December 2013 Entries

50 Javascript Tools & Resources from 2013

As the end of the year approaches it’s time for those end of year round up posts to start appearing. Here’s one I came across that contains 50 Javascript Tools & Resources from 2013. There’s a real mixed bag of tools and plugins contained in this list - have a scroll through and odds are you’ll find something interesting or useful. Some of my picks for things that look interesting (which I can’t think of uses for right now, but am pretty sure I could on a long enough timeline): Midway.js - Midway.js makes it super easy...

How much does it cost to develop an app?

I come across many variants of this question in my job, and thought that How much does it cost to develop an app? The true price of starting from scratch was an interesting read.

To crawl or not to crawl, quickly crawling a site for fun and profit

Today I wanted to compare the page structures for 2 sites – one was a new version about to go live, and I wanted to compare it with the current version. I basically wanted to check that in doing our updates we’d left the URL structure fairly untouched (a few things had been added), and figured crawling them both then comparing the output would be a fairly sane way of doing that. I’ve previously used http://www.xml-sitemaps.com/ – their free service is handy for small sites with under 500 links, but the site I wanted to compare had a pretty...

Web Fonts (.woff specifically) throwing 404s on IIS7

(A message for my future self follows) EDIT: Future Ross you’re an idiot. Adding it manually simply adds the staticContent entries, the difference was that “application/x-woff” works, and “application/x-font-woff” does not. Future Ross, you can stop reading now. Hi Future Ross! If you’re reading this, then odds are that you’ve just deployed another site to IIS and noticed that all the .woff fonts are failing to load with a 404 not found even though they exist on the file system! You’ve probably Googled or Binged (Bung?) for solutions, and noticed that a lot of them suggest...

Bootstrap without all the debt

Bootstrap without all the debt – worth a read, even if I don’t agree with all the points around debt (but can see that your experience would vary depending on the size of the project).

Akihabara Radio Center Closed

Tokyo’s Famed Akihabara Radio Center has closed at the end of November. I was lucky to get a chance to wander through here in 2011, and it was a pretty strange and wonderful world, so it’s sad to know it’s not there anymore. The link above has a couple of photos, but they don’t do justice to the sheer insanity of the place, and the incredibly range of shops and stalls that were crammed inside it. I took a fair few photos on that trip, but unfortunately none of Akihabara, which is something I’m a little sad about now...