React Mini Series 1 – What is React?

React is an amazing web technology that I use daily. It’s paradigm of breaking your app up into components, keeping your HTML near your JavaScript, and using props and state to track data has been extremely helpful while developing small and large applications. I have started creating a tutorial mini-series on React, with the goal […]

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Microservices using Lumen and Homestead

Microservices are small services that make up a single application. They run on their own processes and communicate with lightweight mechanisms. In this article, we’ll explore how to setup a project with many different microservices, and also how to distribute those microservices so that developers can work on them with minimal set up. For a […]

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The Abstract Factory Pattern

An Abstract Factory provides an interface for creating families of related or dependent objects without specifying their concrete classes. Why It’s Useful Before we get into the dry definition of the Abstract Factory Pattern, let’s investigate a scenario where it would be useful. When we are going through this situation and solution, we will be using […]

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Usability Questions to Ask Yourself when Making your Website

Usability is importable to customers when they are using your website; so it should be your concern too when you are designing and creating your website. Consider these questions from the point of view of your visitors: Usability Is your site easy to use? Are you able to find what you need quickly for this […]

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Planning for Accessibility in Your Site

The web should be open and usable by all – this includes people with disabilities. Web accessibility means that the millions of people with disabilities that use the web can interact, understand, navigate, and contribute to websites. Here are a few easy questions to ask yourself to check if your website is accessible to people […]

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Designing for the User Experience

User Experience is one of the most important parts of web applications. The following are tips and questions to consider when working on your web application user interface. Test for Consistency Between Browsers Are there tests for consistency with: [ ] The Gecko engine – i.e. Firefox. [ ] The Webkit engine – i.e. Safari. […]

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