12 Devs Summer Series

Welcome to the latest series of the 12 Devs articles. Following off the back of the 12 Devs of Xmas we thought we'd treat you to another series of amazing articles from some of the best talent in the industry. We have articles covering all aspects of web development and beyond it's going to be a packed 12 days full of things for you to do from now and for weeks to come!

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Web experiments with the Leap Motion

On our final day of the Summer Series, Phil Nash brings us a fantastic article exploring some brand new tech, the Leap Motion. Leap Motion is a brand new kind of controller giving us a touch free way of interacting with software, and as Phil will show us it also brings us a new way of interacting with the web!

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Content with Ember.js

On the penultimate day of the Summer Series, our Eleventh article is from Eduàrd Moldovan on Ember.js. One of the aims of Ember.js is to offer developers the possibility of creating state of the art web apps which are in the same time really well engineered and in this article Eduàrd gives us a great intro into how to make that possible.

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Getting chatty with Meteor.js

On the tenth day of the Summer Series, Ben Howdle takes a look at Meteor.js with an intro to how to build your first full-blown app with the framework. Meteor is another one of the JS frameworks that we’re seeing rise up in popularity lately and if you’ve been meaning to get your head around it now’s your chance.

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Semantic grids with Sass Loops and Silent Placeholders

For the ninth day of the Summer Series we have a fantastic article from Guy Routledge on semantic grids with Sass. Last weekend we had our first Sass article from Jenna covering a lot of the advanced functionality in Sass, this weekend Guy builds on these with a deep look at how to make a grid framework in Sass that works with good semantic class names we all would prefer to use.

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Writing a web application with Ruby on Rails

On day eight of the Summer Series we have a monster article from Andrea Pavoni on writing your first app with Ruby on Rails. In this article you will learn everything you need to know about getting up and running with Rails, this is not just another “Hello, World!” tutorial, it’s an in depth look at what it’s like to work with Rails and how to make the most of the framework.

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Building static websites with Middleman

Our seventh day of the Summer Series brings an article from Chris Bell on creating static websites with Middleman. There’s been a rise in popularity of static sites lately as more and more people look to increase performance on their sites or are just looking at ways of removing the complexity of a CMS. MIddleman is one of the tools available for just that and Chris gives us a great intro on how to get up and running with the framework.

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An Introduction to Hardware Hacking, or why three levels is a good thing.

On the sixth day of the Summer Series, Alex Roche takes a look at hardware hacking. It’s becoming increasingly popular over the last year or so that people want to get closer to the hardware they’re working with and as such we’ve seen things like LittleBits, Makey Makey’s, Arduino, and Raspberry Pi’s grab our interest. In this article Alex takes a look at the options and what we can do with them.

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Rapid Prototyping with AngularJS

Our third article of the Summer Series sees Tom Ashworth take us through a JS toolset rising in popularity over the last few months, AngularJS. AngularJS is an MVW (Model-View-Whatever) project from Google for building JS frameworks for dynamic apps extending the power of HTML as we know it. In this article Tom takes us on a whirlwind tour through creating a quick prototype app.

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Handy Advanced Sass

On the second day of the summer series, why not sit out in the garden and enjoy our second article that looks at some advanced techniques in CSS preprocessor Sass from Jenna Smith. Sass is now widely used in frontend development with enhancements to CSS like variables, nesting and mixins, but in this article Jenna takes us through all there is to know about more advanced Sass techniques, from control directives, advanced mixins, and API functions.

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CSS3 Storytelling

On the first day of the new Summer series of 12 Devs we have Dale Cruse taking us through telling stories with CSS3 animations. Enjoy…

There are many CSS3 animation examples scattered throughout the web. We’ve seen them. Image hover effects. Rotating solar systems. Even a pure CSS3 AT-AT Walker.

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