March 15th

  • Matt's SXSW talk has lessons from 11 years of moderating a large online community. Quick summary: get the community to help, find patterns that lead to good/bad behavior, build tools around those patterns, find awesome moderators.

March 12th

  • "The last thing fans of these programmes want is to be confronted with the cruel reality of what life was like in late Victorian and Edwardian England..."

March 11th

  • This is even better than the Chrome extension: "If you don't like a site that appears in your search results, you can block all the pages within that site. Then you won't see any of those pages when you're signed in and searching on Google."

March 10th

March 9th

  • "I am firmly of the opinion that the Macintosh is Catholic and that DOS is Protestant." heh, Umberto Eco weighed in on the Mac vs. PC war in 1994 by comparing the organization of operating systems with the organization of religions.

March 7th

March 3rd

  • A preview of a future release of ColdFusion. Goodbye JRun, some nice shortcuts, some teasers.
  • "The HTML5 history API is a standardized way to manipulate the browser history via script." The key to fixing our collective Ajax back button woes in modern browsers.

March 1st

  • "Error level analysis (ELA) works by intentionally resaving the image at a known error rate, such as 95%, and then computing the difference between the images." Automated Photoshop detection!
  • Fill your design mockups with adorable kittens. It's like lorem ipsum for images.
  • "A collection of 100 pixelated camera illustrations for anybody to download and use in whatever way they see fit."

February 28th

February 26th

  • "Wow, the new algorithm yielded far superior results." Great to see Google responding to complaints about content farms with substantive changes. Sounds like their latest tweaks have demoted sites that are simply copies of original sources.

February 25th

  • "Find and explore 6124 books quoted on Stack Overflow and Hacker News."

February 23rd

  • Animated Ajax loading image generator.
  • A nice jQuery plugin that provides infinite scrolling with minimal setup if you already have paging.

February 22nd

  • "The green children of Woolpit reportedly appeared in the village of Woolpit in Suffolk, England, some time in the 12th century..." [via Best of Wikipedia]

February 21st

  • "The truth is that individual health insurance is not easy to get." I second this. When I was a young, single, childless freelance developer I also found that insurance was difficult to get. I can't imagine what it would be like now that I'm older with a family. I'm lucky to have an awesome employer who provides insurance but we should fix this problem. [via rafe]

February 18th

  • Hey neat! James Taylor has some highly produced guitar lessons he's putting on YouTube. [via scottandrew]
  • "As we mature as developers, finding logic errors and incomplete solutions becomes our way of life. It defines us. But our engineering strength is also our social weakness." uhoh, I'm guilty of this sometimes. [via mathowie]
  • A nice modal window kit for Prototype.
  • "Amplify's goal is to simplify all forms of data handling by providing a unified API for various data sources." Looks like a write-once way to handle client side storage.
  • Filed for use: "...ultimate guide to 37 download resources for hundreds of [mobile] emulators and simulators."

February 17th

February 16th

February 10th

February 8th

February 7th

  • Write an HTML5/JavaScript app and PhoneGap will turn it into a native app for various mobile devices including iPhone, Android, and Blackberry.
  • Still in Alpha, but this looks like a great way to speed-up mobile site development. The form elements demo is impressive.
  • Another JavaScript charting library.

February 4th

  • JavaScript visualization library.

January 25th

January 24th

January 21st

  • Matt Cutts: "...we hear the feedback from the web loud and clear: people are asking for even stronger action on content farms and sites that consist primarily of spammy or low-quality content." Nice to see Google responding to the recent flood of criticism.

January 20th

  • A jQuery port of Prototype's PerodicalUpdater method that includes a polling interval decay if updates aren't happening.
  • "...if after a few Ajax polls there’s no data, there probably won’t be for a while. Maybe the site is overloaded or the queue is backed up. In those circumstances the continued polling adds additional unwanted strain to the site." Another polling approach: increase the interval every time.
  • "And the greater risk is not of Flickr’s deletion of customers, but of the market’s deletion of Flickr. Because, after all, Flickr is a business and no business lasts forever. Least of all in the tech world." Valid concerns about Flickr, advertising, and how we fund the Web.