One of the most fun things about being a web developer is that the job is constantly changing, but that can also make things a bit challenging. Every so often we find a new tip, trick, script, or plugin that helps make our lives a little easier and our projects a little better. Here are a few of the more recent ones that we’ve picked up.
Visceral is lucky enough to be located in San Diego. Now, San Diego lies about 400 miles south of Silicon Valley, where digital reigns supreme and mt.lions roam the coastal ridge between the Bay and the mighty Pacific. But what we lack in tech industry saturation and big furry cats, we make up for in sunshine and our ability to attend awesome conferences from time to time—in this case, An Event Apart.
By far the most talked about technology right now is mobile. According to recent reports by the Pew Research Center, nearly half of American adults now own a smartphone. We’ve blogged before about creating sites with jQuery Mobile and the recent trend toward responsive design, but what about native games and apps?
jQuery Mobile is an awesome framework for developing mobile websites with common touchable interfaces. All it takes is some proper markup and importing a few JS and CSS files to display your website in a mobile-friendly way. Let’s explore how to get a basic page set up and create our own custom theme for the framework.
Every once in a while a book comes along that changes how we think about designing and building websites. Nearly a decade ago that book was “Designing with Web Standards” by Jeffrey Zeldman. It taught us to shun table-based layouts and push ahead with semantic markup, to embrace standards and shun hacks. Today I think that book is “Responsive Web Design” by Ethan Marcotte.