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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.
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.
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.
We also offer HTML & CSS workshops for beginners.
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.
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?
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.
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!
As a professional web developer or hobbyist designer, there are always ways to make the coding work you do faster and more efficient. With that in mind, we've put together a list of the 10 most useful cheat sheets a developer can rely on - everything from HTML5 to MySQL.
Of course , if you're struggling with the basics, you could always come on our HTML5 & CSS3 Course to kick-start your developing career.
It's time to ditch Arial and embrace modern Web Fonts. That's what we'll be doing later this year when we launch our new site, and so I thought it would be a good time to revisit web fonts and explore the huge range of options we now have for beautiful typography on the web. As an example of the freedom this gives designers, here's Creighton Pro: a font which may or may not be appearing on a certain site this year . We hope you like it!
Until recently, web designers were limited by the fonts they could use online. Fonts had to be installed on a user's computer which meant sticking to one of a limited selection of 'web-safe' fonts including Arial, Courier New, Times New Roman, Comic Sans, Impact, Georgia, Trebuchet, Webdings and Verdana. These are the fonts that Microsoft included in their Core fonts for the Web initiative in 1996 and are still the most commonly used web fonts to date. Look at the graphic below and I'm sure you'll be familiar with all of them:
Thankfully, due to ever expanding web font libraries and almost complete browser support, you can now pick from thousands of fonts to 'make the web beautiful' (Google's words, not mine).