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Slidebox jQuery Plug-in

I couldn’t find another jQuery plug-in that does this same thing. This is a plug-in that displays a box with two panels: the main panel and one that slides over the top of it. As with my other jQuery plug-ins, the goal was to provide a way to do this with minimal JavaScript. The user […]


Why I Moved from PrototypeJS/Scriptaculous to jQuery

A History Lesson In case it wasn’t obvious, I’m the author of the iMinistries Church Website Content Management System (CMS), a web site CMS specifically designed to meet the needs and budgets of churches and ministries. Our product is over 7 years old. It has taken several twists and turns along the way, thanks mostly […]


Making jQuery Plugins Even More Designer-Friendly

The designers that I work with are great web designers. They make things look great. They are good at picking fonts, laying out elements, designing interactions. They aren’t great JavaScript developers and frankly I don’t want them to be. In the web middle ground called user interface sometimes the designer wants more interactivity than HTML […]


Software Development Principles

Reading all of these made me feel better about my job. These aren’t my own inventions, but I think every Software Development Manager should know these. Anecdotally, I’d like to affirm the lot. My favorite two of all that I’ve read are Brooks’ Law and the 1/6 Rule. Brooks’s Law – Adding manpower to a […]


jQuery Resize Image Plug-in

Created this plug-in to automatically resize an image based on a maximum width and height. It will scale the image to the correct proportions. In my application, I used Paul Irish’s imagesLoaded plug in with this to make sure the images were fully loaded before I resized them. Feel free to use this yourself as […]


In a battle between CSS top and bottom, who wins?

I did a few searches to find the answer to this question, “If CSS top and bottom properties are both specified, which one wins?” Since I couldn’t find the answer, I ran the simple test. But, just in case someone else runs the same search, here’s the answer: top wins! Here’s the proof. The following […]



Simple jQuery Accordion

I was looking for a super simple accordion plug in that had the following attributes: Had simple HTML markup Did not require a big, extensive stylesheet and images Could be created simply by markup Didn’t find it right away so I created one myself. It is really simple, but it does everything I needed it […]


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