Category Archives: Programming

Gordon: A Flash runtime written in JavaScript

Ok, I’m super stoked about the possibilities of this one. Gordon is an open source Flashâ„¢ runtime written in pure JavaScript. Give some of these demos a try on your iPhone. They don’t run as fast as they do on the computer but OMG Flash on the iPhone! http://jancona.com/gordon/demos/blue.html http://jancona.com/gordon/demos/tiger.html http://jancona.com/gordon/demos/trip.html (thanks Mark)

Programmatically Pull Attachments from WordPress Posts

One of my favorite tricks in using WordPress as a CMS is to have it handle photo resizing and insertion into pages automatically. For example, swissmiss and I just launched Convert (a NYC based Green Roof Service) today. Within the projects section they display photos of the green roofing projects they’ve done and let you download a project sheet PDF. … More

Plugin Update: PDF Bookmark bug fix and French translation

If you are having problems with the bookmark plugin not working for some documents, this update (1.2) should fix that. The update also adds a French translation to the Bookmark menu and provides an installation path for Linux users. Thanks to TitCouille for help with all of those items. The plugin should work correctly for Adobe Reader 7, 8 and … More

WordPress 2.5 is officially out

It’s official. WordPress 2.5 is now out with a crisp new admin interface and great new features. They’ve even redone the website. Here are some of my favorite changes: A beautiful new admin interface. A much more intuitive flow when making a post. Multiple instant file uploads. Thumbnail, medium and full-sized image options (and you can change the image dimensions … More

Plugin Update: PDF Bookmark for Adobe Reader 8

Some of you may already be using the PDF bookmark plugin I put together for Adobe Reader. It provides a quick and easy way to bookmark the page your on and return back to that spot later. It’s especially handy when reading large PDF books. Thanks to the input of Michael Hartl, I updated the plugin to work properly with … More

Installing ImageMagick/RMagick on Leopard

I’ve heard many horror stories of developers trying to install ImageMagick/RMagick to manipulate images. Fortunately, when I needed to install RMagick to use with the attachment_fu plugin, I ran across a fantastic script at OnRails.org by Solomon White (many thanks). It gave the steps to install RMagick from source without MacPorts or Fink. I made the following minor changes to … More

script.aculo.us Slider Demo : Update Text Field and Change Slider

For those of you using the script.aculo.us Slider demos I’ve just added a new one. Sometimes you may have a slider and a text field to show the value. This example lets you change the value in the text box and the slider will update to match the value. Example: Change Slider Value by Changing Text Input Field

Moment of Open Source Zen

Every day, as a developer, I’m grateful for the thousands of programmers around the world who have so graciously shared their time, knowledge, and programming code. I have access to millions of lines of free code at any moment through the Internet which allows me to write programs more easily, learn new concepts, and make a difference in society. Yes, … More

The Architect and Builder Dilemma

(Originally uploaded by sweetsexything) One of the problems I’ve seen over the years, in corporations where I’ve worked and as a business owner, is the misconception that a builder (a developer in this case) can quote a project without the blueprints. I often times receive a request for a quote (10 pages long) and it says something like this: We … More

script.aculo.us Slider Demos and Example Code

I’ve been following along the script.aculo.us Slider Demo discussion area recently and have tried to answer questions when possible. Since it’s difficult to post examples to the discussion I’ve compiled a more extensive set of Slider demos. Some are examples that I’ve wanted and others are in response to questions in the discussion area. The demo code includes the following … More