Archive of Posts from February 2011

  • "Wow, the new algorithm yielded far superior results." Great to see Google responding to complaints about content farms with substantive changes. Sounds like their latest tweaks have demoted sites that are simply copies of original sources.
  • "Find and explore 6124 books quoted on Stack Overflow and Hacker News."
  • Animated Ajax loading image generator.
  • A nice jQuery plugin that provides infinite scrolling with minimal setup if you already have paging.
  • "The green children of Woolpit reportedly appeared in the village of Woolpit in Suffolk, England, some time in the 12th century..." [via Best of Wikipedia]
  • "The truth is that individual health insurance is not easy to get." I second this. When I was a young, single, childless freelance developer I also found that insurance was difficult to get. I can't imagine what it would be like now that I'm older with a family. I'm lucky to have an awesome employer who provides insurance but we should fix this problem. [via rafe]
  • Hey neat! James Taylor has some highly produced guitar lessons he's putting on YouTube. [via scottandrew]
  • "As we mature as developers, finding logic errors and incomplete solutions becomes our way of life. It defines us. But our engineering strength is also our social weakness." uhoh, I'm guilty of this sometimes. [via mathowie]
  • A nice modal window kit for Prototype.
  • "Amplify's goal is to simplify all forms of data handling by providing a unified API for various data sources." Looks like a write-once way to handle client side storage.
  • Filed for use: "...ultimate guide to 37 download resources for hundreds of [mobile] emulators and simulators."
  • Write an HTML5/JavaScript app and PhoneGap will turn it into a native app for various mobile devices including iPhone, Android, and Blackberry.
  • Still in Alpha, but this looks like a great way to speed-up mobile site development. The form elements demo is impressive.
  • Another JavaScript charting library.
  • JavaScript visualization library.