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Deploy Sites via GitHub

Super simple way to develop locally and then deploy sites via GitHub.

This screencast was inspired by Mark Otto’s great post about this workflow. Implementing this workflow takes next to no time, is very easy to upkeep and is also secure for your files thanks to GitHub.

Front-End Performance for Web Designers / Developers

Harry Roberts:

It’s hard, if not impossible, to deny that performance is by far one of the most critical aspects of any decent web project, be it a small portfolio site, a mobile-first web app, right through to a full-scale ecommerce project. Studies, articles and personal experience all tell us that fast is best.

Absolutely cracking article discussing the in’s and out’s about performance. I feel it’s going to be a very talked about topic in 2013. Go read it!

Introduction to Functions in JavaScript

The aim of this post is to introduce people quickly into the wonderful world of JavaScript functions. Functions are one of the core aspects in JavaScript.

A function is a set of statements that performs a task or calculates a value. Once you start to get your head around very basic JavaScript you will certainly need to invest some time into learning the in’s and out’s of functions. Basically, anytime you find yourself repeating code, but modifying the small parts, you could probably use a function.

Web Design Weekly #73

Another bumper week! Dave Rupert bit the bullet and shipped his Accessibility Project. It’s hosted on GitHub and its aim is to become a community-driven effort to make web accessibility easier. Jonathan Neal dived into understanding the fav icon. Phillip Walton wrote a great post about the z-index property. Tutsplus had a great post about source maps and so much more. Enjoy.

Promoted Links

When I first stated the Web Design Weekly newsletter, I was very anti-advertising. I have touched on that before. But as time has gone by, I have come to the conclusion that if the newsletter is going to continue, I have to explore ways to support the running costs and fund my time. I hope you can understand.

Late last week, I decided to start work on a new advertising feature – Promoted links.

The Accessibility Project

Dave Rupert:

Introducing SimpleA11Y, an open source project that aims to make accessibility easier for front end developers.

Big ups to Dave for stepping up and shipping!

Web Design Weekly #72

This is the first issue for 2013 after a little break over Christmas. The break was great, but I’m super psyched to be back and creating the newsletters again. I think I went a little over the top this week, but it was hard not too with so many great links. Ian Hickson was interviewed by Bruce Lawson. Issue 4 of the great Offscreen was released along so many more great articles and resources. Enjoy.

The Aim for 2013

It’s already nearing the second week of the New Year and it’s already feeling like just another week. The best thing about the start of the year though is that the attention to goals is at the forefront of everybody’s minds. I have many personal goals that I would like to achieve this year, but nowhere near as many as I have for Web Design Weekly (WDW). Hopefully I am not biting off more than I can chew!

From what started off as a tiny side project whilst hanging out in a co-working space seems to have slowly taken over every spare minute of my time. I couldn’t be happier.

Creating the WDW Email in Campaign Monitor

A quick introduction into how I create the Web Design Weekly Email using the Campaign Monitor app.

Quickly discusses the use of the Campaign Monitor template language with focus on repeaters. Take a look at the Web Design Weekly email code on GitHub and then create an email using the Campaign Monitor app.

Find Web Design Jobs Online

Late last week an article I wrote was published on the awesome Smashing Magazine site – Preparing For A Front-End Job Interview. The article explores ways to help you prepare for job interviews and gives some good tips to help you land your ‘dream job’. Ever since writing it, I thought some people would also be interested in finding out where the best places to look for web design jobs are. At present there are lots of popular sites that have job boards but there is definitely a select bunch which attract the ‘good’ jobs.

Each of the job boards I have listed below tend to have a knack for attracting great companies to advertise and also offer various ways to stay up to date (RSS, Email, iPhone apps, etc).

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