I’m as geeked about jQuery’s 1.3 release as the next developer. But I’m even more excited about the new API browser developed by Remy Sharp and available here.
For as long as I’ve been a jQuery user – going on 18 months now – I’ve been frustrated by the slow speed and sometimes intermittent availability of the jQuery documentation site. Now we’ve got a blazing-fast API browser that presents jQuery Core and jQuery UI side by side in the same cool interface. Better yet, it’s available as an Adobe AIR app
jQuery celebrated its third birthday Wednesday with the release of the brand-new 1.3 version. This latest release includes a bunch of cool new stuff which has already been discussed to death elsewhere. To me, however, the most interesting aspect of jQuery 1.3 is the movement of former plugin functionality to the core library.
Live events are a new twist on the venerable, and indispensable, Live Query plugin, while the upgraded, more granular effects queues were previously tackled by add-on authors. IMHO, this kind of migration is A Good Thing, providing greater
My most recent Pathfinder project calls for a pretty typical Ruby on Rails web application with two interesting additional components: a Facebook application and an iGoogle gadget. Though a Rails Facebook plugin was easy to find, Rails development tools for iGoogle weren’t as thick on the ground.
First, a bit of background: iGoogle, Google’s personalized-homepage service, offers developers two methods of application development:
build a sandboxed gadget by wrapping an externally hosted web application in an iframe.
When your http://localhost/~username/ sites go haywire, it’s time to dig into your Apache config files
As Rails pros know, Phusion Passenger allows you to serve multiple Rails apps on the same Apache webserver instance with few configuration or deployment headaches. When you install it in your local Mac dev environment, you can easily work on a bunch of Rails projects simultaneously without having to manually start and stop individual server instances all the time. The OS X Passenger preference pane makes deployment even easier. Just add a project, give it a
If you read one or more of the Pathfinder blogs in our web interface, you may have noticed some tweaks to our navigation and top-level categories. Our goal in making these changes was to help different audiences drill down to the specific content that interests them. Instead of just a few top-level categories, we now boast around 20, though many posts appear in multiple categories. To subscribe via RSS to any specific category – or to our entire feed – just visit our Feeds page.
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Usability and design guru Luke Wroblewski knows that web forms suck. More importantly, he knows why – and how to make them suck less.
For the past few years, the Yahoo! product design exec has been presenting his ongoing research into the humble HTML form at conferences and on his blog, Functioning Form. I attended Wroblewski’s presentation at An Event Apart Chicago 2007 and came away super-impressed. His persuasive mixture of case studies, existing research and newly commissioned usability studies helped shed light on the patterns and anti-patterns that determine whether
CSS doesn’t impose much structure on its practitioners. Individual developers must build their own structure if they wish to escape the trap of poorly organized, inefficient code.
If a project kicks off without a clear shape to its stylesheets, subsequent developers are likely to plop additional styles down wherever is convenient. It’s hard to build reusable
When you’re first cobbling together a new feature or content page, inline styles can seem like a great idea. You’re already editing an ERB, JSP, PHP or ASP template, so why not just write your CSS code in the same file? Throw a few style attributes into your HTML tags, populate them, and voila: instant
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