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Welcome To Smashing Coding!

Every now and again our Smashing Editorial team gets requests for very specific articles on very specific topics. Since our audience is very large and diverse, until now we weren’t able to present these articles in our magazine and so we were looking for ways to change that. And we found a solution. Today, we are glad to announce that we’ve launched Smashing Coding, an extended section on Smashing Magazine which will contain more technical, advanced articles on programming and coding — be it JavaScript, PHP, Ruby or programming in general.

Smashing Coding will be curated by our new editor Keir Whitaker. We will make sure to produce verified, high-quality articles in the brand new section. Please take a closer look at the section and let us know if you find any bugs or errors. Thanks, and we are looking forward to meeting you on the pages of our new little project!

Below you’ll find some details about the new project. Guys, please welcome Keir Whitaker:

Introducing Our New Editor: Keir Whitaker Link

Keir Whitaker1

“When Vitaly asked me to get involved with Smashing Coding I jumped at the opportunity. Having previously edited Think Vitamin2, I was keen to remain involved in an online web publication. Working on a new section for Smashing Magazine was an opportunity I couldn’t resist.

Being the editor of this new section is both a privilege and a big responsibility. I’ll be working closely with a talented group of writers (many of them have written for Smashing Magazine previously) as well as working hard to bring new authors to the roster. Initially, we are aiming to publish a number of articles each week with the goal of publishing daily in time.

What Type of Content Can You Expect? Link

As Vitaly mentioned, we will be focusing on technically advanced articles on programming. Currently in the pipeline are pieces on setting up Ubuntu for Rails development, the technical challenges of serving Web Fonts, advanced caching strategies for WordPress and an Introduction to Solr for Apache.

Having worked in the Web industry for over 10 years, I truly believe that we are at one of the most exciting periods in Web development. It’s our aim to keep you up to date on all the latest developments as well as publishing in-depth articles on trusted technologies like PHP, Ruby and JavaScript.

I hope you enjoy reading this new section. As always, if there are topics you think we should be covering or you have feedback, please do let us know.”

About Keir Link

Keir3 has been developing web sites and applications since 2000, initially for the NHS in the UK and then as a freelance developer working on projects for a range of companies. In 2008 he joined Carsonified and helped run events including The Future of Web Design and Future of Web Apps. He also edited Think Vitamin4 from January 2009 until March 2010.

He now works as a freelance web developer specialising in WordPress, PHP, Ruby on Rails, HTML and CSS and is also the co-founder of BreadApp5, a site dedicated to help web professionals find work and collaborators. He also hosts Think Vitamin Radio6, a bi-weekly round table podcast discussing the web industry.

We are looking forward to your feedback, guys. Please welcome Keir and let us know what you think!

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    That’s Awesome Guys!!! :-)

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    Brandon Barringer

    June 8, 2011 9:26 am

    Thank you guys for this. Just another reason why your part of my daily routine

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    I know it is your main object to bring the lates and greatesr in development and such but I want to see more stuff on basic development. Stuff for people starting out in the industry. keep these people in mind so they aren’t lost as soon as they open the page. Just a suggestion. Thanks

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    Keir Whitaker

    June 8, 2011 11:54 pm

    Great suggestion Travis. I am very conscious of trying to cater to all skill levels in the type of articles we publish here on Smashing Coding. If there’s anything particular you would like to see please do let us know and we’ll put it on the list.

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    can hardly wait to see your posts and learn some more of your smashing awesomeness!

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    definitely! what i am at loss is the PHP stuff – that would be wonderful!

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    Sounds good.

    I know we all hate everything Microsoft and they are evil :-D but it would be good to try and include a few articles on .NET and associated technologies, such as ASP.NET MVC, Razor, Linq, etc.

    After all, .NET is a pretty popular technology, especially in the corporate world!

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    Agreed. I think it’s a great thing to expand into new territory, but don’t forget about keeping your amazing content accessible to those of us interested in things like codeing but who aren’t that advanced yet. Any plans to explore Processing? Might be a good place to start to satisfy the appetites of beginners who want in, too.

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    Greg Annandale

    June 9, 2011 4:28 am

    Great news Keir & Smashing Mag! Having worked with Keir for a number of years I can certainly vouch for the quality of his work – Smashing Coding will be a great resource that’s for sure.

    Dave, for .NET related resources MS do a good job with their Web Camp events (all over the world) and the associated downloadable training kit. Both well worth a look:

    Training Kit:

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    Greg Babula

    June 9, 2011 7:06 am

    Great addition, I’m looking forward to some advanced JavaScript tutorials

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    June 9, 2011 10:59 am

    So glad Smashing keeps a progressive eye on their reader’s needs.

    Keir, can we expect a Smashing codecentric podcast in the future?

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    Love this site :-)

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    Keir Whitaker

    June 10, 2011 3:15 am

    Good to know, we’ll absolutely be doing a lot of articles on PHP. Is there anything in particular you are looking to learn?

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    Keir Whitaker

    June 10, 2011 3:18 am

    Thanks Greg! Some great links there too for ASP.Net. I am pretty sure we will be publishing articles on .Net soon enough.

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    Keir Whitaker

    June 10, 2011 3:27 am

    That’s an interesting idea, I am not sure if there’s any plans for a podcast but I’ll keep it on my list for the future.

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    Ryan Donahue

    June 13, 2011 5:51 am

    This is a great idea, not that I don’t like all of the other articles but I would get kind of bummed out when I felt like the coding content took a back seat to the other content… so seeing this tab totally made my day.

    As far as a wish list goes, I would love to maybe see a in depth comparison of the pros and cons of some of the big php and javascript frameworks. I’ve also seen some wordpress sites that really break the mold from the rest, so maybe some advanced wordpress? Also, I really enjoyed the security articles that were published a while back so anything else like that would be great. While I do like CSS3 and HTML5 stuff, it gets frustrating when you read an article and can’t even use it yet or it requires loads of javascript, so I really appreciate the articles on topics I can make use of immediately.

    Thanks Smashing.

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    Douglas Bonneville

    June 13, 2011 8:09 am

    How about mobile app development – for beginners? It seems like the crowd so far wants “orientation” level articles that can be quickly digested and applied.

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    Is there a chance to learn basics of front end designing?? I am referring to from the very basics..

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    ian hernandez

    June 17, 2011 8:32 am

    Lets push the boundaries with wordpress. we need more in depth wordpress coding tutorials, i know must of us designers not familiar with php and mysql have learned a lot through using wordpress hooks and its templating system. It’d be great if more articles would stem off from there. instead of reintroducing the coding process from step 1 which you could find just about anywhere


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