Web development

Testing Socratic: an App for Homework

The Socratic app claims to be able to assist with homework from a wide range of subjects thanks to artificial intelligence and text recognition features. The homework app solves mathematical equations with just a photo from the phone’s camera, and the app is also helpful with physics, English grammar, and world history. It is also available for iOS and Android. Our test guide will show you what the app is really capable of. [...]  

CodeIgniter – The lightweight of the PHP frameworks

CodeIgniter is an open-source PHP framework developed by EllisLab that is currently under the patronage of the British Columbia Institute of Technology. The slim software is based on an MVC architectural structure, offers detailed documentation, and is praised for its performance. We present the makeup, structure, and application flow of the CodeIgniter framework with detailed code examples and discuss the benefits and drawbacks of the software. [...]  

YAML: The standard-compliant basic framework for universal web projects

If you want to develop a new web application, you have the choice between writing your code completely from scratch or relying on frameworks. This code collection contains an application-ready skeleton which you can then adapt to fit your own ideas. The CSS framework YAML, for example, provides a responsive framework structure that’s already optimized for various browsers and devices. [...]  

Zend Framework: the open source architecture simplifies the development of your web application

The Zend Framework provides a professional structure for the development of different web applications. For example, you can program e-commerce as well as content projects and SaaS projects using the PHP script collection, saving you lots of time due to the ready-made components. In our guide, you can find out which features you can implement with the framework and which important role the company, Zend Technologies, plays in the further development of PHP. [...]  

Spring – the framework for complex Java applications

Java doesn’t play a big role when it comes to simple web development, although the programming language has still maintained a strong appeal. The language, which is no longer supported by browsers, has established itself as an efficient solution finding tool, especially when designing backends for business applications. The Spring framework contains various modules that serve as a basis for complex web and desktop applications and significantly simplify programming when using Java. [...]  

Web frameworks – overview and classification

Frameworks are an integral part of web engineering. Instead of writing applications from scratch, programmers can rely on tried and tested software frameworks from pre-defined classes and methods for object-oriented software development. Choosing an appropriate web framework is anything but easy. We explain how different kinds of frameworks work and what you should know to find the perfect web framework for your software project. [...]  

HSTS: How the HTTPS expansion works

HTTPS, the network protocol for TLS-encrypted data transfer online can be circumvented in some cases. The danger is that encrypted websites can be accessed via unencrypted HTTP. But the HTTPS extension HSTS (HTTP Strict Transport Security) forces website access via TLS encryption, closing the security gaps that hackers like to use to intercept the HTTPS connection during transport using man-in-the-middle attacks. [...]  

Node.js: the JavaScript runtime environment at a glance

With the software platform, Node.js, you can use JavaScript server-side and benefit from the asynchronous, event-based programming and the range of options for developing server applications. In this Node.js tutorial, we give you an overview of the program’s modular structure, explain how you can install program modules at any time using the integrated package manager, NPM, and use them to set up your first Node.js-based web server. [...]  

Learn HTML: the first steps with the standard web language

In times of content management systems and website construction kits, you might think it’s a waste of time learning HTML. But if a page doesn’t work for some reason or if you plan to install dynamic elements, you won’t be able to continue without having knowledge of this web language. In our detailed HTML tutorial, we introduce you to the basic features of the markup language, including numerous code examples. [...]  

Web development: HTML5 puts Flash on the sidelines

Flash is an unpopular tool for good reason — security gaps, programming errors, and stability problems are rampant. Has any software been the focus of such heated security debates more often than Adobe’s multimedia solution? For years, Flash was the quasi-standard for all online animations but the Flash-era is almost at an end. Since version 5, HTML has offered native multimedia functions, rendering Flash more or less unnecessary. Following Apple’s example, Google is also now saying goodbye to the outdated technology. But this isn’t the first time that the software has been pronounced dead. This guide will explain why this time, it might be goodbye forever. [...]