Author Archives: Lee Mallabone

Swap your Rails stack traces for a REPL

The Developer tools I really love are those that help me reduce the time that elapses between a bug occurring and a bug being fixed. One of the more obvious types of bug is a top-level unhandled exception. The message “I’m … Continue reading

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Highly usable (but slightly crazy) CSS3 effects round-up

Over the last few weeks I’ve shared links to several small libraries, all of which have a coincidental theme running through them: they’re all simple ways to enhance usability by taking advantage of modern or cutting-edge browser capabilities. I wanted … Continue reading

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A Better Toolchain for Everyone Building Pixel-Perfect Designs

When building outstanding consumer products, a mix of design and development is always required. Maybe you’re a designer that also codes, or maybe you’re a developer implementing a designer’s pixel mock-ups. Either way, you’re going to be working hard if … Continue reading

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Blur This! (or Demonstrating MobileSafari’s Awesome Support for CSS3 Filter Effects)

The (iOS native) Yahoo! weather app displays a nice flickr photo of each weather location, and a minimalist information architecture: the most important data you need is immediately visible while it’s just a single tap to drill down into more … Continue reading

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Using CSS3 Transitions to Animate the (Yahoo Weather App’s) Rising Sun

The Yahoo! Weather app for iOS is a triumph of form meeting function. One of its fun visual tricks is how the sunrise and sunset times are presented: Although the Yahoo! app is a native iOS app, MobileSafari’s CSS3 support … Continue reading

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A quick Sublime hack for faster Sass/CSS editor productivity

tl;dr: I made a Sublime plugin to show the corresponding CSS selector in the status bar when your cursor is next to a closing brace. Here’s why. Staying in flow is one of the hardest and most important things you … Continue reading

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Get productive: hacking Sublime Text 2 for faster rails/project navigation

Programmer productivity stems from the ability to easily and efficiently navigate, create and edit the code you need to work with. To this end, it’s incredibly important to pay attention to the efficiency of your own daily workflow. If you’re … Continue reading

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