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Creating a Custom YouTube “Sparkbar”

I received a question about this a little while ago and I finally got around to making a blog post about it. The person was asking about making a custom YouTube percentage bar like the one you see on videos right above the thumbs up and thumbs down icons. Intrigued I looked at the code and boiled it down to something that perhaps you all could use for a project... ...

Context Menus With jQuery

I was tinkering around with some jQuery and created a little bit of code that I thought I would throw out into the Internet ether. I am sure it not the most efficiently optimized, but it does demonstrate some things can do with a little jQuery and the contextmenu event. I see this example as something you could easily build off of and with a little styling and a little ...

A Review of Two Python Books

In today's blog post I am going to review two books on Python. I decided to do two because both of these books are essentially reference books from the Developer's Library series by Addison Wesley publishing. The first book I will be reviewing is titled "Python Essential Reference, Fourth Edition" by David M. Beazley. It is a bit of an oldie (2009) but I think is a great reference book ...

The Dangers of JavaScript Frameworks, Libraries and Plugins

The recent explosion of JavaScript frameworks and libraries in web development has been undeniable. I can think of 10 libraries right off the top of my head and I have seen a site that lists 34 libraries just for visualizations. I am happy to see such a diverse ecosystem of easy to use tools sprouting up in the web development community. Certainly some of them make development a heck of ...

Can Tools Make Coding Too Easy?

I caught a wonderful article on Dzone today by Jonas Gauffin titled "How Resharper rocks my average work day". In this article Jonas talks about a tool he uses regularly called "Resharper" that makes common tasks a bit more automated when coding in C#. This article reminded me that we are continuously developing better and better tools that help us write code. But is there a point where we are ...

My Love / Hate Relationship with PHP Traits

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a bit of a stickler when it comes to traditional software design principles. I do believe they lead to outstanding software products when they are followed correctly. This isn't to say I am not flexible when it comes to new ideas to improve traditional rules. When I saw the introduction of PHP traits in 5.4.0 I was eager to learn all about ...