First up in this month’s make smarter is something near and dear to my heart - Gedit. I split my development time between a text editor and an IDE (Komodo Edit) about 50/50. On Windows that text editor is Notepad++, and on Linux it’s Gedit. Make Tech Easier has a great post on Transforming Gedit into a Web Developer IDE. I had done some of this stuff already, but I hadn’t seen gedit-Gmate, the clientside plugin, or added extra tag lists. Follow all the steps and it’ll turn Gedit into a powerhouse.
The Tuts+ family of sites had some great tutorials and a presentation since the last make smarter. webdesign tuts+ has a great article on Color Theory for Web Designers, net tuts+ posted a video on Design for Developers from DjangoCon and a tutorial on creating paper with CSS. The latter has some really interesting uses of gradients and box shadows with large values to simulate imperfect paper edges.
And now a few parting shots:
- The W3C has a great doc up on Mobile Web Application Best Practices. It’s a lengthy document (did I mention it’s from W3C?), but there’s a lot of good stuff in there.
- Looking for some free ebooks? The Microsoft HE Blog has a list of 9 free ebooks on Microsoft products and development, and speckyboy design magazine has a whopping list of 45 free ebooks for developers and designers. speckyboy design magazine? Oh, the places my browser takes me.