Author: Chris Anderson

Queued: Theming

As part of our series on how we built Queued, today we’re going to talk about theming the Queued application, and touch on a few examples of what made putting the skin on Queued so much fun. The foundation for the beautiful theme for Queued was laid down by colleagues Damon Dimmick and Torrey Rice, and their amazing wireframe and mockup work (respectively) provided the building blocks for laying down Queued’s skin.

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Dojo for Designers

From the perspective of a web designer with experience predominantly in HTML and CSS (the content and presentation layers), the behavior layer can seem a bit mystical. The behavior layer focuses on interactivity; unfortunately, it is a layer that can easily get lost, overlooked, or simply ignored in the collection of obligations that lay at the web designer’s feet—especially those who work for themselves, or who are within an organization as the sole “web person.” To all the multi-hatted, multi-tasked

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Taking a Look at CSS3

The design and styling elements that make up the Web 2.0 mantra have been defined by—among other things—rounded corners, transparency, and drop shadows. These three concepts have been key in many CSS-driven web applications or sites. (For examples of some great CSS-driven work, check out cssvault and cssBeauty.) Following the CSS2 recommendation, for years we’ve been using a combination of code and images to make these types of things possible. My colleague, Torrey Rice, has touched upon unofficial CSS advancements

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Developers Rest Easier with JavaScript Reversal

The programmers in the trenches of Web development can breathe a bit easier now that a major committee planning the future of the JavaScript standard has decided to focus on small, incremental changes that will improve the performance in Web browsers. Some members of the ECMA International standards committee still have bigger dreams to enhance the language, known more formally as ECMAScript, to tackle more complicated projects, but these plans receded as the group focused on clearer and more present

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Remember Figlets? They’re Back With Zend

Ajax, which was been a key goal for integration into the Zend Framework in the last release, also gets a boost. The Dojo Framework which is a popular Ajax library, will now be directly integrated into Zend Framework 1.6. “What we’re really trying to go after here is to build the best framework for Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) and the Dojo integration is a huge part of that,” Sinclair said. Dojo co-founder Dylan Schiemann, who is also CEO of Dojo

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Web Application Design: An Introduction

These are truly exciting times. Not only for SitePen, but for the web application space in general. It seems we are seeing a seismic shift in the way we use computer applications: moving away from the clunky, static, boxed-installed lot to those that are quick, lightweight, flexible, and web-based. More and more we are building and using applications that are not tied down to one single computer. Web applications have allowed us a truly mobile lifestyle, giving and providing us

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