Weekend Links – Facebook Instant Messenger, Developer’s Work Environment, CSS Lists, MooTools Snippely, Regular Expressions
Facebook To Launch Instant Messaging Service
I think Facebook IM could take a huge chunk of AOL's IM users, especially the younger crowd. AOL really has nothing to integrate with, while integrating Facebook IM with their profiles service could be extremely useful. Leaving AIM wont break my heart.
Creating a Great Workplace For Developers
This place sounds like an awesome place to work. A four day week sounds great to me! So does sending employees to top conferences! Make sure to read the comments here too.
The Amazing LI: Using CSS and Unordered Lists
I've made it clear that I think that oftentimes lists are used when they don't need to be. Why use a bunch of UL/LI code when you can simply use CSS' "display:block;"? I don't get it.
MooTools developers Tom and Valerio have created a sweet Adobe AIR-based program to save and organize code snippets for later use. It's extremely useful and fun to use -- try it!
Solving Algebraic Equations Using Regular Expressions
Using RegEx's to solve algebraic equations is a novel idea -- I don't know if I'd use this, but I'd never seen this before.
For maximum performance, we all know we must put our assets on CDN (another domain). Along with those assets are custom web fonts. Unfortunately custom web fonts via CDN (or any cross-domain font request) don't work in Firefox or Internet Explorer (correctly so, by spec) though...
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?
In my oh-so-humble opinion, Facebook's Modal box is the best modal box around. It's lightweight, subtle, and very stylish. I've taken Facebook's imagery and CSS and combined it with MooTools' awesome functionality to duplicate the effect.
Facebook uses a funky sprite for their modal...
News scroller have been around forever on the internet. Why? Because they're usually classy and effective. Over the next few weeks, we'll be taking a simple scroller and making it into a flexible, portable class. We have to crawl before we...