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Key web development skills

API Knowledge A key tool for any budding web developer is API knowledge. It’s good to familiarise yourself with a variety of application interfaces. I started out using the Twitter REST API with PHP and CURL when twitter first launched the API to basically get a users tweets, pretty simple now I look back, but at the time it was the [...]


Build a MySpace video widget

In this tutorial we’re going to take an RSS feed from the top videos page on MySpace and make a widget to display the latest videos using jQuery pagination, ajax and a spot of PHP to parse the feed. The basic logic of what is going on is simple. We parse an XML file echo all the results, then we use the quick paginate plugin to display [...]


Using subdomains to speed up your site

The average web page contains over 50 elements each of which has to be downloaded from a web server. The HTTP 1.1 specifications recommend that a web browser or server should only typically make two simultaneous downloads per domain or hostname. So most web browsers are effectively restricted by this limit on parallel downloads if the objects [...]


jQuery font resizing for accessibility

Following on from yesterdays little article about adding a simple JavaScript print link to a page, today I’m going to cover adding the functionality with jQuery for the user to adjust the text size on a page. It is important from an accessibility point of view to give your users the ability to re-size the text, and its also a handy trick [...]


Creating a JavaScript print link

How many times have you booked that holiday or purchased a new gadget and been presented with a button that says ‘Print your receipt’? Users generally have to be pushed into executing a physical action such as printing a receipt or confirmation letter. So to do this we can use a simple line of JavaScript that goes in the href of [...]


Experimental jQuery Tooltips

I’ve never written a jQuery tooltip script before so i thought i’d give it a go and write my own. Its very much in the experimental stage but i thought i’d open it up to see what the community has to say about it. I had the most trouble with the ajax tooltip and getting the content to display in the tip. I know there are [...]


Simple jQuery tabs

This tutorial looks into creating a really simple tabbed interface using just plain HTML and CSS with the functionality and interface manipulated using jQuery. Tabbed interfaces are great for maximizing the amount of space you have on your site. Lets take a look at whats going on. We start with the document ready function. The first line of [...]


Use PHP to Gzip CSS files

Minimising the time a user has to wait for a web page to load is crucial. Using Gzip and PHP we can minimise file sizes of CSS files. This technique is a powerful and simple way to reduce page download size and speed up your site that will work with most PHP installations, even those on shared hosting that don’t have mod_deflate turned [...]