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Hours of fun with Google Code Search

Thursday, October 5th, 2006

As [link:, informs us] the new [link:,Google Code Search] already unearthed a lot of interesting things, like WordPress logins, a key generator for Winzip and even something [link:,totally unexpected] .

Update: [link:,Predius also analysed with the search how many f*cks per language and package are in use]. PHP a clear winner there.

Becoming Clueful – a collaborative article about what web developers expect from clients

Friday, July 28th, 2006

Esther Schindler has been busy asking members of evolt’s the list what their biggest pains are when dealing with clients are. Or – in other words – what developers would love their clients to know. The result is called Becoming Clueful and was released at IT Business Net yesterday.

It is an article full of good information, albeit I’d loved to see some more structure in it rather than a string of quotes. Something like a Top 10 myths and Top 10 annoyances with a lot of footnotes as to who said it would have been easier to read.

Anyways, my bit is on page 2:

“Clients seem to think that web development is like getting your car fixed in one of the quickfix garages: You agree a fixed price, bring it in, and pick it up after a certain amount of time,” says Chris Heilmann, a web developer in London. “In reality, a good web product needs buy-in and dedication from both the development agency and the client.”

Hear and See the DOM Scripting Task Force

Friday, June 30th, 2006

... chat about JavaScript stuff (O RLY?).

Ian Forrester organiser of the Geek Dinners roasted PPK, Jeremy Keith, Dean Edwards and me at the @media afterparty. The sound is rather bad, and it is a 54MB MP4 file to enjoy on a newfangled gizmo. For cheapskate users like me, it also plays in Mediaplayer classic.

Get all the video footage of the @media afterparty (Molly and Andy talking about CSS, ‘Have I got Accessibility for You’ with Andy, Brothercake, Patrick Lauke, Tomas Caspers and Isofarro and us) at Ian’s footage page – Get the code and information about ‘Beginning JavaScript with DOM Scripting and Ajax’

Monday, June 26th, 2006

I am proud to announce that my book has been shipped out the printers and will be available soon-ish in the shops or arrive at your places when you pre-ordered it.

Cover of Beginning JavaScript with DOM Scripting and Ajax

I used the better part of my freetime (that is normally spent on personal grooming) of the last 7 months writing it on my trusty T42 IBM laptop on the tube to work, in restaurants, cafes and other people’s houses.

The outcome is pretty impressive though:

  • Over 500 pages of text
  • 207 HTML examples
  • 104 JavaScript files
  • 14 PHP files
  • 55 CSS files
  • About 30 bad illustrations

You can get all the information about it and download or check out the code examples at

I hope I succeeded in delivering a book that will help beginners get the basics of JavaScript and will also help seasoned developers to brush up on old practices.

Anyways, the next one is in the making…

d.construct 2006 is open for registration

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

d.construct 2006The Brighton-based Conference d.construct has now opened for registration for the 2006 event. From the site:

d.Construct is an affordable, one-day conference aimed at those building the latest generation of web-based applications. The event discusses how new technology is transforming the web from a document delivery system into an application platform.

Tickets are comparatively cheap and there is an impressive line-up of speakers this year including Jeffrey Veen, of Google, Derek Featherstone of furtherahead, Simon Willison and Paul Hammond of Yahoo, and Jeff Barr of Amazon.

Last year the conference sold out amazingly quick, so get your CCs ready…