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Dynamic character counters are a common feature which I see requested frequently by web developers. You may have a form input field or textarea for users to enter data but want to limit the content. You could do this using maxlength which has been a property since the HTML4 specs. However we want to provide […]

Build a Simple Yahoo! Answers API Webapp with PHP

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The open Yahoo! API is a great resource to work with. There is plenty of documentation for web developers, along with live demos and examples. What makes the application so interesting is how Yahoo! manages so many different online services. Along with their search engine there is also Yahoo! news, maps, weather, and so much […]

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The typical Flickr interface design includes a lot of Ajax panels which you can edit right from any settings page. Their website layout incorporates many web 2.0 trends as you move from account settings to photo settings and uploads. There are plenty of resources we could look at, and in this tutorial I’d like to […]

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The community of global avatars through Gravatar actually started out very small. But the popularity of such an application has grown to scale millions of users with many more millions of different avatars. You can perform some really cool effects with gravatar photos, and I want to demonstrate a small sample in this tutorial. We […]

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Website contact forms are almost a staple of the modern day Internet. Most company websites will have a small contact form where visitors can share their thoughts or suggestions to the webmaster. But there are also so many bots available that these forms can become plagued with spam. To counter this we need to setup […]

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Anyone familiar with Xcode will likely understand the breadth and depth of the Cocoa Touch library. This mobile development suite includes pre-built components for all of the native iOS functionality such as input fields, switches, sliders, and definitely buttons.

Featured Image: Xcode custom buttons for iPhone apps

In this tutorial I’d like to show you a simple way to implement your own custom button graphics. I’ll be using the latest Xcode 4.2 release and building an application in iOS5. You do not need to understand Objective-C but it certainly doesn’t hurt the process. When building iPhone apps you’ll eventually have to deal with code so Objective-C should be something to embrace!

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