Posts Categorized: Development

progressive enhancement / graceful degradation

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This quote by Mitch Hedberg strikes me as a good metaphor for graceful degradation / progressive enhancement. I like an escalator because an escalator can never break, it can only become stairs. There would never be an escalator temporarily out of order sign, only an escalator temporarily stairs. Sorry for the convenience. – Mitch Hedberg… Read more »

simplyTabs: new jquery plugin to create tab interfaces

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Yesterday i released a jquery plugin to create tabbed interfaces easily: simplyTabs . There are several existing outthere, but they were all bloated for my needs. See, i don’t need to download the jquery ui tabs 122k of code when i can achieve the same result with, 4kb unminified, js+css.

25 excellent jquery tips

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Jon Hobbs-Smith wrote an excellent roundup of 25 good coding habits when usingĂ‚ jquery. If your javascript library of choice is jquery, make sure you read it, it’s worth a 40USD book! I was particularly interested to read tip#14: 14. Even better, use jQuery’s internal data() method to store state It’s not very well documented… Read more »

SPF record how-to, or why people do not receive the newsletter

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At LAb[au], we run our own house-made mailinglist software, which we use to regularly update our 4K users about next performances and events with a graphically appetizing newsletter. The tool is in constant improvement since five years and I recently added a way to track opened-email statistics through a simple technique : an img tag… Read more »

javascript: Loading external urls in jqModal jquery plugin

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I was introduced two years ago to the jQuery javascript library via the thickbox script which, among other things, allows to load external urls inside a modal window, a neat feature enhancing user experience as it provides a more visual continuity between the current window and the next.

send emails via php – phpmailer class

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Wow, just discovered that this age old php class super useful for generating and sending emails (for things like online newsletter systems, email marketing, etc.) has been overhauled and is now maintained by codeworxtech. Apparently, there is now a php5 version, alongside the nicely wrapped up PHP4 version. The amount of new functionalities and bug… Read more »


the spirit.

The fundamental failure of most graphic, product, architectural, and even urban design is its insistence on serving the God of Looking-Good rather than the God of Being-Good. Richard Saul Wurman