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Bootstrap 3: What you need to know

Published by | Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Bootstrap 3 is out.

Bootstrap 3, the popular HTML5 front-end design framework (and top-starred project on GitHub), has finally been released—and what a release it is! With tons of new features and a revised API, there’s much to enjoy. Here are some of the new features and things to keep in mind when working with Bootstrap 3.

Mobile-first and fully responsive
The Bootstrap 3 framework has been entirely rewritten to follow mobile-first design principles, so you can more easily build responsive web experiences that adapt gracefully from smaller to larger screens.

Open source—a two-way street

Published by | Monday, February 11th, 2013

Do you have a favorite open-source software you’re using in your professional work? Most open-source software is created by volunteers, organized as a project where the software is created. If you’re making money from the software, strongly consider giving back to the project.

You don’t have to know how to program to contribute. Answer software questions in discussion forums or social media. Make a financial donation to your project. Many projects would like help with issues peripheral to software development, like accounting, legal advice, marketing or SEO expertise, and more. So get involved and give back to the software you love!

Manage unplanned expenses in your web projects

Published by | Monday, January 28th, 2013

When working on a website design or redesign project, have you ever encountered small, unanticipated fees in the course of doing business? These might include costs for stock photography, fonts, content management system extensions, domain name(s), static IP addresses … the list goes on!

Rather than paying this cost from your own budget, or hitting the client up with a bunch of little fees (which gets annoying on both sides), consider quoting a separate line item for website design and development fees. I typically budget roughly 10 percent of the total for this. This is for any additional costs for assembling the site. There’s no guarantee you’ll use this at all, but if you need it, the money is there!

Joomla! news: 1.6 alpha and beyond…

Published by | Friday, June 12th, 2009
Jen Kramer

Jen Kramer

Good news, Joomla! true believers—Joomla! 1.6 will be released in its alpha version no later than June 22, 2009, according to Rob Schley, one of the core developers on the project. I enjoyed hearing Rob speak at Joomla! Day New England, held on May 30, 2009, in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Like me, your immediate thought is whether you should download it and start learning the newest version of Joomla!. As an alpha version, it’s likely to be full of bugs and landmines. You should definitely not consider using the alpha version to develop a real site for a client. The alpha is expected to be followed shortly by a beta and some release candidates, with the release version due out at the end of 2009.

Normally one might expect that as Joomla! 1.6 is released, Joomla! 1.5 support will become limited. (For example, Joomla! 1.0 support ends on July 22, 2009, and extension support for Joomla! 1.0 has been decreasing for some time.) However, this is not going to be the case.

Joomla! 1.5 will remain the “stable”, production environment for Joomla!. The 1.6 branch will be seen as quick-moving and somewhat experimental, as the core development team adds new, badly needed functionalities (better permissions system, multiple categories, and tags among them). As those technologies mature in the 1.6 branch, they might port some of the functionality back to 1.5.

Looking far into the future, Joomla! 1.7 will also be part of the faster moving track of Joomla!, while Joomla! 1.8 may become a new stable version to replace Joomla! 1.5. Both tracks will converge with Joomla! 2.0. (I don’t have dates for any of these releases.)

The plan is to support Joomla! 1.5 for at least three years, Jan 2008-Jan 2011. Of course, the further out we get in time, the less defined anything is and the more subject it is to change.

lynda.com is keeping up with the fast-moving world of Joomla!, so watch this space for more movies coming to a computer screen near you!