a simple responsive layout from the ground up.

In this new article, you learn five additional techniques that will help you build great responsive layouts. You'll put each technique into practice as you build on the responsive layout created in the previous article.

Enjoy!
25 January 2012 in PHP

How to Add Article Categories to Your CMS

How to Add Article Categories to Your CMS
Since Matt published his tutorial Build a CMS in an Afternoon with PHP and MySQL, many readers have asked how to add more features to the CMS, such as article categories and a visitor comments system.

In this tutorial, you learn how to add article categories to the CMS. Categories give your site more flexibility: you can create separate section pages of your site, with each section page listing the articles belonging to a particular category.

The tutorial includes the full CMS code - including category support - as a downloadable zip file.
16 December 2011 in jQuery

Our jQuery Mobile eBook: Second Edition Out Now!

Our jQuery Mobile eBook: Second Edition Out Now!
We're very pleased to announce that the second edition of our eBook, "Master Mobile Web Apps with jQuery Mobile", is now out!

The second edition:

- Is fully updated for jQuery Mobile 1.0, including all the data attribute changes, API changes and other improvements to the framework since Beta 2.

- Includes a whole new chapter that shows how to build a native iOS app using jQuery Mobile, PhoneGap and the Google Maps API. You can use these techniques to build native apps for iOS, Android and other platforms that you can then sell through stores like Apple's App Store and Google's Android Market.

- Contains a new section on the excellent jQuery Mobile ThemeRoller, which lets you easily create a unique look for your apps.

- Now has a Table of Contents embedded in the PDF, making it easy to navigate around the book.

The second edition has over 100 new pages, yet it is still the same price as the first edition, making it even better value.

Find out more and grab your copy today!
22 November 2011 in Web Graphics and Multimedia

Business Card Giveaway: Win 250 Free Cards from UPrinting!

Business Card Giveaway: Win 250 Free Cards from UPrinting!
It's giveaway time again here on Elated! This week, you can win 250 great-looking die-cut business cards to impress your clients. UPrinting's unique-looking cards are available in different sizes with various rounded corner styles. You can even print oval or circular cards!

As part of the giveaway, UPrinting is generously offering free shipping for the prize, no matter where you are in the world. So if you win, your 250 cards are 100% free.

Enter now for your chance to win!
31 October 2011 in jQuery

jQuery Mobile Masterclass: Build a Simple, Attractive Twitter App for iPhone

jQuery Mobile Masterclass: Build a Simple, Attractive Twitter App for iPhone
jQuery Mobile is a great framework for building mobile web apps, and as the 1.0 release gets nearer it's really starting to mature into a stable platform.

In this tutorial you'll delve deep into jQuery Mobile. You'll build a simple, nice-looking, easy-to-use iPhone Twitter app called "CloseFriends" that displays your closest Twitter friends' latest tweets.

Along the way you'll explore a variety of topics, including jQuery Mobile's API, the Twitter API, HTML5 local storage, app theming, media queries, and lots more!
30 September 2011 in Website Authoring

Responsive Web Design Demystified

Responsive Web Design Demystified
Responsive web design is a hot topic these days, especially as websites need to adapt to the growing number of mobile devices with their relatively small screens.

However, the whole topic can be somewhat bewildering at first glance. Responsive design is a relatively new idea, and it is rapidly evolving. It's full of rather confusing terms, such as responsive layouts, adaptive layouts, media queries and viewports. Where to begin?

In this article, you get a gentle introduction to the world of responsive web design, and learn how to create a simple responsive website layout.
9 September 2011 in JavaScript

5 JavaScript Libraries You'll Love

5 JavaScript Libraries You'll Love
As you start to use JavaScript to build larger and larger web apps with complex data structures and rich user interfaces, it becomes clear that the JavaScript language alone is not really up to the task.

Fortunately, some great JavaScript libraries have sprung up in recent years to make your life as a web developer much easier.

In this article, Matt Doyle focuses on five fairly recent libraries and technologies that are starting to gain traction: Backbone, Underscore, Knockout, Sugar, and CoffeeScript.
25 August 2011 in Web Development

MySQL for Absolute Beginners

MySQL for Absolute Beginners
A database is an essential part of most websites and blogs, but setting up and using a database can be a daunting task for the beginner web developer.

In this tutorial you learn - in simple terms - how to install, set up, and use a MySQL database on your computer. This will give you a good grounding in MySQL that you'll find useful when you start developing database-driven websites using PHP, Ruby, or your language of choice.
12 August 2011 in JavaScript

Make a Rotatable 3D Product Boxshot with Three.js

Make a Rotatable 3D Product Boxshot with Three.js
Three.js is a fantastic JavaScript library that lets you create realistic, animated 3D scenes, right in the browser. However, while Three.js is relatively easy to use, it can still be daunting if you're not familiar with the concepts involved in computer-generated imagery.

In this tutorial, you get a gentle introduction to Three.js's features and concepts, and you then put your new-found knowledge to practical use by creating a rotating 3D boxshot scene.

Enjoy!

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