Uploads by Proxy →
I tend to develop on my localhost using the exact same domain as my production site. Some people think it’s crazy, but I think it’s awesome. Why do I do this? Because it’s easier than having to change database values and content asset links whenever I import a database dump into my local environment.
Uploads by Proxy is a plugin that allows you to sync the uploads from a remote site to a local site. This makes it easy to test locally without broken upload links throughout your installation. Pretty nifty.
Hat tip to @bradt
Putting CSS Clip to Work: Expanding Overlay Effect →
I love this effect for animating new content into the user’s screen without the sometimes jarring “modal window” effect. One of the best things about this method is that it can be used to replace traditional modal windows and offers a better experience for small-screen users. Here’s a demo of the interaction.
Always Omit Closing PHP Tags in WordPress Plugins →
We’ve been following this practice for quite some time in our WordPress themes and plugins, where it makes sense.
Spoiler: The reason is to avoid outputting whitespace after the closing PHP bracket, which will cause a PHP error.
Developing a responsive, Retina-friendly site (Part 1) →
An in-depth post regarding Paul Stamatiou’s new website and his tools and process for designing and coding his new website.
Automattic Acquires SimpleNote Creator Simperium →
Simperium is a company that provides a SaaS-style app for developers, enabling them to use their servers for processing and manipulating data easily and securely. The examples they use show data being synced across multiple apps in real-time, which is honestly quite impressive to me. The only sticking point to me comes in their pricing. If you’re selling apps at a one-time price of $0.99 or $1.99 and have between 50,001 and 75,000 active monthly users, you’d be paying out $1499/mo. to use the service. I’m not an iOS app developer, but I can imagine this could be a problem for apps that retain users well with a one-time cost pricing model. If an app has a high churn rate on active users though, I don’t see this being a huge concern. Also, considering the ideal usage is to sync data across devices and apps, I’d imagine the user is probably paying for one centralized service (monthly or yearly) with free apps that support it or paying for each app one-time, which could easily offset the cost until the customer is no longer an “active” one.
Either way, this seems like a great acquisition and the technology is quite intriguing.
Modific is a Sublime Text 2 plugin for highlighting changed lines from a previous commit. I haven’t tried it yet, but this seems fantastic for development teams. Instead of having to review each and every item that was changed by a committer, you can easily see changes as you come across them in the code.
Pretty CSS with ProCSSor app →
If you’re a CSS freak like me, then you know how important it is for your CSS to be immaculately formatted, prettified, and minified.
Centering in the Unknown →
Ever needed to vertically and horizontally center something with CSS? Don’t use tables – use this instead!
Minisize, a tiny browser living in your menubar →
Whenever you need to check on your progress with a responsive design, just use a tiny browser. It’s definitely no replacement for a touch device, but it works great for my development workflow.