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Starting your own web development business

So you think you have finally arrived! You have “mastered” a handful of technologies that allow you to create a website solution from a full stack standpoint. You have experience setting up a database, experience in some language or a couple options, and you know your way around CSS well enough to make a shiny looking product. So then the ...

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jQuery preventDefault Example

In this example we are going through a rather useful jQuery method called .preventDefault(). Sometimes you have a hyperlink that needs to be a hyperlink but you don’t want it to process and open the link but only call a javascript function say. Fortunately there is a function in jQuery to stop the hyperlink action. The preventDefault() method cancels the ...

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Folding Postgres Window Functions into Rails

You’ve heard of window functions in PostgreSQL, but you aren’t quite sure what they are or how to use them. On the surface they seem esoteric, and their use cases are ambiguous. Something concrete would really help cement when window functions are the right tool for the job. We have our work cut out for us! Through this post we’ll ...

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jQuery keypress Example

The aim of this example is to show you how to capture keyboard keys events, specifically when a key is pressed. In jQuery, there is a method for that, .keypress(). The keypress() method triggers the keypress event, or attaches a function to run when a keypress event occurs. In other words, it binds an event handler to the “keypress” JavaScript ...

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jQuery UI Accordion Example

The aim of this example is to go through jQuery UI Accordion. The .accordion(options) method declares that an HTML element and its contents should be treated and managed as accordion menus. The options parameter is an object that specifies the appearance and behavior of the menu involved. Accordions are more and more finding their way into websites as navigation through ...

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Building a JSON API with Rails 5

Rails is great for making traditional server-rendered web applications. It has support for cookies, sessions, and other browser-specific functionality right out of the box. It’s also great for building JSON APIs, but why include a whole bunch of functionality that we aren’t going to use if what we want is to simply build a JSON API? That’s where using Rails ...

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jQuery Trigger Example

The aim of this example is to introduce and see cases of .trigger() method of jQuery. The trigger() method triggers the specified event and the default behavior of an event (like form submission) for the selected elements. This method is similar to the triggerHandler() method, except that triggerHandler() does not trigger the default behavior of the event. Several jQuery plugins ...

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6 ways to code faster and with less bugs

It can take ages to code what looks like a simple feature at first glance. Times flows while you have the impression that you made no measurable progress on that new feature and that everything is hopeless. Outsiders will tell you that you’re only adding a checkbox or a text field and wiring stuff together, so it should not take ...

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