web development archive

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Metal Toad University: Class 3

For the rest in the Metal Toad University Series, Click Here. This was a fun class as we talked about CSS, which IMO, is one of the most pleasurable parts of web development. Styling is what everyone sees when they go to your site so it can be viewed as one of the most important steps too. Read More…

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Second Class of MTU

If you missed our first class, you can read up and watch the video here. We completed the second class of Metal Toad University last Thursday. It focused on tools that we'll use to create sites including text editors and graphics programs, and then we went down a list of HTML elements and talked about each one. Well, most of them. We skipped the blink tag and a few others. Read More…

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A Short List of Handy Web/Mobile Debugging Tools

I recently helped a friend with a couple bugs they were fixing on a mobile site, and suddenly realized that there is a good basic list of tools that folks should have in their frontend dev kit. Robbie wrote a little while ago about some of the front end (CSS/CSS3) tools he uses, so I thought I'd add to the list, and lean a bit more toward debugging. Read More…

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How To Find A Web Development Job After (Or Before) Graduation

Five years ago I decided to make a 180 degree career turn and become a web devloper. At the time I was pretty good at using computers, but I had no programming experience aside from a few vague memories of typing in DOS statements in middle school. I still remember asking the web devloper in our office what CSS was and nodding along as if I understood the answer. I've come a long way baby, but there were times when I wondered if I would ever know enough for someone to actually pay me to make websites. Luckily, I've been able to keep my fine coworkers here at Metal Toad from finding out that I still have no idea what I'm doing. Here are a few things I've learned along the way. Read More…

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We've just selected our volunteer project for 2011. What's yours?

Every year we try to give back to the community in a real and tangible way. The website building business is lucrative and has a huge ROI for most business, but not all businesses can afford the services of a full-fledged development shop or even a contractor. The Portland-based Brain Injury Support Community (or BISC) is a small non-profit devoted to helping survivors of with acquired brain injury and their families. Acquired brain injury includes, but is not limited to traumatic brain injury - also includes causes like stroke, overdose, anoxia, heart attack.... list goes on and on. Most recently, there has been a big uptick in traumatic brain injuries with soldiers returning from the wars abroad. Read More…