web development

A List Apart Survey - 2008

Fri, 2008-08-01 09:24

As in 2007, A List Apart is surveying all designers, developers, information architects, project managers, writers, editors, marketers, and everyone else who makes websites. They will analyze this year’s data and publish the results and also provide an “anonymized” version of the raw data. I took it, and so should you.


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Drupal Development Dilemma

Tue, 2008-05-13 04:26

Drupal is a moving target.

That is kinda cool. The new stuff always blows me away.

The problem is never with upgrading core, it is in the modules. I just have to hope the modules I need will eventually be available. I always start out lean and mean, but the cool stuff seems to creep in. Still, that's fine if it is just me. If a feature goes away in the future, I will understand and forgive me.

It is different when I am setting it up for someone else. I do want to hand them something sexy, but at the very least I want it to be simple to use.

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The Design Is Live

Mon, 2008-04-28 00:38

I think my latest project was the hardest thing I have done since I first started learning my way around CSS. I am still tweaking it a bit, but you can take a look if you like. It is for the Blue Ridge Women In Agriculture. No, that's not my design, I just plugged it into Drupal. I have converted designs into Drupal themes before, but never one that was so table intensive with graphics sliced to fit the cells. I basically had to take a screenshot and start from there. The lady who created the design is obviously quite talented and I hope the changes I made to make the design fit are not too offensive to her.

I made the site over from scratch at least three times. I did not have the guts to make the big changes until I had proven that there was no other way. Maybe next time I will know to do what I know has to be done. I can always add stuff later.

Not to build two new sites, a MySpace clone and a shopping cart. It will be refreshing to try something relatively easy.

I am also going to the dentist. Even geeks have to go in for maintenance once in a while.

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My Rant On Designers Using Tables

Sun, 2008-04-13 02:43

I have been spending my day converting a design made by a local college student. It has been a very emotional experience. I spent the first hour randomly randomly throwing out curses because I was really unable to focus my anger well. I settled down a bit after that and focused my wrath on the local university. It is beyond all belief that a modern institution of higher learning would teach methods that do not scale in the real world.

I don't really have anything against tables if they can be made to work. What I am talking about here is a design so inflexible that if the content is too large you just need to change the content. Those kinds of tables.

The design itself is very nice. I do hope the designer does not think I have done it an injustice when I somehow plug it into Drupal.

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Everyone Will Want To Follow You Like Twitter

Sun, 2008-03-30 22:14

It's a lazy Sunday video linky. The Poetic Prophet delivers the gospel of web design in a way I have not seen before. Everyone should commit it to memory.

This also marks the date and time. Eye-wink

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Just a test

Sat, 2008-03-22 22:35

This is a test of the hotlinking system, or lack thereof. The regular blog will continue soon. Meanwhile, I give you the Blue Toy:

not here

That is all.

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