Tips for SXSW from a SXSW Virgin

I went to the Interactive portion of the 2013 SXSW Conference for the first time, below are a few of my tips for anyone attending SXSW for the first time. These observations came from making first-timer mistakes and with the help of veteran SXSW'ers Jeremy Williams & Jason Poteet and…

Simple Backbone View Animations

Single page apps can be very jarring if you're not used to animations to show views with new or detailed views. Animations in a SPA can be trickier to maintain due to the multiple interactions that ocurr. I'll display a simple solution. The quickest way to animate your views in…

Using Comparator For Sorting Backbone Collections

The comparator method in Backbone is quite useful and is only limited by your imagination. The Backbone documentation doesn't give us any sample code, so here are a few handy examples. Use comparator as a method within your collection. Here I am going to order the models within the collection…

Email Newsletters for Front-end Developers

Email has gotten a bad name for itself over the last decade. Spammers, phishers and Nigerian Princes have mastered it. Even Facebook now has their own version of email. I like it email, so long as it's heavily filtered using Gmail filters and used solely for pushed content that I…

Updating Java on Mac OS X and IntelliJ 12

Many blog and Stack Overflow posts are instructing users to set their $JAVAHOME path within Terminal or by directly adding it to their ~/.bashprofile file. The highly esteemed OJDX (author of robe-and-wizard-hat) has informed me this is not the correct solution. The reason being, you may need to use multiple…