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Site Update: Treehouse, Forums, Newsletter!

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Treehouse

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!

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Recent Features

  • Create Namespaced Classes with MooTools

    MooTools has always gotten a bit of grief for not inherently using and standardizing namespaced-based JavaScript classes like the Dojo Toolkit does.  Many developers create their classes as globals which is generally frowned up.  I mostly disagree with that stance, but each to their own.  In any event,...

  • Page Visibility API

    One event that's always been lacking within the document is a signal for when the user is looking at a given tab, or another tab. When does the user switch off our site to look at something else? When do they come back?...

Incredible Demos

  • Camera and Video Control with HTML5

    Client-side APIs on mobile and desktop devices are quickly providing the same APIs.  Of course our mobile devices got access to some of these APIs first, but those APIs are slowly making their way to the desktop.  One of those APIs is the getUserMedia API,...

  • New MooTools Plugin: ElementFilter

    My new MooTools plugin, ElementFilter, provides a great way for you to allow users to search through the text of any mix of elements. Simply provide a text input box and ElementFilter does the rest of the work. The XHTML I've used a list for this example...

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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