MooTools: the compact JavaScript framework

No programming language has made its mark quite like JavaScript. Developed in 1995 as a Java alternative for the netscape browser, you would be hard pushed to find a web application that doesn’t use this universal scripting language. However, critics rightly express concerns over the fact that JavaScript lacks a class system and the language is more unstructured than it should be. The MooTools...

Symfony: useful PHP library for your web project

Over 30 independent components, long-term support for four years, and over 500 million downloads: the PHP framework Symfony is undoubtedly one of the most successful component collections of this popular script language. But what exactly is this project created by the French company SensioLabs? And which types of web applications can benefit from using this web application framework?

Ruby on rails: the MVC framework for complex web applications

Frameworks tremendously simplify web application development. Fundamental architectures, predefined paradigms, and integrated libraries create the perfect platform on which your planned app can be built. One name that’s often mentioned hand-in-hand with web applications frameworks is Ruby on Rails. Based on the script language Ruby, this web framework has attracted many fans through its clean, and...

CRUD: the basis for data management

It won’t take long for those looking to get into to software development to encounter the term CRUD. The acronym stands for the typical operations used for communicating with database systems; these normally form the basis of database management. But just how are these access functions for data management actually set up? And how much of role does CRUD play when it comes to the databases’...

ZURB Foundation: The CSS framework for responsive frontends

If you don’t have a ready-made template or a homepage kit for the development of a front-end, but also don’t want to completely start from square one, then you should think about using a CSS framework such as ZURB Foundation. The open source solution offers a flexible grid system, numerous other pre-made code snippets, and everything you need to implement a responsive web presence.

Progressive web apps | what advantages do they offer?

The app market has already produced several new and progressive app formats; conventional native apps were followed by the development of web apps and hybrid apps. But then what is a progressive web app (PWA)? Fundamentally, they are based on the concept of a web app that then takes the form of an app. But PWAs manage to go one step further, promising users the optimised use of a mobile device’s...

GitHub alternatives – the 5 best applications at a glance

When managing repositories, most users rely on the trustworthy online service GitHub. However, there are also various alternatives that may be more suited to your needs, depending on what you’re looking for. In our overview, you will learn about five current alternatives to GitHub that can be useful for managing your project.

Bootstrap alternatives: the best front end frameworks at a glance

Bootstrap is the most popular frame-work solution for designing and creating high-performance web interfaces. It consists of a collection of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript components that Twitter released under the MIT free license in 2011, as well as a variety of extensions, interfaces for content management systems, and pre-built themes. There are also worthwhile alternatives to Bootstrap, which are...

Software quality assurance: module tests

Module tests are one of the most effective methods of identifying as many errors in the source code as possible early on in the software development process. The special feature: the smallest isolatable components of a program are placed in a neutral test environment. If errors appear, it’s obvious they are occurring in the module being tested, which makes them easy to correct.

Web app of the week: Can I Stream.It

Nowadays, there’s an online search engine for practically every kind of product and service imaginable, whether it’s the nearest shopping mall, the best restaurants in town, or the perfect video stream. In order to find and compare legal streaming services and find the best selection of videos, films and series on offer, it’s worth checking out our web app of the week, CanIStream.It.