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Author: ritgrad83

Work of art in progress

I started blogging many years ago just for the sake of learning about the inner workings of blogging. As I learned more and more about the many tools available including web hosting and WordPress – I became more and more curious, going behind the scenes and learning about PHP, MySQL databases and Apache servers. I like to think I am pretty good at it and while there is a lot more to learn, I pretty much cover the surface and be able to answer some questions from readers. I get a lot questions about many of the topics I post articles on and when I find myself stumped, I research it and learn more about it so I can provide some intelligent response. Thanks to the vastness of the World Wide Web, you can find answers to just about anything and explore new ways of doing things like using Less and Sass to create and manage CSS stylesheets on your website, shooting photos of lightning storms at night (carefully of course), how to write a python script to get your Raspberry Pi devices to talk to one another and so on. I will cover many of these topics and try to find new and emerging trends in many of these areas hoping to share some experiences with them. That’s why I am calling this website a Work of Art...

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Using Javascript in your web pages

Writer’s often succumb to writer’s block, staring at a blank sheet of paper or page on a screen, waiting for the words to flow out of their minds. Coders often find themselves with similar blocks, staring at the computer screen imagining how their web page would look but could not figure out where to start.  ...

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Javascript – controlling how your web page looks

Web pages have become more complex these days with many software tools available to developers making them dynamic and fluid. When the internet first become popular, most web pages were static html pages with little or no animation. Pages would load as if you opened a Word document. You may have seen a page title, some content with images and a few hyperlinks for navigation to other pages or websites. The pages were created using simple text editors and some knowledge or mastery of hypertext markup language known simply as HTML. As the internet evolved, so has web pages. Developers now create far more powerful, intuitive and highly interactive websites thanks to new web standards like CSS and scripting languages like Javascript. The open source movement has made it possible for developers to obtain freely available software for setting up web servers and scripting web pages. Web browsers become more compliant with the new web standards so they can interpret any pages using the new web standards on any computer or mobile platform We won’t go into detail about the evolution of web page design here, but if you want to learn about the history of the web and the different standards – check out the World Wide Web Consortium Standards site Let’s jump right into Javascript with some examples  ...

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