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A Couple of jQuery code considerations

Selector Efficiency A couple of recent illuminations regarding jQuery code that I am putting up here, for my review, and general share. This information came from a jQuery meetup in LA and a presentation by Christian Ziebarth To boost performance, keep in mind the following points: Don’t use the Universal selector (explicitly or implicitly). Never! Seriously! The best selectors are the Id, Class and Element selectors, because under the hood jQuery uses native JavaScript functions. The best performances are achieved using the ID selector. Never prepend a tag name before an id, it’ll slow down the selector. For example, don’t turn $(‘#content’) into $(‘div#content’). If your selection needs more than

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Reading on the current state of front-end development

Another timely article “8 Reasons why Pageless Design is the Future of the Web” to add to this frame of thinking. We are on this brink of a better way of working, more appropriate tools in the browsers for the work we do in this “internet” medium. Time to let go of the old paradigm of tools based on photography darkroom techniques, and print publishing workflow. Remember: don’t design, and then mark up. You must architect, and then design. Ulyses So much thought, as far as development in general. Many gems in this read. Along with this, is this good read on the current evolution of front-end process  which warms my

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Connecting to TFS on a Mac

For over 10 years now, I have worked on a Mac with a .net back end. Depending on the tech teams setup, there are several ways to connect to TFS (Team foundation Server) method 1 use parallels, with windows installed, mapped to a shared folder install a visual studio shell (isolated) for windows8 http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30670 for windows7 http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=1366 method 2 use eclipse (use locally). The advantage to this method is you are working in the MacOS environment locally, although the Eclipse Juno interface seems very foreign. http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/download.php?file=/eclipse/downloads/drops4/R-4.2.1-201209141800/eclipse-SDK-4.2.1-macosx-cocoa-x86_64.tar.gz with this plugin  from Microsoft: Team Explorer Everywhere for Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012 with Update This is the release of the Eclipse plug-in and

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coding today

it’s been a heavy thinking week, that is, considering the hours outside of work and pushing boxes on screens around. this is a very insightful article into the industry I am surrounded by Are coders worth it? and on a grand scale ethics on a world scale (hint: Edward Snowden NSA discolsures). All this while moving an existing UI architecture from css to scss, currently using Codekit and loving it. Looking at the Yeoman, Grunt, Bower workflow which is heavy terminal (i’m getting the hang of it slowly) Hitch.js which has great

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Web Design IS the Code

Update: Just finished reading Other Flexible Media: balloons and tattoos, which fits right in with the thought process below. This always happens, I start on a train of thought and I find others writing in the same vein. Just sayin’ “good” design is to succinctly take a concept and translate it into a tangible form through color, shape, type, and image and our tools for that interface on the web are html, css, javascript. Which is why I am a big proponent of working in the browser, from the beginning. Use the tools that are developed for the medium. Photoshop mockups have a place in print publication. The medium is static,

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