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To Framework, or Not To Framework: Part 2

In part 1 of “To Framework, or Not To Framework“, I wrote about why I don’t tend to use frameworks like Bootstrap or Foundation. If you haven’t read that, it gives a bit of context to the “why” part of this article. The first thing people use in a framework (at least it feels that… Read This Article Read More

To Framework, or Not To Framework

When I interviewed for my current role, I was asked “what would you say you’re the best in? What’s your specialty?” I thought, as the question was being asked, that my honest answer was going to cost me the role. My exact response is really blurry at this point, but the gist of it is… Read This Article Read More

Web Standards and JavaScript for Aging Devices

The first thing I learned about web development was that there was this thing called “Web Standards”, and it was awesome. We as an industry are better for it because it’s inclusive and altruistic. People with screen readers, for example, benefit from it because we knew better than to just use Flash on everything. You’re… Read This Article Read More

Web Standards and Pragmatism

The first thing I learned about web development was that there was this thing called “Web Standards”, and it was awesome. We as an industry are better for it because it’s inclusive and altruistic. People with screen readers, for example, benefit from it because we knew better than to just use Flash on everything. You’re… Read This Article Read More

Better Team Projects with Grunt JS

For years I pre-processed my SASS/LESS files and minified my JavaScript with apps like Codekit. And while those are great, they don’t always work nicely with whatever apps your coworkers are using. That’s where Grunt JS shines. What I Was Doing Because I had mostly been working by myself on things, I was running CodeKit… Read This Article Read More

A Little HTML/CSS/JS in a CMS Never Hurt Anyone, Right?

For years we’ve been talking about separating JavaScript from HTML, and CSS, but there’s always a temptation to continue writing HTML and CSS into the wrong parts of our content management systems. I wasn’t willing to say this before, but it’s a design problem. And it really is a tough line to walk. For as… Read This Article Read More

Don’t Over-Think Your CSS (Part 1)

Over the years I’ve developed a love for making HTML and CSS as streamline as possible. Consider this piece of content for a very lean carousel. (You’d probably need more to actually make it work, but the point here is to show a principle of CSS, not to build a carousel.) <div id=”this_specific_thing” class=”carousel”> <div… Read This Article Read More

Sometimes Using IDs in CSS Just Makes Sense

Recently Chris Coyier and Harry Roberts opened up the conversation for CSS best practices and people are chiming in. I won’t disagree that the majority of the things Harry mentions are dead-on accurate, though whether or not I or anyone else actually follows them to the letter is debatable. But one of the personal guidelines… Read This Article Read More

A Quick nofollow for Drupal 7

I built a site for a client in Drupal 7, and it quickly started to gather spammers. I implemented Mollom to filter out a bunch of the spam, but as icing on the cake, to prevent empowering spam links and a deterrent from posting spam comments in the first place, I wanted to make sure… Read This Article Read More

My New Approach to Responsive Design

Responsive Design is the new(ish) buzz phrase right now, and it’s something I doubt will go away anytime soon. And that’s a good thing because it presents what I think is a fine solution to the dilemma we’ve had for some time now, the translation of our content to a variety of screen sizes. The… Read This Article Read More

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