Jake Rayson Rayson

<p>A web designer since the 20th century, I am a pragmatic advocate of Free Software and I use proprietary software when appropriate. I made the full-time switch to Linux back in 2007, and my desktop tools of choice are Linux Mint, Inkscape, GIMP and Sublime Text. </p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>As a Front End Developer, my core skills are HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery, and my working life reflects my commitment to open standards and accessible websites (ie accessible by everyone, regardless of browser, platform, ability or technology). </p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>For web publishing platforms, I use WordPress for ease of use and Drupal for more complex solutions. </p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>I am also learning about Ruby, Rails, Sinatra and CoffeeScript. I like the minimalist Ruby Way. To this end, my personal portfolio website is built with NestaCMS. </p>

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Pixel bloody perfect

Pixel bloody perfect

A big bonus of contract web dev work is the sheer number of handy tips, workflows and new technologies that you come across.At my last project, Tim opened my eyes to the delights of the CodeKit local webdev processor by Bryan and the Tower visual Git client for the mac.

published June 19, 2012 by

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Native apps with HTML5?

Native apps with HTML5?

A colleague flagged up Trigger as an interesting development platform for creating native Android and iOS apps with HTML5, as you can apparently access real native User Interface components, rather than “faking” them with disguised web components. The Trigger websiteWell worth a play, I thought, and also of interest is their pricing structure.

published June 12, 2012 by

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xTreme Triple Booting: Linux, Mac & Windows

xTreme Triple Booting: Linux, Mac & Windows

In my quest for Ultimate Freelancer Flexibility, I have purchased a MacBook, so that I can run Linux, Windows and Mac and be able to walk in to any development environment and start work instantly. No more installing software or waiting for passwords!

published May 23, 2012 by

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The Idle Self-employed

The Idle Self-employed

What this country needs is a new scapegoat for ordinary, hard-working, honest families to blame for our economic woes.Bankers no longer cut it, they’re yesterday’s news.

published May 14, 2012 by

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My next project will be in HTML

My next project will be in HTML

Nathan Ford, Welsh-living and “Texas-born designer/developer/capitalist”, writes wise words about typography, and has created a couple of dev tools to strip out decoration from a site and tell you which web fonts you are actually seeing.He tweets well too, useful stuff, not gibberish:“With internal projects, including @gridsetapp, I’ve built the thing first, then styled.

published May 8, 2012 by

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Another day, another...

Another day, another...

The Amazing Marvin Suggs And His Muppaphone coined the phrase “Another day, another headache”.For me, it’s “Another Day, Another Front End Dev Contract, Another Set of Cool Tools”.

published April 23, 2012 by

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