In the last few months, I’ve been working with Jekyll, a light-weight, Ruby-based, and Markdown-friendly framework for creating static blogs and sites right in your favorite text editor, so I wrote a guest post, “Introducing Jekyll” on the new UW-Madison Devblog. Check it out!
I’m back in school for my PhD, and getting ready to conduct research on a HUGE Twitter dataset on the US 2012 presidential election collected by the Social Media and Democracy research team at UW-Madison. We’ve been brushing up on Python, Hadoop and MapReduce. As part of our training, Alex Hanna, a sociology PhD student at UW-Madison, put together an excellent series of workshops on Twitter (or, as he’s aptly named them, “Tworkshops”) to get us started. Check them out!
A list of Responsive Web Design testing tools you need to try out and bookmark/fave/tweet right NOW!
On April 16th, Nick Weaver (@nickweaver) and I gave a presentation at the Madison Web Design & Dev Meetup titled “Responsive Web Design: How the mobile web has changed the way we think and work.” Here’s the slideshow of the presentation for your enjoyment!
We have all been there: for some reason, you really need to display a list of posts within a page in WordPress (and the list needs to be paginated, of course). Fortunately, there’s an easy way to do it.
Ever wonder when you can use the CSS rule inline-block, or PNG transparency, and what browsers supported? http://caniuse.com/ has a cool list of these and other rules!
A small change made to my site’s permalink structure spells DOOM (well, not really, but was pretty annoying =0 ).
Convert your post’s custom fields into tags automatically in WordPress with this nifty script!!!
I’m letting Twitterfeed.com do the leg work… let’s see how it works =)
Add thumbnails and custom-field data to your RSS2 feed!
As part of my job, I have developed a few plugins to help in the development of sites, so more people can benefit from what was produced during hours and hours of development. Hopefully you’ll find them useful too. Here are a few of them!
Here’s how to enable the “excerpt” box for your WordPress pages.
Here’s a new tiny function that will help you run PHP code in WordPress only when you (or other admin-level users) are logged in.
That’s right, you CAN’T!
The list-image CSS property can get you far when you want to create custom bullets in HTML, but what about performance? CSS Sprites are a great way to reduce the amount of images you need to use to customize your lists.
Serializing arrays in PHP is a great way to format their content before storing it in a database. However, if the serialized content has certain characters (such as “;” or “:”) the resulting string won’t be read correctly by the unserialize() function, which is a huge bummer. So, here’s a workaround. http://davidwalsh.name/php-serialize-unserialize-issues
“Invalid label” Firebug error with jQuery getJSON