A round up of goings-on related to me, this site, and related projects, as we are wont to do once in a while. I've had the good fortune of being a guest on a number of podcasts lately, so I'll link up those. I'll share some upcoming conferences I'll be at and news from CodePen and ShopTalk Show.
I was interviewed by Justin Crawford on the Mozilla Hacks blog about cross browser compatibility.
What motivates you to make the extra effort to build a cross-browser compatible site?
Money. People pay for websites that work for them. Here’s a little example: Just last week we were working on some drag-and-drop functionality in a new part of CodePen. Worked great in Chrome, didn’t work in either Firefox or Safari. Tim Holman, one of our front-end devs, had to spend a good part of a day implementing different fixes for both. Good thing we did that before launch, otherwise we surely would have turned some potential customers off.
I'm just back from Barcelona, where I was at Smashing Conf. It was a lovely trip for many, many reasons. The city itself was a beautiful labyrinth of narrow streets between lovely old buildings dotted with lively shops, bars, and restaurants. The Smashing crew (and Media Temple) treated us to fancy meal after fancy meal, including one on top of a tower we traveled to by cable car. I met loads of interesting people for the first time, attendees and speakers alike. Very late one evening I stumbled past a closed shop and saw this wonderful deer(?) head, and when I walked past the same shop again more soberly the next day, I knew I had to buy it. A perfect keepsake from the trip.
I had the fortune of being a guest on the 1stWebDesigner podcast. Not a new site, but a relatively new podcast. We talked about things like how people tend to want to be told what to use and do rather than considering the situation and a bit about WordPress themes/frameworks and what those things really are.
I have a few conferences coming up that I'll be at.
- August 31 - September 2, 2015, An Event Apart, Chicago, Illinois
- October 3, 2015, HigherEdWeb, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- October 20-21, 2015, Smashing Conf, Barcelona, Spain
- October 26-28, CSS Dev Conf, Long Beach, California
From there I'm going to fly up to Juneau, Alaska to visit some other friends. We're going to take some tours and camp at the Southeast Alaska State Fair.
David Walsh let me pick out some of my favorite Pens for a guest post on his site last week.
Someone wrote in saying they couldn't watch YouTube videos on a mobile device here on CSS-Tricks. I was able to replicate the bug. I made a video, made a reduced test case, posted on various forum threads that had the same issue, and reported directly to both Apple and YouTube. No follow up yet.
We put up a proper Team page. CSS-Tricks isn't just me, but a whole team of part-time staff that keep this ship sailing. That includes writers. We've always had guest posts, but now, for the first time, you'll be seeing articles not written by me that also aren't "guest" posts, because they work here! Example. Notice it doesn't have an introduction written by me like a guest post would. We'll get proper author archives up soon.
As I write I'm half way through my month-long stay at Hilton Head Health. I like coming here to keep my weight in check. I hope to break some personal records while I'm here this time. It's also been a good way to escape some of the Wisconsin winter. It has been mild up until I left, but it sounds like February has been pretty rough so far.
I thought for this edition of Chronicle I'd focus on some web stuff that I've been enjoying lately.