Well that surprised me

I recently started work on a web-based app for smart phones. Since it was explicitly for mobiles and explicitly not for desktop devices (and I was building it in my own time rather than for a client) I decided not to use jQuery. I’d read a study that showed how large amounts of JavaScript on […]

Help – I don’t know my JavaScript library!

You may have come across some scripts out in the wild that have different versions available for a few libraries and wondered how it’s done – surely the author didn’t write the same script 5 times, how on Earth would he remember to roll out the bug fixes across all the versions? You may also […]

Simple CSS Transitions

One of my coding heros, Christian Heilmann, recently wrote a new article on Smashing Magazine. The article is a pretty good tutorial for event-driven JavaScript. However, in true-to-myself fashion, I have completely missed the point of that article and noticed one minor thing that Chris did that I think is incredibly cool. Check out his […]

A quick review of SMACSS

If you haven’t heard of this yet, SMACSS stands for Scalable and Modular Architecture for CSS. There have been a lot of people saying a great many positive things about it and I’d just like to add my voice to that crowd with this short review of the book. The printed version of the book […]

How I Learned JavaScript

The thing with JavaScript is that no-one learns it. Everyone just jumps in (these days with copy-and-paste jQuery plugins) and struggles to take that knowledge further and learn more about the language. In this post I’ll describe my the key moments I’ve had (“JavaScript epiphanies” if you like) while learning; hopefully someone looking for the […]

Do you comment your DOM manipulation?

I’m not talking about commenting your code, although you should be doing that anyway. JavaScript has the ability to create HTML comments: var comment = document.createComment(‘the comment itself’); document.getElementById(‘foo’).appendChild(comment); You can even do it in jQuery: $(‘<!–the comment itself–>’).appendTo(‘#foo’); Now, I know what you’re thinking: why, why would anyone want to create something that doesn’t […]