At work we’re about to start on a nice big project. The plan is to take our current codebase, strip out a ton of the cruft (the kind that grows and grows when the same code base is worked on for multiple years), improve the performance (due to various reasons JS has been turned off for IE7 users) and introduce a new front-end architecture based around data-contracts delivered from the back-end that are then parsed via our front-end templates. Our CSS and JS will be structured into neat and tidy modules loaded in as and when required opposed to loading in EVERYTHING at once as we’re going mobile-first in our design and development and care about our users because we’re nice conscientious developers. But we might not be using HTML5 (structural elements). I’m not totally sure how I feel about this. Read more
Posts from the ‘Web Development’ Category
So in what is probably a rather poorly kept secret I now no longer work for the Mozilla Foundation, in fact my last day was last week but in an attempt to stay ‘offline’ for a little while after that I’m only starting to look at the blogs and that kind of stuff again now.
- with everything that they’re doing, and everything not work related that I’ll now need to be doing it felt like a good time to go
- not sure what the future hold yet – but let me know of anything interesting you have (rossbruniges at gmail dot com)
- mozilla is a great place to work – I’m happy to have done so and hopefully left a good legacy of websites, standards and friends!
So you’ve found an open source project to contribute to but you don’t really know where to start? It can all look pretty daunting but the good news is that it’s just a process of pretty easily repeatable steps; and the idea of this webmaker-bitesize article is to show you those and explain why they’re required. Read more
It’s a bit of a cliche (as google image search show us) but one of the best ways to get contributing to an Open Source (OS) project is to file a bug. It can occasionally seem a pretty silly and frustrating thing but as well as allowing you to tell people that something is broken or a new thing you would like the project to do it also introduces yourself to the existing community, project managers and developers. Filing a bug can seem a little daunting, especially if the developers are people you don’t know but if you follow some basic steps then you’ll be in a good place. Read more
Responsive Day Out, or #responsiveconf (or #beefcheeks) was a one day conference held down in Brighton and organised by Jeremy Keith. The talks were fast and furious (20 minutes each) and followed by a seated discussion on sofa’s with Jeremy fielding questions from the audience. It was cheap at cheerful (tickets being great value at £50) with a good after-party that didn’t turn into carnage allowed many extended discussions. The excitement around the subject was, as I’m very old and can remember this kind of stuff rather similar to the early @media’s revolving around web standards, and on a week were the Web Standards Project shut itself down I was left wondering; have our best practises actually changed? Read more