Quick Update

Hello everyone! If you are a new visitor to the site, take some time to look around and, as always, please contact me if you have questions and especially if you need some work done.

I wanted to add an update since it has been so long. A lot of work this summer as well as a brief training internship for a local magazine made for an interesting few months. I have learned quite a bit and am anxious to get to work on a couple projects that are coming up.

First is 1099jobsportal.com. It is a site dedicated to helping people discover a short-term or long-term contract/1099 job. Please take a moment to check it out. WordPress is the foundation of this site and a great job search plugin allows for easy use and easy development. Something I was particularly excited about is the home page. I used a fair amount of CSS3 to design the hover image. First, the crowd fades and each captioned person becomes highlighted. Using the great :before and :after pseudo classes, I was able to add a caption to each hovered image with very little effort. One problem becomes clear though. Content residing within a stylesheet is never a particularly good thing but, in this case I think an exception can be made since the content with those pseudo classes does not need to be updated often, if at all.

I also learned that I can “nest” a pseudo class within a pseudo class. For instance, I only wanted my :before and :after pseudo classes to display when the mouse is hovered over a particular person. I had never tried this before but it worked quite well: an example .doctor:hover:before. I will have to add support for IE7 and below.

Second, is medairsystems.com. It has been a long time coming but I was commissioned to design and build the MAS website and inventory system. Using wordpress, I used the custom post type functions to create a robust inventory. This website will be up and running within the month. Stay tuned.

Speaking of IE, isn’t it great that although its user numbers are relatively steady, more and more people are opting to use much better browser technology in Google Chrome and Firefox. STOP USING Internet Explorer 7! This is just an assumption on my part but, if you refuse to upgrade your browsing technology then your internet experience is suffering. There is another explosion of ideas coming through the use of HTML5 and CSS3 and Internet Explorer is stuck in the past. The purported beautiful internet that IE9 was to show its users is stagnate and based on old technology. A fair amount of CSS3 does not work in IE. Not only this but Internet Explorer has always made the dream of standards on the internet nearly impossible with its proprietary rendering engines and various other system flaws. IE is a bad browser no matter how much I want to like each new version.

Alright, that’s all for this update.