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Full Stack Basics for the Non-Developer, Part 3

Here's part #3 in the series explaining our "full stack" at a high level. If you missed part 1, or part 2 make sure to give those a read first. If you prefer, you can read the long-form post with all the content in one. Again, feel free to call me on any technicalities or suggest changes/additions in the comments!

Pond Life Ep.2

Hello Everyone!
Welcome back to the pond! Last week we touched on the importance of mentoring juniors and Github best practices. In this week's episode, we'll be following up on the junior workflow from last week by discussing two tools you should definitely have and how to install them, exploring new ground by touching on some entry level SCSS techniques, sharing my AHA! and FAIL moments of the week, and lastly, our weekly query for you good people out there to ponder. So lets jump right into it shall we?

What is SASS?

You may know about some of the problems that CSS has as a language. There is a lot of repetition. There is a lot of repetition. You may have worked on projects with 5000 lines of CSS. Not only is that a lot of code to write, but it's also a lot of code to maintain. But what about its smarts?

A quick look at CSS3 animations

CSS3 animations are finally becoming a useful tool in the front end developer's kit! Browser support is progressing, however there is no IE support yet (surprised?) and Opera currently doesn't support animations, but may in the future.

Despite the plethora of vendor prefixes to keep track of, one can really pull off some interesting animations; transforms and transitions anyone?

When it comes to Mobile Development, Stop Worrying about Bandwidth

When it comes to mobile development, I've seen a lot of buzz recently on how CSS3 can help people eliminate images and cut the bandwidth requirement for their websites, however if a good mobile experience is important to you, you may want to think twice before deciding how to retrofit your website.

Front End tools to make you a more productive and lazy developer

One of my favorite things about the development community is how lazy it can be. What I mean is that most developers I know would rather make a tool to automate a task, than constantly keep a queue of from-scratch processes in mind. Let your tools do the work, if you can. Clear that mental cache - outsource those thoughts to software! That’s why when I come across tools that make frontend development easier I become elated.. and thankful. Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU development community for these useful tools.

How we made the Metal Toad site more mobile-friendly with media queries

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about Responsive Web Design, and in particular about CSS3 Media Queries. When our CEO recently asked me to make our site easier to view on his mobile phone, I jumped at the chance to retrofit our fixed-width layout using these new techniques.

Ready for transformation?