It’s been a long while since I last blogged on the site. A lot has happened in my life and my career changed in order to focus more on the human side of technology. However, those aren’t excuses for the absence I have had from this blog. If I ever had an excuse was simply writer’s block as nothing has inspired me to write. But that’s changing. Old habits are returning and that means more blog posts and more content.
To start – my 4 main / current NPM packages have been updated in order to get them up to speed with Node v0.12 as well as to make them compatible with Browserify. I may add Bower support later but right now, it is what it is. Along with these changes, I updated the interface making a couple of them 2.0 releases. You can find more information about the packages at the links below.
luhn – https://www.npmjs.com/package/luhn
requiredir – https://www.npmjs.com/package/requiredir
datevalidator – https://www.npmjs.com/package/datevalidator
abavalidator – https://www.npmjs.com/package/abavalidator
In addition to updating those packages, I’m also resurrecting some old Node.js projects that I had worked on over the last 2 years and begin to add them to Github. Lastly, you can expect more Node.js and iOS development posts on here with a sprinkling of UX. I believe in the importance of transparency in learning and I can practice my development skills a lot easier than my User Experience skills.
More to come soon.
Every once in a while, I come across an article about someone talking about how antiquated the floppy disk icon of Save has become. They talk about how many office documents of today would not have fit onto the 1.44mb capacity of a floppy disk and as new generations of computer users arrive onto the scene, many have never used a floppy disk. Obviously the icon needs redesigned these individuals discuss; however, I say it doesn’t need redesigned – the button itself needs to be removed altogether.
Continue reading Redesigning the Save Button Is the Wrong Approach
So it’s been a while since I’ve added any new content (nearly 6 months). Between the holidays, focusing a lot more at work, and also blogging for work I have been neglecting my personal brand and blog for too long. So what does that mean?
Continue reading Playing Catch-Up and Looking Ahead
It’s October and that means many retailers are beginning to finalize their Holiday plans and queuing everything up for release in the next month or so. While some retailers have their Christmas and other holiday decorations up already, most e-commerce websites won’t be rolling that out for another month. It’s also around this time of year that I remember how terrible of an experience gifting digital downloads remains.
Continue reading Giving an e-Gift could be Better
Back in April of 2012, I did a presentation at the Kansas City Developers Conference on tips and tricks to finding and landing your dream job. Having been through a number of interviews as both an interviewer as well as someone trying to get hired over the last handful of years, I have had the opportunity to see what things are important to both sides of the table. In the end, both parties need to make sure that the other side is right for them and it’s not just a one-way relationship.
Continue reading Get A Job!
One of the largest things that I have loved about working in Node.js is the ability to create utilities that work on both the server and within the browsers. Being able to create packages for NPM and then reuse them in both environments has lead to a lot of shared and unified code. However, the general experience involving installing a package and moving it to the client left a lot to be desired. Thankfully, NPM offers a possible solution through it’s use of scripts.
Continue reading Using NPM Scripts for Client-Side Module Installation
The more that I use Node.js, the more I enjoy it; however, there I have seen an issue in a couple of projects. In these projects, some modules import in a large number of other modules that reside in single directory. While it could be argued that the code could be refactored differently, scenarios exist where you may need to import in a number of modules that all exist in the same directory.
Continue reading Easier module imports with Requiredir
If you’ve worked on websites for any amount of time, there is a decent chance that you’ve encountered the need to validate credit card numbers at some point. While there are a lot of compliance and security guidelines for working with credit card numbers, these don’t reduce the need for ensuring the user entered a valid credit card number into the form. Some places will validate just length and ensure only numeric digits were provided; however, did you know there’s an algorithm that most credit cards are based on?
Continue reading ABAValidator – Routing Number validation for Node.js
Continue reading DateValidator – Simple Validation for Node.js