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Quick and Dirty Mobile Friendly Updates.


Here are a few quick and dirty upgrades to make your site more usable on mobile and small-screen devices. (Your site is already standards based, right? Good.)

Throw these in your head:

<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1" />
<meta name="HandheldFriendly" content="True">
<meta name="MobileOptimized" content="320">

And this in your stylesheet:

html { -webkit-text-size-adjust:100%; -ms-text-size-adjust:100%; }

This will give your users pretty good usability on their mobile devices (even when changing orientation on iOS devices) without downloading the whole jQuery library.

Photoshop CS6 - The Little Things.


There are some awesome little things that I've noticed in the first week or two of using Photoshop CS6. They're super useful in my web developer workflow, and they're just little things that really add up to save me a ton of time.

These small improvements to my everyday workflow are far more important than whopping huge new features that I (the web developer) probably won't ever use.

More Tax Tips.


The following job search expenses are tax deductible, so hold onto those receipts:

As before, please remember that I'm not a professional tax person, and you should consult one of those folks if you have important tax questions.

Another 3 Books for Web Developers.


After reflecting on my recent post Three Must-Read Books for Web Developers, I thought I'd also share three of the books I read when I first started building web pages back in 1999:

  1. Unknown giant HTML4 reference manual: Embarrassingly, I can't remember the precise title or author of this one. It was a 700+ page reference manual for HTML4 and XML. It may or may not have included a bit on JavaScript, but I don't think there was any CSS in it.
  2. Web Pages That Suck: Learn Good Design by Looking at Bad Design [with CDROM] by Vincent Flanders, Michael Willis: This was a design focused book which looked at a bunch of hideous and painful websites of the time. Pick up a copy if you want to see how far web site have come.
  3. JavaScript Goodies (2nd Edition) - Joe Burns, Andree Growney: This was a pretty good introduction to JavaScript for its time. I read the first edition, and then picked up the second edition when it was published in 2001.

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