A couple of weeks ago, a good friend sent me an email with a list of questions for me. He'd been out of the front-end game for a little while, and wanted to pick my brain a little bit. I thought that instead of just answering him directly, I'd share my answers with everyone.
Client-side validation (checking for things like required fields, valid email address, etc) is always one of those sort of pain in the butt, last minute, only because i have to sort of things. It's not usually fun or flashy, it's just one of those things you have to do. Enter VanadiumJS, a new library just released by Daniel Kwiecinski.
Speaking of HTML5 and
canvas, Carsonified has a nice little tutorial to get started with
canvas. This article includes a good overview of where you can use
canvas (anywhere), which browsers support it (most of them, at least with a little help (even IE6!)), and how to get going with some easy stuff.
So last month, I was attending the fairly new Cleveland Web Standards Meet-Up. I was talking to Eric Wiley about the redesign I did for the Free Times, and Eric Meyer, who came for the first time, overheard. He says "new site, huh?" and pulls out his laptop.