It’s everywhere I turn. The cry is impossible to escape. I hear it shouted from the mountaintops with thunderous urgency: “Web Standards! Adhere to them and everything will be good.”
Web standards are understandably necessary, and I use them all the time in my own work, as should you. But is there still a place for Flash in this new standards compliant world? The answer is yes, of course.
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Wow – you made it to the last and final lesson! Stunning. As a reward for all your hard work, I’ve made this lesson extremely relaxing – no nitty-gritty code to wrap your mind around and no hairy homework, just coding theory and pointers to resources.
The topics for the day are:
- Debugging techniques
Who’s that with the catchy URL that’s getting all the clicks?
Why, it’s del.icio.us! No matter where you are on the “is-web-20.html Web 2.0” lash or backlash, the pervasive influence of this little bookmark aggregator can’t be denied. On the surface, it doesn’t do much more than the PHP tool I wrote back in 1999 to collect my bookmarks in a centralized location. So, you may ask (as I have asked myself repeatedly) why should I care, apart from the appe.al of spe.lli.ng ever.yth.ing like th.is? Well, the devil is in the details.
A few crucial features bear the responsibility for del.icio.us’s success. Most basically, it is a “social bookmarking” site – not social in the sense that you get to know whether your fellow users are Beck fans (although you might), but rather in that everybody’s bookmarks are in one big pool together. You can view your own or someone else’s. Or everybody’s.
Such a morass is ripe for confusion, which is where the next great innovation comes in: tagging. By now everybody uses tags to sort information, but their usefulness is easy to underestimate. Users can add any number of these descriptive keywords to their bookmarks. On del.icio.us, Webmonkey is tagged variously with web, webdesign, html, reference, css, programming, design, tutorial, tutorials, webdev, tips, resource, development – the list goes on. The proliferation of tags makes it easy to find links relevant to a particular subject: just go to http://del.icio.us/tag/webdev to find all links tagged with “webdev” – or triangulate by searching on the intersection of multiple tags: http://del.icio.us/tag/css+reference+webdev. Compared to the hierarchical limitations of putting things in folders, say, using intersecting tags is deliciously freeing.
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Well, mobile Webmonkey, if you read our article Tutorial:VI Tutorial for Beginners on the basics of vi, you’ve probably jumped feet first into vi practice, discovered that the mouse really doesn’t work, and practiced a little deleting and adding text of your own. But typing jjjjjjjjjjjj and dw might seem a little limited for serious HTML work. This tutorial focuses on what happens when you’ve mastered the basic moves in vi and are ready for a little more functionality.
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Google Maps is perhaps the biggest and most useful of all the common web APIs. Who doesn’t love clicking and dragging those sleek, clean maps? But it’s also one of the more complex APIs, which can be intimidating for newcomers. It’s also somewhat difficult to immediately recognize all the possibilities of the Google Maps API since there are literally hundreds of ways to use it.
We’re going to dive right in. But to keep things simple, we’ll start with a very common use: Adding a map to your site and displaying some markers.
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