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Making Images Round with Simple CSS

In the old days, we had to go to Photoshop (or some other image editor) to create rounded PNG or GIF files, to create images that were round. Now you can do this with simple CSS3 applied to your image:

style="border-radius: 50%;"

This is what my picture looks like without the CSS:

This is just one small example, where CSS3 makes much of what we used to do with Photoshop in web design, obsolete. If you want to learn CSS3, my CSS course in my IWD package will teach you fast!

Stef

Why I removed 95% of my web design and development courses?

Hi,

So I’ve been making video courses on web design and development since about 2003, and recently I removed about 95% of the courses on the Killervideostore because they were old.

Yes, most of the old courses were about 80-90% cool, in terms of the information being up to date. Nonetheless, I decided to remove them and create new courses that are now 100% up to date … and they are also very future-proof!

How can programming and development courses be future-proof?

Ah, 5-6 years I would have agreed. But since 2014 (give or take,) things have really stabilized in terms of the webstack. Think about it, all the major web frameworks:

  • Java Spring
  • PHP Laravel
  • Node.js + Express
  • Python + Django
  • Ruby + Rails

… All share many of the same characteristics. All are MVC based, and all of them share similar patterns.

Yes, there are significant differences here and there, but at their core, all the frameworks do most things the same way. Bottom line: once you learn one web mvc framework, you will know a lot about all of them.

With that in mind, it has become more and more apparent to experienced developers, that the key to all this, is understanding the key principles and patterns of software development. Starting with foundation ideas like:

  • Variables
  • Collections
  • Object oriented programming

… To more advanced coding concepts like separation of concerns, micro services, datastores (relational databases vs object databases) etc … These concepts are found in ALL the above mentioned frameworks and languages. When you get down to it, it’s all variations of the same ideas.

Key to becoming a master developer?

Learn the basic concepts well. Then jumping from one hot library, language or framework … becomes easy. I started writing code in 1994, and I’ve built commercial apps over the years with about 9 languages (lost count!) .. and that experience tells me to go back to basics every time.

That all said, any courses produced since 2015 are very much up to date since I teach the key basic concepts that will allow you to become a money making professional developer fast.

Stefan Mischook

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Should you Learn PHP in 2016 and 2017?

Hi!

In this video vlog, I quickly go over WHY and WHEN PHP is a great choice of a language.

Tip: freelance web developers pay attention!

Thanks!

Stefan

Is there a Risk of Choosing the Wrong Programming Language?

Hi!

Which programming language should you choose? Python, PHP, Ruby. C#, JavaScript, Java … how important is this choice?

Thanks!

Stef

The Realities of Learning to Code

Hi!

In the video below, I answer someone’s question about his fears related to learning to code, and the feeling of being overwhelmed because of all the options. Here you go:

Thanks!

Stefan

Tips on Starting a Web Development Business in 2017

Hi!

In the video below, I give some important tips for anyone wanting to start a web development business. Check it out:

If you have questions about web development, feel free to contact me.

Thanks!

Stef

New Interactive Web Developer Course!

web developer

Hi,

I am happy to announce my new Interactive Web Developer course. This package covers everything you need to be a web developer.

What makes it special is the interactive quizzing component, that reinforces the video lessons as you go. Over 350 videos, 900 quiz questions and 40 projects.

Check it out at the introductory price – it’s the best training course I’ve ever created.

Stefan
Killersites.com

New Course Package due out within 2 weeks.

Hi,

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I will soon be retiring many of the courses in the video store.

… For those who still need say the Dreamweaver CS6 course, it will be there, but generally pushed to the background. At the same time, there are other courses that are just going to be replaced altogether.

Big Changes

I would say that the biggest change will be the format in which we provide training. Rather than download to own, we will be offering lifetime streaming access to the new content. It seems to be how people want it. In other news, I will be introducing a new style of style of training; something I call ‘immersive interactive’ training.

More to come.

Stefan
Killersites.com

Massive Purge of the Courses

Hi!

I built my first video course in about 2003, and have been retiring courses over the years as needed.

Now that time has come again, where within the next few months, I will be retiring all of the older courses from the site.

… In fact, I plan to stop selling the vast majority. Yes, some still want to learn Dreamweaver CS3, CS5 and CS6 but their time has passed and so should the courses.

New courses for 2015-2016

I am currently building new courses that will be out very soon. Not only will they be up to date with the latest languages (HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, PHP) and development tools, they are created with a whole new style of teaching, that no one is doing.

… These are easily my best courses yet.

Expect to see the new courses to hit the store in October 2015.

Thanks!

Stefan Mischook
Killersites.com

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