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Advanced CSS

Monday, December 2nd, 2013
Advanced CSS

Advanced CSS

Title: Advanced CSS
Location: MadLab
Date: 24-05-2014
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 17:00
Booking: Grab a spot here, or drop us an email at

About the course

Modern browsers offer possibilities that were science fiction 5 years ago: designs that automatically adapt to screens from mobile-size to ultra-widescreen, simple declarative animation, advanced effects and eyecandy.

This course picks up where the introductory course leaves off, enriching your site with new possibilities including flexbox and other nu-school layout features, CSS sprites, responsive web design, CSS3 transitions, transforms and animation, and more.

You will receive an electronic copy of the teaching materials, as well as free web hosting courtesy of MadLab to test and refine your site. Lunch and refreshments are provided.

Who is the course for?

This course is for budding designers and developers who are comfortable with the basic techniques and syntax of CSS, and want to go to the new level. You don’t need to be Eric Meyer, but if you know who he is, that’s a pretty good start. If you are new to CSS, you should attend our Beginning CSS course first.

Learning outcomes

    After completing the class, you will have learned:

  • The ability to use CSS bling features such as gradients and drop shadows to achieve complex style effects.
  • Knowledge of nu-school CSS layout features such as Flexbox and familiarity with declarative animations with CSS, including transforms, transitions and animation.
  • Responsive web design skills, including CSS3 media queries, fluid layouts, view port, and sensible approach to responsive images.
  • The ability to create graceful fallbacks for non-supporting browsers and progressively enhance those that support cutting edge features.


Equipment required

A laptop (Mac, Windows or Linux) with:

  1. A decent text editor. We recommend:
    • Windows: Notepad++ (free), EditPad Lite (free)
    • Mac: Text Wrangler (free), Sublime Text (free), Coda (££)
    • Linux: Bluefish, KompoZer (all free, of course)
  2. A simple graphics package. We recommend:
    • Windows: IrfanView (free), GIMP (free), Photoshop (£££)
    • Mac: GIMP (free), Pixelmator(£), Photoshop (£££)
    • Linux: GIMP (free), ImageMagick (free)
  3. An up to date web browser. We recommend Firefox, Opera or Chrome, but Internet Explorer and Safari are fine.
  4. An FTP program (to upload your files up to the web). We recommend:
    • Windows: Filezilla (free)
    • Mac: Cyberduck (free)
    • Linux: Filezilla (free)


Your tutor: Chris Mills

Chris Mills is a Senior Tech Writer at Mozilla, where he writes docs and demos about open web apps, Firefox OS and related subjects. He loves tinkering around with HTML, CSS, JavaScript and other web technologies, and gives occasional tech talks at conferences and universities.

Chris used to work for Opera and W3C and currently enjoys playing heavy metal drums and drinking good beer. He lives near Manchester, UK, with his good lady and three beautiful children.

Manchester Unity User Group (MUUG!)

Monday, December 2nd, 2013



Title: Manchester Unity Usergoup
Location: MadLab
Date: 29-05-2014
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00

The group is an informal meetup, and is open to absolutely everyone: all levels of Unity experience are welcome. We want this to be a regular chance for local developers to hang out, share ideas, demo projects, learn new things and generally have a good time.

For those who are unfamiliar with it, Unity is a game engine and development environment. Find out more here:

This event is organised by Joe Robins of Unity3d, and Dan Hett of BBC Children’s and the Manchester Game Jam – but we want YOU guys to steer it and turn it into something awesome. Join us!


Bitcoin Manchester

Sunday, November 10th, 2013


Title: Bitcoin Manchester
Location: MadLab
Description: Bitcoin Manchester is a meetup for Bitcoin users, miners, buyers, sellers or anyone else otherwise interested in Bitcoin in the North West.
Date: 03-02-2014
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00


Manchester Free Software Festival

Sunday, November 10th, 2013
Manchester Free Software Festival

Manchester Free Software Festival

Dates: 3rd-7th February
Booking: Sign up for events via EventBrite

Get ready to celebrate:
Manchester’s first Free Software festival has arrived!

Free Software is the radical tech movement behind projects like WordPress, Android, Bitcoin, Firefox, GNU/Linux, LibreOffice, and many more. It guarantees you the freedom to use, study, change, and share your computer software and has spawned a generation of creativity by empowering millions. The chances are you have been using Free Software for years – this is a great opportunity to learn more about what that means, how you can get involved and most importantly celebrate this fanatic movement with canapés, cake and company.

Events going on during the week:

Volunteer Planning – Monday 3rd February
Bitcoin Bonanza! – Tuesday 4th February
WordPress: Freeing your Business  - Wednesday 5th February
Cryptoparty 2.0 – Thursday 6th February
Free Your Android – Friday 7th February


Bitcoin Bonanza! – Bitcoin intro & workshop

For the Free Software Festival, Bitcoin Manchester is putting together an intro and workshop on Bitcoin. It will be in three parts:

Intro to Bitcoin: A short talk on what it is, how it works, and why it it’s so important

Demo on creating and using Bitcoin wallets. We’ll show you how to sign up for an easy, convenient wallet on, suitable for everyday use and small amounts. We’ll also show you the more technical but extremely secure Armory wallet and how to keep your coins off the internet entirely.


WordPress: Freeing your Business

If you use (or would like to use) WordPress for your business then you are in good company: WordPress is used by around 19% of the top 10 million websites in the world, and there are more than 60 million WordPress sites in total. WordPress gives you the freedom to get involved in your own technology and makes building and maintaining a website for your business or hobby simple and affordable… but the freedom you have with WordPress it part of something bigger.

WordPress is Free Software; it is part of a global movement that has changed computing forever. Free Software is created by communities of people who have made a radical decision: to licence their work so that anyone can use, share, change and study it.

This event is designed for businesses, self-employed people and groups who use or want to use WordPress (however anyone interested in WordPress is welcome to come along). There will be two talks, a chance to network and you can get help and advice about WordPress. Refreshments will be provided.


Free Your Android

Android is a mostly free operating system mainly developed by Google. Unfortunately, the drivers for most devices and most applications from the “market” are not free (as in free speech, not free beer). They frequently work against the interest of the users, spy on them and sometimes can not even be removed. Find out more on FSFE’s Free Your Android campaign page.

In this workshop we will look at FDroid, a market app containing only free and open source applications (which can be installed without rooting the phone); and, for the more adventurous, CyanogenMod an entire aftermarket distribution which gives you more freedom over your device than most stock firmwares.


Cryptoparty 2.0

Cryptoparties are open to everyone from complete beginners to
technical experts. Activists, lawyers, journalists, doctors, small businessmen and the general public will come together to understand how to protect their documents, emails and passwords from being accessed.

Specifically we’ll look at technology such as the Tor network (to browse the internet anonymously) , public key encryption PGP/GPG (to send encrypted email), and OTR (Off The Record messaging for encrypted live chat)

Free Software Foundation Europe

Sunday, November 10th, 2013


Title: Free Software Foundation Europe
Location: MadLab
Description: The Free Software Foundation Europe’s local Manchester chapter
Date: 03-02-2014
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00






A fun, friendly and creative group for people intrested in learning more and teaching more about Free Software.  If use or would like to use Free Software, that is software published under a licence which gives you the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software, then this group is for you! What ever your Free Software passions, whether you be a newbie or an expert, you always will be given a warm welcome and usually some cake too!