Jason Vertucio

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iPad is the new IE6

So, this article was written over a year ago, but after working with the iPad, trying to develop HTML pages, having them work directly in Safari on this Mac I have at work, and then NOT working on either an iPad or the iOS simulator, I have to agree. The iPad is the new IE6.

Currently, I’m trying to create some custom controls on a video to get it to play. But you know what? The darn video won’t play unless I use the built-in controls for the iPad. That means a big, ugly circle with a triangle in the middle. About a day of trying to figure workarounds (and also, an entire day of ignoring the Internet who said it wouldn’t work) I have come to that conclusion.

At least poster images work now, so it’s a big movie still with a big, fat circle/triangle concoction.

CSS Prefixes – The current battle

So, don’t tell anyone, but over the past month, in the web pages I was creating, I kind of . . . . wasn’t very consistent with my CSS coding.

Sometimes I would use the -webkit- prefix, but most times I would just skip the thing and just write box-shadow: 1px 2px 4px #414042 (or whatever) about twelve lines below a -webkit-box-shadow declaration. I’m sure it’s not a big deal. I mean, the site worked. But it bothered me that I even did things like that. Because, why should I even have to use the prefix? Continue reading “CSS Prefixes — The current battle” »

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.

Well look who’s as pleased as fruit punch

OK so I’ve been spending some time today adding one of those “FIND A STORE” locators to a website. And with a little direction, I came up with something that works. For now.

I guess tomorrow I’ll get the front-end part done. Once I get the MySQL password information.

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.

WordPress: Requiring Login

I know this goes completely against the concept of blogging, but an end-client wants their site to be password protected. Now, one way to do it is to create a .htpasswd file and lock people out of the site that way, but it’s a pain for non-technical people to dig through access logs.  But thanks to the ubiquity of WordPress plugins and a little ingenuity, I am able to accomplish said task. This is being done in WordPress 3.1, so I’m not sure about the backward-compatibility of this. If you would like to comment on this code’s backwards-compatibility, please feel free.

First in the lineup is User Tracking. Thanks to LBAK, that’s one problem solved.

Second up is requiring a user to be logged in. One way to get this done is to edit the wp-blog-header.php file as follows. The script is easy to read, as all it does it call other scripts. Place the following code right under the part that says: if ( !isset($wp_did_header) ) {

if ( !isset($wp_did_header) ) {
     if ( !is_user_logged_in() ) {
          echo '<!DOCTYPE html>
<script type="text/javascript">
  window.location = "<?php bloginfo('wpurl') ?>/wp-login.php";

… and you’re done! Now, any user still has access to the Admin area, because the code doesn’t quite reach that far, and if you want to protect your intellectual property that badly, I think you’ll want to keep even the lowest-level users outside of that area.

If so, stay tuned, and you will see exactly where that code would go!