A primer on vertical-align in CSS

A primer on the vertical-align attribute in CSS

Of all the CSS attributes that are available to web developes, the vertical-align attribute is perhaps the most mystifying. At first glance, the attribute seems like the vertical aligning cousin of the text-align attribute, but when you try and use it to vertically-centre your elements, it doesn’t work!

<div style="height:100px;background-color:#eee;">
	<p style="background:#dcc;">Item to be vertically-centred</p>
</div>

Item to be vertically-centred

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XAMPP Apache not starting on macOS

XAMPP Apache not starting on macOS

XAMPP is a great tool for web developers who need to host websites locally on their own computer. Unfortunately, because it uses ports and services that are commonly used by other applications, conflicts can happen, causing certain applications on XAMPP to be unable to run.

In this article, we will we exploring what you can do if XAMPP’s Apache service does not run on a macOS platform.

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XAMPP MySQL not starting on macOS

XAMPP MySQL not starting on macOS

XAMPP is a great tool for web developers who need to run or test web applications locally on their own computer. Unfortunately, because it runs applications on the LAMP stack, conflicts can happen, causing certain applications on XAMPP to be unable to run.

In this article, we will be exploring what you can do if XAMPP’s MySQL service does not run on a macOS platform.

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Writing a Unity Shader script for a glowing material — A deeper look

Subtle background animations always help to set the mood of the game. It might only be something simple as a slowly pulsing glow, but it adds to the ambience of the digital city that Terminus is set in.

This article takes a deeper look into some parts of my animated shader tutorial on Youtube, where I went through the creation of a shader used in one of my team’s recent projects.

  1. SubShader tags
    1. Queue
    2. RenderType
  2. Vertex and fragment
  3. Time
  4. Emission formula
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What to do when gitignore doesn't work

How to fix .gitignore not working on your repository

If you’re using a Git-based source control, you might be familiar with the use of a .gitignore file to list files which Git is supposed to ignore when tracking files and making commits. This can be particularly useful when using Git (if you’re using GitHub Desktop, you’re also using Git) as a source control tool for projects that generate temporary or user-specific files at every run, such as Unity, as these files cannot be shared across different users of the project.

User-generated files in Unity
User-generated files in Unity that don’t need to be tracked by Git.

Sometimes, when setting up the repository, because of a .gitignore that is not properly set up, files that you intend to be ignored can actually get committed into the repository. If that happens, retroactively applying the .gitignore list will not help.

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Creating a Farming RPG in Unity - Part 11: Saving Farmland Data

Creating a Farming RPG (like Harvest Moon) in Unity — Part 11: Saving Farmland Data

Ever wanted to create a game like Harvest Moon in Unity? Check out Part 11 of our guide here, where we go through how to save our farmland’s data. You can also find Part 10 of our guide here, where we went through how to set up scene transitions.

A link to a package containing the project files up to Part 10 of this tutorial series can also be found at the end of this article, exclusive to Patreon supporters only.

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Virtual reality without sick bags

Virtual reality without sick bags — Overcoming motion sickness in VR game development

VR is becoming increasingly prevalent, with the release of newer, more accessible hardware being announced, such as the Oculus Quest 2 on 13th October 2020, which offers a wireless VR experience while being priced significantly lower than its competitors and predecessors. With that in mind, the next obvious question to that statement would be “What’s a VR headset without games to play?

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Best practices when uploading images onto WordPress

Best practices when uploading images onto WordPress

If you’re managing a WordPress site that you’ve developed yourself, or one that has been created by a developer and handed over to you, this is a handy guide that you should read. It covers how to optimise your images, so that:

  1. Your site loads as fast as possible, and;
  2. Your images are optimised for crawling and indexing by search engines like Google
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