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Linux

Find out how you can use Ubuntu to power your AI and ML ambitions from developer workstations to the cloud.

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An easy and elegant way to use your computer, GNOME 3 is designed to put you in control and get things done.

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Less setup, more innovation. Choose a flavor of Fedora streamlined for your needs, and get to work right away.

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Kubuntu is an operating system built by a worldwide community of developers, testers, supporters, and translators.

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Linux Tools

Go-to tools to help you get Linux installed on your computer.

UNetbootin

UNetbootin allows you to create bootable Live USB drives for Ubuntu and other Linux distributions without burning a CD. You can either let UNetbootin download one of the many distributions supported out-of-the-box for you, or supply your own Linux .iso file.

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Rufus

Rufus is a small utility that helps format and creates bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pen drives, memory sticks, etc.

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Etcher

Etcher is a free and open-source image burner with support for Windows, OS X, and GNU/Linux. It makes USB and SD card image burning as simple and fast as possible.

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Action Packed Gaming

Action Packed Gaming. Real World Coding.

Learn to code with the same excitement as playing your favorite video games.

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Learn to Code a Website

Learn To Code Your Own Website. Here are a few good go-to resources.

W3 Schools "is a web developer's information website, with tutorials and references on web development languages such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, SQL, and JQuery, covering most aspects of web programming. W3Schools presents thousands of code examples. By using the online editor provided, readers can edit the examples and execute the code experimentally."

Microsoft Virtual Academy "Free Microsoft training delivered by experts. Learning paths are curated courses brought to you by Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) to help you increase your proficiency in the latest technologies. Build valuable skills through video tutorials, demos, assessments, and more. Plus, earn MVA badges for completed learning paths, and share them through email or social media, such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Get started today!"

 

Codecademy Our courses are designed to keep you on track, so you learn to code “today” not “someday.”

 

SitePoint Extensive collection of featured articles, books, and courses. Learn HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, PHP, mobile app development, Responsive Web Design.


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Coding Resources

 ► PHP 7
is the most used programming language today. There is a multitude of CMS applications that are built primarily on PHP, including WordPress, Joomla, and so many more. Follow the links to learn more about this highly used programming language.

 ► W3C Schools

 ► Code Academy (Premium)

 ► Tutorials Point

 ► HTML and CSS
are the fundamental technologies for building Web pages: HTML (HTML and XHTML) for structure, CSS for style and layout, including WebFonts. Find resources for good Web page design as well as helpful tools.


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Build a Free Social Sharing Page

What is the Spectra Social Sharing page? All active members can create one page for all of their friends and family to access and find out about what's going on in their lives. Active members can add 10 links to the menu and also add videos, images, and text and tell their friends about it to come and view. It's free and it's available here. Simply register and activate your account. Then go to your account and click the Profile link to get started. It's easy! If you are logged in look under the Social Sharing Page block (right sidebar) to see the pages that are available.


Showcasing The Most Used Programming Languages

HTML5

HTML5 is a markup language used for structuring and presenting content on the World Wide Web. It is the fifth and last major HTML version that is a World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) recommendation. The current specification is known as the HTML Living Standard. It is maintained by the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG), a consortium of the major browser vendors (Apple, Google, Mozilla, and Microsoft).

HTML5 was first released in a public-facing form on 22 January 2008, with a major update and "W3C Recommendation" status in October 2014. Its goals were to improve the language with support for the latest multimedia and other new features; to keep the language both easily readable by humans and consistently understood by computers and devices such as web browsers, parsers, etc., without XHTML's rigidity; and to remain backward-compatible with older software. HTML5 is intended to subsume not only HTML 4 but also XHTML 1 and DOM Level 2 HTML.

HTML5 includes detailed processing models to encourage more interoperable implementations; it extends, improves, and rationalizes the markup available for documents and introduces markup and application programming interfaces (APIs) for complex web applications. For the same reasons, HTML5 is also a candidate for cross-platform mobile applications because it includes features designed with low-powered devices in mind.

Many new syntactic features are included. To natively include and handle multimedia and graphical content, the new <video>, <audio> and <canvas> elements were added, and support for scalable vector graphics (SVG) content and MathML for mathematical formulas was also added. To enrich the semantic content of documents, new page structure elements such as <main>, <section>, <article>, <header>, <footer>, <aside>, <nav>, and <figure> are added. New attributes were introduced, some elements and attributes were removed, and others such as <a>, <cite>, and <menu> were changed, redefined, or standardized. The APIs and Document Object Model (DOM) are now fundamental parts of the HTML5 specification, and HTML5 also better defines the processing for any invalid documents.

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HTML5 Tutorial

PHP8

PHP is a general-purpose scripting language geared towards web development. It was originally created by Danish-Canadian programmer Rasmus Lerdorf in 1994. The PHP reference implementation is now produced by The PHP Group. PHP originally stood for Personal Home Page, but it now stands for the recursive initialism PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor.

PHP code is usually processed on a web server by a PHP interpreter implemented as a module, a daemon, or as a Common Gateway Interface (CGI) executable. On a web server, the result of the interpreted and executed PHP code – which may be any type of data, such as generated HTML or binary image data – would form the whole or part of an HTTP response. Various web template systems, web content management systems, and web frameworks exist which can be employed to orchestrate or facilitate the generation of that response. Additionally, PHP can be used for many programming tasks outside the web context, such as standalone graphical applications and robotic drone control. PHP code can also be directly executed from the command line.

The standard PHP interpreter, powered by the Zend Engine, is free software released under the PHP License. PHP has been widely ported and can be deployed on most web servers on a variety of operating systems and platforms.

The PHP language evolved without a written formal specification or standard until 2014, with the original implementation acting as the de facto standard which other implementations aimed to follow. Since 2014, work has gone on to create a formal PHP specification.

W3Techs reports that, as of April 2021, "PHP is used by 79.2% of all the websites whose server-side programming language we know."

Taken from Wikipedia

PHP 8 Tutorial

CSS3

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is a style sheet language used for describing the presentation of a document written in a markup language such as HTML. CSS is a cornerstone technology of the World Wide Web, alongside HTML and JavaScript.

CSS is designed to enable the separation of presentation and content, including layout, colors, and fonts. This separation can improve content accessibility; provide more flexibility and control in the specification of presentation characteristics; enable multiple web pages to share formatting by specifying the relevant CSS in a separate .css file, which reduces complexity and repetition in the structural content; and enable the .css file to be cached to improve the page load speed between the pages that share the file and its formatting.

Separation of formatting and content also makes it feasible to present the same markup page in different styles for different rendering methods, such as on-screen, in print, by voice (via speech-based browser or screen reader), and on Braille-based tactile devices. CSS also has rules for alternate formatting if the content is accessed on a mobile device.

The name cascading comes from the specified priority scheme to determine which style rule applies if more than one rule matches a particular element. This cascading priority scheme is predictable.

The CSS specifications are maintained by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Internet media type (MIME type) text/css is registered for use with CSS by RFC 2318 (March 1998). The W3C operates a free CSS validation service for CSS documents.

In addition to HTML, other markup languages support the use of CSS including XHTML, plain XML, SVG, and XUL.

Taken from Wikipedia

CSS Tutorial

JavaScript

JavaScript, often abbreviated as JS, is a programming language that conforms to the ECMAScript specification. JavaScript is high-level, often just-in-time compiled and multi-paradigm. It has dynamic typing, prototype-based object orientation, and first-class functions.

Alongside HTML and CSS, JavaScript is one of the core technologies of the World Wide Web. Over 97% of websites use its client-side for web page behavior, often incorporating third-party libraries. All major web browsers have a dedicated JavaScript engine to execute the code on the user's device.

As a multi-paradigm language, JavaScript supports event-driven, functional, and imperative programming styles. It has application programming interfaces (APIs) for working with text, dates, regular expressions, standard data structures, and the Document Object Model (DOM).

The ECMAScript standard does not include any input/output (I/O), such as networking, storage, or graphics facilities. In practice, the web browser or other runtime system provides JavaScript APIs for I/O.

JavaScript engines were originally used only in web browsers, but they are now core components of some servers and a variety of applications. The most popular runtime system for this usage is Node.js.

Although there are similarities between JavaScript and Java, including language name, syntax, and respective standard libraries, the two languages are distinct and differ greatly in design.

Taken from Wikipedia

Tutorial

 

CSS Grid

Learn CSS Grid without all of the fuss. https://www.w3schools.com/css/css_grid.asp

Example of Grid:

This grid layout contains five columns and three rows:



Wallpaper Sites

Awesome Wallpaper Sites (2)

7-Themes

Wallpapers Wide

Unsplash

Burst

Walcoo

There is a lot that can be said about the quality of wallpaper sites and the way that they offer up their product. In my opinion Wallpapers Wide is the best among all of the sites out there with Unsplash being second.

Awesome Wallpaper Sites (3)

Webshots

World Wildlife Nature Gallery

Simple Desktops

Shorpy

The American Historic Archive

American Greetings

Word Press

Welcome to the world’s most popular website builder.

43% of the web is built on WordPress. More bloggers, small businesses, and Fortune 500 companies use WordPress than all other options combined. Join the millions of people that call WordPress.com home.

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SQUARESPACE

When you create a website with Squarespace, you get free unlimited hosting, top-of-the-line security, and dependable resources to help you succeed. You can count on personalized support around the clock by email, live chat, or by joining a live webinar.

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Windows 11 Resources

Text Editors

These are all Freeware:

Notepad ++

Visual Studio Code

Atom

Vim

Brackets

GNU Emacs

Bluefish


Popular Forum Software

phpBB

MyBB

Simple Machines

Vanilla Forums (Free and Paid)

vBulletin 5 Connect (Paid)

Invision Board (Paid)


Coders Tools

Mobile Web

Free Fonts

CSS3

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Web Host

Designers Resources

1st Web Designer All the Web Design Resources You Could Ask For.

Square Space The leader in website design. No matter what kind of site you need, Squarespace is the best way to stand out online.

Wix We believe anything is possible with the right website builder. Whether you're about to create a website for the first time or you're a long-time pro, we've got you covered. You have two ways to start: Get a free website designed for you with Wix Artificial Design Intelligence or get total design freedom with the Wix Editor. You can always add advanced functionality to your website with Wix Code. It’s time to get your professional website.

Shopify Whether you sell online, on social media, in-store, or out of the trunk of your car, Shopify has you covered.


CMS Spectra Updates

Spectra Version 1.0.32 PHP 8.2.1 (1-22-2023)

With this version release Spectra now supports HTML5/Bootstrap themes.

Visit the HTML5 DEMO site to learn more.

The website you are on now was built with CMS Spectra and is using the Magazine template.

CMS Spectra Partial Features List

- Option to use HTML5/Bootstrap Theme along with the Spectra theme.

- Responsive/Fluid

- Auto installer

- Version Updater

- Direct editing

- Full-featured

- Themes (create, edit)

- Sidebars

- Articles

- Pages

- Menu System

- Unlimited galleries

- Member Registration

- Administrators dashboard

- Designers dashboard

- Album

- Image editors

- CKEditor 4 Full

- Media library

- Image compressor

- Modules

- Plugins

- Templates

- Designers Toolbox

 

What Is CMS Spectra

Spectra is a modern Content Management System/Blog, not a fork, and I have developed it from the ground up to provide for your every need in site design. There are many powerhouse Content Management Systems out there now, but you need an in-depth study of them to get started. Lots of people give up trying to get a site up and going. That’s where Spectra is unique. The primary preference in the design process was to make this CMS user-friendly. You can set up and operate your full site from within the dashboards.



Getting Ready for Christmas

How To Prepare For Christmas Early: 9 Tips For Getting Ready for Christmas

Summer is barely over and the shops are already filling with Christmas garb. But even if you are not the biggest fan of the festive season, it pays to be prepared for it. We are here to show you how to prepare for Christmas early, without breaking a sweat. Preparation is more than half the battle in our opinion. If you know how to ready for Christmas early, like, well in advance, then by the time the big day rolls around, you will be more chilled than a turkey in January.

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Code Shack

Resource Website for Developers & Designers

Explore our wide range of content, from articles to tools, references for popular scripting languages, copy and paste examples, and more.

CodeShack provides you with free tutorials, examples, tools, and references for your everyday website development needs. We created CodeShack for all users interested in the web development scene with minimal programming experience.

We are working every day on improving CodeShack, feel free to contact us if you have any questions or feedback that will help us improve it further.

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New Material Design

Try the New Material Design Capabilities for WordPress

If you like to build websites with WordPress, then you’re in for a treat.

Now, for the first time, you don’t need to know how to code to use Google’s popular Material Design system on your WordPress website; the web giant has released a WordPress plugin and theme to import its colors, icons, UI elements, and typography straight into your CMS.

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Designing a Simple UI

How To Design A Simple UI When You Have A Complex Solution

Software and apps often solve very complex problems for businesses and consumers in the way of sales, marketing, finances, and so on. But offering a product that solves your users’ problems isn’t enough. If the UI is just as complex as the original problem, user churn is going to be high. Today, we’re going to look at some tips for designing a simple UI regardless of your solution’s complexity.

 

 

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End of Adobe Flash

Adobe Flash is soon to die (and people are suddenly nostalgic)

Adobe has announced the end of its stalwart Flash browser plugin, and there's been an outpouring of emotion (sadness and joy) across the internet. To be fair, this has been coming for the best part of the last decade and it, therefore, seems apt that 2020 is the year to finish Flash off. 

Flash Player's final days were announced with the release of its final update, named AIR 32. You'll have until 31 December 2020 to enjoy Flash, at which time Adobe will stop supporting it. It will then block content running in Flash Player from January 12, 2021. (For Adobe tools that aren't about to die, check out this Adobe software list.)

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December Wallpaper Edition

Dreaming Of A Magical December (2020 Wallpapers Edition)

2020 was a year that was anything but ordinary, and, well, the upcoming holiday season will be different from what we all are used to, too. To cater for a little bit of holiday cheer in these weird times, artists and designers from across the globe got their creative juices flowing and created festive and inspiring wallpapers for December. Following our monthly tradition, they all come in versions with and without a calendar and can be downloaded for free.

 

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