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February 19, 2016

Lessons learnt from my first iOS Game

A few weeks ago I decided to make an iOS game. I’ve toyed with the idea for a long time, and tried a few times, but never actually made something that was fun enough and worked properly — consequently, I’ve never actually made a game from start to finish. Previously I only got so far, then got stuck, got disheartened and gave up. This time it’s different… What did I want to achieve? Make a fun…

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February 09, 2016

Start using Git

Turning any project in to a Version controlled project is really simple and should be one of the first steps in any project workflow. By the time you realise that you need a version controlled file, it’s usually too late – whether you have accidentally overwritten a days worth of work on a file, or you deleted the wrong thing. Since it’s so easy to setup, there’s really no excuse not to. There are…

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December 16, 2015

CSS best practices

There are a few ways of writing css. For consistency we will adopt only one naming convention. This is lowercase and hyphen separated. It is the most readable and fits well with other CSS methodologies that are covered below. Yes No Specificity Keep your selectors short and with as low a specificity as possible. A maximum of three classes in your selectors is recommended. Why? Two reasons…

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May 02, 2015

WordPress localhost redirects to live site

When you are developing on WordPress sites it's always quicker to work on a local machine/development server. It's essential to work from the same data as the live site so you can work effectively as possible so taking a copy of the live database and installing it locally is the best and quickest option... but there is one potential pitfall. Because WordPress store site settings in the database…

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November 03, 2013

The joy of calc()

is a modern css function that allows you to do basic maths in a css file. You can use it to make semi fluid layouts with great ease. This means that you can have layouts with 1 fixed width column (or more) and the rest fluid. It doesn't just stop at columns, but that is the easiest and quickest example to discuss. The setup of calc is very simple. If we take a 2 column layout as an example, the…

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June 07, 2013

Creating a chrome extension - an update

Since I wrote my last post on creating a chrome extension , there have been a few changes to how the extensions are built - mainly that the manifest version has changed to version 2. The original post is still fine, but there are a few tweaks needed. This post is mean mainly as an update to the original, so rather than rehash the old content too much I will skim over the basics quickly. Create…

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November 16, 2012

Arabic web fonts

I've been looking for a good solution for Arabic web fonts for while now and have been hitting my head against the wall with the lack of options available to me or the cost of buying a font and hosting it myself. Just as I was contemplating making my own arabic font (no easy feat) it would seam that some of web services are beginning to add some decent options. Since I use Typekit I would prefer…

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July 09, 2012

Changing the version of SASS in LiveReload

LiveReload is great a great tool for any web developer. One of the most useful of it's features is the ability to compile SASS on save. Unfortunately the version of SASS that is included in LiveReload isn't the latest one and it just so happened that was the version I needed (3.2 alpha). Long story short, I updated the version of SASS that LiveReload uses on my machine. I'm not sure if it will…

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May 15, 2012

A Responsive Image jQuery Plugin

There are a whole variety of ways that responsive images can be accomplished, but as of yet there is no perfect way of doing it without using a combination of .htaccess, javascript and css. My solution is no different and uses JavaScript (in the form of jQuery) as the coordinator of the images. responsiveBreakpointJQ works by specifying the images that will show if the screen of the device is big…

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December 08, 2011

Creating a chrome extension that uses jQuery to manipulate the DOM of a page

There are plenty of tutorials and guides on how to make a chome extension and there are hundeds for jQuery manipulation of the DOM. There are also a few about using jQuery in a chome extension, but only for the popup window. There seems to be a lack of using jQuery to actually do something on a page. This is something that too me a while to get my head around and a bit of googling to figure out…

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September 25, 2011

Flipping a UIImage

Flipping an image using objective-c is so easy once you know how... That's it! Now to have it as an method we can use more conveniently, try this: Then we can send any image to it and it will return a flipped version.

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