RAMBLINGS
OF A FREELANCE
DEVELOPER

A bit of code,
A bit of business,
A lot of words.

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New Site Launch!

Welcome to the new design of AmberWeinberg.com! It’s been well over 5 years since the previous version, so it was definitely due for an upgrade. THE DESIGN I absolutely love typography, and wanted something with BIG type. I’m also constantly battling between minimalism and my love of bright, happy colors. I find this design to be a fantastic compromise between...

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WordPress Find Featured Image or First Image in Post, Find Dimensions & ID by URL

Created an amazing function for a client and had to share. This is great for WordPress sites with posts and media that have been imported from another install. On the client’s site, some images had featured images, some only had images in the content itself, and of the content images, some were internal, others external. These images are grabbed to...

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Front-End Tooling: Do or (you won't) Die.

*Note this is not a personal attack on Ashley, but my thoughts on where I see our industry and reliance on tools going. Also it’s 4am while I’m writing this (during insomnia), so forgive me if I’m not making much sense. TL;DR Read about everything. Learn selectively. I just finished reading Ashley Nolan‘s fantastic ‘State of Front-End Tooling’ survey (which I took...

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Using @supports To Test For Clip-Path

I stopped using Modernizer a few years back for a few reasons, mainly because I wanted to drop as many dependencies and scripts as I could. I was using Modernzier mainly for smaller visual items that wouldn’t be missed if certain users couldn’t see them, so I didn’t see it as a critical script. Since then, I’ve been using CSS3 features...

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Fun With Google Maps API

For my latest personal project, I decided to combine my love of travel with my need to dive deeper into the Google Maps API. I’ve done a lot of work with the API, but usually just the basics of changing the maps styles and visuals. This time, I wanted to learn the ability to create paths from pin to pin,...

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Fun Flexbox Grid

Just something quick I whipped up for a client and thought I’d share! This pen uses multiple Flexbox containers, plus a bit of vh (viewport height unit) for the large box. See the Pen Fun Flexbox Grid by Amber Weinberg (@amberweinberg) on CodePen.

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Replacing JS Functionality with CSS Properties

One of the things that excites me most about the newest features of CSS, is the ability to replace a lot of the JS I’ve been using. While I’m not hating on Javascript (or jQuery, which is what I use), there’s no argument that script languages come with a lot of potential issues. There’s more overhead involved, more files to...

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Customizing the WordPress Admin

I used to pride myself on how fast I could code a site from start to finish. I would aim to get a full site started by Monday and finished, ready for the client to review, by Friday or sooner. But that was back before WordPress and CMS’s. Before responsive design and usability concerns. Before device testing. Then I discovered the...

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Fancy Animated Hamburger Menus

I made a quick pen for yall to create a hamburger icon that animates to an X for close. Super simple with just a few lines of CSS and JS! <a class="fancy-menu" href="#"> <span></span> <span></span> <span></span> </a> <a class="fancy-menu" href="#"> <span></span> <span></span> <span></span> </a> .fancy-menu { display: inline-block; }   .fancy-menu span { background: #000; border-radius: 3px; display: block; height:...

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State of a Developer's Worklife

As a developer, I’m always looking for ways to improve my processes for coding and running the business. I’m also a bit obsessed with organizing things – be they physical or digital. Things are constantly changing around here – although it seems that some of the apps, processes and equipment I use never do change, which I take to be...

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