Want to create a customized blog, without having to deal with the complexity of WordPress? Introducing Jekyll, a web site creation engine with a sophisticated templating system that’s dead simple to use. In this article, Simon Pascal Klein shows you how to use Jekyll to create a feature-rich blog quickly and easily.

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Adobe’s Flex can be a fantastic tool for visualizing data. In this first installment of a three-part series, Toby gives us some general theory on data visualization, and shows us how to extract meaningful data from an application and import it into Flex.

Testing your web site in all the current versions of Internet Explorer on separate PCs is no one’s idea of fun. In this article, Craig shows step-by-step how to run IE6, IE7, and IE8 simultaneously using Windows 7 XP Mode.

Ever updated a web site’s markup and CSS only to have it render incorrectly when you load it in your browser? Perhaps you’ve had to tell a co-worker or client that they needed to refresh the site or empty their browser cache to view your updated site correctly? In this article, Zach shows us a few methods to avoid these headaches and turn the browser cache from a foe into an ally.

The new Web Platform Installer from Microsoft makes setting up PHP and PHP-based applications on Windows a breeze. Louis walks us through what’s available with this new tool and shows us how simple it is to start off with WordPress or Drupal on Windows with IIS.