Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: January 2013

We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork. And as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one—desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for over five years now, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month.

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: January 2013

Talks To Help You Become A Better Front-End Engineer In 2013

Many of us care deeply about developing our craft. But staying up to date can be a true challenge, because the quantity of fresh information we’re regularly exposed to can be a lot to take in. 2012 has been no exception, with a wealth of evolution and refinement going on in the front end.
Great strides have been made in how we approach workflow, use abstractions, appreciate code quality and tackle the measurement and betterment of performance.

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Talks To Help You Become A Better Front-End Engineer In 2013

What The Heck Is SEO? A Rebuttal

This article is a collective reply of the active members of the SEO community to the article “The Inconvenient Truth About SEO” in which Paul Boag discusses the value of search engine optimization for website owners. Written and edited by Bill Slawski and Will Critchlow, this article explains what exactly “SEO” means today and discusses the common view many Web designers share about the work of SEO companies.—Ed.
When I [Bill Slawski] saw a link to a Smashing Magazine article titled “The Inconvenient Truth About SEO” by Paul Boag a week ago, my fear was that the headline would lead to an article blaming SEO for global warming and other calamities.

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What The Heck Is SEO? A Rebuttal

Boost Your Mobile E-Commerce Sales With Mobile Design Patterns

People are increasingly using their smartphones as a replacement for desktop computers, even for activities such as shopping and purchasing. And as more people move away from the desktop and onto mobile-optimized websites to shop for products and services, website creators can use established design patterns to help kickstart a mobile e-commerce project.
Having a good mobile e-commerce experience matters a lot. In fact, recent research has found that people are 67% more likely to make a purchase if a website they’ve reached on their phone is smartphone-friendly.

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Boost Your Mobile E-Commerce Sales With Mobile Design Patterns

CSS Baseline: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Vertical rhythm is clearly an important part of Web design, yet on the subject of baseline, our community seems divided and there is no consensus as to how it fits in — if at all — with our growing and evolving toolkit for designing online.
This may be due to a lack of understanding and appreciation of the benefits that follow from a baseline grid, but it is more likely because baseline is notoriously difficult to get right, and no one yet holds the blueprint to its successful implementation.

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CSS Baseline: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Christmas Icon Set (10 Quality Icons, 256×256px PNG)

Today, we have a beautiful Christmas icon freebie for you created by the talented, hard-working folks at RocketTheme. The icon set contains ten icons available as 256×256px PNGs that have been lovingly and exclusively prepared for Smashing Magazine and the Web design community. As usual, the set is released under a Creative Commons license and can be used in commercial and private projects.

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Christmas Icon Set (10 Quality Icons, 256×256px PNG)

Which JavaScript Recipe Is Right For You?

JavaScript has been called everything from great to awful to the assembly language of the Web, but we all use it. Love JavaScript or hate it: everyone admits there are serious flaws and not many other choices.
Let’s start with some fundamental negatives. JavaScript has no good answer for some really basic features of modern programming languages: private variables and functions, packages and modules, standard localization mechanisms, code completion in editors.

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Which JavaScript Recipe Is Right For You?

Inserting Widgets With Shortcodes

The shortcode ability of WordPress is extremely underrated. It enables the end user to create intricate elements with a few keystrokes while also modularizing editing tasks. In a new theme we’re developing, I decided to look into adding widgets anywhere with shortcodes, and it turns out that it isn’t that difficult.
Some of the widgets that can be added with shortcodes.
This tutorial is for experienced WordPress users; we will be looking at the widgets object and shortcodes without delving into too much detail about how and why they work.

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Inserting Widgets With Shortcodes

Introducing New iOS6 Features In Mobile Safari

If you’ve had half an eye on the tech press over the last few weeks, you’ll be aware of the update to iOS, or at least of its replacement of Google maps with the new iOS Maps app.
Stories of parks appearing where once there were roads, seas disappearing and more, abound. I’m not going to wade into the debate about whether or not Apple should have done this or whether the new app is an improvement or not, but instead I’m going to focus on the update to mobile Safari — and specifically, what it means for Web developers.

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Introducing New iOS6 Features In Mobile Safari

Creating An Adaptive System To Enhance UX

In computer science, the term “adaptive system” refers to a process in which an interactive system adapts its behavior to individual users based on information acquired about its user(s), the context of use and its environment. Although adaptive systems have been long-discussed in academia and have been an aspiration for computer scientists and researchers, there has never been a better time than today to realize the potential of what future interaction with computer systems will be like.

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Creating An Adaptive System To Enhance UX