Author: Jon

CSS px is an Angular Measurement

CSS px is an Angular Measurement. I’m not quite sure exactly what to make of this but I found it interesting. The ‘px’ unit in CSS is a non-linear angular measurement… The moon from Earth is about 24.3px wide, for example. What it really comes down to is screen resolution. Discussions surrounding the pixel were […]

Posted: March 13, 2012

#328 Twitter Bootstrap Basics – RailsCasts

#328 Twitter Bootstrap Basics – RailsCasts. If you’re not familiar with them, RailsCasts are really high quality screencasts focused on Ruby On Rails development. While I don’t do much (if any) RoR development consistently, I think this 10 minute screencast is a great look into why Twitter Bootstrap is so powerful. If you’re a RoR […]

Posted: March 12, 2012

CoffeeScript and Progress

CoffeeScript and Progress | Peter Lyons. This is a great, personal account of one programmer’s enjoyment of CoffeeScript. I must admit that I haven’t had the chance to fully delve into it on a full scale quite yet, but I’m truly itching to. At first I wasn’t sure what to make of it. There’s still […]

Posted: March 07, 2012

Packages: The Way Forward for PHP

Packages: The Way Forward for PHP | Blog | Phil Sturgeon. I must admit: although I’m not a RoR guy, package management via gem is a beautiful thing. I didn’t fully realize it until reading this article, but PHP has absolutely nothing like that. When it comes to PHP everyone is at their own camp site doing […]

Posted: March 06, 2012

Using OmniFocus and Project Management Software to Get Things Done on a Team

I love organization, productivity, and process. I like using systems to help maintain that equilibrium as well, but there’s this one nagging issue that’s bothered me for some time and it revolves around the difference between personal and “public” tasks.

Posted: March 05, 2012

Forgotten TODOs: ideas for contributing to open-source projects

Forgotten TODOs: ideas for contributing to open-source projects. What a fantastic, simple, straightforward piece of advice to offer. I’m not sure if you’re making use of TODO’s in your programming but I surely am. I often see them scattered around open source projects and for one reason or another it escapes me as an outright […]

Posted: March 03, 2012

The Sun is Setting on Rails-style MVC Frameworks

The Sun is Setting on Rails-style MVC Frameworks « The headline’s a bit link-baity, but I agree with most of the sentiment. I can’t help but to be inundated with all of the great things happening in the JavaScript world over the past year. It’s some of the most exciting stuff I’ve ever seen […]

Posted: February 29, 2012

Learn Regex The Hard Way Scanning And Parsing Text Without Going Insane

Learn Regex The Hard Way Scanning And Parsing Text Without Going Insane. Regex. It continues to be one of the more challenging things for me since it usually involves writing a custom pattern. Sure there are the classic regular expressions to validate various common circumstances, but trying to write your own regex for a very […]

Posted: February 29, 2012

Handlebars.js & WordPress Template Parts: A Very Good Thing

It’s very easy to get a bit lazy when programming, laziness is a very common trait of programmers after all. It’s one of the few cases where that’s not a bad thing, getting things done with the least amount of work is often great when it comes to writing code. Integrating logic-less templates into your project can help you to do less work.

Posted: February 27, 2012

Encrypted Media Extensions

Encrypted Media Extensions. Don’t get me wrong, I truly see the value in protecting commercial or proprietary content. It’s interesting to see a draft for something like this, although it should be expected. From the Abstract: This proposal extends HTMLMediaElement to enable playback of protected content. The proposed API supports use cases ranging from simple […]

Posted: February 23, 2012