RAMBLINGS
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DEVELOPER

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

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Becoming A Better Developer For 2011

It’s time for the New Year to begin so we all know what that means – an excuse to learn and become something better than we already are1 For the holiday months, I’ve spent a ton of time learning, reading and trying out new coding techniques to find out what works best. Every site I code, I always try to...

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Set Up Your Business for the New Year

The New Year is the perfect time to take a step back and examine your business and plan some new goals. While you should be working on your business throughout the year, nothing is more important than sitting down and taking a good hard look at where you are and where you want to be. A year ago to the exact date...

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Smashing CSS by Eric Meyer

Smashing CSS is the first book I’ve read from Eric Meyer. After hearing so much about him though, I had high hopes his book would be awesome, and I wasn’t disappointed. This book was pretty awesome, so much so, that I learned several new things in the first couple of chapters (and I thought I knew everything about CSS!). I...

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jQuery: Novice To Ninja

After messing with Objective-C and iPhone apps all summer, I decided to take a break and learn something fun and that I can use with my clients now. Advanced jQuery has been something I’ve been wanting to learn for some time now. While I understood the basics, as far as implementing and skinning existing plugins, I got tired of sending...

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How to Quote Projects for Work You’ve Never Done

Even when we list out our services on our portfolios, you’ll always get quote requests for something you’ve never done before. You can always refuse to do the project or hand these requests off to another freelancer. But, what if you’re actually interested in doing the work? I was recently contacted about doing some work in Expression Engine. Although I’ve...

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Six Awesome Gifts Especially for Your Favorite Freelance Developer

It’s that wonderful time of year again–the holidays, Christmas and a time for giving. When shopping for your favorite developer (that’s me, right?), it might be tough trying to figure out what to get them. After all, it might seem like we developers have everything from iPads to Androids to big screen LCDs. So let’s take a look at this season’s...

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Making the Most Out of Unconferences

It’s my favorite time of year right now, not only are we in the middle of the holiday season, but we freelancers have another season to celebrate–unconference season! If you’ve never heard of an unconference before, it basically entails Barcamp, Podcamp and WordCamp. Unconferences are informal get togethers where freelancers and web professional come together to network, attend informative 25-minute...

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How To Easily Speed Up Your Coding Times

One you’ve learned about web standards, validation and semantics, the next important thing is to learn how to speed up your coding. By speeding up the time it takes to code a site, you’re able to both schedule in more projects and charge more for the work you do. Of course, speed means nothing if you don’t continue to adhere...

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A Comprehensive Review of Hosting Companies – Which One Is Right For You?

Choosing a host is one of the hardest choicest to make – yet is one that is very little thought of. We plan out the design, the development, user experience and SEO, but when do we ever plan or care about the hosting? That is, of course, until something goes terribly wrong and your website is down for hours and...

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First Steps to Becoming a Successful Freelancer

In this day and age, it’s tough to stand out on your own. Unfortunately this is what causes a lot of people to stay sheltered in jobs they hate, because they have a false sense of job security. However, ask any person laid off from the recession and they’ll be the first to tell you that nothing is secure, so...

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