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I've been working on some major and minor site updates and I wanted to share them all with you!

New Sponsor:  Treehouse

I'm super excited to have Treehouse as my new sponsor.  Treehouse teaches developers how improve their skills in a variety of ways and in a variety of programming languages.  They don't just make basic screencasts -- they create professional-grade video tutorials in a series format so as to take you from start to completion on realistic projects.  I've been asked numerous times over the past few years to make screencasts and videos but have pushed off;  Treehouse makes them way better and have a larger scope of knowledge than I ever will.

Please give Treehouse a look!

Forums!

I get dozens of emails a day asking for help, advice, and consulting work;  as you can imagine, there's no way I can get to all of them.  I've created the forums as a community space to ask questions, share code, give tips, and talk tech.  No registration required.  Initial forums include MooTools 1.x, MooTools 2, CSS, HTML5 & Mobile, jQuery, and Firefox OS.  Have an idea for a forum you'd like to see?  Let me know!

Script & Style eNewsletter

I'm looking to start a Script & Style eNewsletter, sharing great original posts about CSS, JavaScript, HTML5, and all of the front-end technologies we love.  Feel free to sign up -- I look forward to having you!

Gist Embedding

Adding code to blog comment forms sucks, even with the code editor I've provided.  From this point forward, you can add links to GitHub gists and the gist content will be displayed within the comment!

Various other updates have been made.  As always please contact me to share your thoughts on how I could improve the site.  Thank you!

Treehouse Learning

Recent Features

  • CSS vs. JS Animation: Which is Faster?

    How is it possible that JavaScript-based animation has secretly always been as fast — or faster — than CSS transitions? And, how is it possible that Adobe and Google consistently release media-rich mobile sites that rival the performance of native apps? This article serves as a point-by-point...

  • How to Create a Twitter Card

    One of my favorite social APIs was the Open Graph API adopted by Facebook.  Adding just a few META tags to each page allowed links to my article to be styled and presented the way I wanted them to, giving me a bit of control...

Incredible Demos

  • Drag and Drop MooTools File Uploads

    Honesty hour confession:  file uploading within the web browser sucks.  It just does.  Like the ugly SELECT element, the file input is almost unstylable and looks different on different platforms.  Add to those criticism the fact that we're all used to drag and drop operations,...

  • Fancy Navigation with MooTools JavaScript

    Navigation menus are traditionally boring, right? Most of the time the navigation menu consists of some imagery with a corresponding mouseover image. Where's the originality? I've created a fancy navigation menu that highlights navigation items and creates a chain effect. The XHTML Just some simple...

Discussion

  1. You’re the best mayn, signing up to the forums right now!

  2. Wow! Turns out reading is key! Great stuff, gonna get some use outta that bad boy.

  3. Alex

    I had written a huge reply in your mootools prime thread and I couldn’t get it to submit.
    Worst part is that I lost the text I wrote :(

  4. I have thought about having forums on my site too, but I was initially discouraged by having to maintain the forum software up to date, and fighting spammers. And nowadays I wonder whether it makes any sense to build any sort of “personal” forums, when sites like StackOverflow are so huge in terms of chances of your question being answered.

    What made you finally decide towards “in site” forums? Maybe controlling the content and keeping it “your own”? I’m genuinely curious :-)

  5. Are you using any wordpress plugin for forums. I see the similar forum on http://extratutorials.com/forums/

    Can you please tell me?

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