Each year A List Apart conducts a survey targeted towards people who consider themselves web professionals. I have taken the survey each year and enjoy looking over the results to see how my current situation compares to everyone who takes the survey. To take this year’s survey, just go to A List Apart’s Survey Page. The survey only took me about 4 minutes to complete.
If you are interested in seeing the kind of data the survey collects, you can view last year’s results.
After setting up this WordPress blog, I noticed the URLs my posts were given were absolutely terrible. In no way did they show any valuable information about what the page displayed. For instance, here is what the URL of my previous post looked like before I updated them “http://www.thetimbanks.com/?p=15”. If you saw that as a user you would have no idea what is going to be on that page.
After going through some of the settings in the WordPress administration, I came across the “Permalinks” section. I have to admit, WordPress makes it really easy to change the structure of your blog URLs. On the settings page there are 4 structures already setup for you to select from and there is a custom option as well. The option I opted for was the “Day and Name” option which shows the date and the blog post title in the URL. Now the URL for the previous post looks like “https://thetimbanks.com/2009/09/22/jquery-custom-selector-for-selecting-elements-by-exact-text-textequals/” which now gives the date the post was published on and the post title.
If you plan on using the custom option you may want to take a look at the WordPress Codex page on using permalink structure. There are some tags on that page that aren’t used on any of the default options that may help you out.
I just finished up writing another short blog post over on my company’s development blog covering a jQuery custom selector I wrote to find elements based on their exact text. There was a particular case where I needed to select elements in jQuery based on their exact text and not on whether the text contained a certain string. That ruled out the possibility to use the built in contains() method.
Lanit Development Blog – jQuery Custom Selector for selecting elements by exact text :textEquals
Check out the blog post on the Lanit Development Blog – jQuery Extension: radioClass() method
I set this site up a few months ago intending on making some posts, but never got around to doing it. I would like to use this blog to post about interesting things I find related to technology. The topic could cover programming, software, hardware, or anything else related to technology. I may throw in a few personal posts here and there just to mix things up.
The first post should come shortly about a little jQuery extension I wrote for work.