Wijmo And Headjs Reviews

December 13th, 2010
Wijmo And Headjs Reviews

Undiscovered frontier

I love seeing new things being created to make web developers’ lives easier. Some suck, and some rock. Of course I am not the final judge. Usually I find these either from receiving a tweet or a list that shows all the stuff we, in theory, should be aware of. Two that I was intrigued by recently are Wijmo, a jQuery UI Widgets kit, and Head JS, which claims that it will be the only script you need in your head tag. Let’s get started, shall we?

Apparently Wijmo is from outer space

Aside from an attempt at humor, Wijmo makes a really bold claim:

There’s is a new highly volatile element for creating websites and web apps on earth. We call the new element “Wijmo”. Wijmo is a complete kit of over 30 jQuery UI Widgets. It is an extremely dangerous mixture of jQuery, CSS3, SVG, and HTML5 that when combined become an unstoppable force on the web.

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My 5 Best Web Development Things of 2010

December 7th, 2010
My 5 Best Web Development Things of 2010

So many to choose from

Wow, my first list? I’m not sure I approve of what I am about to write just because I usually don’t care about what they say. A list like this though, is one I usually read. Same with the year’s trends in web design or development because I want to see what others have been doing. This list though is unique, because it pertains to what I learned or what I personally thought were the top innovations of 2010. By 2010 I either mean they came out this year, or I actually learned them this year. If you haven’t used, learned or heard of these…you should. Otherwise you are dumb. Na, I don’t mean that. Ok, yes I do. Anyway, to the winch, wench!

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Abstraction Of Web Development Languages

December 2nd, 2010
Abstraction Of Web Development Languages

Making web development faster

We are all into making our job easier right? We love writing less but doing more. jQuery is an abstraction of Javascript, it takes less of it to do the same stuff. What if though, you could use something else to write the jQuery, only it took even less to write that. Is there a point where the abstraction level is just plain ridiculous? There are a ton of different languages and code out there to make what we write everyday take less and less time, but today I started wondering if there was a line of stupidity that we can cross by using all of these. My answer is at the end of the article, but let’s go through some of the ones I know of that, in theory, are supposed to make our normal process of building a website faster by abstracting the code you write. If you are asking me though (in your head of course) what abstraction in this case means, it is basically like writing the code in a very short hand method to the point that while it bears a resemblance to the original, it is not.

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Getting back from my vacation from web development

November 30th, 2010
Getting back from my vacation from web development

A needed break

I took the week off during the Thanksgiving holiday. I didn’t realize I needed it until I was already two days in. The first day I was just waiting for a call from work to say something was jacked up and needed to be fixed. Thankfully the call never came. The second day of my vacation I wanted to sit in front of the computer and do some work of my own, but forced myself away. I was on a break after all, I should enjoy it right? After that, it was heaven.

Sometimes you need a break to make you realize you were dangerously close to getting burned out without even knowing it. I love what I do, as most of do, but as I have found the past week…you just have to get away from it for a while. I hadn’t had any time off this year until then, so it was very weird not doing ANYTHING related to web development. I thought about it a lot, but I didn’t touch the computer. And you know what? I feel soooo much better. Sorry I didn’t post, or tweet, or whatever, but trust me when I say I needed to go away for a week.

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Web Developer Or Designer Growing Pains

November 16th, 2010
Web Developer Or Designer Growing Pains

Feeling Different

If you asked me about a year ago what my favorite blogs were, I would give you the same answers that most of you would give. Lately, and by that I mean about 6 months or so, maybe a little longer, I’ve been feeling like none of them are writing about anything that I need anymore. I’m not going to mention any names because I respect what they gave me. What do I mean by ‘need’ though? That feeling of “Holy CRAP that is awesome.” I don’t know if the caliber of writing has gone down on those blogs, or if I’ve just grown beyond what they are doing. Only one major blog has kept up with where I am at and what I want to see, and that is net.tutsplus.com. Everyone else seems to be posting the same fluff pieces about things plumbers can teach us. I want tutorials about some bad-ass CSS3 techniques that no one has thought of. Or the video tutorial series I’m watching on net.tuts about starting Ruby.

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