In the midst of hacking my first Joomla! web site, I’d like to share a handy tip:Use background colours on elements to understand the CSS layout.
Web design & Free Software
Free Software tools & technologies for web design & front-end development.
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. 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). For web publishing platforms, I use WordPress for ease of use and Drupal for more complex solutions. 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.
I am building a very simple site for an artist friend in Joomla!, part of my learning new skills in the dash for the green hills.
“Communication is what's heard, not what's said.”Dan Buzzo, April 2008With these words of wisdom ringing in my ears, I was speaking to a friend in Bristol who works remotely.
For the past few years I’ve been working as a specialised contract XHTML/CSS builder. As part of my planned move to remote working from the heart of Devon, I am starting to use the Joomla!
I recently went to add a Search Engine to Firefox and found that the Add-ons web site has had an overhaul. “Cool” I thought “but where the heckedy heck are all the Search Engines?
I’m soon to engage in some dream fulfilment, moving out of London to live by the sea in the south west of England. I'm intrigued about the possibility of working remotely, and how effective that will be for paying the bills.
I am a recent convert to podcasts, having subscribed to a whole slew of them from Lullabot, as I am building a Drupal CMS site for a community radio station.iTunes does the podcasting thing very well, for MP3s and videos.