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Still Alive and Kicking

June 24th, 2012 . by Anup



I’ll be the first to admit … its been ages since I posted. You’ll be happy (or not) to know that I’m alive , well and kicking.  I’ve made quite a few discoveries on my travels and quests for ultimate programming knowledge. I’ve also come to realize that the topic is way too important and big for one site alone to cover.

This time around I’ve opted for the non impressive and much simpler method of typing words into WordPress way of doing things in this post but please do take a leap of faith and try the links. I promise you’ll be pleasantly surprised. That being said a little bit onto what I think readers of ServingNiches would find useful –

http://www.codeacademy.com -> A completely interactive way to learn coding especially in Javascript. My advice would be to tackle this before dabbling in any of the javascript frameworks (client side or server side) you’re likely to come across these days.

http://www.codeschool.com  -> Similar to code Academy but more inclined towards Ruby, Rails, Html5, Node.js, Backbone,js etc. (Highly Recommended)

http://www.safaribooksonline.com -> Every programming book I’ve come across in my life is here , readable online. This is a mother of a resource. (Highly Recommended)

http://www.udacity.com -> Stanford’s FREE online Course site. Great for a variety of topics like Statistics(Quantitative Analysis, Big Data etc.) , however you want to call it. Although not as highly established as the other sources, it still is worth checking out.

I very highly suggest the ridiculous amount of content the above sites put at your disposal. Do check them out.

Smashing Newsletters You Must Know About

July 19th, 2011 . by Anup



Smashing Magazine recently put out  “Email Newsletters Worth Subscribing To” . The attention to detail and the graphics in those newsletters are simply superb. But that’s not why you’re reading about it here on serving niches. They also happen to be the leading publications in their particular industry. So enjoy and don’t forget to subscribe to them . They’re worth your time and really do deserve your attention.

I’m not going to mention all of them, just a few of my favourites. A link to the entire original list has been posted at the bottom of the post.

The List :

  Brain Pickings
Random Interesting stuff put in a very interesting and graphical way. Simply superb I say.“culling and curating cross-disciplinary curiosity quenchers  and separating the signal from the noise to bring you  things you didn’t know you were interested in until you  are.”
 Daily Good Morning
Quality motivational advice in your inbox every day of the  week. Seriously fun stuff to start off your day with. If you  have any intention of being happy, then this is a good  thing to have in your inbox.
   Newfangled
New fangled discusses web design , development,  business , culture and design.
   Springwise 
“Springwise brings you the most promising business ventures, ideas and concepts that are ready for regional or international adaptation, expansion, partnering, investment and cooperation. It promises to inspire you instantly by getting the world’s most promising new business ideas and young ventures right in front of you. Choose between the daily newsletter, which features three exciting business ideas, or the weekly one, which rounds up the best of the week’s finds.”— Smashing MagazineAmazing stuff .
  Userfocus
Usability like design is one of those things people simply assume they know. There are conferences , workshops , countless books and experts with usability design in their job title and yet people assume there is nothing to know. This site discusses what’s hot in the world of Design.
   H&FJ Typography
All about typography. Simply amazing.
   Hacker Newsletter
This is not about security or penetration testing . Its about startups , technology , programming etc. Great Stuff.
   Javascript Weekly
All about Javascript. Stay on top of what’s happening in the javascript world by subscribing to this newsletter.

 

   wpMail.me
News , Articles , Themes and tutorials on WordPress. WordPress is growing in popularity fast and this helps you stay on top.

 

   Yoast
Yoast keeps you in the loop on various topics like SEO , WordPress Plugins, Theme development , Site speed etc. Run by the author of WordPress SEO Plugin.

 

   Django Weekly
Keeps you in the loop about Django. Django is a python based framework . If you haven’t already do check out the django framework.
   IBM Developer Works
You get to choose to receive info on a number topics. A number of top notch freebies that are well designed , structured and have brilliant content.
  Ruby Weekly
Save yourself hours of research on the Ruby programming language by subscribing to this newsletter. This is a sister publication of Javascript Weekly.
  Sitepoint
Sitepoint offers a number of newsletters. It covers everything from PHP, javascript to marketing and profiting from your online presence.
  Email Inspiration
One image to inspire your designs and get your creative juices flowing everyday. Can’t be explained really. Must be experienced.

The orginal document can be found here. Have fun and be inspired with these.

Optimizing CSS and Javascript

January 11th, 2011 . by Anup



Once you’re done optimizing images , you should work on CSS and Javascript files. One way to do this is by aggregating all your CSS files into one big CSS file and all your JavaScript files into one big Javascript file.

This helps reduce http requests which in turn leads to faster loading times for your website.

Another tip would be to delete redundant CSS declarations. Remove CSS declarations that are not in use.

Move CSS on top and Javascript to the Bottom.

CSS declarations or file includes should be in between the section. This way browsers will know how to display the page before they even get to the HTML .

JavaScript files belong at the bottom , right before the </body> tag.  This prevents JavaScript code from rendering the page while things are still being requested.

Minify CSS and JavaScript

We’re going to use Minify and JSLint for this next part.

Copy all your JavaScript onto the clipboard onto the corresponding input field in Minify.

Then click “Hit Me”. and use the resulting JavaScript on your website.

Minify – http://www.reneschmidt.de/tools/minify/

JSLint – http://www.jslint.com

Make sure you check the JavaScript once again after it is minified to ensure it is still working before replacing existing JavaScript files.

Making CSS and JavaScript External

It is considered good practice to not use inline CSS and JavaScript. Always have them in external files. That way they’re easier to edit, reduce the size of the page, cache easier and reduce load times which leads to a better user experience.

That brings us to the end of the optimizing JavaScript and CSS post.

Until Next Time.

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October 13th, 2010 . by Anup



lynda.com could possibly be the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Rarely does anything get me this excited. No hype people.

For one there are courses similar to the ones on this site I’ve bought for $197 . The $197 courses were rubbish compared to this. This site is a treasure chest of information. In fact its so good you’d probably increase your income by thousands should you apply it. Make no mistake . This is not a sales pitch.

Before you start thinking this as one of those sleazy internet marketing websites (okay okay sheesh lol ) , I would like to assure you it isn’t. The best part is that you could gain access to this treasure chest for $25.

A few of the Courses that you will be getting –

Social Media Marketing with Facebook and Twitter

Google Analytics Essential Training

SEO: Search Engine Optimization Getting Started

Search Engine Optimization (2006)

Flash CS4 Professional: Building Search Engine Friendly Sites

Blogging  : Self-Hosting a WordPress Site

Ecommerce : Product Photography for E-Commerce

and much much more

Imagine every popular web technology explained and you get an idea of what’s available on lynda.com

Click on the Image Below to go there.

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Few others who use lynda.com

Amazon Turner Patagonia Full Sail University Yale University Google

Give it a try . It is sure to turn into an invaluable resource for you. Good luck .
Once again here’s the link -> http://lynda.com