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OF A FREELANCE
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A bit of business,
A lot of words.

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Quick Sticky Headers with jQuery

I had to write a quick little script for sticking my header to the top of the viewport after the user scrolled past it in the document. It was originally about 200px down the document, and then as soon as it hit the top of the viewport, it sticks permanently. It’s quite an easy thing to do: $(window).scroll(function() { var...

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Learning Ruby on Rails with CodeSchool

For the past month, I’ve been taking some courses with CodeSchool to learn both regular Ruby and Ruby on Rails. It seems today it’s the cool language to learn, and I keep hearing from everyone how awesome it is, so I thought I’d take a stab at it. Today I just finished the Rails for Zombies 2 course and started...

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Getting Into the Nitty-Gritty of the WordPress Customizer

One of WordPress 3.4’s best new features is the Customizer which allows you to create a place where the theme itself can be updated or modified. The Customizer, also called a theme options panel, is an area in the admin with a list of sections and options to the left in a panel, and a preview of the theme’s homepage...

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The Danger of Working With Other Freelancers

Today I’m up at 5:30 after only getting four hours of sleep, because I’m dealing with a complete website meltdown. Yay fun, right? The difficult part of it though, is that I didn’t code this site. Instead I had hired another developer to help me out because the site required a ton of backend work that was above my head....

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A Developer's Workflow

There’s been a lot of chatter on Twitter lately about workflows – I love seeing how everyone works and am amazed at how we all do the same thing, but in a million different ways. I enjoy making small evolutions of workflow to increase time, but I admit I’m also not the best when it comes to trying out radically...

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So This Has Been Happening Lately…

Some of you might have noticed that I’ve been pretty quiet on the social rounds in the past month or so (or most likely no one noticed, but hey). Lots of things not so great have been going down. I originally was growing tired of Twitter and the bullying and complaining and general not-so-niceness that our industry has flaunted about...

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Procrastiworking by Jessica Hische at New Adventures

New Adventures was a fantastic conference, but my favourite talk of all was Jessica’s – who had come “dressed as the internet” in her crazy leggings with photos of cats all over them…seriously! The subject of her talk was called Procrastiworking – which is a word she coined for the work you do (or feeling like doing) while putting off...

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Location Based Services

We’re normally told as freelancers that location doesn’t matter because we all work online anyways. Imagine my relief then, as when I first started freelancing, I lived in the middle of nowhere, 40 minutes outside of Nashville. But the advice was right, after my initial struggle with getting clients, I became so busy I was often scheduled up 2-3 months...

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Backwards Responsive

I’m a developer, not a designer, so pretty much 100% of my clients already have their designs finished by the time they come to me. Most of them don’t really start thinking about a device centric web until they come to their developer, which means the designs are often not designed with mobile in mind. More than that, there’s often...

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Animations on Scroll with CSS3 & JS

I’ve been working on a really cool site that requires a lot of custom animations on a one page smooth scrolling site. Being the CSS lover I am, most of these are done via CSS3, however they wanted certain panels to have text fade in or slide over when the user scrolled down to it. Nikita and I sat down...

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