Dynamic TinyURL Links Generator using jQuery

by Jake Rocheleau
on August 23, 2012

in Tutorials

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There are so many web applications available for shortening URLs to share online. TinyURL is one of the originals and has been around longer than I can even remember. Their service is always online and it works perfectly for translating into tweets or posts on Facebook.

In this tutorial I want to build a mini-app which will generate tiny URLs right from your web browser. You could install this script on any domain and you’ll be able to generate dynamic links using Ajax without even refreshing the page! Their service doesn’t have a detailed API but it’s enough that we can pass a full URL and get the tiny version back as a result. And that’s just enough functionality for this app to hold some value when hosted on a 3rd party website.

TinyURL Links Generator with Ajax - preview

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Designing Modern Web Layouts with Professional Flair

by Jake Rocheleau
on August 16, 2012

in design

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It’s very easy to tell the difference between a modern website design compared to something done 5 or 10 years ago. Web designers have quickly grown into a new phase of glossy buttons and CSS3 webkit properties. All of these effects can be applied to website projects today in order to prepare for a comparable outcome later on down the road.

In this article I want to look into modern design techniques for creating professional websites. I’ll use a few current examples in the article which we can compare with each other. Some trends just do not work well on all websites, so you’ll have to take these ideas with a grain of salt and gauge them for each situation. But it’s very clear that web design has entered a more advanced development cycle and as such we are noticing tremendous adaptations with modern layouts.

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