Just for fun – Steve Ballmer (known for his crazy stage antics) and his famous “DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS!” speech.  Great for when you need to get amped up and tear through your product backlog!


You Might Not Need jQuery

Here’s a cool website I found that shows how to do some common tasks using both jQuery and plain vanilla JavaScript:

I thought it was kinda cool to see what exactly some of the common jQuery functions are actually doing behind the scenes with JS and CSS.  Sometimes I like to keep things as simple as possible, especially for smaller adhoc apps.  Once upon a time I had a small app that needed to make just one single POST request.  Instead of including jQuery as a dependency in the project and written something like this:

 type: 'POST',
 url: '/my/app/url',
 data: myData

I used some plain JS instead like this:

var request = new XMLHttpRequest();'POST', '/my/app/url', true);
request.setRequestHeader('Content-Type', 'application/x-www-form-urlencoded; charset=UTF-8');

Check out the GitHub repo as well for lots more examples.

SSL Certificate Explained

I really like this quick and easy to understand explanation of HTTPS/SSL.  I shared this with my company’s blog a few days ago as we are beginning to enforce HTTPS on our applications.  I wanted everyone on my team to understand what HTTPS is, and why it is important that we begin using HTTPS on all the custom apps we develop for clients.