Dev tools Square Dance

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For the longest time I was a died-in-the-wool Adobe guy, not quite a full-on fanboi, but pretty close. I used Dreamweaver since before Macromedia acquired Homesite, and loved it. It seemed the perfect blend of proprietary dev options, and open-source options. I could dev .NET pages, PHP pages and work with HTML5 and custom mobile … Read more

Prototyping in the world of wearable tech

I’ve been designing and developing for the web for a long time now, and lately with this seemingly large uptick in interest in the Internet of Things and the growing array of wearable technology streaming into the market, the previous tools used for prototyping don’t necessarily apply to the real world in physical applications. With … Read more

Easy Android side-loading using OS X & Terminal

If you’ve been looking for a super easy way to side load your app on to your Android device, or multiple devices for testing or just for fun – well hold on to your butts – this is super easy on a Mac. Open a terminal window and go to the platform-tools folder within the … Read more

Featured posts on your WordPress category pages

While working on a new WordPress theme for my day job, I needed to have the ability to add featured posts to the category pages. WordPress makes things easy with adding custom fields to posts. By adding the field “featured” with a value of “true” to for the post you want to feature, makes it easy … Read more

Big brands go mobile – even if they don’t know why

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The list of brands out there with an app has a lot of girth to it, and is growing faster than a snotty little girl who just ate the 3 course dinner piece of gum. Unfortunately, not all of them are doing something unique, usable, or even all that interesting, and ends up being another … Read more

Navigating the changing IE landscape

Now that the IE 9 beta is available, people have started popping up on some of the stats of a few of the websites I maintain, and this is proving to be just as troublesome as just about every other new release of IE. The thing I noticed right off the bat, in fact it … Read more

Merge multiple columns into a new column in Excel

I was asked today to help out a colleague with merging 3 columns in an Excel spreadsheet into a single column for better formatting into a mailing address. Seems simple enough, right? So I thought. So I headed downstairs engulfed fully in the assumption that this would take just a couple of minutes, and that … Read more

Return from the 3rd level of malware hell

There are days, that the interwebs suck dynamically placed, interactive Donkey Balls. Yesterday, was one of those days. Come to find out at some point on Friday, Flogging English was, for lack of a better word, hacked. Two JavaScript files had some malicious code embedded in them that tried to do something well…. malicious. What? … Read more

REWORK : Essential reading for… everyone.

Rework is one of those books; you know the ones. The kind of book that opens your mind to ideas. Changes your attitude, and brings you a clarity of thought that you have not had in a while. Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson (you know, the guys who started 37signals?) knocked this one out … Read more

Online tools for web design & dev that you might actually use

Everyone has their favorite tools and services, and there is no shortage of lists telling you what you could or should be using, but this is my list. Some of these I have been using for a long time others are new additions, but provide value to my online development process. Basecamp Basecamp is one … Read more

HTML5 for Web Designers – A Book Apart

A couple of weeks ago I dropped some coin to get my copy of HTML5 for Web Designers by Jeremy Keith, and it arrived at my door on Friday. The first book in the “A Book Apart” series from the folks over at A List Apart is an excellent introduction to HTML5 and covers more … Read more

Notes about Facebook advertising

Unless you’ve been stuck in some sort of time-warp (or you’re my Dad) over the last few years, you’ve been on Facebook and seen all the ads being served up on your home page, fan pages, and everywhere else. The Facebook ad server is a pretty robust beast for Marketing types to be able to … Read more

Why developers suck more than Flash

Flash has always been an easy target. It doesn’t matter if you are still quoting Jacob Nielsen’s 10 year old shellacking on Alertbox, or if you just can’t get past the still (unfortunately) present skip intro button, Flash is the favorite whipping boy of the intarwebs. The reality of it is that Flash is a … Read more

Apple could learn a thing or two from Microsoft

Apple takes a lot of heat from it’s developers for its processes and rules regarding iPhone application development mainly because of poor decisions, lack of communication and the simple fact that they don’t embrace their developers. This is further emphasized in section 3.3.1 the new version of the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement which developers … Read more