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Making javascript play nice in Drupal 7

The task: Put some custom javascript in a file and have it run on a Drupal page.

This is theoretically easy, but I had trouble getting the javascript to do certain things with certain page elements.  Drupal makes it easy to add javascript, but then it sets up a bunch of restrictions.  This is for security reasons and it's a good idea, but it's just one more thing in D7 that is more complicated than it should be.  Anyway, here's the solution:(function($) { // wrapper to make it work with Drupal

Howto: LinkedIn

It seems odd that I have to post instructions on social networking.  If you're reading this, odds are you're a web developer with a fair amount of experience.  And yet, people don't seem to understand what to do with LinkedIn.

Drupal: Getting Started

Something's been concerning me lately: How can we simultaneously have high unemployment and a huge, unmet demand for web designers?  This stuff is not that hard.  I never went to school, I don't have any certifications in web design.  Sure I'm smart, but so are all my friends.

I think part of the answer is that web design is considered magic, just like legal practice (which I've also done).  There's a huge aura of mystique surrounding the whole thing and everyone is convinced it's hard.  It's not, I swear!  In order to be a good web designer, all you need is two things:

Three Videos About Fonts

You might be aware that web fonts are a big deal for me.  So I was pleased to come across a couple excellent videos that talk about webfonts today.  The first is cute and fun: how different fonts would sound if they could speak.

[video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmpQiJ4wCw4]

Next up: A more serious discussion of the different kinds of fonts and why it matters.  Hint: It has to do with the impact of your writing.

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