It’s 2020 and you want to learn how to create beautiful and modern websites in 2020? This Article will serve as a guide on what you should be looking into, in order to learn to build fast and beautiful websites. We’ll also mention some keyword for technologies with potential, which you can look into.
What is a Website in 2020?
A question that simple shouldn’t be asked in 2020, right? But the lines between Apps, Websites and Software is fading. Here is a good example: certain websites you visit on the phone, you can ‘add to homescreen’. This adds an icon of the website and makes it available even when you offline. (Here is good starting point if you want to learn more about this technology: Progressive Web Apps).
So what is it now? An App or a website? How can you access a website that is offline?
For the sake of simplicity we’ll say that everything is accessed via a browser, is a website. (Except for PDF files, Video files, etc.)
What was Webdesign?
Certain plugins go even a step further and give you finished and multi-functional User Interface Elements (for example a Button). You can read more on such frameworks here: Top 3 UI Frameworks.
So, where you start?
If you are starting your developer journey in 2020, you should feel blessed. You’ll receive advanced programming language and tons and tons of tutorials and cheap (but not always good) courses. Following lines assume that you want to know how to become a Frontend developer.
We’ll also assume that you don’t want to become a Frontend developer just for the sake of becoming of Frontend developer. The motivation behind this is mainly to earn money. Then comes fun and enjoyment. We do not distinguish whether you make money via a wage or freelance work.
In the end it all comes down to fulfilling the demand (for in Frontend development) with your supply of this skill.
Web Dev Basics
Every Website on the these two most basic technologies: HTML5 and CSS.
HTML5 equals to Hyper Text Markup Language 5. It’s the standard markup language for virtually every Website. HTML elements are the most basic elements of an HTML page.
CSSequals to Cascading Style Sheets. CSS takes the UI Elements that were created by HTML and adds some style to them – making our website beautiful and modern.
Modern Websites for Beginners
How to learn it? Well, some people prefer skimming through the docs and learn via trial&error. Others prefer a more focused and directed learning with Courses.
How to learn Vue.js 2
We at German IT Academy put our soul into our courses and hope that you learn a lot in a short period of time while having fun. Without further ado, we present you our Vue.js 2 Online Course:
Professional Frontend for Beginners with VueJS
This Vue.js 2 Course is an Online on-demand Course. Meaning you can watch it whenever you want, on whatever device you want. This Course has reading materials, it has Videos, it has Questions and you get to practice with real code on your Computer.
You’ll start with installing some basic Software that you need to develop a website. We’ll guide you through this process. If something doesn’t work out, you can call us and ask. You end this course with the skill of creating fast and modern Websites.
Your Journey as a Frontend Developer starts with this Vue.js 2 Course
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Laravel is a powerful MVC PHP framework. From official docs “Laravel is a web application framework with expressive, elegant syntax”. You must’ve heard about Laravel if you’ve ever worked with PHP. Laravel has experienced major growth since it’s initial release in 2011. Laravel was created by Taylor Otwell. It became the most starred PHP framework on GitHub in 2015.
My goal with this article is to create a guide for those who just want to learn Laravel and explore PHP. This article will not cover every small detail about Laravel but will be enough to get you started with Laravel 6.
You should be familiar with HTML, CSS & most important Object-Oriented programming with PHP 7
A local PHP environment (Valet, Homestead, Vagrant, XAMP, LAMP, etc.)
A database (MySQL, SQLite etc.)
Node & NPM installed and updated
Note: For local environment I’ll be using LAMP (Linux Apache MySQL PHP) as there are no pre-configured environment like Homestead or Valet available for Linux. You can use Homestead for windows or Valet if you’re a Mac user.
I’ll explain how to create a new Laravel 6 application just as I would in real world environment. So let’s get started.
You must plan any project before coding it out. Planning a project before implementation is a major factor in its success. It doesn’t matter how you plan a project. You can plan it on Paper, whiteboard or some simple text file. You can also use Trello for planning out all the components you’re going to create in the project.
Today, we are going to create a Contact Book app. So let’s talk about goals of it.
Display all contacts in a list.
Create a form where people can add new contact.
Validate the form.
Insert the data into the database.
Let’s create a brand-new Laravel project. I like to put all my projects in Development directory. Open your terminal and navigate to this directory.
Next, let’s install Laravel’s command line installer.
composer global require "laravel/installer"
Now, create a new Laravel project.
laravel new ContactBook
This will create a new directory at Development/ContactBook and install a stock Laravel app.
Navigate to newly created directory and run Laravel server by
php artisan serve
You’ll get this output, open your browser and navigate to given address.
Let’s open this newly created project in Editor. You can use any editor or IDE of your choice. My personal favorite IDE for Laravel development is PhpStorm. Now open .env (Environment) file.
Here, you can set different environment variables. You can change the name of the app by editing ‘APP_NAME’. The main part here is ‘DB_*’ variables. You can set different database by specifying driver name. Here you can also set SMTP details.
Setting up Authentication
Laravel made it very easy to enable Login/Registration functionality. In this tutorial, it’s not mandatory to set up authentication, so you can skip this part if you want to.
Laravel’s laravel/ui package provides a quick way to scaffold all the routes and views you need for authentication using a few simple commands:
composer require laravel/ui --dev
php artisan ui bootstrap --auth
npm install && npm run dev
This command will install a layout view, registration and login views, as well as routes for all authentication end-points. A HomeController will also be generated to handle post-login requests to your application’s dashboard.
With the basics set up and working, it’s time to start doing some coding.
Building a Contact List
Building a whole finished project is quite overwhelming, so it’s better if we divide our project in small parts. So let’s start with displaying a list of contacts. It may sound a small task but it still requires a database, table, view and query.
So let’s create a migration. We can create a migration by using Laravel artisan command line tool.
Save it and run the migration by using following command.
php artisan migrate
Now, we’re going to need a model and some dummy data to work with our database. Laravel provides database seeder to populate table with dummy data and a factory class to generate dummy data.
php artisan make:model --factory ContactBook
This command will create a new Contact model. The --factory flag will generate a new factory file. Our newly created factory file will reside in database/factories. Open the ContactFactory.php file and fill the following:
This command will create a new seeder for our contact book table. Open the seeder file by going to database/seeds/ContactBookTableSeeder.php. Now paste the following in it.
public function run()
To activate the following, navigate to database/seeds/DatabaseSeeder.php. Now paste the following in it.
public function run()
Now, run the migration and seed the tables by running the following command.
php artisan migrate:fresh --seed
We have successfully generated fake data for our app! Now we’re ready to create a new view to display a list of Contacts.
Routes & Views
Now it’s time to provide new routes to display a form to add new contact and list existing contacts. We can add new routes to our application in the routes/web.php file.
Here, we can create necessary routes for our app. Laravel provides a default route. To create a new route, we can either use dedicated controller class or closure. For sake of simplicity we’re going to use closure in our app.
Now, let’s update the home route to show all contacts from database table.
This will create a new form with 3 fields, name, phone and description. The form action is ‘/insert’ which we will next. Laravel require to send a csrf token with any type of form submission, so we’ve also included @csrf. This will create a hidden field with a random csrf token.
Navigate to ‘/add’ in your browser, you’ll see something like this.
Handling form submission
Now, with the form is created we can start working on our insert route, to handle the form submission. Open routes file and add the following.
This route is a little complicated than others so let’s walk through it.
First, we are injecting the Illuminate\Http\Request object, which holds the POST data and other data about the request.
Next, we use the request’s validate() method to validate the form data. The validated fields are returned to the $data variable, and we can use them to populate our model.
We require all three fields, and using the pipe character; we can define multiple rules. If validation fails, an exception is thrown, and the route returns the user with the original input data and validation errors.
Next, we use the tap() helper function to create a new ContactBook model instance and then save it. Using tap allows us to call save() and still return the model instance after the save.
Now allow our model to populate given data, we’ve to specify “fillable” properties. Open ContactBook model and add the following.
class ContactBook extends Model
protected $fillable = [
Now, let’s test this in our browser. Navigate to /add and submit the form with proper data.
Congratulations, you’ve created your first Laravel 6 app. This article was designed to get you started on building your app, and you can use this as a building block to gain the skills you need to develop your application.
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What is WordPress? A technical definition is “WordPress is an open source content management system (CRM) built in PHP”. Currently WordPress is the most popular CRM available for free! If you’ve ever used WordPress, you definitely know about themes & plugins in WordPress! In this article I will show you how to create a simple WordPress plugin in less than 15 minutes! But first, let’s talk more about what a plugin actually is.
WordPress plugin is a package of PHP script(s) that can alter your website. A plugin can alter your website in many ways i.e. From adding a simple message in header to creating a whole shop on your website eg. WooCommerce. Plugins can also modify/tweak existing features of your website like changing Login, sending email on specific event etc.
WordPress theme or Plugin?
If you have ever opened a WordPress theme, you’ll know that every theme contains a function.php file. This file contains all the theme related logic and any functionality provided by a particular theme. You can modify this file and add your own custom functionality too. So if we can directly add new feature in function.php, why do we need a plugin? Well the answer is simple, if you only want to add some text in the header or something small like that, you can surely use theme’s function.php. If you want something like a custom chat bot or anything like that, then a plugin would better suit your needs.
The main difference between a theme’s ‘function.php’ and separate plugin is that plugin’s functionality persists regardless of your website’s current theme but any changes from function.php will only be applicable when that particular theme is in use.
Creating our first WordPress Plugin
WordPress plugin’s default structure only requires one PHP file in a separate directory with a PHP block comment containing various data about that plugin. So, to create a plugin you need to navigate to your wp-content/plugins folder. Create a new folder name myFirstPlugin. Inside this new folder create a new file named myfirstplugin.php. Open the created file in any text editor of your choice and paste the following in it.
Plugin Name: My First Plugin
Plugin URI: http://mywebsite.com/
description: My first ever WordPress plugin
Author: Arman Khan
Author URI: https://instagram.com/codingwitharman
Here, only Plugin Name is required, but it’s a good practice to provide as much data as possible about our plugin.
That’s it!! You’ve created your first ever WordPress plugin. You can log in to your wp-admin and go to plugins and active this plugin. Of course, this plugin does not do anything, yet! But it is an active plugin.
How to create a great plugin?
There are some parameters that you should consider while creating your plugin. These parameters will help you create a successful well documented plugin.
How to structure your plugin? Well, this question is quite common among new WordPress developers.
If your plugin provides complex functionality, you should divide it in multiple files. For example, if your plugin has a main class, you should put that in your plugin’s main file and provide connections to other files through it. If your plugin includes UI related files, you should consider sorting them in separate folders like JS/CSS/Images and put all these folders in one assets folder. Well of course this is not a requirement from WordPress but a good plugin structure is always preferred compared to a bad one.
When creating functions in the plugin, you should be very careful naming them. You should never choose more general names for your functions as it might clash with other plugins that have similar functionalities.
The most common solution is to use unique prefix. For example, if your function name is commonFunction then you should replace it with something like ak_commonFunction.
This function runs when a WordPress administrator delete your plugin from backend. This is a great way to remove plugin specific data like tables in database or custom field created by your plugin.
Well, so now you know how to create a simple WordPress plugin. Now you can easily follow articles that require you to create WordPress plugin first. Of course this guide does not contain advance features that a plugin can provide, we’ll cover those topics in future articles for sure. Stay tuned!
We at German IT Academy are very eager to see first official release of the third Version of Vue.js 3. Therefore we are watching the developments closely and will be publishing many Posts, Tutorials & Courses on Vue.js 3. It does pay off to be on our Newsletter list (scroll down to subscribe) or check this Vue.js 3 Guide once i a while.
Also, check out the first “awesome-vue3″ repository with an updated and curated list of all resources regarding Vue.js 3.
Currently the vuejs team is working on three projects: the 2.7 Version, Maintenance of current codebase and the Roadmap (mainly the third version of Vue.js).
Major Changes in Vue.js 3
Let’s explore the official plans for third Version of Vue.js. We will also derive a great lot of content from the vue/rfcs, where all the RFCs are developed and discussed (Note: RFC = Request For Comment). We picked some of the most interesting ones and included a basic code example. As the changes become more certain, we will update our Vue.js 3 Guide to have more detailed examples.
Official RFCs December 2019
There is a long explanation of what the Composition API is. Generally, the motivation behind it is the reuse of Logic, better Code Structure and better Type Inference. Here is a basic Example:
Whatever path you decide on, we will help you find out the ideal things to do to take. Your career path contains the jobs you should hit your final career objective. While the career path will appear different for everybody, aiming to acquire equal parts experience in company and technology is your safest bet. For that reason, it’s essential you select the ideal career path to ensure it’s authentic to who you are.
Nuance of IT Career Path
For midmarket CIOs, it’s an incredibly exciting prospect for them to not only grow their careers but also to make a great deal of money,” Banerji explained. Information Technology (IT) careers are predicted to experience significant growth during the present decade. When you’re ready to take that very first step into your new IT career you will begin with the fundamentals.
Roadmap for IT Career Path
One particular tangible way to begin your career change is by way of freelance or part-time work. As soon as you have decided that a career change is certainly the way forward, there’s still a lot you will need to think about. Making a career change is just one of the toughest job-search challenges. Career change, as soon as you have decided that a career change is certainly the way forward, there’s still a lot you will need to think about. Whether the career change is voluntary or involuntary, individuals may experience a number of emotions like fear, anxiety, or a feeling of loss. Tons of individuals wonder whether making a significant career change is well worth it.
The Foolproof IT Career Path Strategy
Figure out if career change is appropriate for you and how to change careers. Irrespective of where you currently are in your career, there are a couple of things you can begin doing to increase your odds of a thriving future IT career path. Another way to go into a career in information technology is to make a college degree. Online Courses are a quicker way though. In addition you get the most up to date skills.
You are able to still receive the job. You can proceed and apply for jobs that you believe you’d enjoy, whether you’ve got the requirements listed in the work ad or not. Simply perusing books about the market, in addition to specific topics like programming and networking, can help you explore the range of work in the area.
Much like any goal, it can help to define where you wish to go and a path to get there. It’s possible to segue from just about any career path into any other. You’re able to pursue a few different, new career paths simultaneously.
As you grow, however, the path forward can come to be not as clear. A career path provides the employee a feeling of direction, a way to evaluate career progress, and career targets and milestones. Before you go out and select a career path, it’s imperative that you take the opportunity to figure out what success means to you. Whichever way a career path takes someone, it’s intended to provide greater satisfaction of a worker’s career values and requires by targeting a string of jobs created to receive them to their career objective. Other career paths are indirect and could involve work in various industries or kinds of jobs, including when someone is working on a career change.
Before we dive in to Future of Frontend in 2020. Let’s begin with some basics as we gradually get more forward-looking. We obviously cannot know what technology will dominate in 2020 and what framework will pop up. But we can try at least.
What is frontend?
It is also a common term used by programmers and computer programmers to describe part of the layers that make up a website, computer program or hardware, which are depicted based on how accessible they are to a user. The frontend layer strategically placed on top of the backend includes all software or hardware that is part of a user interface.
Professionals such as web designers usually handle Frontend section of every project and the components are customer facing. Some of these components includes:
Search engine optimization (SEO)
Graphic design and image editing tools
Design and markup languages such as CSS and HTML
Web performance and browser compatibility
Usability and accessibility testing
The consistent demands for frontend career specialist is very high. Some of the key skills of a frontend developer are responsive design, frameworks, debugging, web performance, CSS preprocessing and command line among others.
Consider taking our VueJS Certification or VueJS Online Course. It’s on-demand, easy to understand and has tremendous benefits for you career.
An important area where frontend (client-side programming) is of high relevance is UI, UX. There is a distinct relationship between frontend, UI and UX. They work together seamlessly. The UX design centered on the satisfaction of the user experiences with software. Frontend development is the technical implementation of the software user interface.
UI design is the graphical bridge that connects the UX and frontend. An individual can choose to be a UI, UX, and frontend web developer in which he/she will be responsible for applying interactive and visual design experience. For you to be successful in this field, you must be able to observe users behavior to bring the best out of an application. Your primary aim should be to ensure user-based company goals are been reached satisfactorily. Some of the major importance of frontend development in relationship with UI and UX are:
Optimize navigation: Intuitive navigation will help gain customer trust by ensuring that the visitors find whatever they are seeking from your site. It majorly comprises of a well-planned site layout, clean, and structured impressive graphics.
Visitor retention: This will help increase traffic and conversion. Thus, optimized performance is one of the business benefits of front-end development.
Some other sub areas of its relevance are mobile frontend and web frontend:
Mobile Frontend: This can operate effectively without an active internet.
Web Frontend: This requires active internet for it work properly on your devices.
Generally, frontend development tools are focused on the user interface and user experiences. These has given birth to the following importance:
Creating modern day responsive websites or web app for mobility segment
Building bug free, secured and consistent products for high traffic web zone
Developing quickly reacting features or interactive app tools for online stores
Easy to learn, use and scale technologies, etc
In conclusion, the earlier you learn various frontend skills such as VueJS today – the better. Frontend courses are made easy with the best-qualified teaching procedures at German IT Academy.
Frontend in 2020
As for the prediction of where Frontend will head in 2020 it’s no easy task. Just as VueJS came out of nowhere and allowed more people with lower frontend skills to participate in the development. So can another framework, paradigm or tools do so in 2020.
It is certainly though that Material Design & Bootstrap are going to continue growing like they already do. They will keep evolving and doing the little hard jobs of micro-designing small buttons and tables for us.
Changing Screen Sizes
If the rise of foldable phones continues, the frontend developers will need to adjust to this new environment of suddenly changing screen size and making sure that the app, page, game works transitions seamlessly between both screen sizes.
Performance & Data Focus
With the rise of data lakes and data on itself, Frontend Industry will be coming up with ways to make their Application lighter and more intelligent in showing, grouping and filtering the right information without overloading the hardware, browser, etc.
Artificial Intelligence in Frontend
With AI supported in-app & on website behaviour analysis of end consumers. We will have insight into deep psychology of our brains. What color triggers more excitement, what button animation triggers more dopamine, etc. The Frontend world will definitely become more fine tuned to our psychological “needs” in our to manipulate the end consumer to … consume.
Frontend in VR & AR
It’s totally new field for us. But one can imagine that Frontend will play a crucial role in AR and VR. This area brings a whole new set of challenges with itself. The user does not use a mouse or a keyboard. The user does stare a small screen. There could pop up a Framework like “ReactVR” (e.g. React 360) or something like that. Which would allow you do design 360 User Interfaces. Or something like “VueAR”, which would allow you to create transparent overlay User Interfaces to allow the user to use your app while they are interacting with their environment.