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Visual Studio Express has always had one big issue for me, the inability to install any (or very few) of the normal Visual Studio extensions. One of the best extensions for front-end development and design is the Web Essentials extension by Mads Kristensen on the VS team. It was a hugely welcome surprise to find that this extension is now available, ......

The free book on Macaw by Schonne Eldridge that I mentioned before has been updated. If you’re already subscribed you’ll get alerts for updates. If not the book is well worth getting to start you off with Macaw. If you haven’t tried Macaw yet, heck, you’re missing something big. The book is available from http://schonne.com/macaw Macaw itself is at ......

As I’ve highlighted before, the Syncfusion ‘Succinctly’ e-books are excellent resources. They’re written by experts in their field, in an easy to read format. You need to register but they are free and with no obligation or pushy marketing. Well worth downloading.



SitePoint has a good introduction to ARIA, which we can all use to help raise the accessibility of sites.



A recent article with this title made the point that for small sites, using a CMS or even a CSS framework is often unnecessary overkill. I couldn’t agree more! Most of the time I deal with small sites, say 10 – 20 pages at most, and although I started using a responsive CSS framework on some, that proved to be unnecessarily complex. I only need a two ......

The Google Developers site has very good article on the fundamentals of ‘multi-device’ design.

If you are new to responsive design this is great place to start. Multi-Device Layouts.



Front end developer Matt Smith has put together a CSS Play List on YouTube, with a variety of useful presentations, tutorials and demos.

Well worth a visit.



Page speed was an important issue 10 years ago, when we all had slow modems, but became less so with the advent of fast broadband connections that even seemed to make Ajax unnecessary. Then along came the mobile internet and we’re back to a world where page speed and asset optimisation are critical again. If you doubt this an article on SitePoint discussing ......

Although it’s become easier to use complex JavaScript with jQuery and other powerful libraries, JavaScript still lacks the simplicity of HTML and CSS. Unless you’re a hard core programmer what you can achieve may be limited. In an article on DevConnections, Rob Gravelle looks at AngularJS, which promises to change this, so that web designers can add ......

Schonne Eldridge is offering a free book on Macaw which you can register for ahead of time. He’s expecting to have it available some time this month. As he says, ‘If you’re like most people you’ve quickly come to two conclusions as you start to use Macaw. 1) It’s super awesome and 2) how do you get production quality code? The book aims to answer this ......

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