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How to Make Your Own Apps using Twitter

Tired of just tweeting your status? Looking for an easy way to get your followers more involved with your Twitter feed? Then make your own Twitter apps. You can, and the process is easy using Bootstrap.


The DIY concept behind Bootstrap (a toolkit released by Twitter) enables developers to make or refine their own Twitter web apps.

Pulling Up Your Bootstraps
Bootstrap is a small set of tools that’s only approximately 6 KB. Though small in size, these are the same tools that Twitter developers use to create web pages and apps for the Twitter social network. Twitter released Bootstrap in August on the code-sharing website GitHub. In addition to using Bootstrap to make apps, it also has helped Twitter developers make Twitter’s operating code more consistent across its entire selection of apps.

At the center of Bootstrap is CSS, or Cascading Style Sheets (a programming language that regulates the appearance and functionality of a website or web app). Bootstrap lets developers define essential parts of web apps, including page templates, tables and forms, buttons, and navigation through the app and also covers style components (such as color palettes and typography). Bootstrap is considered an open source toolkit, which means that anybody is free to use Bootstrap and is even welcome to improve its functionality through added modifications (sometimes known as “forking”).


This little bird is doing a lot more these days than just updating his status.

Developing Apps Beyond Twitter
Twitter is the primary means of short, quick status updates – so it’s no wonder that more than 350 billion tweets are sent daily. Even more surprising is how we can condense our communications down to 140 characters.

If you’re interested in a career in technology or communications, a Twitter feed is as vital as an e-mail address. Bootstrap is a great place to start, but aspiring programmers and developers should look even further. Learning web development or how to build apps can be the key to your future. The first step though is professional training, and computer camps like Digital Media Academy can put you on a fast-track to a career. DMA offers hands-on instruction by industry professionals: experts in web design, app dev and more who share real-world experience in a pre-collegiate environment. Take, for example, DMA’s new program: Academy for Mobile Device Programming or the DMA Studios: App Development for iPhone & iPad. In both courses, students achieve basic mastery of app development and get a true taste of the industry. Creating the future has never been easier.

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Are you Baffled by CSS? Learn Web Designer Skills!

By Sandy Novak, Instructor

Are you feeling lost when it comes to Dreamweaver and CSS? I know exactly how you feel. After years of producing professional table-based sites, I found it very challenging to make the transition to CSS. As a visual person, and I needed to discover a simple functional way to tackle CSS layout with Dreamweaver. I found success by focusing on simple layouts while enhancing my pages with eye catching Photoshop images and graphics. I have been teaching CSS web design with Dreamweaver for over two years and my students are able to integrate solid CSS layout techniques into beautiful, consistent, and accessible sites that validate perfectly.

The Introduction to Web Design wth Adobe CS5 – Dreamweaver, Flash & Photoshop and the Advanced Web Design Techniques with Adobe CS5 courses at DMA cover Dreamweaver Photoshop and Flash and focus on web design work flow, tips and techniques. Hands-on step-by-step projects will guide you through the web design process and will build your skills and confidence so that you can be truly productive after the course is complete. Both classes focus on creativity and are designed for the non-programmer.

Check out our course location page here: Web Design Class Locations for Digital Media Academy training locations.  Stanford University, University of Texas at Austin, UC San Diego, Harvard University, and University of Chicago offer exciting and challenging Digital Media courses for adults.

Check out Sandy Novak’s website here:  Sandy Novak

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