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15 Tips that Will Help Improve Your Skills in Web Developing

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15 Tips that Will Help Improve Your Skills in Web Developing

Clifton Mccoy October 24, 2018
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Tips that Will Help Improve Your Skills in Web Developing

You might have heard a lot of times there is no better teacher than experience. While it’s true, there are actually shortcuts to it.

Here are the best tips and tricks in website application development that any newbie should know:

1. You can clear floated list elements.
Clear all of the floated list elements without having to set a height by adding the display and overflow properties to the list container with floated list elements.

2. Start something as a sandbox project.
It will not be cluttered by influences outside of the experiment, therefore making the code simpler to debug.

3. Use Chrome or Safari for previewing changes in CSS.
By right-clicking on the element and choosing “Inspect Element,” you will all the applied CSS. You will have the option to edit and even add new elements from there.

4. Identify small CSS problems using the original Firefox Developers Toolbar.
The Firebug makes it easier to test sites by displaying several screen sizes in a single browser tab.

5. Do your coding one at a time.
Seasoned developers cannot stress the Single Responsibility Principle enough.

6. Use JavaScript when coding small projects.
It will help you finish the project faster and even better, rather than utilizing frameworks and libraries all the time.

7. Improve your speed and performance on GitLab with the help of NGINX with Unicorn.
Many developers use GitHub but they usually encounter issues for private projects. It’s better to use GItLab since it is open-source but you need tools that will backup your codes.

8. Organize your files.
This is especially true when you are part of a team. Make it easy for anyone to understand your files by commenting your code, naming the layers, and keeping the FLAs and PSDs from cluttered.

9. Use a site scanner before going live.
Make sure that you tested the site first to see if there are security issues you need to fix right before it goes up and running. You will not have to fix anything if you passed any of the tests.

10. Automate unit tests.
You will waste a lot of time doing them manually. You will lessen the amounts of hoops you need to jump through when the deadline is coming.

11. Track your progress as a team.
There are tools and sites out there that can help in managing your projects and tracking bugs. The Pivotal Booster and Tracker are just the common ones.

12. Check the JPEG version of your design on the top navigation using a plugin.
There are plugins out there, like the Firefox’s Pixel Perfect that you can use to compare your first designs to the front-end ones.

13. Utilize the “todo” and “incomplete” SCC to see the dotted outlines of unfinished tasks.
By doing this, you can see right away if there is anything that need to be worked on before the site goes live.

14. Keep mobile users in mind.
Remember that almost all of your users will have mobile devices that let them make calls. Activate that feature on the page code by wrapping the number in the <a href> part.

15. Check if the site is retina-screen ready.
You can switch standard images to high resolution versions with the help of retina.js, a Javascript framework.

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