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Building Beautiful Books and Exercises with GitBook

Advertise here via BSA GitBook is a command line tool (and Node.js library) for building beautiful programming books and exercises using GitHub/Git and Markdown . A book can contain interactive exercises. An exercise is a code challenge provided to the reader, which is given a code editor to write a solution which is checked against the book author’s validation code. GitBook supports building books written ...

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16 Simple Adobe Flash Design Tutorials for Beginners

Adobe Flash was adopted originally from Macromedia and has stuck to the course of digital animation. It’s a fantastic program which allows animators to create quick and simple projects. If you want to learn Flash it’s going to take some practice – both graphically and programmatically when getting into ActionScript. But having used the program myself I can say it is worth the effort. I’ve built simple anima ...

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After Editorially: The Search For Alternative Collaborative Online Writing Tools

I’m going to let you in on a little secret: the best writers, be it your favorite authors or those that write for Smashing Magazine, don’t do it alone. Often, they work with an editor (or two), who will help them coalesce their words into something more compelling or easier to understand. Having worked with several editors — and having been a technical editor myself — I’ve really come to appreciate this asp ...

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What You Need To Know About WordPress 3.9

The latest version of WordPress named “Smith” was released yesterday which brings us another round of core changes. This time, the team worked mainly on the back-end editing and admin functions, such as a big TinyMCE (visual editor) update, gallery previews, media playlists, an improved widget UI and live theme previews (only to mention a few). Here’s what you need to know about the major changes in WordPre ...

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How To Build A Ruby Gem With Bundler, Test-Driven Development, Travis CI And Coveralls, Oh My!

    Ruby is a great language. It was designed to foster happiness and productivity in developers, all the while providing tools that are effective and yet focused on simplicity. One of the tools available to the Rubyist is the RubyGems package manager. It enables us both to include “gems” (i.e. packaged code) that we can reuse in our own applications and to package our own code as a gem to share with the Ru ...

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A Modern Designer’s Canvas

    When I gave this talk a title, I called it “A Modern Designer’s Canvas,” because originally I was going to talk about the tools and processes that I use when I’m designing. But being a good designer or developer is about so much more than knowing how to use tools. It’s also about the way we approach what we do and our attitude towards it. I’m going to talk about four lessons that can help us do what we ...

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10 Tips for Building Wireframes With Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is experiencing a come-back in the world of web design. Not only is SVG becoming commonly used online, but more and more designers are using vectors for wireframing. The following tips will help you make the most of Illustrator as a wireframing tool. Wireframing is about working rapidly and iterating quickly. The aim is not to create attractive interfaces; your number one priority is to de ...

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Getting Started With Liquid; Shopify’s Template Language

In part one of this series ( A Web Designer's Introduction to Shopify ) I introduced you to the Shopify commerce platform, explained a number of its key concepts and illustrated how a Shopify theme is structured. Moving forward, this tutorial will focus on Liquid , the Shopify template language. We'll look at the benefits of Liquid, discuss how it enables us to pull in and manipulate data from our stores an ...

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