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 […]

How I’d Fix…Windows Media Center

Hidden back in the corner of your copy of Windows 7 (or Vista) is a copy of a powerful application called Windows Media Center. It turns your computer into a great DVR, jukebox, movie library, photo gallery, etc. It doesn’t take much to get it working, except as a DVR. To do that, you need […]

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 […]

How I’d Fix…Spotify

So, I love Spotify so far, but it lacks a handful of features that would make it the one music service to rule them all. What I Love I learned a long time ago, that before you say bad thing about someone you should say some good things. So here are the things I love: […]

Indelible Impressions

Some time ago I watched the Beastie Boys Fight For Your Right Revisited Video on Hulu. It is strange, but incredible just how many stars they roped in to join them. [Side note: the fact that Susan Sarandon would be willing to make an appearance makes me hate her slightly less.] Well today I finally […]