Tutorials

How to Make Charts with Flex 3

Flex makes actionscript less of a chore and more of a design asset. One of the best demonstrations of this is the simplicity of charting with MXML.

In this tutorial we’ll take test scores from XML files and make a dynamic bar graph out of the results in no time at all. You’ll have impressed yourself by the end.

Quick Tip – Blur Links With jQuery

This quick tip covers a quick usability upgrade for links on AJAX pages. By most browser’s default a dotted line stays around the link after it has been clicked. This becomes a problem with AJAX because the pages are often not reloaded.

Turning it off is simple with jQuery without any impact to the functionality. Give your links some love now and make the appearance smoother for the user later!

How to Build an Author Box in WordPress

Are you claiming your work? A name under the post title is a good start, but what if a reader wants to find out just a little bit more? Are you offering a face to the article? How about a little background? Contact information?

Adding an “About the Author” box to your posts is a simple upgrade to any WordPress blog. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how easy it is to brand your posts in under 10 minutes.

How to Validate a Form Using PHP Part 2: Streamline Using Arrays

We’ve touched upon the basic elements of form validation and error messages in part 1 of this series, which outlines a relatively static method identifying errors and validating a form. In this edition we are going to make the elements we began with more dynamic and reduce the amount of script required to do so using arrays.

XML Basics with Flex 3

If you’re still using arrays and text files to load content, it’s time to upgrade.

With XML, you can condense a whole mess of seemingly unrelated information into a well organized and easy to read file. Today we’ll be looking at how to take advantage of this with Flex 3. This tutorial will teach how to load an external XML file into Flex and then filter the results into labels.

Flex 3 Basics – Introduction to Data Binding

It sounds a lot like a buzzword for developers, but what is data binding exactly? Is it even useful? In short, absolutely. Chances are you’ll be working with some sort of data in Flex. With data bindings,  a developer can link data automatically between sources and targets. Still confused? Imagine a label set to automatically display the value of a selected button. It’s a simple concept that has an incredible amount of usefulness when building RIA’s. On second thought, let’s just build it.

How to Validate a Form Using PHP Part 1: Complete with Error Messages!

Having a site visitor fill out a form is the primary way to gather information. Forms are the main line of communication with anyone that visits your site, so taking the time to make sure users fill them out correctly is key. Using PHP, we are able to ensure that all fields are properly filled out before submission, with required adjustments being called to attention through the use of error messages.

How to Center a Website With CSS

Centering a website is a key part of many CSS layouts. While there are many ways to do it in a variety of situations, the following is an explanation that is purely CSS, avoids messing with percentages, and is compatible with all modern browsers.

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