Posts Tagged ‘Mathematics’

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Ten Oddities And Secrets About JavaScript

JavaScript. At once bizarre and yet beautiful, it is surely the programming language that Pablo Picasso would have invented. Null is apparently an object, an empty array is apparently equal to false, and functions are bandied around as though they were tennis balls.

Ten Oddities And Secrets About JavaScript

This article is aimed at intermediate developers who are curious about more advanced JavaScript. It is a collection of JavaScript’s oddities and well-kept secrets. Some sections will hopefully give you insight into how these curiosities can be useful to your code, while other sections are pure WTF material. So, let’s get started.

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Applying Mathematics To Web Design

“Mathematics is beautiful.” This may sound absurd to people who wince at numbers and equations. But some of the most beautiful things in nature and our universe exhibit mathematical properties, from the smallest seashell to the biggest whirlpool galaxies. In fact, one of the greatest ancient philosophers, Aristotle, said: “The mathematical sciences particularly exhibit order, symmetry and limitation; and these are the greatest forms of the beautiful.”

Fibonacci sequence

Because of its beautiful nature, mathematics has been a part of art and architectural design for ages. But it has not been exploited much for website design. This is probably because many of us regard mathematics as being antithetical to creativity. On the contrary, mathematics can be a tool to produce creative designs. That said, you don't have to rely on math for every design. The point is that you should regard it as your friend, not a foe. For illustrative purposes, we created a couple of web designs that present mathematical principles discussed in this article. We are also giving away a couple of PSDs that you can use right away in your next design.

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Black and White Fractals That Capture Creativity

Everyday we see objects consisting of one, two, and three dimensions. By incorporating mathematics with design, the outcome of computer generated fractals is based upon complexity, creativity and perception.

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By removing the beautiful array of colors we typically see in fractals at these finer magnifications, the manipulation of fractional dimensions with the black & white designs offers a different perspective of aesthetically appealing images.

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The Right Type: 5 Inspiring Typography Tales

Nowadays, typefaces are a dime a dozen; there's certainly no shortage of free fonts. But as in any artistic field, the standouts are rare, and understanding why they excel takes gradual experience.

Subway Signage by FredoAlvarez.

In this yarn, we'll take a closer look at inspiring stories behind the design of typefaces that you may have seen or used but didn't know the history of. We'll explore the nooks and crannies — both literal and figurative — of the evolving printed word. By the end, we hope you come away with a better appreciation of how things came to be.

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Google PageRank: What Do We Know About It?

Everybody is using it, but (almost) nobody really knows how it works. Google PageRank is probably one of the most important algorithms ever developed for the Web. With billions of existing pages and millions of pages generated every day, the search issue in the Web is more complex than you probably think it is. PageRank, only one of hundreds of factors used by Google to determine best search results, helps to keep our search clean and efficient. But how is it actually done? How does Google PageRank work, which factors do have an impact on it and which don't? And what do we really know about PageRank?

In this article we put the facts straight.

Google PageRank

Over the last weeks we've done an extensive research and selected dozens of facts and suggestions about PageRank, which seem to be true in practice. Besides, we've collected academic papers related to the issue - such as scientific proposals for better search results (such as Topic-Sensitive PageRank); you'll also find references to mathematical background of PageRank as well as 16 useful PageRank tools you can use to analyze und track the ranking of your web-projects.

Update: we'd like to apologize for some misleading facts we've initially included in this article. We've re-checked the sources and inaccurate or incomplete data. The .pdf-file won't contain any mistakes. Thanks to all the readers who've pointed us to the mistakes (particularly Dan Grossman and Reuben Yau).

  • Update: We are going to publish the .pdf-version of this post soon, so subscribe to our RSS-feed to keep track on our next posts.
  • You don't have to read the whole article. Most important facts are selected in the beginning of the post as a brief summary.
  • You might be interested in reading our article Google AdSense: Facts, FAQs and Tools, which should provide you with the most important facts, tools and resources about Google AdSense.

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Designing With Grid-Based Approach

The main idea behind grid-based designs is a solid visual and structural balance of web-sites you can create with them. Sophisticated layout structures offer more flexibility and enhance the visual experience of visitors. In fact, users can easier follow the consistency of the page, while developers can update the layout in a well thought-out, consistent way. However, it's quite hard to find your way through all the theory behind grid systems: it isn't easy at all. Some important notions and related key-facts can help to learn basics and keep essential techniques in mind.

Grid-based Design

And this is what this article is all about. Inspired by Khoi Vinn's and Mark Boulton's presentation Grids are Good, we've decided to take a deep look in the articles about grid-based designs. We've read through over 50 articles and selected some of the most important and interesting facts web-developers should know about the grid-based approach. Besides, we've listed the most useful references, tutorials and tools we found - with precise descriptions of what the articles are about.

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