A few days ago my ExpressionEngine install went haywire and I needed to get a quick blog up to avoid having a site full of broken links. I've used plenty of heavy CMS's for my blog before, and instead of a system to do the work for me I wanted something open that I could use as my "breakable toy". It didn't take me long to settle on Jekyll, the static-site generator created by Github founder Tom Preston-Werner.
There are a couple main reasons why this was an easy decision for me.
I've been using Markdown to write my articles for awhile, using a EE plugin while I was still on the CMS. This makes it even easier as Markdown is the native writing language for Jekyll. It's by far my favorite way to write for the web.
Because there is no front-end framework, I can do whatever the hell I want. I want this blog to be my breakable sandbox that I can play around with fun ideas without worrying about conflicts. All of the CSS and JS on this site comes custom from me (for better or worse).
I was happy to write an article for the fantastic Smashing Magazine that describes basics of polygonal modeling as well as modeling on the web with ThreeJS.
Esquire recently released an article detailing the author of Proof of Heaven and his questionable claims and background. To supplement this type of story, they have implemented a per-article paywall. Unfortunately, it is not well implemented, easily passed, and ends up only charging the misinformed.
The Flexible Boxes (or Flexbox) specification in CSS3 is one of the newest solutions for making the development of responsive layouts easier and much more sane. The goal of the specification is to accomodate websites on a variety of screen sizes and resolutions, and be able to maintain structural integrity through switching between portrait and landscape modes, or other changes that may be out of the developer's control.
After cloning an old project from Github onto a new computer, I started the local server only to receive this error:
After finally transitioning away from using Codekit for my workflow and deciding on Gulp over Grunt for my task running due to its modularity and easy of use. I really love it so far, but as with any change in workflow there's always bound to be some kinks.
Here's a great article by Brad Frost about the new float label trend for forms. Unfortunately it seems it isn't so well supported in browsers yet and the possible accessibility issues make it a no-go for my current projects, but this is the kind of thing that can create some really clever UI for sites that only target those with the newest tech or if you're just looking to make some fun proof of concept demos.
jQuery creator and Khan Academy dean John Resig recently did a spot on my favorite front-end dev podcast, Shop Talk Show. This is a great one to listen to even if you aren't normally an avid podcast listener, Resig does a great job speaking and has a lot of great points.
I was happy to write an article for the fantastic Smashing Magazine that delves into the basics of polygonal modeling and bridging into modeling on the web with ThreeJS.