Web Development

A selection of useful SublimeText plugins for frontend developers

I’m always keeping an eye out for interesting SublimeText addons, of which there’s a *lot* to go through. The lists below are all things which aren’t too useful to me personally (as I usually do this sort of work using Visual Studio), however there’s some handy looking stuff in there for anyone using SublimeText for front end development, so they’re worth posting. How to Add Sass Support in Sublime Text – also contains a rather handy tip: You can avoid this by installing the SublimeOnSaveBuild plugin, which will automatically execute the default build action whenever you save changes...

Delegating access to a single Amazon S3 bucket

I’ve just been playing around delegating access to some Amazon S3 resources using IAM and Cloudberry explorer, and found a small but useful tip for anyone doing the same thing – don’t forget to give the user account access to s3:ListAllMyBuckets, or your testing isn’t going to go very far. I’m using Cloudberry Explorer Pro, and couldn’t see an easy way to do this using the Policy Designer (not saying it isn’t there – just that I got bored looking), so I simply edited the policy script, added the ListsAllMyBuckets action and set the resource to be arn:aws:s3:::* – the final...

Where does technical debt come from

Over the past year I’ve been dealing with some technical debt across a couple of different ASP.NET applications that we recently inherited. As part of that work I’ve spent a bit of time thinking about technical debt, how to deal with it, and how to avoid it. Describing the subject of technical debt as interesting might be overstating things a little however it is a subject which is relevant to most developers at some point in their career. So when I read this article (Lotus Notes - a Double Edged Sword) it struck me as a great example of...

Essential Developer SEO

There are many things that fall under the wide umbrella of SEO/SEM, and as a developer chances are high that you don’t really want to know about a large number of them. However like it or not if you’re creating web sites or applications there are some things you absolutely need to understand. All of what’s contained in this post is pretty simple stuff – but it’s absolutely essential. There are so many resources out there covering SEO, and yet I keep seeing sites which ignore some or all of the basic things I’m going to mention, and I...

Looking back on the past couple of years as a freelancer

It's coming up to the 2 year mark since I resigned from my full time job and went into freelancing / owning my own businesses. After many years of working as an employee, a contractor and doing small bits of freelancing on the side I probably thought that switching to freelancing would be a bit easier than it ended up being, which is part of why I wanted to write a little about my experiences. There's plenty of material out there offering freelancers helpful tips or things to avoid - this post is similar to many of those, but it's...

The obligatory Happy New Year post

This is the obligatory Happy New Year post.. so, happy new year all! I’ve got quite a few posts currently sitting in various stages of draft – I’d planned to write a bit around Christmas, however the novelty of actually having a break took over. So I’m a little behind, but feeling well rested. Here’s a quick preview of what I’ve currently got sitting in draft: My “lessons learned” post from experience over the past couple of years as a freelancer/small business owner. Writing down a bit about my experiences was helpful for my...

Using the asp:Chart control

The world of .NET is an exciting and ever changing environment to work in so it’s easy to occasionally miss useful things when they’re released. The asp:Chart control fits into this category – it was released well over a year ago, however I haven’t had any reason to use it until very recently. Here's a short (possibly the shortest) post with a snippets of information that I found useful about the Control, my 60 second summary if you will. To use the control with version 3.5SP1 of the .NET framework you have to install a...

jQuery and Microsoft

A while ago I did a bit of exploring into jQuery. I really liked what I saw, and was trying to decide whether to invest a bit of time into knowing it better - but with so many JavaScript frameworks and libraries out there it's hard to know which ones are worthy of attention. It looks like Microsoft and jQuery have made that decision a lot easier, with this announcement from Scott Guthrie: I'm excited today to announce that Microsoft will be shipping jQuery with Visual Studio going forward.  We will distribute the jQuery JavaScript library as-is, and will not be...

Echo Chamber++; SP1 for VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 released;

Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 both had their SP1 releases a couple of days ago, but I’ve not had time to install it. So this post is basically a reminder to myself and a place to store some links. I’ve skimmed over a few people mentioning a couple of compatibility issues with the VS2008 release, so take a skim through the comments sections of these posts before installing to see if you're going to be affected or not. Link: Service Pack 1 for VS 2008 and .NET FX 3.5 released! Link: More about .NET Framework...

ASP.NET AJAX Roadmap

If you work with ASP.NET and AJAX then you'll probably want to take a look at Microsoft's ASP.NET AJAX Roadmap document. After restating their goal of "making ASP.NET Ajax the first-class choice for all Web 2.0 Developers" they start listing some of their ideas for the future. Template driven binding sounds useful, and I've recently come across a few people mentioning that even though the version in Atlas had it's faults, that it was still a good idea. The DOM APIs around element selection look useful,  and there are various other shiny things such as increased animation effects...

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