Sep 13, 2017
I don't work with SQL a *whole lot* these days but every once in a while I find myself needing to debug a query gone wrong or at least look at somebody else's query just so I can better understand the code that makes use of it.
Jun 19, 2017
I'm a big fan of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and their initiative to encrypt the the entire web is not only ambitious, but one that I support! If you've never heard of Certbot before, it's an open-source server tool created by the EFF to help site owners install and renew SSL/TLS certificates offered by Let's Encrypt, a CA offering free certificates.
Feb 15, 2015
Radial gradients are very useful in creating attractive web designs and all modern browsers have at least basic support for them now. However, I've always felt a little daunted by their complicated syntax. In this article, we look at the syntax for radial gradients and learn a trick or two about what they can accomplish.
Apr 1, 2014
Here's a pretty spiffy layout trick I learned this week. Let's say you find yourself with a two-column layout where you've floated both columns to get them to appear side-by-side. Maybe you've used display: inline-block, but either way you have two columns. This looks great when the viewport is large but once it starts getting a little smaller perhaps you'd like to stack the columns on top of one another.
Mar 17, 2014
Designing on a grid is a huge part of making professional-looking, polished websites but to somebody who's never really used a grid before, the very idea can be pretty daunting. Every designer seems to have his or her own special way of actually going about doing it and there's a virtually endless list of special tools, plugins, libraries and methods available that supposedly make the job easier - but you don't need to learn them all to get started!
Jan 29, 2014
I've started tossing little test snippets of front-end code up on CodePen lately. They're mostly just little bits of UI that I need for various projects where I need to build some kind of prototype before I start working on the real thing. CodePen seems like a great spot for these because I usually write a lot of them and they wind up piling up on my hard drive until I can barely find anything when I need it. Here's a couple recent ones I made...