WebPlatform: Trustworthy Programming Language Documentation Backed by Facebook, Google, Microsoft!

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Are you a web developer trying to create awesomeness using the power of code? If so, obviously, you are not alone. There are numerous talented developers like you, fighting evil monsters that wish to destroy the Internet, and at the same time using their coding skills to create a better browsing experience for the world!

However, let me ask you: what exactly is your specialization? PHP? JavaScript? Obviously CSS and HTML? Did I hear Perl, Ruby or Python?

I guess the point is clear: there are numerous languages out there, each with its own pros and cons, and as a developer, keeping up with the trends in technology can often be confusing. This is where development and design blogs come in: you simply subscribe to a blog, and that’s it! All the latest updates from the world of design and development right at your finger-tips!

However, what if, apart from updates, you need proper tutorials and theoretical info that only an encyclopedia or a wiki can provide? What if there existed a platform (not exactly a blog), which provided you with tutorials, wiki and other detailed how-to type documentation about your preferred specialization? What if you could find trustworthy documentation about PHP and CSS under one roof? Have no fear; WebPlatform is here!

So, what is it all about? Read on as we take a look!

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Adaptive and Fluid Approach in Responsive Web Design

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In our past articles on media queries and breakpoints, we’ve solely covered one of the two approaches in achieving a responsive site. This approach being Adaptive. Adaptive Web Design, in the responsive web design sense,  is the more rigid and structured approach because of how the elements of a website only change upon reaching declared breakpoints. This has benefits, mostly in there is less need to worry about how well the site will respond to less popular screen widths, since it will only change at specific points.

However, there are disadvantages to using this approach that are well worth considering. The main one being a benefit. This being the Adaptive approach’s inability to change in accordance to what widths are specified in the media queries used to create the breakpoints. If, say, a tech company somewhere builds a device that has an odd width of 520px, or just imagine a Blackberry. This is what I like to call the forgotten zone, which ranges from 766px to 490px. It gets its name from the majority of us tending to forget this area by only declaring mobile calls for 767px and lower. So with this in mind the Fluid approach wins out. Despite how easy this may sound, there is much more to them than this, and that is what we’ll be looking over.

Note: This article is referring to Adaptive and Fluid layouts.

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45 Fresh and Free High Quality Icons in PSD Format

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Today, we bring you 45 fresh and high quality free icon sets in PSD format. These PSD files can be edited easily according to your individual needs or requirements. In fact, it is the ease of use that encourages even the most experienced designers to take a keen interest in free icon sets and PSDs.

So without further ado, here is the collection of icon sets. Enjoy!

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Microsoft Announces TypeScript: Will It Change The Web?

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Like it or not, JavaScript has long established itself as a de-facto scripting language on the web. There are many programmers who are in love with JavaScript, and then there is an equal number of programmers who hate it. Yet, if you are developing for the web, you most probably deal with JavaScript in some way or another, at some point or the other.

Owing to such popularity, JavaScript has seen its fair share of clones copies languages that attempt to replace or build upon JS. CoffeeScript is a shining example, for instance.

Among such examples, we recently saw a new entrant few days ago. Yes, Microsoft announced the release of TypeScript, a typed superset of JavaScript.

What is it all about? Read on as we take a look at it in this article!

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6 Daily Health Mistakes that will Eventually End your Web Design Career

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I am quite sure it is safe to say that you, who are staring at a screen right now, are an awesome web designer or at least trying to do your best to become one.

Well, nothing wrong with that at all, in fact if I were standing next to you right now, I would definitely tap you on the shoulder and give you a cookie for all the effort you put into it.

But even though it all sounds just wonderful, I am here to tell you that there is a big, big problem. There is something massively wrong with the way people these days (yes, including you!) maintain the most important machine they own – their body and its health.

It’s not just about getting physical activity in your life,… Just because you’re doing 30 minutes of physical activity, what about the other 23.5 hours.

– Dr Peter T Katzmarzyk

Today you should feel very fortunate, because I myself am so, so passionate about having a healthy and active lifestyle that I decided to give you a little insight into very basic, yet important steps to avoid these every day health mistakes we make.

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45 Insane Game Website Designs for Your Inspiration

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We have already covered hand-drawn websites, websites with unusual navigation, travel agency websites, and a lot more! You know what’s missing? Game website designs!

In case you didn’t know, websites about games are becoming a thing, and it’s one of the most profitable niches out there. If you are passionate about gaming and you want to share news, stories, and opinons about your favorite console and games, then this roundup is perfect for you. Whether you want to design one or you’re simply looking for great designs, have fun!

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5 Career-Threatening Mistakes Web Designers Make and How to Fix Them

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Web designers are a great mystery and a source of awe for regular people. They appear to be great individuals who can create just about anything! But in reality, there are a lot of mistakes web designers make that could threaten their careers.

It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or an experienced web designer, a lot still fall on at least one of the five career-threatening mistakes.

Are you curious if you’re doing something wrong with your career?

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35 Super Cool Free Fonts You Don’t Want to Miss

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Whether you’re designing for the web or for print, you want your efforts to stand out. As any great graphic designer knows, the typography you use is much more than just a few letters on a page or screen – the fonts you use can tell a story.

Custom font faces are present in designs all over the web and in print. So if you’re looking for fonts with that ‘wow’ factor; you’re in luck.

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40 Free Photoshop Actions For Vintage Effect

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By using Photoshop Actions, designers can easily replicate repeating steps and save their time. Furthermore, with the help of Photoshop Actions one can easily edit photographs and create beautiful artwork.

In this round up, we have put together a useful collection of some time saving and free Photoshop Actions for creating visually appealing vintage effects. We hope that you will find these Actions useful for your work.

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47 Cool and Useful CSS3 Tutorials and Techniques

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Using CSS3 proficiently makes designing a lot more fun. With a good command of CSS3, you can create beautiful designs with great efficiency and ease. The tutorials are extremely helpful, not only for the professionals, but, also for the beginners.

Here we have put together a smart collection of useful CSS3 tutorials to help you learn the nitty-gritty of it so that you can use it to create more beautiful web sites. Enjoy!

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