This extended category features articles on client-side and server-side programming languages, tools, frameworks and libraries, as well as back-end issues. Experts and professionals reveal their coding tips, tricks and ideas. Curated by Dudley Storey and Rey Bango.
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Mail.ru is no exception: We used to have a Flash uploader, which was rather good, but still had some problems. HTML markup, graphics, business logic and even localization were all built into it, and it made the uploader pretty bloated. Furthermore, only a Flash developer could make any changes to it. We realized that we needed to build something new and different. Read more...
It's our great pleasure to support active members of the Web design and development community. Today, we're proud to present FlowType.JS that allows a perfect character count per line at any screen width. This article is yet another special of our series of various tools, libraries and techniques that we've published here on Smashing Magazine: LiveStyle, PrefixFree, Foundation, Sisyphus.js, GuideGuide, Gridpak, JS Bin, CSSComb and Jelly Navigation Menu. — Ed.
While working on an image-heavy site for Simple Focus, a couple of our designers, John Wilson and Casey Zumwalt, noticed how images always scaled perfectly. Pull the corner of the browser window and the images expand to fill the space. Push back the corner, they shrink and fall into place. The line length of hypertext, on the other hand, changes based on its parent element's width, which has a negative effect on readability.
"Wouldn't it be nice," John asked, "if text worked more like images?" Casey assured him that it could, with a jQuery plugin, if only they could figure out the math. Read more...
When the third dimension is introduced into an entertainment medium, it forever changes the way that medium is presented and consumed. The photorealism of the CGI dinosaurs in Jurassic Park opened the doors for film creators to use computers to create visual environments that never would have been possible otherwise.
VeggieTales spawned a new type of cartoon, one that uses 3-D objects instead of drawings and which inspired the creation of everything from Pixar and Dreamcast blockbusters to Saturday morning cartoons. Computer software was greatly affected by this new trend in visual media. Read more...
The aim of republishing the original article by Jake is to raise awareness and support the discussion about the role of progressive enhancement within the community. We look forward to your opinions and thoughts in the comments section. – Ed.
Progressive enhancement has become a bit of a hot topic recently, most recently with Tom Dale conclusively showing it to be a futile act, but only by misrepresenting what progressive enhancement is and what its benefits are.
Of the many factors that must be considered in Web design, emotional interaction is an important, but frequently neglected, component. In the real world, we experience the sensual interaction of design all the time.
Reflect for a moment on the emotional engagement of slipping behind the wheel of a powerful luxury car: the welcoming embrace of the driving seat, the tactile experience of running your hands over the leather on the steering wheel, the subtle gleam reflected in the controls. Read more...
Every device attached to the Internet is identified by a numeric address known as an IP address. The two forms of IP addresses seen on the open Internet are IPv4, which is a 32-bit number often represented as a series of four decimal numbers separated by dots, e.g. Read more...
126.96.36.199, and IPv6 which is a 128-bit number represented as a series of multiple hexadecimal numbers separated by colons, e.g.
“Form ever follows function. This is the law.” So said the architect and “father of skyscrapers” Louis Sullivan. For architects not wishing to crush hundreds of innocent people under the weight of a colossal building, this rule of thumb is pretty good.
In design, you should always lead with function, and allow form to emerge as a result. If you were to lead with form, making your skyscraper look pretty would be easier, but at the cost of producing something pretty dangerous. So much for architects. What about front-end architects — or “not real architects,” as we are sometimes known? Read more...
It's our great pleasure to support active members of the Web design and development community. Today, we're proud to present the Jelly Navigation Menu that shows the power of PaperJS and TweenJS when used together. This article is yet another golden nugget of our series of various tools, libraries and techniques that we've published here on Smashing Magazine: LiveStyle, PrefixFree, Foundation, Sisyphus.js, GuideGuide, Gridpak, JS Bin and CSSComb. — Ed.
There is no doubt that the Web helps designers and developers find the best inspiration and resources for their projects. Even though there are a bunch of different tutorials and tips available online, I feel that HTML5 canvas techniques are missing the most. Good news: I had the chance to fulfill this wide gap. In this article, I would like to share my experience and story of how I brought the "Jelly Navigation Menu" to life. Credits go to Capptivate.co and Ashleigh Brennan's icons — they were my inspiration for this project. Read more...
In this article, Stephen Shaw introduces a technique for perfect horizontal and vertical centering in CSS, at any width or height. The techniques works with percentage-based width/height, min-/max- width, images, position: fixed and even variable content heights. — Ed.
We've all seen
margin: 0 auto; for horizontal centering, but
margin: auto; has refused to work for vertical centering... until now! But actually (spoiler alert!) absolute centering only requires a declared (variable) height and these styles.
top: 0; left: 0; bottom: 0; right: 0;
I'm not the pioneer of this method (yet I have dared to name it Absolute Centering), and it may even be a common technique, however, most vertical centering articles never mention it and I had never seen it until I dug through the comments section of a particular article. Read more...