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June 21 2013

15:42

April 11 2013

03:37

Laravel 4 Mastery

Perhaps it goes without saying that I’m fairly passionate about the Laravel framework (probably irritatingly so, for some of you). I like it so much to the point of creating a massive course for Tuts+ Premium, most of which I’ve made free to the public!

Below is a list of the available lessons in the course so far. If you enjoy them, why not stay and have a look around Tuts+ Premium? You won’t find a better bang for your buck, when it comes to improving your skills. The eBook collection alone is worth the membership, not to mention the fact that we offer courses on the cutting edge technologies, ranging from Ember, to Meteor, to Rails 4.

The best part, though, is that signing up helps Tuts+ immensely, and allows us to continue offering you the best tutorials in the world for free.


Section 1 – Introduction


Section 2 – Gotchas


Section 3 – Migrations


Section 4 – Generators


Section 5 – Controllers


Section 6 – Routing


Section 7 – Views


Section 8 – Mail


Section 9 – Validation


Section 10 – Supplementary


Come Say Hi

As I noted above, if you enjoy this style of learning, come on by Tuts+ Premium and stay for a while!

April 16 2012

15:37

The Essentials of AMD and RequireJS: New on Tuts+ Premium

In this Tuts+ Premium screencast, we’ll review RequireJS, an asynchronous module loader and dependency manager, and AMD, which defines the mechanism and guidelines for declaring and importing modules.

Become a Premium member to view this screencast, as well as hundreds of other advanced tutorials and screencasts from the Tuts+ network.


You’ll Learn:

  • What is AMD? Why is it helpful?
  • How to use RequireJS, which implements the AMD spec.
  • How to create, store, and reference modules.
  • How to integrate the use plugin.
  • How to import scripts, which do not register themselves as AMD modules.
  • A lightning-fast run-through of importing and working with Backbone.js.

Tuts+ Premium

The recently re-launched Tuts+ Premium is a service that provides top-tier training in a variety of creative fields. Whether you prefer books, visual training, or in depth tutorials, we have you covered. While we unfortunately can’t afford to provide the service for free, it’s only $19 a month – less than you’d spend on dinner.

I hope you’ll consider checking it out! In addition to learning a huge variety of new skills, it’s also a fantastic way to say thank you to Nettuts+.


April 09 2012

20:23

Techniques for Test-Driving Your JavaScript: New on Premium

In this hands-on Premium screencast, from scratch, we’ll use test-driven development to build a jQuery plugin. Along the way, we’ll take advantage of Grunt, QUnit, and GitHub to build, test, and distribute our plugin, respectively. If the idea of testing in JavaScript is still foreign to you, you won’t find a better introduction!

Become a Tuts+ Premium member to watch this 45 minute screencast, as well as hundreds of other advanced videos, tutorials, and courses.


You’ll Learn How to:

  • Use Ben Alman’s Grunt build tool to expedite the process of generating and building new plugins
  • Take a test-driven approach to creating jQuery plugins – using QUnit
  • Distribute code in seconds with GitHub

Of course, you’re likely to pick up a variety of other neat tips and tricks along the way!


Tuts+ Premium

The recently re-launched Tuts+ Premium is a service that provides top-tier training in a variety of creative fields. Whether you prefer books, visual training, or in depth tutorials, we have you covered. While we unfortunately can’t afford to provide the service for free, it’s only $19 a month – less than you’d spend on dinner.

I hope you’ll consider checking it out! In addition to learning a huge variety of new skills, it’s also a fantastic way to say thank you to Nettuts+.


April 05 2012

19:42

JavaScript Fundamentals: New Premium Course

I’m pleased to announce that Jeremy McPeak’s latest course, JavaScript Fundamentals, is now available on Tuts+ Premium! As the author of countless books, including JavaScript: 24 Hour Trainer and Professional AJAX, Jeremy is the perfect person to show you the ropes!

JavaScript Fundamentals

With over five hours of content, you’ll learn everything from the absolute basics, all the way up to event delegation. And, with Jeremy’s teaching style, nobody gets left behind.

Take the final course quiz to ensure that you’ve mastered the skills in each lesson.

Tuts+ Premium

The recently re-launched Tuts+ Premium is a service that provides top-tier training in a variety of creative fields. Whether you prefer books, visual training, or in depth tutorials, we have you covered.

While we unfortunately can’t afford to provide the service for free, it’s only $19 a month – less than you’d spend on dinner.

But the best part is that, every month, we’re adding as many as five new in depth courses on the skills that you want to learn. What’s on the near horizon? JavaScript Testing with Jasmine, Professional Screencasting, Cleaner Code With CoffeeScript, Test-Driven Development in Rails, and countless more.

I hope you’ll consider checking it out! In addition to learning a huge variety of new skills, it’s also a fantastic way to say thank you to Nettuts+.


March 30 2012

17:00

Choosing a WordPress Theme: Free or Premium?

Perhaps one of the most striking features of WordPress is the easy availability of themes. Take a look at any of the other CMSs – be it Joomla!, Drupal or Textpattern – none of them comes even close when it comes to the availability of ready-made themes and templates. Not only does WP have numerous free themes to its merit, it is also well supplemented for by several Premium theme providers. So, what exactly are Premium and Free themes anyway? In simple terms, Premium themes are those which come at a price that is paid to the theme provider whereas Free themes are just that – free! 

Premium Themes

Just like any other commercial commodity, Premium themes too often undergo the debate regarding pricing – there are some who claim that Premium themes are an unfair means to monetize an open source project, whereas there are still others who hold the view that Premium themes are solutions which cannot be provided in the absence of commercial funding and, owing to the competition, often Premium themes are under-priced.

Pictured: 'Unsigned' -- a Premium Theme by WooThemes

Pictured: 'Unsigned' -- a Premium Theme by WooThemes

Link to ‘Unsigned’ by WooThemes

When it comes to positives, Premium themes have many advantages:

  1. First up, most Premium themes come with A+ grade support which is missing in Free themes. This is because the developers build Premium themes as a means of livelihood and thus tend to provide excellent grade support.
  2. Further more, Premium themes are reliable. They are updated on a regular basis, often come with extended or lifetime support and extensive documentation.
  3. Premium themes also have several unique features that are otherwise lacking in Free themes. Plus, due to stiff competition, theme providers are working hard to make their offerings the best of the lot and thus, Premium themes happen to be super-rich in features.
  4. Premium themes generally pay great attention to details. In fact, they often have better tweaks for settings such as SEO than their Free counterparts.
  5. Along similar lines, Premium themes come in several forms to suit your needs – there are special offerings depending on the genre of your website.
  6. Unlike Free themes, Premium themes are not so common and this can lend a unique appeal to your blog.

On the downside, Premium themes also have their share of disadvantages:

  1. Unlike Free themes, which are generally added to the official WP repository and undergo a review process, Premium themes can at times be mere commercial entities that may or may not be standards compliant in terms of licensing.
  2. Premium themes generally come for a fee and spending money on a blog that might just be a hobby may not suit everyone’s purpose.
  3. While this does not apply to everyone, at times, Premium themes, in their bid to be super-awesome, may come loaded with several features, whereas in reality, you may not need all of them. You will therefore, be using just a sub-set of the total number of features. In other words, for certain scenarios, using a Premium theme might be an overkill.
WP Theme Repo is an excellent place to look for free themes

WP Theme Repo is an excellent place to look for free themes

Free Themes

There are several Free themes for WordPress from different providers. Often, many developers develop Free themes to build their portfolio or just for fun. On the other hand, many Premium theme providers as well as WP-related blogs may release Free themes for their visitors.

Pictured: 'Sight' -- a Free Theme by WPShower

Pictured: 'Sight' -- a Free Theme by WPShower

Link to ‘Sight’ by WPShower

There are several advantages of Free themes:

  1. Firstly, Free themes don’t burn a hole in your pockets – simply download and use! There are no prices to pay.
  2. While personalized support is generally absent with Free themes, many developers respond to queries and comments in forums. Plus, you can always get great support from WP Codex and official forums.
  3. Since Free themes are more common, the number of plugins and configuration settings that they support is also large. And just in case a particular plugin does not work with a given theme, you can always report the issue to the official repository. With Premium themes, however, due to smaller user base, the process takes some extra time.

On the downside, Free themes come with certain disadvantages too:

  1. Free themes generally do not come with any warranty or assurance of working.
  2. Unlike Premium themes, you cannot expect top-notch personalized support with Free themes.
  3. The update frequency, though good, is not as great as that of Premium themes.
  4. Most Free themes tend to be quite common and this can kill the ‘unique’ look of your blog.
  5. Lastly, there are several Free theme providers who offer themes with spam or phishing links. If you are downloading Free themes, the ideal method is to do so from reputable providers, instead of simply searching for themes on Google.

Tips for Choosing an Ideal Theme

Irrespective of it being Free or Premium, a theme should serve your purpose well. Only you can comment on what exactly your needs are, but it helps to bear a few basic points in mind when settling on a theme:

  1. Do not compromise on the features and functionality that you need. A good theme should provide ample features to suit both your present and future needs.
  2. Even though you may be well-versed in coding, look for a theme that is easy to use and modify. In other words, try to choose a theme that does not require rocket science for customization – the time and efforts invested in configuring a theme, if saved, can be invested elsewhere too.
  3. If you have a specific genre of website, such as a photo/video gallery, opt for a theme meant for that specific purpose.
  4. Ensure that the developers are active and the theme is regularly updated.
  5. Plus, check for the available support options. If it’s a Premium theme, ask for nothing less that personalized email support/ticketing system. And if it’s a Free theme, look for the level of activity in the forums (if any) and/or the frequency with which the developer responds to the comments on his website.
  6. Next up, bear in mind that the theme you are opting for should not be too old – this is especially true if you are choosing a Free theme. Web technology tends to get updated at a rapid pace, and it makes sense to opt for a theme that is updated.

Just in case even Premium themes fail to impress you, and you have the budget, consider opting for a Custom Design.

Which theme do you use for your blog? Is it free or Premium? Feel free to let us know in the comments!

March 26 2012

18:11

AJAX User Table Management in CodeIgniter: New on Premium

Learn how to use CodeIgniter and the jQuery library to create a slick, AJAX-utilizing management page for a typical “Users” table, and discover some of the awesome features of jQuery UI.

This Tuts+ Premium exclusive tutorial will guide you through the process of creating a slick, AJAX-utilizing management page for a typical “Users” table in a MySQL database. We will cover a range of topics, in both CodeIgniter and jQuery, including creating and using Models, Controllers and Views, the Form Validation class, and jQuery UI.

preview
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Tuts+ Premium

The recently re-launched Tuts+ Premium is a service that provides top-tier training in a variety of creative fields. Whether you prefer books, visual training, or in depth tutorials, we have you covered. While we unfortunately can’t afford to provide the service for free, it’s only $19 a month – less than you’d spend on dinner.

I hope you’ll consider checking it out! In addition to learning a huge variety of new skills, it’s also a fantastic way to say thank you to Nettuts+.


March 01 2012

23:18

30 Days to Learn C#: New Premium Course

We’re pleased to announce our latest Tuts+ Premium course: “30 Days to Learn C#.” My aim is to introduce you to the C# language (and a tiny bit of the .NET Framework), and give you a clear understanding of the fundamentals needed to start writing applications in C#.

All I ask for is a few minutes of your time each day for a month.

This is by no means a fully exhaustive look at the language, but I will get you familiar with the language and platform. I won’t lie; some of the material is easier to grasp if you have some programming background. But I do try to explain things from the standpoint of a complete beginner. So even if you haven’t programmed before, I hope you’ll find my explanations of programming concepts and fundamentals understandable.

All I ask is for a few minutes of your time each day for a month. Most lessons are between ten and fifteen minutes. Naturally, some are shorter and some are longer, but I promise none go over 31 minutes!

Ready to become a better programmer?


Tuts+ Premium

The recently re-launched Tuts+ Premium is a service that provides top-tier training in a variety of creative fields. Whether you prefer books, visual training, or in depth tutorials, we have you covered. While we unfortunately can’t afford to provide the service for free, it’s only $19 a month – less than you’d spend on dinner.

I hope you’ll consider checking it out! In addition to learning a huge variety of new skills, it’s also a fantastic way to say thank you to Nettuts+.


February 16 2012

22:39

How to Upload Files with Ease Using DragonFly: New on Premium

File uploads are generally a tricky area in web development. In this Tuts+ Premium tutorial, we will learn how to use Dragonfly, a powerful Ruby gem that makes it easy and efficient to add any kind of upload functionality to a Rails project.

Become a Premium member to read this tutorial, as well as hundreds of other advanced tutorials and screencasts from the Tuts+ network.


What We’re Going to Build

Our sample application will display a list of users, and for each one of them, we will be able to upload an avatar and have it stored. Additionally, Dragonfly will allow us to:

  • Dynamically manipulate images without saving additional copies
  • Leverage HTTP caching to optimize our application load

Additionally, in this lesson, we will follow a BDD [Behavior Driven Development] approach, using Cucumber and RSpec.


Tuts+ Premium

The recently re-launched Tuts+ Premium is a service that provides top-tier training in a variety of creative fields. Whether you prefer books, visual training, or in depth tutorials, we have you covered. While we unfortunately can’t afford to provide the service for free, it’s only $19 a month – less than you’d spend on dinner.

I hope you’ll consider checking it out! In addition to learning a huge variety of new skills, it’s also a fantastic way to say thank you to Nettuts+.


February 05 2012

20:30

JavaScript Testing From Scratch: New on Premium

This likely isn’t the first tutorial on testing that you’ve ever seen. But perhaps you’ve had your doubts about testing, and never took the time to read them. After all, it can seem like extra work for no reason.

This tutorial (with screencasts) intends to change your views. We’re going to start at the very beginning: what is testing and why should you do it? Then, we’ll talk briefly about writing testable code, before actually, you know, doing some testing! Let’s get to it.

Become a Premium member to read this tutorial/screencast, as well as hundreds of other advanced tutorials and screencasts from the Tuts+ network.


Tuts+ Premium

The recently re-launched Tuts+ Premium is a service that provides top-tier training in a variety of creative fields. Whether you prefer books, visual training, or in depth tutorials, we have you covered. While we unfortunately can’t afford to provide the service for free, it’s only $19 a month – less than you’d spend on dinner.

I hope you’ll consider checking it out! In addition to learning a huge variety of new skills, it’s also a fantastic way to say thank you to Nettuts+.


February 01 2012

15:15

WDL Premium: Vintage Inspired Infographics

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This week, for our WDL Premium members, we have a PSD file from WeGraphics that contains a collection of shape layers that can be edited and reused as various charts and information graphics. With this file you will be able to create stylish vintage looking infographics, check it out.

Be sure to check out WeGraphics for more high-quality design resources, like vectors, brushes, textures, icons, and more.

wegraphics

Here’s a preview of the kit:

Vintage Inspired Infographics

Vintage Inspired Infographics

Vintage Inspired Infographics

Vintage Inspired Infographics

Download Vintage Inspired Infographics

Premium Member

You must be a WDL Premium member to download this file.

About this Partner

WeGraphicsWeGraphics is the definitive solution for designers who need high-quality resources but don’t want to be obliged to spend hundreds of dollars for them.

Tags: Premium

January 25 2012

17:59

WDL Premium: Retro UI Set

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This week for our WDL Premium Members, we have a set of retro UI elements from Vandelay Premier. The set includes a considerable number of unique elements that are sure to be useful for those who like the always trendy retro style.

Be sure to check out Vandelay Premier for more great design resources.

vandelay

Here’s a preview of the set:

vandelay

Download Retro UI Set

Premium Member

You must be a WDL Premium member to download this file.

About this Partner

VandelayVandelay Premier provides web and graphic designers with high-quality resources for the purpose of making your life easier and your career more successful. Resources include: vectors, brushes, icons, templates, and more.

Tags: Premium

January 20 2012

06:09

WDL Premium: Portrait Photoshop Actions from Union Actions

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For our WDL Premium members, we’ve got an awesome bundle of Photoshop actions for professional quality photo enhancements. This collection is called Portrait Suite and it’s from Union Actions. This suite has a lot of actions to change the look of your portrait.

Be sure to check out Union Actions for more incredible Photoshop actions.

Union Actions

Portrait Suite from Union Actions is designed to offer realistic portrait editing with the click of a button – literally. From skin softening to eye brightening, UA has all your essential portrait needs covered with the following professional actions:

Skin


With UA Portrait Skin actions, you can achieve professional-looking results without having to pay top-dollar by outsourcing your workflow.

Eyes

UA Vintage Actions
The UA Eyes action set provides you with every tool needed to bring out the inner beauty, enhancing the tones, colors, and vibrancy for a truly outstanding image.

Lips

UA Vintage Actions
Lips are a huge focal point in any portrait – especially in commercial photography.

Teeth

UA Vintage Actions
Even if you have the most complimentary lighting, it’s not always a guarantee for a bright and clear smile.

Download Portrait Suite

Premium Member

You must be a WDL Premium member to download this file.

Tags: Premium

January 18 2012

19:33

Digging into Dojo: Premium Video Series

If you prefer the written word, we have a fantastic session on working with Dojo Toolkit, created by Andrew Burgess. However, for the visual learners among us, I also asked him to prepare a series of screencasts for the series as well. I’m pleased to announce that, today, we’ve released these videos exclusively to our Tuts+ Premium members.

Become a Premium member to read this tutorial/screencast, as well as hundreds of other advanced tutorials and screencasts from the Tuts+ network.

Maybe you saw that tweet: “jQuery is a gateway drug. It leads to full-on JavaScript usage.” Part of that addiction, I contend, is learning other JavaScript frameworks. And that’s what this four-part screencast series on the incredible Dojo Toolkit is all about: taking you to the next level of your JavaScript addiction.


Tuts+ Premium

The recently re-launched Tuts+ Premium is a service that provides top-tier training in a variety of creative fields. Whether you prefer books, visual training, or in depth tutorials, we have you covered. While we unfortunately can’t afford to provide the service for free, it’s only $19 a month – less than you’d spend on dinner.

I hope you’ll consider checking it out! In addition to learning a huge variety of new skills, it’s also a fantastic way to say thank you to Nettuts+.


January 11 2012

13:56

WDL Premium: Seamless Floral Patterns Vector Pack

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Here’s a new set of vectors for our WDL Premium Members. This pack from Designious contains 6 high quality vector patterns with floral motifs that will give your nature related designs an organic and beautiful touch.

Be sure to check out Designious for more design resources.

designious

designious

Here’s a small preview of the vectors.

designious
designious
designious
designious

Download Seamless Patterns Vector Pack – Floral Chaos

Premium Member

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About this Partner

DesigniousDesignious Designious is a small design studio specialized in creating amazing vector art and design elements for designers

Tags: Premium

January 10 2012

01:53

Introducing “Regular Expressions: Up and Running”

Regular expressions are easily one of the (initially) scariest aspects of programming. Particularly at the beginning, when you haven’t learned a single symbol, a large regular expression chunk can serve to be an incredibly intimidating force.

However, once you dig in and learn a handful of the symbols and sequences, you’ll quickly find that it’s not so bad. Truly learning regular expressions was one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made in my development career. I’d like to pass this learning on to you in my brand new Tuts+ Premium course, Regular Expressions: Up and Running.”


Overview

As always, we start at the beginning, and slowly work our way up to more advanced regular expression patterns and techniques. So, if they currently look like Egyptian hieroglyphs to you, no worries, they did for me too! When you’re finished with this course, though, you’ll have a solid grasp of the language, and a fantastic new tool to use in your projects.


Tuts+ Premium

The recently re-launched Tuts+ Premium is a service that provides top-tier training in a variety of creative fields. Whether you prefer books, visual training, or in depth tutorials, we have you covered. While we unfortunately can’t afford to provide the service for free, it’s only $19 a month – less than you’d spend on dinner.

I hope you’ll consider checking it out! In addition to learning a huge variety of new skills, it’s also a fantastic way to say thank you to Nettuts+.


January 04 2012

12:36

WDL Premium: Fire Light UI Kit

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For our WDL Premium members, here’s a UI kit containing dark elements with hot orange highlighted accents from WeGraphics. The file is a fully layered PSD for easy editing.

Be sure to check out WeGraphics for more high-quality design resources, like vectors, brushes, textures, icons, and more.

wegraphics

Here’s a preview of the kit:

wegraphics

wegraphics

wegraphics

Download Fire Light UI Kit

Premium Member

You must be a WDL Premium member to download this file.

About this Partner

WeGraphicsWeGraphics is the definitive solution for designers who need high-quality resources but don’t want to be obliged to spend hundreds of dollars for them.

Tags: Premium

January 01 2012

16:34

The Tools of Modern Mac-Based Web Development: New on Premium

In this week’s Premium screencast, I provide a brain-dump on all of the various tools I use for web development. Sometimes, simply watching another person work can be incredibly helpful. What tools do they use? How do they work with their code editor? I’ll cover all of these things today.

If you’re not a Tuts+ Premium member, it’s our subscription-based portion of Tuts+, where we provide high quality tutorials, ebooks, and courses on a variety of subjects. Be sure to check it out!


Tools Discussed in the Video


December 30 2011

17:38

WDL Premium: Tattered Scrolls Vector Pack

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Here’s a high-quality vector pack for our WDL Premium Members. The Tattered Scrolls Vector Pack is a must have for fans of the original scrolls pack. These scrolls range from the lightly used to the downright demolished. The pack has all sort of vectors to spice up your designs.

Be sure to check out Go Media’s Arsenal for more awesome vectors, brushes, and more.

Here’s a preview.

vectors pack

vectors pack

vectors pack

vectors pack

Download Tattered Scrolls Vector Pack

Premium Member

You must be a WDL Premium member to download this file.

About the Artist

Go MediaGo Media is a well known design studio with a lot of passion for what they do. This passion definitely comes through in their Arsenal, which is a collection of high quality, hand crafted design elements that they’ve made available through an online store.

Tags: Premium

December 21 2011

14:16

WDL Premium: The 80s Vector Pack

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Here’s a high-quality vector pack for our WDL Premium Members. The 80s Vector Pack is a beautiful theme pack dedicated to one of the most innovative decades in recent history. The pack has all sort of vectors to spice up your designs.

Be sure to check out Go Media’s Arsenal for more awesome vectors, brushes, and more.

Here’s a preview.

vectors

Download The 80s Vector Pack

Premium Member

You must be a WDL Premium member to download this file.

About the Artist

Go MediaGo Media is a well known design studio with a lot of passion for what they do. This passion definitely comes through in their Arsenal, which is a collection of high quality, hand crafted design elements that they’ve made available through an online store.

Tags: Premium
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