Business

Using JavaScript Responsibly

Since we’ve started the conversation, let’s take a step back and talk about something a little less fun, but just as important: when is it okay to require JavaScript use?

My hard and fast rule is that anywhere a login is required to reach, you can require JavaScript. If it’s publicly accessible, however, you should do everything possible to avoid requiring JavaScript. It takes more work to have a JavaScript and non-JavaScript version, but it makes sure your site remains accessible.

Improved Symfony Widgets

One of the biggest problems with any user interface is ensuring the forms and controls are simple and straight forward to use. While Symfony comes with a great many of widgets that you can use in your forms, some of the most common ones are not as user friendly as one would hope.

Over the next week or two I will be releasing (and posting about) a number of symfony widgets that I’ve powered up with a little (or in some cases, a lot) of javascript. The first step, though, will be a plugin that adds jQuery and jQuery UI into your Symfony stack.

Taking control of your future

Quite a while back, SEO blog SEO 2.0 had a post entitled “Hey Freelancer: Are You a Worker or an Entrepreneur?” which really made me think.

Back when I was freelancing as my sole source of income, I was so caught up in being a worker, that I didn’t even realize I wasn’t working towards being an entrepreneur. This article woke me up a bit… too bad it was many months too late! 🙂

So how about the rest of you out there? Are you worker bees, or are you entrepreneurs?

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