October 11, 2011
I've used the Feed2JS service for a web site at work to convert RSS feeds into HTML to easily display feed content on web pages. Unfortunately, this service isn't very forgiving with feeds that contain invalid XML markup. In addition, the future of this service is currently in question.
December 10, 2009
I've just launched an HTML/CSS-based framework called Sexy Buttons that makes it super easy to add stylish, skinnable buttons to your web site. This makes it possible to turn any button or link into a beautiful call-to-action button.
November 18, 2009
I recently switched our CMS spellchecker on PortlandOnline from Google's spellchecker to After the Deadline. After the Deadline is a new breed of spellchecker—likely very different from the spellcheckers you're used to using. AtD offers contextual spell checking so it can detect words that are spelled correctly, but used incorrectly. It also has an advanced style and grammar checker and offers helpful explanations of all the detected issues.
October 19, 2009
My team at the City of Portland is hiring another web guru. We're looking for someone more on the front end (graphic design / HTML / simple scripting / media creation) than back end programmer. We're getting ready to overhaul our online presence and this person will play an important role in this project.
See the job posting for more details or to apply. (And don't let the "Web 0.5" feel of the job posting web site scare you away…)
July 17, 2009
One quirk in Coldfusion that I've had to battle before is that columns in query objects are sorted in alphabetical order. Normally this isn't too much of an issue because you just output the columns in the desired order when you're displaying the output on a page. But there are times when you need to loop over a list of the columns and you'd like them to appear in the order defined in the SQL query or DB schema.