Web development

The essential meta tags at a glance

Meta tags are used by website owners to specify metadata in HTML documents. The coded information integrates with web browsers and search engine crawlers to enhance the searchability of a website. But which meta elements are actually required by user agents to improve processing? And how can you use metadata to boost your website’s ranking in the search results? [...]  

Progressive web apps | what advantages do they offer?

The app market has already produced several new and progressive app formats; conventional native apps were followed by the development of web apps and hybrid apps. But then what is a progressive web app (PWA)? Fundamentally, they are based on the concept of a web app that then takes the form of an app. But PWAs manage to go one step further, promising users the optimized use of a mobile device’s native functions, as well as being fully operational offline. [...]  

GitHub alternatives – the 5 best applications at a glance

When managing repositories, most users rely on the trustworthy online service GitHub. However, there are also various alternatives that may be more suited to your needs, depending on what you’re looking for. In our overview, you will learn about five current alternatives to GitHub that can be useful for managing your project. [...]  

Bootstrap alternatives: the best front end frameworks at a glance

Bootstrap is the most popular framework solution for designing and creating high-performance web interfaces. It consists of a collection of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript components that Twitter released under the MIT free license in 2011, as well as a variety of extensions, interfaces for content management systems, and pre-built themes. There are also worthwhile alternatives to Bootstrap, which are worth considering. [...]  

Software quality assurance: module tests

Module tests are one of the most effective methods of identifying as many errors in the source code as possible early on in the software development process. The special feature: the smallest isolatable components of a program are placed in a neutral test environment. If errors appear, it’s obvious they are occurring in the module being tested, which makes them easy to correct. [...]  

jQuery tutorial: basics on selectors, syntax, and more

By using the JavaScript library, jQuery, you can easily customize HTML elements. Well-known CSS selectors such as the element selector or the .class selector help you to choose the desired content and manipulate it using various actions. In addition, lines of code can be written that respond to how website visitors navigate and what search terms they enter, and then automatically execute predefined reactions. In our jQuery tutorial you will get an introduction to jQuery and the basics of how to use the library. [...]  

Web app of the week: Can I Stream.It

Nowadays, there’s an online search engine for practically every kind of product and service imaginable, whether it’s the nearest shopping mall, the best restaurants in town, or the perfect video stream. In order to find and compare legal streaming services and find the best selection of videos, films and series on offer, it’s worth checking out our web app of the week, CanIStream.It. [...]  

What is a web app? Definition and examples

Apps come in all shapes and sizes nowadays – from native mobile apps designed for smartphones and tablets, to desktop installations for office management. And now, there’s a new form of application that works on all operating systems and devices: web apps. But what are web apps, what are their specific features, and how to they differ from native apps or indeed traditional websites? Let’s take a closer look at the rise of this installation-free application development. [...]  

Hybrid apps: what distinguishes them from other app formats?

With the ever-increasing use of mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets, it’s no surprise that the number of available applications is also growing and that app development is thriving. But not all apps are the same: over the years, various formats have emerged. One of these is the hybrid app, which combines the strengths of native and web apps. But there are also disadvantages to these apps. [...]  

The most popular JavaScript frameworks and libraries

If you’ve ever worked with JavaScript on a website, you will know how complicated the Document Object Model (DOM) is. With their useful functions and simplifications, JavaScript frameworks and libraries provide a helping hand for developers and promise a simpler programming procedure. But what are the best JavaScript libraries and frameworks? And how does a framework actually differ from a library? [...]  

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