why learning core JavaScript is still important

JavaScript

The big deal now and the last several years with JavaScript is the modern frameworks. The most popular being Angular JS, React JS and Vue JS . It seems like every posting you see for a front-end web developer position wants you to have hard-core experience with one of these frameworks. (Mostly Angular, but some React and Vue JS is kind of the underdog at this point.) One thing you hardly see anymore is a need for the skill of core JavaScript often referred to as “Vanilla” JS and I think this is a complete shame.

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WordPress REST API 101

WP-REST API

I have recently been exploring the REST API plugin for WordPress and how it works, and why it is such a big deal, as I’ve been hearing for a while that the WP Rest API is “a game changer” in the web development world. Of course, as a web developer, we hear this every month about some new technology, so I was a bit skeptical.

The nuts and bolts

The WordPress REST API is now in Version 2 and was introduced a few years ago. It can be installed and activated as a plugin simply named WP REST API. “REST” is an acronym and stands for “REpresenatational State Transfer”. “API” is also an acronym standing for “Application Program Interface”. There is one more acronym in this equation and that is “JSON” or “JavaScript Object Notation”.

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WordPress vs. Drupal overview

WordPress Vs. Drupal

WordPress and Drupal are two common open-source Content Management Systems. By open source I mean they are free to download and use, and they are powered by PHP and MySQL on the back-end. These systems are constantly evolving and being improved upon by a community of developers.

WordPress was started way back in the dark ages(2003) by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little and has come a long way since it’s early humble beginnings. The latest version of WordPress as of this blog is 4.7 and this what you are reading now is being run on the latest WordPress (or WP).

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Give your website a face-lift and checkup in 2017!

2017 Website Checklist

O.k, first things first. You have a business or portfolio website. Maybe you have had the same site for a while and it is working well for you or maybe you have a snazzy new redesign. Either way, there are quite a few steps to take to make sure your website is the best is can be and can meet the expectations of your users. After all, the more users visiting your website, the more chances you have to convert those users to be a customer or a client. If visitors don’t like your website or if they cannot find what they are looking for quickly, then they will leave and may never come back.

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website accessibility is a right, not a privilege

Web Accessibility for AllIt is a requirement that all government related websites meet section 508 accessibility guidelines, and your business website should as well. Accessibility is a right, not a privilege.

Common visual problems are due to cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, corneal opacity, diabetic retinopathy, childhood blindness, trachoma and onchocerclasis.

Since people with visual disabilities can’t actually view your website they need to utilize assistive technologies(AT). A common screen reader for windows is JAWS (not the shark). JAWS is an acronym for Job Access with Speech. JAWS used a virtual cursor when interacting with web content.

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websites I admire and visit often

Websites I admire and visit regularly

As a web developer, I am pretty picky of the websites I visit on a regular basis. Yes, I look for a good design, usability, mobile friendly and all of that good stuff, but let’s face it. In the end, content is king, and why people visit websites. I visit a website over and over again because I really like their content and find the site useful. There are a handful of sites I visit monthly, weekly, or daily because they are so useful to me and here they are:

W3 Schools – great site for learning web coding. Clark Howard – Clark is great at warning of scams and giving sound solid consumer advice. WRAL – I visit this site every day for local news and weather. CNN

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