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What is Sass? Syntactically Awesome Stylesheets Explained

Written by Giselle – Mon 26 May 2014

Sass stands for Syntactically Awesome Style Sheets. After a quick look, I thought that it was better suited to larger sites and involved programming. After a second look, the scales fell from my eyes. Sass organizes your stylesheets efficiently and drastically cuts down on your development time. It uses some programming tools, e.g. variables, while being accessible to non-programmers.

We offer Sass Training as a private course for individuals who already know CSS and want to start working faster and better with their stylesheets.

Sass Training

What is Sass?

Sass is a CSS preprocessor. You start off by creating a Sass stylesheet, e.g. style.scss. You then use an app or the command line to output that file into a normal CSS file, e.g. style.css.

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Learn to Code for Free Online - The Best Resources on the Web

Written by Aaron Charlie – Wed 21 May 2014

We believe that the best way to learn is practical, face to face training with an expert on-hand to help solve any problems.

However, we recognise that not everyone is able to take the time off from work for classroom based training (especially if retraining for a new career).

We have scoured the web to find the best resources to help you learn to code for free online and at your own pace.

Learn to Code for Free Online

Before you get stuck in, make sure to look through our range of Web Design, Mobile Development and Programming courses. We cover all coding languages from beginner to advanced level.

Our popular Responsive Web Week includes HTML5 & CSS3, JavaScript and Responsive Web Design Training - everything you need to start building websites from scratch using modern best practice.

We also offer HTML & CSS workshops for beginners.

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Mobile Site vs. Responsive Site vs. Native App vs. Web App

Written by Aaron Charlie – Wed 05 Feb 2014

We've updated this article for 2014 and turned it into a free downloadable Mobile Strategy eBook. Find out what your options are for mobile development and which platform is right for your business. Once you've decided, take a look at our Mobile Development courses and start learning an essential skill for 2014.

mobile development choices

Last year we wrote about ‘the mobile future’. Well that future has become the present. As a business owner, what are your options for entering the ever-growing mobile market?

In the US, smartphones outnumber feature phones. In India, this year mobile web users will outnumber desktop web users.

Not only is the mobile market growing but it’s becoming more profitable. Google recently added in-app subscriptions to the Play Store, PayPal is taking mobile to the high street and banks are getting in on the act led by Barclays Pingit.

Fears of security have been swept aside as mobile users worldwide devour information & entertainment on the go.

The opportunities for marketing are huge. Last year the mobile market was estimated to be worth $25-50 billion by 2015, but as China’s app market is valued at $35 billion those early figures massively undersell the mobile market.

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Mobile at a Glance

Users can access content on their smartphone or tablet in two ways – via a browser or by downloading an app. You should be making sure that potential customers can access your content via one of these options:

  • Browser – Websites (desktop, mobile & responsive) and Web Apps
  • Application – Native Apps

So which one should you choose? Use our helpful guide to decide!

We run an iOS App Developer Course and an Android App Workshop, teaching you how to design, develop and market apps for the two most popular mobile operating systems - with a combined market share of 82% between them!

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7 Key Facts About iOS 7

Written by Aaron Charlie – Tue 11 Jun 2013

ios-7So it's finally here! Apple CEO Tim Cook announced iOS 7 yesterday, hailing it as the "biggest change to iOS since the introduction of the iPhone".

It's been long-awaited and much debated but now we can finally see what all the fuss is about.

It's not going to be out for a while yet though, so now's the perfect time to learn how to create apps, on our iOS App Development Course.

Now there a plenty of articles out there which go into great detail about the move away from skeuomorphism and others which wax lyrical over the new Control Center.

We won't do that.

We're going to give you the facts (7 of them to be precise) and a quick summary of the key points you need to know about each one. Just enough knowledge to rattle out to your friends over a skinny chai latte at your local vegan coffee shop (or some other lazily stereotypical hipster activity).

So let's dive into this new apple-y world full of flat buttons, Instagram-esque camera filters and mesmerising translucent displays and see what we can find.

1/ iOS 7 New Design

This is what all the hype is mostly about, and not without reason. The entire look and feel of the system has changed dramatically - modernised even. Take a look at this comparison between the design of the iOS6 and 7 home screen:


Gone are the shadows, the bevels and the semi-bold font. In come bright colours, flat-looking buttons and a thin, stylish type-face.

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An Introduction to SQL (Structured Query Language)

Written by Aaron Charlie – Fri 24 Aug 2012

The widespread development of dynamic websites has been made possible by large proportions of content being handled and generated using databases. SQL, or Structured Query Language has been used for decades to query and edit information stored in database management systems.

Our 3-day SQL Course in Brighton teaches delegates ANSI-standard SQL and some common extensions. The course includes practical and theory elements so that delegates are fully equipped to read and write SQL effectively.

SQL - Where Did it All Begin?

SQL TrainingIn the 1970s in the laboratories of IBM new software was created to create databases called System R. SQL was the language developed to manage the data stored in System R. Initially named SEQUEL, it’s still often referred to by this name, for SQL, but was later renamed SQL.

Relational Software, which later became Oracle, released a modified version called Oracle V2 in 1979.

40 years on SQL is still used due to the flexibility it provides to users by supporting databases that can be run on several computer networks at the same time. SQL has become a database query language standard, and although many new languages have been developed since it still forms the basis of many well established database applications today.

The introduction of many open-source SQL database solutions such as MySQL, SQL-based applications have become increasingly affordable.

The SQL Standard

The SQL Standard has had a lot of new functionality added over the years, like support for XML, triggers, recursive queries, regular expression matching, standardized sequences and much more. Because of the volume of the SQL Standard many of the newer database solutions on which it is based, such as MySQL, do not use the whole standard. This is the reason why, even though all SQL implementations have the same base, they are not necessarily compatible.

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