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SASS and LiveReload: Streamlining CSS Development

By on Apr 2, 2012 in Web Engineering

Web developers, I’ve got two things today that will help you out. A little thing and a big thing. LiveReload I’ve recently discovered the power of LiveReload. It’s a program that silently runs on your computer, and waits for you to make changes to your code. When you do, it reloads your browser. Then you…

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Abolish the Designer-User Disconnect with Click Tests

By on Feb 2, 2011 in Web Applications, Web Design, Web Engineering

There are many teams out there developing products from inside a box. These teams emerge from this box with a new product and say, “TADA!!…” And when they find out the people don’t like it, they go back into the box and try to make tweaks; rinse, repeat. It’s hard to find out what users…

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Google Analytics Event Tracking in Flash

By on Jun 4, 2010 in Tutorials, Web Engineering

In which I hurdled a gotcha inherent in tracking Google Analytics events within a Flash banner.

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Being smart with dumb programs

By on Jul 31, 2009 in Web Engineering

Two of Loud Dog’s guiding principles are a focus on developing long-term relationships and a focus on design and technology as business solutions. How is this reflected in our engineering practice?

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The Importance of Namespace (and a JavaScript solution)

By on Apr 28, 2009 in Tutorials, Web Engineering

As industry use of JavaScript matures, employing powerful and universal programming best practices, such as *namespacing*, becomes essential. Come find out what exactly namespacing is, and then how to use it properly in JavaScript.

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Getting started as a Web Designer, Part Two

By on Apr 20, 2009 in Web Design, Web Engineering

In part one of this article, I focused on sharing resources for getting started in design for the web. Here, I’ll review how I learned the basics about code in order to enrich my designs and share the resources I recommend to learn about coding on your own.

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Artwork Semantics: Sensible and Fun for Everyone!

By on Apr 10, 2009 in Loud Dog Projects, Web Design, Web Engineering

When building websites, things like background gradients, tabs, and buttons often must be extracted from the design file and engineered in their own right in order to work correctly. In this article, Marty explains how to prepare your graphics file to make this easier.

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Deconstructing a CSS Hover State

By on in Tutorials, Web Design, Web Engineering

It’s often more efficient to use CSS and a customized graphic rather than javascript for common effects like button rollovers. Here, we break down how to design and build them.

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Release early and often and achieve success

By on Mar 12, 2009 in Web Applications, Web Design, Web Engineering

Popular wisdom claims that if you’re building a web app, you should “release early and release often.” This is good advice, and what I’ve told clients before, but it’s not risk free, as some have discovered. Read on to see what I’m talking about.

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We Have A Portfolio!

By on Feb 25, 2009 in Loud Dog News, Loud Dog Projects, Web Design, Web Engineering

Once again, yesterday evening the strains of the sublime, transcendent keyboard riff of the “The Final Countdown” could be heard in the Loud Dog office as we officially launched the ummm… re-launch of the the Loud Dog website. Now with new, improved portfolio!

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