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Weekly recap: 9 app dev projects you should cancel in 2013, CSS3 pseudo-classes, and more…

EducationEvery week, I share the most interesting and useful tech articles that I’ve found over the past week. This week’s top articles focus on app dev projects to cancel, consumerization of IT, and more. I hope you find them useful:

Getting to know CSS3: Structural Pseudo Classes
CSS3 introduces a number of new pseudo-classes, including structural pseudo-classes that target elements based on position or based on relation to other elements. This article gives a great introduction to these pseudo-classes, and is a must-read for any web developer.

9 app dev projects you should cancel in 2013
Many developers insist on coding their applications from scratch. However, with the rise in good development tools and open source code, creating code from scratch is typically a waste of time and money.

2012: The year that coding became de rigueur
In 2012, we saw an explosion of “learn-to-code” sites. Now, anyone who wants to learn a programming language can learn it for free on their own time, using a site like codecademy. While these sites are aimed mainly at non-IT people, I view it as a huge opportunity for IT departments. Need to learn javascript? You can do it for free. Need to learn HTML or CSS? You can do it for free. Keeping your skills up to date is easier (and cheaper) than ever for those who want to learn.

5 ways to stay ahead of the consumerization of IT
You know the problem: Employees are bringing devices, applications, and data sources into the enterprise, often unbeknownst to the IT department. This article outlines a few great ways to handle this problem