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Topic: Web Development

Sublime Text 2 more sublime with a drop of Dropbox

January 19, 2012, 9:19 pm

I’ve been a big fan of Panic’s Coda since early on (and skEdit before that). But, move over bacon, there’s a new sheriff in town. After just a few days of use, I’m all in with Sublime Text 2.

Mobile WebKit Optimizations & Tools

August 11, 2011, 8:11 pm

Last night I presented at the Mt View JavaScript Meetup (along with Glan). The following are my slide notes along with links to relevant resources. Get on the bus, ’cuz we’re goin’ to school!

HTML5 Client-side Storage. That’s hot.

March 20, 2011, 8:03 pm

I presented at the East Bay HTML5 Meetup last week. Good times! The following are my slides and demos.


December 21, 2010, 12:12 am

I started at Tapulous 5½ weeks ago. Last night we launched version 4 of the most downloaded app (not just game) ever on the iPhone App Store, Tap Tap Revenge. Almost instantly, it vaulted to #1. Yeah, you could say I’m pleased.

CSS Fast Nav: Because (perception of) speed matters!

April 9, 2010, 9:04 pm

There must be 80 million tutorials for turning unordered lists into pretty navigation using CSS. This is not #80,000,001. Here, I focus on one detail that often gets overlooked: how to give the user the perception that her click had an immediate effect. In this post, I borrow a little inspiration from and show you how to give your site fast nav.

Add an interactive legend to a MarkerManager managed Google Map

November 22, 2009, 11:22 am

There’s plenty of help out there for adding a legend to a Google Map. There are resources for working with MarkerManager as well. I can’t believe this is new ground, but there didn’t seem to be anything related to getting an interactive legend to play nice with MarkerManager. Now there is!

Stupid WebKit Tricks

July 19, 2009, 7:19 pm

With apologies to David Letterman’s Stupid Human Tricks segment, I presented a session at Barcamp Auckland (BCA3) on some WebKit-specific features you can leverage in web applications for iPhone, Android, and the Palm Pre. This is my synopsis, plus a bonus trick I didn’t present at the (un)conference!

Animating your iPhone web application

May 29, 2009, 6:18 pm

Recently, Rebecca Murphey asked on Twitter why she was seeing choppy animation of CSS transitions in her iPhone web application. Initially, I had the same experience, but through some experimentation came to find the smoothness I craved.

How-to get Coda working with VisualSVN

February 19, 2009, 7:19 pm

At work, I had some problems getting Coda to work with our VisualSVN repositories. Here’s what was wrong and how I fixed it.

How-to recover from checksum mismatch errors in SVN

January 25, 2009, 5:17 pm

You know Coda, the text editor I sometimes rave about? Like many text editors, it has this handy feature for doing global searches and replaces. But, unlike any other I’ve ever seen, it will happily, and without prompting for an administrator password, let you replace text in files for which you don’t have permission to write. You know, like Subversion repo copies. D’oh!

jQuery 1.3: Sweet upgrade, but can we use it?

January 14, 2009, 2:14 pm

The jQuery team has outdone themselves in many ways with version 1.3 of the world’s best JavaScript library. But are they leaving real-world web development behind?

Basic HTML Tutorials

January 13, 2009, 3:33 pm

I asked on Twitter for recommendations for basic, online HTML tutorials for a new co-worker. Here’s the result.

Defeat comment spam? Yes we can!

December 26, 2008, 12:26 pm

Thanks, but I’m not looking for a Russian bride and somehow I doubt yours is really a “trusted pharmacy.”

Stack Overflow: I’m sold!

September 20, 2008, 5:17 pm

Joel Spolsky announced Stack Overflow a few days ago. After mostly lurking since then, I posted my first question a little bit ago. 35 minutes later, I had a drop-in solution to my problem. Crikey, that was fast!

V8: neither all that nor a bag of chips

September 11, 2008, 11:09 pm

I just got an interesting result comparing Google Chrome to the latest WebKit nightly build. WebKit was nearly twice as fast as Chrome at completing the little suite of JavaScript unit tests I keep here at work. Is V8—Chrome’s much-touted JavaScript engine—neither all that nor a bag of chips?

Introducing jQuery Simple Templates

September 3, 2008, 9:03 pm

Overall, I love jQuery. One thing I have missed from my Prototype days was simple, built-in templating. Introducing jQuery Simple Templates.

Coda 1.5 is the bee’s knees

August 27, 2008, 1:11 pm

A long time ago, in a country far, far away, I wrote a blog post where I called skEdit The (Mostly) Perfect Text Editor. Coda, while itself not perfect, is even better.

Using Coda’s Terminal Tab Locally

August 22, 2008, 8:22 am

This might be pretty obvious, but it’s really simple to use Coda’s Terminal tab to interact with your local system from the command line. Here’s how…

The need for speed: innerHTML versus DOM manipulation

July 3, 2007, 9:21 pm

At work, I’ve been tackling some fairly sophisticated JavaScript DOM manipulation scenarios. As such, I’ve started to run up against the limitations of my long-used technique of stuffing loads of HTML as a string into some element’s innerHTML property. Specifically, when inserting very long strings containing complex HTML, there can be a troublesome delay between when JavaScript thinks it’s done inserting the elements and when the elements are actually available for further manipulation.

skEdit, The (Mostly) Perfect Text Editor

September 20, 2006, 9:20 am

I’m crazy about skEdit. I use it every day in my work here at Clearwired. It replaced for me BBEdit, which I had been a paid user of for several versions. (I still keep BBEdit 8.0 around, but I only use it for finding diffs between documents.) I like skEdit so much that I gave it an unsolicited plug in a recent podcast segment.