Today’s Readings

Want background stripes? ‘s got a bunch for you!

An incredible list of JavaScript tools for today’s JS world

slick: the last carousel you’ll ever need. And it very well may be…

I love the concept of this terra-cotta air conditioner. No chance of it cooling large areas, and those blades could be a nightmare to clean, but I love the concept!

So what did you do when Google Reader closed? I went to Feedly, but their Android app is unreliable, as is the gReader app that I do use. So what about a MEAN feed reader?

20 useful tools for web developers. You’re sure to find something you didn’t know about…

I mentioned in the last post about how skeptical I was about WYSIWYG editors; I am equally skeptical of “cloud editors”; Cloud 9 looks pretty cool, though…

Chrome Canary now lets you examine async call backs in tremendous detail, including the full call stack! The article also gives several examples of when this will be useful, and how to dig in and determine what’s going on.

mentions a great idea, offering IDE-style hints from the command line (beyond just “tab for options”), which sounds great, but then the commands really turn out some gems, especially the one from Brett Jankford.

This is a nice, simplified form user experience, but I do agree with one comment that user’s might want a back-button-type-thing, to see previous answers and possibly even change them. Of course, this isn’t meant to be a completed product, it’s meant as an idea, so cheers, !

I’ve mentioned responsive tables before, offered a couple variations, and here’s another. I still don’t like all the repetition of code in the data attributes, and also don’t like the non-progressive-enhancement approach Dudley mentions toward the end. But I do like the alternative styling of the table, and if you’re building the table via server-side code, it isn’t that unscalable… As always, your choice.

Great slideshow about the accessibility possibilities of HTML5, which elements to use where, which Aria attributes to add where, etc. And one of the easier slideshows to understand that I’ve seen without the audio, kudos to the author, .

Complete responsive image WordPress plugin that you can use today. Creates a shortcode, customizes the code inserted into the post by WordPress when selecting an image via the Add Media button, and alters the output of that code to make use of ‘s PictureFill polyfill. All-in-all, nicely done!

Dynamically generated SVG through SASS + A 3D animated RGB cube! Wow, that’s a lotta buzz words in one title, but the output is pretty damned impressive…

Thorough collection of responsive patterns for email. Sadly, this is something I actually need at work right now… :-/

Responsive: A super lightweight HTML, CSS, and JavaScript framework for building responsive websites

The descriptions starts by stating that “Bootstrap and Foundation are too heavy.” Can’t speak for Foundation, but certainly agree about Bootstrap. Gonna have to have a deeper dig into this…

Luke Wroblewski’s notes from ‘s SVG is for Everybody talk at An Event Apart Seattle. I love SVGs, and wish I were good enough in Illustrator (and a good enough designer) to make my own…

Seriously impressed with Google’s Nightwalk! If they make enough of these, I will never have to leave my reclining sofa again!! ;-)

And finally, a bit of a serious note on the excitement, then confusion, and finally frustration, that I felt regarding the announcement, then controversy, and finally the resignation, of as the CEO of Mozilla. I do not know Mr. Eich, but I have been using one of his biggest contributions to the web since late 1998, and I have been using it nearly every single day of my life since then. When I first heard the announcement, I thought, “Wow, this should be really great for Mozilla, having such an industry icon, and former Mozilla family member, guiding their ship!” And, from an industry point of view, it quite possibly could have been great. But we will never know. Because almost as soon as word came down that he was the new CEO, we heard about the resignations of half the Board of Directors (though this was later refuted by Mozilla). “Odd,” I thought, “but these kinds of changes do often bring with them shake-ups, who knows why, let’s just see where it goes from here.” Then news of Mr. Eich’s personal and political contributions started surfacing, followed by a flurry of controversy, culminating in his unfortunate resignation. I say “unfortunate” because I think it is unfortunate that a great organization like Mozilla had to go through this, and that Mr. Eich and his family had to go through this. Obviously both parties thought this would be a good idea, that they would both benefit and prosper from the experience. And while I am about as staunch of a supporter as they come of individual thought and freedom, I think we all need to realize that with that freedom for each of us to think and act in our desired way, comes the freedom for others to think and act in their desired way. Surely both Mozilla and Mr. Eich will continue on life’s journey and both will be fine. But in the end, I think it quite ironic that while Mr. Eich proclaimed his right to think and do as he pleases was being infringed upon and unjustly being used against him, the entire maelstrom was created by his support of suppressing the right of others to think and do as they please…

Happy reading,

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