ShiftEdit: A Web-Based IDE for PHP, Python, Ruby and More

If you’re a programmer or developer that juggles several projects at a time, your code can sometimes be lost between multiple workstations, or worse, lost in some sort of catastrophic system failure. If only you’d had a chance to run a backup first! With everything going to the cloud these days, wouldn’t it make sense […]

Four HTML5 and JavaScript Frameworks To Jump-start Your App Development

Let’s just face the facts: Flash is dying, platform/browser agnostic development is in, and Windows 8 is bringing HTML5/JavaScript to desktop development. Love it or hate it, as a developer you’ll probably need to familiarize yourself with the finer points of HTML5 and JavaScript-driven application design, but where does a person start? Traditionally HTML and […]

Add Variables, Operations, and Functions to Your CSS with the LESS Dynamic Stylesheet Language

As a programmer, the most frustrating part about working with CSS is the redundancy. If you’re designing a layout with a strict color and font scheme, you can find yourself copy/pasting the same same snippets over and over…and what if that scheme changes? You get to track down each element, which takes forever even with […]

How To Add Greasemoney and Other Scripts To Opera 11

When I recently made the switch from Firefox to Opera, there were a couple of things I had to work out with my new web browser of choice.  One of my favorite add-ons for Firefox was Greasemonkey, which allows for the installation of scripts that modify and enhance web pages on-the-fly.  There is no version of […]

Friday Fun! Blow Up Your Favorite Websites with a Bookmarklet

If you’ve ever played the video game Asteroids, then you’ll be delighted to know that you can bring the destructive joy of this simple game to any website on the internet with a simple JavaScript bookmarklet (ok – the JavaScript isn’t simple, but clicking a bookmarklet is!). 18ish-year-old Swedish developer Erik Andersson has done a remarkable […]

How to Perform Age Verification with jQuery and Cookies (mmm, cookies)

If you’re a freelance developer, chances are good that you’ll encounter a situation where you’ll have to make some content “off limits” to the kids. In most cases, such as with alcohol-related material, this is required by law. So, how do you do it? Well, if you’re using jQuery, the answer is “easily.” The first […]

Firefox Tip: How to Prevent JavaScript Code from Resizing Your Browser Window

Have you ever been browsing the internet, opened a new link, and suddenly had your entire browser window change size?  This is a trick that web developers can easily do with JavaScript (and was heavily used in the “older” days of the internet) but has become a nuisance in modern times.  If I’ve got a pile of […]