Blog redesign….its in the works.

February 2nd, 2010

new blog redesignLets begin again. A reintroduction if you will. What the hell is the point of this blog? Good question. I don’t know how many people, if any, actually read these posts. Really, it doesn’t matter. I think I write them for myself, to prove I am actually learning stuff along the way. Its mainly here to help beginners in web design/development. Tricks I’ve picked up to make my life easier, and hopefully yours, or things that took me a while to figure out through many a google search. If you have some years behind you though, and you learned something, I’m glad. Let me know by posting a comment. Oh, and I’m redesigning it!

What won’t you see here? Damn, you guys are doing awesome with these questions. You won’t see a freakin’ 50 AMAZING ICON SETS lists, or why beer sites suck even though they are selling cool products. There are enough of those kinds of web mags. I’m not that. Of course if I’m offered the money, I’m sorry, but I will be selling out in a second. You would too, so shut up.

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INSANE CSS trick…..INSANE I tell you!

January 28th, 2010

This has got to be one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a looooooong time. This was a time consuming bit of cool that I can’t imagine wasting time on, when there has got to be an easier way to do this using javascript. BUT….recognition for this cat is due for doing it all in CSS…and not even CSS3! I freakin love it. I can’t think of another use for it other than what he is doing, but it doesn’t really matter.

Take a look!

JQuery for beginners….great video series

January 17th, 2010

For those of you that are interested in learning javascript, especially the jQuery library, which seems to be used more and more these days, you will want to check out this video series. These are done by Jeffery Way, the editor of Nettuts+, and site manager for Theme Forest. I went through all of them, and they are some of the best tutorials I’ve ever seen. I learned a lot in a very short amount of time. Go check them out!

Zen Coding for Aptana….nice little plugin!

January 15th, 2010

So, I’m finally getting away from Dreamweaver. There is no point to using it anymore anyway, since I never use the design view. Sure it does some things well, and it is for sure the absolute best WYSIWYG editors out there. I’ll use it for some things, but from now on, I’m going with Aptana. Its free and very customizable. I like the way it handles CSS and Javascript. You can create a new project and choose what js libraries you want to include into it. Very cool.

Its not very intuitive, and I’ve had to get a lot of help, but all-in-all, I’m diggin’ it. So, for those that actually already use it, this is for you.

Zen Coding is a nice little plugin with some real crap documentation. I only know how to do a few things with it so far, which I’ll let you know how to do.

First things first….get the plugin here (they have a ton of versions for different frameworks…including Dreamweaver.

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Cross Browser Testing….made easy

December 31st, 2009

Here is an AWESOME link. It is a Firefox plugin, called Spoon. You can test in 3 versions of IE, FF, 2 of Safari, Chrome, and 2 Opera. It basically opens an instance of the browser(s) you click on. It is pretty sweet…I use it mainly for IE6 & 7, but with all those options, and no actually downloading of the physical browser, whew it makes things easy.