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Usability

February 11th, 2008

I have long been an advocate of usability on the web: basing design on what is easiest for the user. Far too often, we worry too much about what looks good and too little about the ease of use. We forget that without users, nothing else really matters.

I recently found a great article on usability. As I was reading it, I kept thinking “Am I doing that?” I think I will be referring back to this article for some time, as I work out the layout for this site and other projects.

Simple AJAX library

February 9th, 2008

So here is my first offering: A really basic, easy to use JavaScript AJAX library. Nothing fancy here - just a quick & simple way to get Ajax working on your site.

Getting Started

February 8th, 2008

I recently realized that over the past couple years, I have neglected to keep up any sort of online presence. While that’s not a big problem for most people, for someone in the Web Development business, it’s not a very good idea!

So, with that in mind, I have decided to make a concerted effort to actually start putting some content back online. I have, over time, developed various libraries and “mini-apps” that I plug in when I want to accomplish certain tasks. So I thought that, for starters, I would make them available on this site, along with some simple, but full applications that I’m also working on.

As the applications become more full-featured, I will be adding the ability for people to create personal accounts - just in case anyone actually wants to use them. My intention is to have all of my demos available for public use as well (for free), for anyone who wants to use them.

Here’s what I plan to be putting up over the next few weeks:

  • A simple “to do” list with due dates and assignment options
  • Some basic JavaScript libraries (which will be updated regularly, as I expand and refine them)
  • An HTML Rich-text editor that won’t break across different sub-domains
  • Some simple JavaScript and Ajax-driven games
  • A Personal Recipe file
  • A sortable Grocery list tool (that will sort your list based on store sections)

That’s all I have planned for the moment, but I’m sure the list won’t stop there.