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Coding school App Academy has opened a free online interactive version of its 12-week curriculum. That’s a pretty good deal, since the Academy’s in-person classes in San Francisco and New York can cost as much as a semester in university. The online version involves less direct human interaction, but it includes online mentors and access to a community Slack chat.

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Many of us created two versions of our websites back in the day; a regular desktop version and a mobile version. Using some fancy code, we pushed mobile devices to a m.version of our sites while everyone else went to the regular www.version. But with the advent of responsive sites, we need a way to move all our "m." users to the new, responsive site without breaking old URLs. Google has provided some guidance on doing that.

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Browser vendors have made massive strides with JavaScript performance. Google kicked things off with its V8 engine, but since then, the likes of Mozilla and Microsoft have come back with snappy virtual machines of their own. But JavaScript can only take you so far. The next step is WebAssembly (wasm), which supports compilation from C/C++ and near-native performance in the browser. Both Chrome and Firefox now have wasm enabled by default.

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Updates to plain HTML aren't as exciting as say, your scripting / server-side language of choice, but seeing as it's the backbone of the front-facing web, it's a good idea to check-up on old faithful every so often. If you've decided to choose today to pop in -- great timing! HTML 5.1 recently became World Wide Web Consortium's "gold standard".

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When it comes to designing a website, or even a single page, there are a few basic rules: Keep it fast, clean and simple. OK, that's all good and well, but once you get beyond the low-hanging fruit and into the nitty-gritty, what should you be paying attention to? You might be surprised what works and what doesn't, as Help Scout explains.

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Being a business owner comes with a lot of assumed knowledge; about their company, about their offerings and about their industry. But just because something is obvious to you doesn't mean it is for customers. To understand and to connect with customers better, every now and then a business owner needs to think like a customer. The best place to start doing this is through their official website. Here's how.

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The digital equivalent of the question "How long is a piece of string?" could be "How big is a pixel?" The naive answer is "four bytes" -- one for each colour channel (RGB) and alpha -- but depending on the file format, a pixel could be much bigger, ranging from a few to hundreds of bytes.

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Choosing which tech startup to join can be tough for would-be interns. How can you tell if you're a good cultural fit or if the company's product is even worth your time? Fintern is looking to address this issue with its second Fintern Fever event, which invites Australian university students and startups to "speed date" one another .