I’m a big fan of video games. I don’t get much time to play them but I’ll put down the MacBook Pro long enough to get a few games in. One of my favorites is Portal. For those who don’t know, what’s wrong with you? Portal is a strategic game that requires a lot of thinking and good timing. You get two “portal guns” which allow you to get from place to place. Check out some gameplay here.
Once concept I’m very fond of is lazy loading. Lazy loading defers the loading of resources (usually images) until they are needed. Why load stuff you never need if you can prevent it, right? I’ve created LazyLoad, a customizable MooTools plugin that allows you to only load images when the user scrolls down near them.
Very rarely does a developer have the ability to work with just one framework. Often a developer needs to float between MooTools and jQuery. As you can imagine, doing so can make a developer loopy due to the syntax difference. One of the small differences that gets used often is jQuery’s attr() and css() vs. MooTools’ set() and setStyle(). I’ve implemented css() and attr() into MooTools for jQuery users.
I released a MooTools comment preview script yesterday and got numerous requests for a jQuery version. Ask and you shall receive! I’ll use the exact same CSS and HTML as yesterday.
Comment previewing is an awesome addition to any blog. I’ve seen really simple comment previewing and some really complex comment previewing. The following is a tutorial on creating very basic comment previewing using MooTools.
Another awesome functionality provided by Twitter is the ability to test friendships between two people. I mean testing if two people follow each other, not if one spams the world with crap tweets. Just as with every other Twitter API call, executing this test is easy with PHP.
A while back I debuted a tasteful mouseover/mouseout technique called link nudging. It started with a MooTools version and shortly thereafter a jQuery version. Just recently Drew Douglass premiered a jQuery plugin that aimed at producing the same type of effect. I’ve taken some time to put together my own version of the jQuery nudging plugin.