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Annual 'A List Apart Web Survey' Available

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 12/15/09 (3:56pm)

i-took-the-2009-survey.gif The 2009 'A List Apart Survey for People Who Make Websites' is available (link). Be one of the 30k participants to report how things are going in your neck of the Web.

New Website: CitizenAction-IL.org

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 11/30/09 (10:12am)

Here's something I launched in between bites of turkey over the weekend: http://www.CitizenAction-IL.org

It's for a great statewide organization that's very active in health care reform among other things.

Basically I took what they already had -- essentially a site consisting of links and pdf files -- and completely automated the thing so that in-house staff can add content themselves rather than sending it out to a web specialist.

Current Read: 'Dive into HTML5' by Mark Pilgrim

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 11/27/09 (12:40pm)

Mark Pilgrim has put up a couple chapters of a book he's working on which eventually will be published by O'Reilly called, "Dive Into HTML5".

The material, still in draft, goes over a number of interesting features both major and minor from the coming standard. My current favorite is the "Placeholder text" for webforms.

The World of HTML5

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 8/1/09 (3:50pm)

html5.png Now that XHTML2 is officially kaput, I've noticed a number of very helpful posts attempting to get people comfortable with our new upcoming main-squeeze, HTML5.

Amherst College Library Launches New Site

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 8/22/08 (2:18pm)

Tracy Sutherland gave us a sneak peek of the new site, then under development, at the Drupal4Lib BoF at ALA Anaheim in June.

Now it's been launched for the whole world to see:
https://www.amherst.edu/library

Nice job and Congrads to all!

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Change of Hosts

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 2/1/08 (10:13pm)

Site5.com It took me the whole weekend so I'm not quite sure why I forgot to mention it but I've got a new Host!

Yes, that's right, my vast online empire is now in the hands of Site5.com. Since time-immemorial I've been with Pair.com but they didn't seem to be upgrading their hardware or software, their performance was sluggish, and support wasn't as good as it used to be. So over the weekend I made the switch.

Javascript is the "Lingua Franca of the Web"

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 5/22/07 (11:14am)

Jeff Atwood of Coding Horror composes a love song to the popular scripting language:

Despite all the pretenders to the throne, JavaScript isn't going away any time soon. JavaScript is the world's most ubiquitous computing runtime. It's time we learned to accept and embrace JavaScript rather than blindly fighting it. That doesn't mean we can't explore alternatives-- but the best way to transcend the limitations of JavaScript is to immerse yourself in those limitations. At least that way you know what you're fighting for, and what the alternatives really mean.

Read more here...

84 Steps to Getting Square Corners in CSS

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 2/24/07 (1:17pm)

This one was funny. It comes from a spoof site called 'Drivl.com' which accepts user-submitted posts.

Step 4 for Getting Square Corners in CSS:

Squeeze the drippings from an uncooked 12 oz porterhouse steak onto the butcher paper, smear the steak around until a greasy sheen is clearly visible.

All Things Ruby on Rails

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 12/25/06 (1:34pm)

Justin Williams has a good primer on Ruby on Rails (AKA 'RoR') called 'Ruby on Rails for the Rest of Us'. RoR is a "rapid development framework" for creating online applications. It's generated a lot of interest recently because it's a handy way to develop database-driven sites.

Book: 'Getting Real' by 37signals

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 12/17/06 (7:15pm)

This came out in March but it's still worth a mention -- particularly in the context of the "Kuckoo for Features" approach discussed here earlier.

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