Nov 24

PHP: Easy integrated benchmarking

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When I began developing PHP I found the biggest stumbling block for me was learning the best practices and many nuances for greater performance, especially when querying a database. I found that I could smash out functional PHP for proof of concept purposes, but when it came to optimising my code for release and I […]

Nov 10

Quick tip: Firebug console output

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I’ve found debugging my JavaScript projects much easier since using the Firebug add-on for Firefox, but more specifically outputting to the Firebug console.  It’s as easy as this: var myVar = 42; console.log(‘my variable: ‘ + myVar); This will output ‘my variable: 42‘ to the Firebug console, just like using System.out.println() in Java. There are […]

Nov 1

jGauge a 100% JavaScript dial gauge

jGauge 0.3.0 alpha 3

jGauge is a 100% JavaScript dial gauge I created to be a free, lightweight, and powerful alternative to Flash-based gauges. It can be used on web based dashboards like a speedometer / fuel gauge. Code base Google code (archive): https://code.google.com/p/jgauge/ Github (future development): https://github.com/dariancabot/jGauge Screenshot Changelog Version 0.4.0 – 20110511 Now hosted on GitHub Version […]

Oct 14

IE9 is the IE6 of CSS3

If you’re anything like me when it comes to IE9 you’re viewing Microsoft’s hype with a measure of skepticism.  Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is both the most popular web browser and the biggest pain in the ass for us web developers.  When I first heard that Microsoft were making an effort to support the latest standards […]

Oct 10

jQuery: Automatic HTML element manipulation

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When working on my latest project I discovered a feature of jQuery that wasn’t apparent to me in the API.  When using the .append() method I noticed it would automatically close HTML elements.  After taking a closer look at the jQuery 1.4.2 code, I found that .append() makes use of an internal function called domManip(). […]