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  • Watch Files and Directories with Node.js

    Watching a file or directory for changes is an important part of automation.  We all enjoy using our favorite CSS preprocessor's "watch" feature -- we can still refresh the page and see our changes as though we were simply writing in pure CSS.  Node.js makes both file...

  • Sync Gulp Tasks with run-sequence

    gulp.js is an awesome utility for so many things.  I've recently started using gulp as a build tool for the next blog redesign, whenever that may come.  In the past I had written my own build scripts but they quickly got messy and I ran into...

  • JavaScript Battery API: Promises

    Working at Mozilla has afforded me the time to look at new APIs, one of them being the Battery API.  I wrote about the Battery API a while back, when the API was fresh into browsers.  Since then the Battery API has changed, implementing a promise-based...

  • Mighty Deals:  Microthemer: Code-Free Visual WP Theme and Plugin Editor

    WordPress' open-source nature offers a tremendous amount of freedom when it comes to creating and adjusting your themes. But if you're not an expert in HTML or CSS, it can be a major hassle! Well, put your frustrations aside, because with Microthemer from

  • Font Smoothing in Webkit and Firefox

    I don't pretend to be a typography or design expert -- I just know what looks good and what doesn't.  A few years ago I saw a few CSS properties I didn't recognize and when I toggled them on and off, the text went from beautiful to...not...

  • 10 Deals You Cannot Pass Up

    Nobody can pass up a good deal, that is perhaps the most well known truth about all of us. Unfortunately, not all deals are as exciting, for example, I would love to get 50% discounts on WordPress themes from a daily deals website, but am less...

  • Clickjacking

    JavaScript security is a big business and for all of the right reasons.  JavaScript lets us do incredible things on the front end but some of those incredible things are for eval evil.  Spyjax used to be one of those evil things but browsers seem to...

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    I spent a few months experimenting with different approaches for writing simple, elegant and maintainable media queries with Sass. Each solution had something that I really liked, but I couldn't find one that covered everything I needed to do, so I ventured into creating my...

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    Chances are that any Web designers using our Ghostlab browser testing app, which allows seamless testing across all devices simultaneously, will have worked with responsive design in some shape or form. And as today’s websites and devices become ever more varied, a plethora of responsive images...

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    Back in late 2012 it was not easy to find open source projects using requestAnimationFrame() – this is the hook that allows Javascript code to synchronize with a web browser's native paint loop. Animations using this method can run at 60 fps and deliver fantastic...

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    CSS animations are a lot of fun; the beauty of them is that through many simple properties, you can create anything from an elegant fade in to a WTF-Pixar-would-be-proud effect. One CSS effect somewhere in between is the CSS flip effect, whereby there's...

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    My team mate Edna Piranha is not only an awesome hacker; she's also a fantastic philosopher! Communication and online interactions is a subject that has kept her mind busy for a long time, and it has also resulted in a bunch of interesting experimental projects...