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Apr 13

20 Tiny Tricks for Web Developers

This is a popcorn post of various tips and tricks I’ve picked up as a web developer. These are by no means earth-shattering revelations that will redefine everything you thought you knew about web development… but hopefully you’ll pick up something new to add to your arsenal. 1. Use “Can I Use…” I put this...
Apr 2

The Smallest Valid HTML5 Page

I stumbled upon something interesting the other day: the <html>, <head>, and <body> tags, arguably the most fundamental of any web page, are optional. Weird, right? And it’s not just an oversight or crazy hack. It’s intentional and documented in the specs for HTML5. I’ll quote the relevant bits as proof. But before I do,...
Mar 31

Via Web

Had a new blog post ready to go, then realized tomorrow is probably the absolute worst day of the year to publish actual useful information.
Mar 27

Creating Glow Effects with CSS

The CSS box-shadow property is deceptively awesome. When used “traditionally”, it’s a simple way to add a shadow effect to an element. I use this for images in my blog. It’s nice. But get saucier with it and you can pull off some really interesting things. I’ve already talked about the pixel art hack. This...
Mar 9

Regex Storm Goes Open Source

I love regex. So four years ago, I dedicated dozens upon dozens of hours to create the best regex testing and reference site I could. I called it Regex Storm. I’ve already talked about the experience in a previous retrospective. Still Kicking The site is still online and still fully functional, as far as I...
Jun 24

Aurora Bridge

Quick shot of the Aurora Bridge, overlooking Lake Union.
Aurora Bridge