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An infrequent take on all things web.

January 26, 2015
A few weeks ago, I launched a new utility called DrupalVersion.com. It has one simple purpose: find out if your sites are up to date with the latest version of Drupal (6 or 7).
January 4, 2015
Last year around this time I posted an article here that wrapped up 2013 and set some goals for 2014. The slate has once again been wiped clean for the new year, but now’s as good of a time as any to reflect on the past year and set new goals for the coming one.
February 12, 2014
As a site developer for a web development agency, I often have the need to send clients pieces of content (pages, blog posts, team bios, etc) for review. These are pieces that cannot yet be live in the site, so they need to remain unpublished and be reviewed. Sending links to clients with a login string in the URL is a great way to speed up the process, but I had to write a module to iron out the wrinkles for our clients.
February 2, 2014
Lately, I’ve been trying to take a look at how I develop forms. Fields need to be validated and it’s always better for the user to be notified on the spot. But what if we can format the users’ fields for them as they fill them out? Then we can avoid possible form – or worse, shopping cart – abandonment.
January 26, 2014
So it all started when I was looking for a weather widget for a client’s website. After looking at what felt like 300 old, dated, gross weather widgets, I finally found one that is pretty nice. Scratch that, this one is beautiful. I was able to set the city name, latitude, longitude, and color for the temperature bars, but I thought “What if they could let someone (me) provide their (my) own CSS file in the URL?” So I set out to develop my concept.
January 19, 2014
Recently I was at a family members house where they had recently remodeled their bathroom. On top of this toilet is a dual-flush set of buttons wher you can push one, the other, or both simultaneously. Without any kind of clarifying indication, I am unsure what will happen when I press these buttons .
January 8, 2014
List items are one of those things that look the same in a browser, Word document, email, or anywhere else. Fortunately, we have CSS to help us make these lists a bit more exciting on the web! While there are many ways to style list items, we’re going to look at a way of adding an icon from the FontAwesome icon library using only CSS and pseudo-elements.
January 5, 2014
It’s the start of a new year and that means it’s the formation of new goals. Last year was huge – personally and professionally – but I’m already looking forward. Here are just a few of my resolutions, if you will, for 2014.
October 13, 2013
Ask anyone close to me and they’ll attest to the amount of time I spend reading about design and development, talking about it, and attending meetups. They might even tell you I’m pretty good at it.