Saturday, October 25, 2014

HTML5 Projects: Video Bumpers

Lynda – HTML5 Projects: Video Bumpers
Put HTML5, CSS3, and recent JavaScript API technologies to work and provide an enhanced brand opportunity for your clients with custom video bumpers. This short, easy-to-follow project shows how to add opening and closing video bumpers with the video tag and its JavaScript API. Author Joseph Lowery shows how to add these elements dynamically without additional editing, and includes instructions for troubleshooting the final presentation.

Monday, October 6, 2014

CSS: Formatting Visual Data

Lynda – CSS: Formatting Visual Data
Having a complete toolbox at your disposal to properly structure and display data is critically important to a successful web design. In this course, author Joseph Lowery covers basic styling for numbered, bulleted, and definition lists, plus structuring and formatting tables with CSS. He also includes instructions on creating charts and graphs with the HTML5 Canvas element. Each section of the course highlights advanced CSS, HTML5, and JavaScript techniques that increase interactivity, yield responsive designs, and heighten the user experience.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

JavaScript and JSON

Lynda – JavaScript and JSON
JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) has replaced XML as the core way of sharing data, especially when it comes to JavaScript, since it’s so much faster, sleeker, and easier to parse. In this course, dive into working with JSON tools, designing JSON objects, and using different ways to handling JSON data. Author Ray Villalobos also shows how to use AJAX and jQuery to parse your data and feeds, and shows JavaScript and JSON in action in a real-world practical application.

Applied Responsive Design

Lynda – Applied Responsive Design
Following the concepts introduced in Responsive Design Fundamentals, senior author James Williamson demonstrates the practical applications of responsive design and shows how to enrich the appearance and behavior of your website across multiple devices. First, discover how to plan your design and take advantage of CSS media queries to create multiple layouts. Then make your site navigation respond to changing screen sizes with CSS and jQuery, and display media like images and video fluidly. Plus, discover how to take advantage of mobile capabilities like touch events and HTML5 forms to enhance the experience of mobile visitors. James also shows how to effectively manage resources and optimize the performance of your site.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012

Lynda – Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012
Learn how to query data from SQL Server tables. Microsoft Certified Trainer Gerry O’Brien reviews the history of SQL and relational theory, so you’ll understand exactly where this data manipulation language, and Microsoft’s seminal database program, got their starts. Then he shows how to query one or many different tables using SELECT statements, and filter, group, and sort the results. Next, learn how to work with special data types like dates, times, and characters. Gerry also covers advanced topics like subqueries, programming with T-SQL (Microsoft’s proprietary extension for SQL), and improving query performance.

Scaling SQL Server 2012 – Part 1

Pluralsight – Scaling SQL Server 2012 – Part 1
When considering how to improve the scalability of a SQL Server workload, many people jump to the conclusion that scaling up or scaling out are the only answers. This course will show you that there are a huge number of things you can do to improve performance and scalability before you should even think of scale-up or scale-out. The bulk of the course describes architecture and design issues in both the application and the database that can affect scalability, along with demonstrations of some of the issues and detailed scripts to help you find the issues in the first place. The course ends with a section on common indexing problems that can drastically limit a workload’s scalability, along with how to identify and fix them. Save your company a bunch of money by postponing the scaling decision through fixing your existing scalability bottlenecks, not ignoring them! This course is perfect for anyone who is responsible for improving the performance and scalability of a SQL Server workload, with most topics applicable to SQL Server 2005 onward.

ASP.NET MVC Scaffolding

Each version of ASP.NET MVC has seen an increase in developer productivity features. However, that reaches a whole new level with the addition of MVC Scaffolding. Whether you are an MVC newbie or an experienced MVC developer looking for an increase in productivity, MVC Scaffolding has something for you. This course will start with the basics and then dive into more advanced features of MVC Scaffolding that will allow you to develop applications with shocking speed, customized to the specific needs of your application. MVC Scaffolding is absolutely a tool that every MVC developer should have in their toolbox!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Implementing Undo in ASP.NET WebForms and MVC

Pluralsight – Implementing Undo in ASP.NET WebForms and MVC
There’s loads of advice out there recommending that you implement an Undo feature in your website instead of popping up warning messages to protect users from “dangerous” operations. But there’s not a lot of advice out there for how to actually go about doing this in ASP.NET, in either WebForms or MVC. In this course, Keith Brown walks you through his implementation of undo at to help you get a feel for how you might implement such a feature in your own website.


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