Why Dart?

What we should be focused on

Posted 5 months ago by Tom Maiaroto.

So I've read a few posts about Google's Dart vs. JavaScript. I know there's a fair amount of debate regarding Dart and it's value for the web. However, after using Dart for a little while here, I have a different perspective. I believe too many people are confused by it and what it could really offer the web. Everyone compares it to JavaScript. This is wrong. It's not "replacing" JavaScript and I honestly don't think Google has any delusions about that. It requires a VM in the browser and there's just no way we'll ever see it put into... Read More

Flexible Twitter Bootstrap Grid

Need more columns? No problem!

Posted 10 months ago by Tom Maiaroto.

Twitter Bootstrap is a wildly popular CSS framework and I think it's great. It's seemingly replaced the Blueprint CSS framework craze and now most of the web looks like it was built with Twitter Bootstrap. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it's pretty easy to identify. Let's change that, shall we? Perhaps the biggest tell tale sign here is the 12 grid system. Not that it's exclusive to Twitter Bootstrap, there's the 960gs, Blueprint itself, as well as many others that use 12 columns. However, it limits pretty much the entire web to... Read More

My First Skill Share Class

Posted 1 year ago by Tom Maiaroto.

So I put a class together and put it up on Skill Share. Overall, it was a fun experience. The site is clean and the form to build your class is also very clean and guided. The only trouble I really had was with uploading videos. About half the time they didn't end up encoding and attaching to the class. Eventually I got everything up though. I used Koding to demonstrate some things while I recorded the lessons which made for an excellent teaching tool. Being able to record my screen and simply switch between two tabs in my web browser... Read More

Better, Faster, Stronger with Angular.js

Oh, and more flexible too...

Posted 2 years ago by Tom Maiaroto.

So I recently gave hosting some static content on Amazon S3 a whirl. I wanted to ensure that, in the event of massive traffic, the site (along with my other sites) didn't go down. I also wanted to host it for as cheap as possible. I'm still waiting to see the next bill to check if my quick math was accurate. The site was just HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. A "static" site...But what does that mean? Now that I've been diving in with Angular.js, I've realized a new world of possibilities and the idea of "static" isn't so static afterall. An... Read More

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