Getting Crafty

Here at Viget, we have been using ExpressionEngine as our primary off-the-shelf CMS for years. Craft and Statamic, both of which are developed by EE add-on developers, have really caught our attention. We finally determined that Craft would be an appropriate solution for a project, and while building the site, I built a couple small plugins.

You Matter

I’m not sure if it’s a couple of talks that I recently saw at Peers Conference or maybe the fact that I’m just getting older, but I’ve been thinking a lot lately about work/life balance and personal health.

JavaScript Execution Patterns for Non-Web Apps

I finally got back to blogging and wrote an article about JavaScript execution patterns, a topic which I recently presented on at the DC jQuery Meetup.

Who Says the Web is Just for Squares?

I had some fun building a crazy diamond responsive grid for a project at work. This article explains how I did it.

Dumbwaiter Chrome Extension

I recently got around to trying out Statamic to create a little recipe manager. Yes, I know there are tons of apps out there that do this type of stuff, but I wanted to really be able to control everything. I also wanted to figure out some way that my wife could bookmark recipes for us, and I didn’t expect her to login to my Statamic install and go through that whole process of adding a new entry…

jQuery Stick ‘em: Make Content Sticky on Scroll, to a Point

I created a plugin, jQuery Stick ‘em, to allow items to be “sticky” but only within a container.

“Advanced” 
Templating with ExpressionEngine

I was luckily enough to be asked to speak at the DCEERs Day conference yesterday. I was asked to speak about best templating practices, which ended up being a talk about how I use Stash and how I build custom plugins to streamline templating. It was a great day filled with discussion about ExpressionEngine, and it made me look forward to EECI even more!

Sass & Compass:
 Never Write 
Regular CSS Again

I gave a presentation last week at Refresh DC about Sass & Compass. After being introduced to Sass & Compass about six months ago, I can’t imagine writing regular CSS ever again. I was a little hesitant at first, but now I can’t live without it. I posted my slides online, and here is the git repo with all of the code samples.

A Long Time Coming

It’s funny how quickly you come to hate your own site. Almost exactly 2 years ago, I launched a redesigned version of my site. After maybe a year, I hated it. But who has time to redo their own site? Apparently it took me 6 months to find the time to finish mine. Even within those 6 months, I found things that I had started on the site that I hated. My goals were to simplify things a bit, make it…

Building a Nested Responsive Grid with Sass & Compass

Whether you are a hater of the technique or not, Responsive Design is one of the most important things happening on the web right now. I am finally getting a chance to work on a project where we are taking a responsive approach to the site, and it’s been great, but I have definitely come across a few gotchas here and there.

Pagination