Tag Archives : Tips January 2014

  • Coding for Touch & Click Events

    Recently I watched a video on building for touch screens that discusses the challenges when building for touch and keyboard interactions —something that is on the mind of many, many, many, many, many people and something I’ve written about before. So what’s the best way to deal with touch at the moment? Modernizr? Well, detecting for touch primarily using something like Modernizr.touch can sometimes lead to false positive results plus it can be dangerous to make that assumption when a device also includes a keyboard. Read More →

  • The GUI vs. The CLI: Beyond the GUI for file transfers and directory syncing

    I’ve always been on the fence when it comes to using a gui over the cli to transfer/update files on a remote server. For the majority of my work I use Fetch when I need to transfer or grab single files and sometimes I will even go as far as mirroring with Fetch to sync entire projects. There are better ways for sure, but I really wanted to see what else is out there and the benefits of each method/tool available (ones that don’t use a gui at all!). I decided to take to the tweeters in hopes that other developers would provide me with some feedback/opinions. Read More →

  • Keeping your front-end tool chain up-to-date : Node, NPM and Ruby

    WARNING! I use a Mac so these comments and examples are from the point of view of a Mac owner.

    Setting up an environment with the required dependencies can be a chore to be blunt. Here’s a rundown of the best approaches to keep these dependencies in place once they’re installed. This is not an article about installation, but what to do once they are installed and maybe a few hot items/points of interest to enhance your experience. As a FRED these days you’ll certainly run into a project that may have node or may use Ruby and knowing how to operate in these environments plus keep them updated can be a huge advantage to you or your team members. Read More →