Oct 292014
Tech Talk: JavaScript Frameworks

Over the past year I have had several projects at work (I feel like a real live consultant now) and I have used a few new technologies and tools on those projects. The skills that have really come a long way are my JavaScript skills. I know what some of you might be thinking, “WTF, JavaScript?!?” Yes. JavaScript. It’s not as cumbersome and taboo as it was back in the 90s. There are new tools and frameworks out there that have actually made JavaScript not only easier but … dare I say it … fun?! The library that has made JavaScript easier, for me, is jQuery, which I [… Click to Continue …]

Mar 132014
Biggs On: HTML5 and CCS3

Back in the day, around 1997 – 1998, I picked up a book called “Teach Yourself HTML4 in 24 Hours”. It was my first glimpse into the world of web development. Thanks to SamsNet Publishing, I read that book cover to cover and referenced is so much the cover literally came off. CSS was still in its early stages and JavaScript was hated by everyone. Creating dynamic content was a test in perseverance and willpower. If I wanted a cool menu system, and I didn’t want to write it myself, I had to find something I liked on places like http://www.dynamicdrive.com or research how to [… Click to Continue …]

Jun 062012
Snippets: [jQuery] Highlight Rows with Checkbox

It has been a while since I have posted a new jQuery snippet, mostly because I only get to play with jQuery once in a while (though I wish I could use it more). Recently I had to create an administration page for deleting multiple rows of data. I presented the data in a gridview using checkboxes as the control for selecting which items will be deleted. I wanted to make it clear which items were going to be deleted so, using jQuery, I wrote the following snippet to accomplish what I wanted. Obviously you will need to define a CSS class called “highlight”. I [… Click to Continue …]

Oct 092010
Snippets: [JQuery] Toggle Expand/Collapse

I have posted a new snippet on Snipplr. It’s another jQuery snippet that handles the expand and collapse of a div (or span) section. The idea for this snippet is that the user would click a plus (+) image, the code would display the hidden section and change the image to a minus ( – ). The reverse, of course, would happen if the user were to click the minus. Here is the snippet: The #img and #div should match the ID attribute of the page elements the code needs to respond to. You can see this and more of my code snippets at Snipplr. [… Click to Continue …]