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Building Your First Website Using Node.js (Part 1) Hello Node

This is the first in a series of posts that explain, at length, how to build a fully-featured website or web application using Node.js and the popular Express framework.


  • Basic understanding of terminal usage
  • Basic JavaScript comprehension

What is Node?

Node.js is an open-source server-side I/O framework built on Chrome’s V8 JavaScript engine. It provides...

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Everyday I'm Jekyll'n

I’ve been meaning to convert my blog to Jekyll for awhile now, and I’ve finally got around to it thanks to Barry Clark and his fantastic Smashing Magazine tutorial.

Until now, I’ve been using Wordpress exclusively for content driven sites. While Wordpress outshines most CMS for client sites, its always felt super clunky to me. To be...

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JavaScript Game Development - Breakout

Creating video games can be a very fun and rewarding exercise for anyone looking to improve their development skills in any language. Its beneficial for anyone new to the field of game development to try their hand at recreating some of the simpler classics. In this article, we’ll walk through creating our very own Brick-Breaker game with just JavaScript!


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Getting Started with Grunt.js

First things first, let’s talk about what Grunt is exactly. Grunt is a JavaScript based task runner. Helpful? Probably not.

Grunt is a great tool for automating many of the things that you probably do on a daily basis - things such as compiling Sass or Coffeescript, concatenating JavaScript files, running unit tests, minifying images - the list goes...

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The Transition to Native Javascript

Over the past several years, jQuery has “replaced” JavaScript as the industry standard for developing advanced interaction in Web Applications. There are a lot of benefits to using jQuery that have contributed to the framework’s top-dog position that we’ll take a look at - I may even attempt to argue against a few. We’ll also discuss some ways to emulate...

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Understanding the Basics of JavaScript

In his book - Javascript, The Good Parts - author Douglas Crockford opens with a very solid point:

“JavaScript is the only language that I’m aware of that people feel they don’t need to learn before they start using it” - Douglas Crockford

How silly some people are! Popular frameworks (I’m looking at you jQuery) tend to perpetuate...

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Simple Long Shadow with SASS and text-shadow

No modern design trend is as popular - or as notorious - as the long shadow. Long shadow designs have been making quite an impression on the web community for some time now, as a sub-trend of the flat design. While many designers love it, just as many can’t seem to stand it.

@nickrp I enjoy it because...

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5 Design Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

As creatives, one of the best way for us to improve our skills in the industry is to listen and learn from those around us. In a world where communication is rapidly becoming almost completely web-based, podcasts have become a very popular and convenient alternative to your typical text-and-image blog. For those of us who like to torture ourselves with...

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Hello World

This is the first post on my new blog. I’m still in the process of developing it, so features will be added throughout the next few months. Hopefully it’s not too buggy, but if you happen to find something, just leave a comment on this post! Thanks!

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