Archive for the Coding Category

Sweet web development roundup

Posted in Coding, Design, Development, Inspiration, Resources, Web with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2009 by blakejohnson

Cool stuff, from PHP to jQuery to HTML, CSS and WordPress-related articles, Themeforest rounds up a whole bunch of useful. helpful articles, video series, tutorials and links to all sorts of web-dev stuff around the net. Check ’em out here.

Weird WordPress Error

Posted in Coding, Design, Development, Resources, Web with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2009 by blakejohnson

During my redesign (which has actually been tweaked again since the last announcement, I discovered a funky glitch in either my own code – though I’ve never, ever seen this before – or the WordPress functionality itself – which would also be strange, but I can’t really think of what else it could be.

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Blog Design Update

Posted in Blog, Coding, Design, Development, News, Web with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2009 by blakejohnson

Well, as you no doubt noticed by now, the blog has been redesigned. Again. Well…sort of. There were a bunch of things that were bugging me about the other design: it was getting too small for the kinds of content I was posting (images and videos didn’t fit that well in the roughly 375 pixel wide content area); it was really dark, really contrasty; the image was bulky and took up a lot of space; the sidebar didn’t exist anywhere but the main page (which is weird in itself, but I just messed up the original coding and couldn’t figure it out so I gave up and made it my design’s ‘style’ at the time, heh, yea I know, cheap, but what’re you gonna do); lots of little design things, plus a bunch of stuff about the way I’d coded it to begin with was weird.

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Firefox Extensions

Posted in Coding, Computers, Development, Productivity, Resources, Reviews, Web, Work with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 18, 2009 by blakejohnson

Google FX is a pretty sweet-ass extension that offers all kinds of cool customization options and features to Google Search users. One bug I did discover though – which is not so much a bug as a sort of conflict – for those of you using the Google Redesigned extension to make your Gmail, GCal, etc. look and feel cooler, more usable, go into ‘Manage User Scripts…’ under ‘Greasemonkey’ in the ‘Tools’ menu, and change the ‘https://*.google.*’ rule. [Note: You should be using secure connections for your Google apps anyway, and if you’re not, change that in your ‘Settings’ section of your Google account.]

userscripts via Lifehacker.

Web Developer by Chris Pederick (who has a pretty awesome website, by the way) is a sweet-ass looking tool for web designers, one of the coolest aspects of which allows them to essentially code with real time updating of the results of said code, and then a simple copy-paste-save ensures a faster, accurate workflow [no more Ctrl+S-Alt+Tab-Ctrl+R to check your code]. Also, you can validate CSS and HTML, and even local versions of those languages while you’re working on them. Tons of other features abound in this extension, check it out online and fiddle with it a bit. I promise you’ll be happy :P.

Chris Pederick via Themeforest.

Oh, and if anyone figures out how to use Chris Pederick’s other extension, ‘User Agent Switcher’, let me know. I was excited at the prospect of checking IE rendering results on my Mac, but was slightly confused and disappointed when it seemed that wasn’t what the extension was for.

Enjoy the goodies!

…yummy Photoshop

Posted in Coding, Computers, Design, Development, Graphics, Productivity, Resources, Video, Web, Work on February 20, 2009 by blakejohnson

Yup, you got it, more o’ the good stuff.  Found some more useful tutorials today.  This one’s basically a crash course in the application, but I figured it’s a good addition to my growing list of resources.  Can’t hurt to revisit your basics every once in a while.  I’m exhausted at the moment, had a tuna burrito, then a lamb burger, then pizza and apparently it’s taking more energy to metabolize than I’d anticipated.  But that’s fine by me.  Sleep never hurt anybody :P.

Anyway…here’s the link, and here’s another random resource in case you were interested in that last building-custom-themes-for-Wordpress video series I posted about.  Enjoy :P.

Holy Photoshop!

Posted in 2D, Art, Coding, Computers, Design, Development, Graphics, Productivity, Resources, Video, Web, Work on February 19, 2009 by blakejohnson

I’ve been watching Adobe’s screencasts the past few days (one on web-based DVDs and one this morning on the Lightroom 2/Photoshop CS4 combo) and have found through them a bunch of new resources for this type of work. Coolness! So from this morning, Julieanne Kost was the host and her website is chock-full of Photoshop and Lightroom tips, with links to her videos on Adobe TV as well and a separate Photoshop Tip of the Day blog, as well as an additional resources page with links to other useful sites on the net.

Also, I’ve gotten hooked on the TutsPlus network of site (PSDTuts, NetTuts, AudioTuts, VectorTuts, AETuts) with their wealth of knowledge and tips and whatnot from all kinds of people.  Lastly, I’ve been watching ThemeForest‘s tutorial series on making custom themes for WordPress (no promises, but possibly in the future of blog of blake).

Lifehacker Code

Posted in Coding, Computers, Productivity, Resources, Web with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2009 by blakejohnson

A cool little list of Lifehacker’s homegrown Firefox addons and standalone apps.  Some cool little useful stuff.  There are some other things I remember them making that aren’t on this list, but this is a vote on the best 5 I think, so maybe that’s why they didn’t include them all.

Some of the unmentioned ones: