Posts made in June, 2010

Javascript TreeGrid control

JavaScript TreeGrid control aimed to organize and edit information in grid, tree, or treegrid modes.- Link.

10 things every good web developer should know – Link.

Web Design and development process chart – Link.

Web Design criticism – a how to – guidelines for constructive web design criticism from Smashing Mag – Link.

How to hire a great graphic designer – Business Insider War Room – Link.

jbgallery is a UI widget webpage written in javascript on top of the jQuery library. Its function is to show a single big image, multiple images, multiple galleries, slideshows, as a site’s background, in a “dialog” mode or as a common pop-up. – Link.

30 web based applications useful for web designers – Link.

A web designer needs a good method for delivering designs. Instead of using email attachments, PPTs and PDFs here is a fresh new way – Link.

jQuery news ticker – liScroll – liScroll is a jQuery plugin that transforms any given unordered list into a scrolling News Ticker Link.

Be a CSS Team Player: CSS Best Practices for Team-Based Development

By Emily P. Lewis.
“How many times have you picked up a project that someone else started, only to discover that the creator’s original code is a mess?

Or you work with several team members, each of whom has their own way writing code? Or you revisit a project you created years ago, and you don’t remember what you were thinking?…”

Forrst: Microblogging for web designers and developers – share pieces of code, design ideas, prototypes and engage in feedback with the web design community – Link.

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5 Top Tips from a Freelance Game Programmer

I recently reconnected with an old friend who’s been a Freelance Game Programmer for many years, I asked him what advice he could give to someone just starting out and here’s his top tips:

I particularly like his ethos: “value-for-money & minimum hassle”, because contractors/freelancers have a general reputation for being otherwise (Expensive & demanding)

Rhys Twelves, 12 Code Monkeys Ltd, UK

Here’s Rhys’ reply:

The only real tips I have are:-

1. If you can, try to avoid VAT registration due to the overhead of quarterly returns, and the VAT man being able to audit you more readily.(unless you employ someone to sort this all out)

2. Get a good accountant, they are worth their weight in gold, as they know what you can/cannot claim for as a legitimate business expense, and give could advice as to where to invest your profits.

3. Make yourself as flexible as possible. Making games is still a black art (in terms of production especially) and so plans will almost cetainly change from milestone to milestone. For a contractor/freelancer it is important that you can adapt with the project (within reason). If 5 days/week becomes 6 or even 7, then you should already have plans afoot that can support the change. It’s a second-guessing game, but it’s worth it.

4. In my experience, being flexible can be more valuable to production than being fast/excellent at your work. If a producer knows they can rely on you to be in the office on any given Sunday, they’ll take that over having to find work for you from somewhere because you finished your milestones early.

5. To be honest Simeon, I’m still learning as I go along, and different companies have different needs & expectations, but my ethos (if you can call it that) is to be “value-for-money & minimum hassle”, and only because contractors/freelancers have a general reputation for being otherwise (Expensive & demanding).

Rhys is a top bloke and I highly recommend him for any programming task you’ve got. You’ll be amazed at the knowledge Rhys has, how insightful his views are and just how quickly and well he solves problems. Rhys is worth his weight in gold.

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Hi, my name is Simeon Pashley and I'd like to introduce you to my blog. I've been professionally developing software since 1986. After an extensive career in Game Development, I switched to Web Development in 2010.

I work full-time as CTO, CIO, CMO for food ecommerce business Approved Food and I'm an acting Director for web developer Ring Alpha.

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