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Web Page File Uploads: History and Future (Part 1 of 3)

The Past HTML forms that support file uploads are a staple of many modern web applications. For those interested in a little World Wide Web history, the form tag first appeared in the never approved standard of HTML 2 (RFC …

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Web Components: Angular, Polymer and React

Component-based techniques are emerging as the dominant approach for client-side web development. However, component-based development is not a new concept. Going back to the days of COM, CORBA, and even the server-side components of ASP.NET Web Forms and JavaServer Pages, …

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Pyparseltongue: Parsing Text with Pyparsing

Text Parsing Tools Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I’ll use regular expressions.” Now they have two problems. –Jamie Zawinski, 1997 I don’t actually agree with Mr. Zawinski – I’ve been using regular expressions successfully for …

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Inheritance in JavaScript

What I Wish I Had Picked up in Introduction to JavaScript. Pt 4 An earlier article dove into Prototypes. If you don’t recall what they are you should read my Prototypes in JavaScript post before continuing to read this article …

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Google’s New Mobile Algorithm: A Mobilegeddon Update for Your SEO Panic Attack

Everyone loves a good action/drama, but it did not really play out that way when Google, after much anticipation, rolled out its new mobile-friendly algorithm on April 21.  The world as we know it did not end and one week …

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Kicking AST and Taking Names

Look, I get it. Learning new things is hard, and it’s scary. I know. I teach technical training classes for a living, so I see it all the time. I also am a writer, a speaker, and a software developer, …

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Lessons in SEO: Why You Should Have a Mobile-Friendly Website

Google estimates that 50 percent of all Google searches are now done on a mobile device. Surely, that is no surprise to you. Everywhere people are attached to their smartphones – as if surgically fused to their hands – surfing …

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A Tale of Two Task Runners – Grunt and Gulp

Part 1: Why Do We Need Task Runners? In Part 1 of this 2-part series, I’ll overview the evolution of front-end web development and discuss how Task Runners like Grunt and Gulp can help streamline your web development workflow. In …

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Understanding Transclusion in AngularJS (Part 2 of 2)

Knowing how a tool works, and knowing when to use that tool, are quite often two different things. The ability to apply a concept tends to be harder than learning the concept itself. In the first post on the topic …

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Pandas and Bandwidth in Python Tutorial: Plotting the Results of Internet Speed Tests

Prologue: We all hate the cable company. For the past few months we’ve had to reboot the cable modem every week or so. Nerd that I am, I went out and bought a new cable modem. I hooked it up …

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