Welcome to the April 2021 edition of web design and development. This month’s edition features Microsoft again but this time for positive reasons. This month we will be nice to Microsoft and let’s show a little love to VS Code. As usual, see the latest in coding and web design resources.
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Microsoft Now Supports Linux GUI Apps
After the attempt to buy out Discord in March. Microsoft is in the news again. This time they have announced support for running Linux GUI apps on Windows 10. Microsoft hasn’t always played fair when it comes to Open Source and supporting Linux.
Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) was initially released in 2016 and has only had support for command-line apps until writing this article. Subsequently, the latest Windows 10 insiders edition is now available for developers to test.
What does this mean? For most users, it doesn’t make any difference as the majority of open-source software can be downloaded on all platforms. Developers can use WSL to test their software. It may be deemed positive that Microsoft is playing fair or is it too late? I’ll let you be the judge!
All Things VS Code
As all great software should do it is forever changing. New extensions replace old ones. People try out new technologies that require extra support with syntax highlighting etc. Over the past month, there has been plenty of articles that recommend extensions to improve productivity. There is bound to be an extension for just about anything you want if you look hard enough.
Web Design Resources
If you learning a trade it is natural to make mistakes along the way. If you are an aspiring web designer here is a list of mistakes to avoid. There are so many resources for designers it’s hard to keep track of what you need and when you need it. Recently featured on Product Hunt, Haikei is an app that generates SVG backgrounds for UI Design, web pages and more.
You can do so much with CSS compared to 10 years ago. Animations in particular are being used more as browsers are offering support. It seems that there is a CSS generator for everything. Is web design becoming easier with all the tools available to us?
If you are a beginner and still wondering what programming language to learn here is a comparison between PHP and Python. Both are extremely popular and have many uses in the modern era.
The Best of the Rest in April 2021
- CSS Flexbox Tutorial with Flexbox Properties Cheat Sheet
- 24+ Awesome CSS Pattern Background Generators
- Cassette tape in CSS
- Free Online Courses for Students
- There’s a New VS Code Sass Compiler in Town
- Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Programming: How Are They Different?
- 7 Time-Saving Tools for Software Developers in 2021
- New resources on the gender gap in computer science
- 20 Tools & Resources for Getting the Right Colour for your Projects
See you in May for the next version of Web Dev and Design.