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Stubbing Out Functions, Do You Do It?

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If have ever taken a beginner programming class in school you were probably introduced to the idea of stubbing out functions. If not, let me quickly tell you what stubbing is. It is the process of identifying tasks in your design and setting up functions to handle those tasks. We define just the function signature (name, parameters and body)...
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Review of "Web Design with HTML, CSS, JavaScript and jQuery" Book Set

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As a programmer always thirsty to learn new tech, I also love to get a refresher and learn something new in the process. That is why a couple of times a month I go to the local bookstore (Chapters here in Canada) and browse many of the new books in stock. Over the last few years especially, the computer book section has gotten a bit sparse. It...
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Create an Email Activation and Unsubscribe Script in PHP

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If you weren't lucky enough to get a job with Google or Facebook, or even if you did, one of the first tasks you might be asked to do in your new career as a web developer is to create a subscription form. As part of creating this form will want to collect user information up front and then sending the user an email to have them activate their...
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Solving A Null Value When Posting A Simple String To A .NET Web API

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8 Tips to a Better API Design

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We have all seen the numerous articles and tutorials related to great REST API design on the web...
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ASP.NET Variables Won't Hold Their Values

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When it comes to working with ASP.NET most developers who have done standard desktop development always run into the problem of their class variables not retaining their values. You create a variable at the class/page level and expect that when you click a button or change a server control on the page that those variables will be there when its...
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The Main Method Is a Conductor, Not a Member of the Orchestra

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As many of you already know, I am a regular mentor on Dream.In.Code. With that I see common mistakes and design issues more than most people will probably ever seen in their full career. One design issue I would like to talk about today is the role of the main method and why it should be treated more like the conductor of an orchestra than 10...
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6 Helpful Tips on How to Learn Programming

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Undoubtedly if you are new to the computer programming scene you have been overwhelmed by the number of other people telling you how to go about learning a new language. These people might be saying things like "Go to Codecademy.com...
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Really Simple PHP Login / Logout Script Example

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One of the first scripts people new to PHP (or any server-side scripting really) create is a login and logout form for their site. Often times beginners get a little confused as to all the parts necessary to creating such a thing. So I thought it would be helpful if I showed a really basic and easy to use PHP login / logout script. The script uses...
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Myth: There is a "right" first language to learn.

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I can't even count how many times I have seen someone new to the programming scene ask the question "I am new to programming and want to know which is the right language to learn first." Then of course there are a ton of veteran programmers that jump in there and start recommending every language under the sun and all sorts of ways...

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