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Creating namespaces in JavaScript

Difficulty: 35 / 50
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In this tutorial I will show you how I write my JavaScript code by creating a namespace and holding all my code inside its scope. I am not saying that this is the best method to do it, but I'm sure that it's much better than writing code in the global scope.

I always find that it's much easier to learn about new coding techniques through real life examples than just reading pages of theory. So the to do list for today is to develop a JavaScript application that logs all the books in a library. As I said you will be creating your own namespace and all the code will reside in that namespace.

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HTML for Beginners - Part 3 - Let's make a web page

Difficulty: 10 / 50

The goal of this tutorial is to teach you how to create your first web page. It will be very simple. The resulting web page will consist of a title (ex: "My First Web Page"), and an image containing The CodePunker logo.

The tools

You're reading this tutorial so it's safe to assume that you already have one of the needed tools to create your first web page - a web browser. Even if you probably already know this it's worth mentioning that browsers are applications used to connect to the Internet and display web pages by interpreting the HTML tags in the source code and displaying human readable content. Of course, browsers do a lot more than that but for now that's all you need to know.

Another tool that you need is a plain text editor. There are many choices out there and some are really complex. However, for the purpose of this tutorial, all you need is Notepad in Windows or an equivalent for Mac.

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Installing and using Grunt for your daily tasks on Ubuntu

Difficulty: 25 / 50

Although I am more of a PHP guy than a server-side JavaScript fan... I acknowledge the fact that some things are done better when using the right tool for the job.

Minifying JavaScript and compiling LESS files into CSS are two jobs that I do with Grunt because it works flawlessly. In today's tutorial I will show you how you can do that on an Ubuntu Server.

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How to structure your MySQL database tables for storing custom fields

Difficulty: 25 / 50
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In this tutorial you will learn a little bit about how to store an unknown number of parameters linked to an object in your MySQL tables.

Here's a possible scenario that will help you better understand how this works:

We're assuming that a script imports data about users in a system and the only "known" elements are the userid and username from a table called user. All the other "attributes" that a userid may have are unknown (ex: One user could have gender and hair color, while another could have gender, age, and favorite pet).

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Still running PHP on Windows XP or Windows 2003 ? Make the switch today

This article is meant as a heads up for all those who are running PHP on Windows XP or Windows Server 2003.

As of PHP 5.5 The PHP Group has dropped support for the above mentioned operating systems. Although I don't see why anyone would run PHP on a Windows machine, I know that there are a lot of servers out there that function with these technologies.

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