Jason Vertucio

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The last few days of the project

So, since I am of course bound by NDA’s, I can’t exactly talk about what I’ve been doing for the past few weeks, nor for whom I am doing it. But, what was supposed to be a one-week project has extended into this, the fifth week. What’s so cool about it is that for the first time I got to use CSS3 -webkit- animations, and really put my JavaScript knowledge to good use, learned prototyping. I also learned that jQuery is not something you want to use when building HTML documents for use on iPads. (hence the CSS3 animation and transition usage).

But I really miss PHP, server-side programming.

So I’m finishing up this project, just running the products through Editorial, making changes, and updating code so that all of these products match visually and interactively. And after that, who knows what’s coming up?

I guess the reason I’m writing this post is to just sort of remind myself to update the resume with Front-end JavaScript Development, and real-world CSS3 application.

Me and bgStretcher.js

Hey. Today I figured out a problem I was having with one site. Just had to hack a JavaScript file to allow more parameters. Once that was done I was golden.

Funny how the easiest thing to do was the last option I explored.

I should go into more detail. But I think I will in the morning. It’s midnight.

Sometimes I wonder how good of a web developer I really am

Here’s the thing: I get things done. You say you need this or that, and nine times out of ten it’s done. Four times out of five it’s in a timely manner.  But when I go back and look at the code that I wrote, I can’t help but scratch my head and wonder what possessed me to write everything so haphazardly. I’m finally getting deeply into Linux, so far as I can set up a website without the use of a control panel like cPanel or Plesk. But I’m sure once more advanced things happen, the scripts and config files will end up looking just as jumbled as everything else I write.

So, at the place where I sit in an office and work, I’m trying to handle mass email things. You wouldn’t believe the amount of people who don’t like being emailed without their explicit consent, right? So I’d been doing this thing, manually supporting a team in this regard.  But there’s just so many people I have to give the boot!

So I finally got the bright idea, instead of staring at all these emails and going through them, to just separate the good from the bad, and then run the bad through a PHP script that gives me their unsubscribe link. And if cannot find one, I am given the entire email so I can use other means to take care of the removal.

I’m more of a jQuery guy than a Javascript guy. Go figure. I find that it’s easier to use as a front-end developer, like a Javascript Lite (tastes great, less filling). I love when I can type less, and jQuery lets me type less. When I need real Javascript I can pull it out, but I’m not as versed in that area.

I actually get excited when I do things I haven’t done before. Like, I have mouse gestures set up to help me scroll to the top or bottom of a page. When I set it to check a box because I click on a link, the convenience I just created astounds me.  And then when it turns out I have to click the box around the checkbox instead of the checkbox itself, I get frustrated to no end.

Ah, the glorious life of a guy who makes websites when they have an unrelated job.