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Jason Teague

Everyone is a Web Designer

By Jason Cranford TeagueAug 10, 2009

Q: What is a Web Designer anymore? It was easier to make Web sites all by yourself, even 5 years ago, but now there is just too much technology for one person to handle. If I want to make a Web site for a very small business, don't have I to be web "developer" now?

The short answer is that everybody is a Web designer now.

The slightly longer answer is that Web designers are practitioners of a highly specialized discipline that requires years of study to truly master.

The long answer is that a good Web designer is a good designer, and this can come “naturally” or from training, but is not medium-dependent. However, a professional Web designer has to understand the medium well enough to know its strengths and limitations. Any designer can pump out something that looks brilliant when displayed in a Web browser window, but is slow to load, static when loaded, and completely unusable.

Jason Teague

Ask me, ask me, ask me

By Jason Cranford TeagueJul 1, 2009

Do you have a question about Web standards, CSS, JavaScript, Ajax, interaction design, user experience, or Web typography? Maybe you just want to know "How'd they do that?" Ask me questions, and each week I will select a question to answer via my blog.

Larry Ullman

Loading JavaScript faster, Five JavaScript Tips in Five Days

By Larry UllmanMar 12, 2009

Using JavaScript to turn your Web site into a Rich Internet Application is a smart and accepted development method these days. But lots of JavaScript means more for the user to download, creating an immediate performance hit. In this post I discuss three ways to make your JavaScript code load faster in the user's browser.

Larry Ullman

Performing cross-domain Ajax requests, Five JavaScript Tips in Five Days

By Larry UllmanMar 11, 2009

Sometimes it's necessary to perform a cross-domain Ajax request, despite that the standard doesn't allow it. There are several ways of working around this restriction. In this post, I talk about the options, along with which you should be using (the answer shouldn't surprise you).

Larry Ullman

Debugging XML/JSON requests, Five JavaScript Tips in Five Days

By Larry UllmanMar 10, 2009

Ajax requests, where a server sends data to the client via behind-the-scenes JavaScript, often uses XML or JSON, rather than plain text, for transmitting larger amounts, or just more structured, data. The benefits of using these data formats also bring about the hassle of more hair-pulling debugging. In this post, I detail the steps I take to debug XML and JSON transactions.

Larry Ullman

Handling JSON data securely, Five JavaScript Tips in Five Days

By Larry UllmanMar 9, 2009

JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) is a lightweight data format commonly used in Ajax requests. Unfortunately, JSON has some inherent security concerns. In this post, I'll discuss the problem with JSON and the fix that makes it safe to use in your Rich Internet Applications.

Larry Ullman

Choosing a JavaScript Framework

By Larry UllmanMar 6, 2009

Whether you program in JavaScript regularly or not, sooner or later you're likely to try out a JavaScript framework to add much needed functionality to your Web site. But with so many frameworks available, how do you choose one? In this post, I'll provide some guidelines for how to select the best JavaScript framework for you and your project.