Archive for the 'Javascript' Category

Searching for some Web 2.0 / Ajax / Javascript Help

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

DDM is looking for some freelance scripting help. Our ideal relationship would be with a modern programmer (in other words, buzzword compliant) that we could hit up with some, “We want to have this functionality … is it possible” questions. ;~) If the answer is yes then that programmer would whip up some scripts for us and we would pay for them.

To get us started in the relationship, we have a real-life example of functionality we actually need to find a way to implement right now. I’m sure I could find a way to do it with hours or days of head-banging … but I want it done better than that, and frankly … faster too. Here’s the deal – you take a look at this project and let us know how long it would take you, how much it would cost, and what technologies would be employed. We get back to you and ask you to bust it out if it seems like an elegant solution.

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Clamshell Navigation

Tuesday, April 4th, 2006

I’m back! Refreshed, rejuvenated, working like crazy, and married!

Seems that I’m reporting on nothing but Javascript these days, doesn’t it? Sorry about that – it must just be what I’m jazzed about at the moment. Anyhow, here is a little clamshell navigation script thingy that I recently put to good use. See it in action here and then see how it’s done.

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Javascript-A-Palooza Update …

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

So you guys might be noticing that I’m trying my feeble hand at Javascripting a bit more lately. It’s been a steep learning curve for me but I’ve been so excited at what I’ve been able to do with it (see Multiple Pages In One, Javascript-A-Palooza, and a little portfolio site I threw together for a friend of mine for examples of what I’ve been up to).

After putting up the portfolio site it was brought to my attention that every time anyone clicked a thumbnail for the third time (any thumbnail, any order) IE for windows would crash. (Of course all other browsers were good to go.) Grrr! I quickly went over to the other little site I have in t he works which uses this Javascripting to compare, since I thought this one was ok, and was quite distressed to discover the same problem – every third link clicked on the Services or FAQ page would crash IE. Double-grrr!

After poking around aimlessly myself for a while I sent out a cry for help to one of my readers, Brian, who had helped me out before by sharing some suave Javascript skills. Much more quickly than I could have hoped for, he solved the problem and made my scripts more streamlined in the process.

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Javascript-A-Palooza!

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

So, I started off with a simple, five-page, static website. Piece of cake. I design it – it was rough going there for a bit as I tried to find the look for this site – but in the end I’m really stoked on it. I go to implement it in xhtms/css and all goes relatively smoothly. Yay.

But then … on the home page … I’m loving how it looks with minimal content but there are a few more paragraphs that I’d like to be able to add. I make a “read more” link at the bottom of the minimal content but I’m thinking that I dont’ really want to go to a new page when I click “read more,” because the “more” text doesn’t really deserve it’s own page. I think, “Hey it would be cool if when I click ‘read more’ then content box just expands and then there’s the “more”. I know how to do that!”

Ah, such simple thinking. Little did I know this would lead me down an obsessive path and a steep javascript learning curve to produce several pages with chunks of content which can be turned off and on by clicking links while at the same time keeping everything semantic and good to go for those with javascript disabled.

screenshot of MichaelRehl.com

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Multiple Pages In One

Wednesday, January 11th, 2006

Occasionally I’m asked to create a page where there is tons of information (passed in through a database) and the information needs to be broken up into manageable page-like junks, but I can’t actually create multiple pages because the programmers require that the page does not refresh. Through some pretty simple css and javascript we can use buttons or tabs (or links of any kind) to switch beteen various data on a page.

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