Posts Categorized: Tech


BBEdit: Regular Expression Case Change Options

I’m a huge fan of Regular Expressions. They are, without a doubt, the single most powerful tool in the programmer’s toolbox. BBEdit, my favorite text editor, happens to have really excellent regular expression support. Among its features is the ability to change the case of matched text – which is really great if you’re having to reformat lists or, say, rename every function in your code. (more…)

Javascript Event Handling With prototype’s bind()

In Javascript, the native event handlers have the infuriating problem of not allowing the user to pass in additional parameters. Normally, when you want to handle an onclick or the like, you can only reference this (meaning the event itself). So everything you want to handle, you have to create a completely isolated custom function for. Not at all efficient. The Prototype library provides a solution. (more…)

Scriptaculous: Simultaneous Animation Effects

I remember my first programming class. I was seven. For the life of me, I could not make that damn turtle draw a star while playing music at the same time to save my life (or my grade). This is generally just as painful and traumatic to do in Javascript as it is in Logo.

The thing that makes Scriptaculous totally amazing is native simultaneous effects go right here. Meaning, you can do a shape tween and an opacity change all at the same time, no jerkiness or anything. You can just pass in an array of effects to render, and it does them all at the same time.

Scriptaculous: Table issues and Forms

So I’ve been playing with Scriptaculous a bit, and doing some debugging. I have a table, in which certain rows would should appear when a link is clicked. I’ve got it set with a display:none by default and I’m using Effect.SlideDown to have it appear. Now due to how display and opacity on tables, trs, and tds are handled by just about every browser, there were several unexpected results.

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Quickie: IE and window.close()

IE tends to do some funny things with its security settings. In particular, if your settings are high enough, window.close() will throw a warning or silently stop working entirely. This is definitely not our preferred behavior, and luckily, there’s an easy hack provided by FatTonny on the SitePoint Forums.

window.opener = window;
window.close();

That’s all there is too it! Happy coding!