Authoritative Data Source

Authoritative data source (also referred to as System of Record) is an interesting concept I learned about a while ago and began using immediately.   It’s the idea that any piece if data (a person’s name, email address, phone number, etc.) ideally should be stored in only one place, and if it needs to be […]

Object Oriented Programming

I originally learned to code many years ago in C when I was in college.  Back then everything was functions where you had a “main” and which called several functions in the desired order.  Since then Object Oriented Programming has emerged and, after several attempts to wrap my head around it, after reading several articles like […]

Dynamic Resumes

A long time ago when I was working with Web Services I got turned onto the idea of resume content in XML format and having a variety of DTD displays, some more serious and others more creative.  At the time I found a open source framework which does this and, more recently, a web based application, but looking […]

Posting Older Stuff

Before going to sleep instead of reading a book, I catch up on my news feeds using feedly on my phone.  Although many people say reading your phone before going to sleep is bad but for me it helps me relax and puts me to sleep, sometimes even waking me up from my early slumber because my […]

SpecSavvy

Being a computer guy, people would come up to me and ask me the question “Which computer should I buy?”.  I would typically respond with a “what do you want to do with it?”.  After answering the question too many times to count I though that having a web site called SpecSavvy which defined what can […]

User-Centric Design

Getting web site owners to look at their content from other people’s perspective is probably the most difficult part of web design, but most important to having an effective web site. The Neilson Normal Group is a big proponent of this idea and offers many suggestions on how to do this. They have defined a […]

Print (and Export) Friendly Web Page Tool

I was working with someone who wanted to export some wordpress articles from a site I was working on. One of the developers found a wordpress plugin which did just that. But after following up with the requester I found that the creator of the plugin also offers that service from an external web page. […]

Wireflows

An interesting combination of workflows and wireframes is not just for mobile apps anymore, it can be applied to web pages as well. It may be a bit more work to create, but the benefit of having everyone understand clearly is priceless.

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Westdale Homeowners Association

My parents’ homeowner’s association web site was being managed and maintained by one person in their neighborhood who was becoming unresponsive and the site needed an update.  So, being good parents, and after noticing that I maintained my neighborhood association web site, they asked if I would build one for them.  They gave my name […]

RegEx Tool

I was helping out a co-worker and he was trying to parse a string into an array using RegEx.  He was using a cool tool which seemed to made figuring out regular expressions easier; regex101.com I’m always on the look out for tools which make life easier. Another tool which was pointed out to me […]