Sass Maps are Cool

One of the most basic, yet most useful functions of a preprocessor like Sass is the ability to leverage variables in your stylesheets. This little feature can save you lots of time and shield you from many headaches. There are a variety of strategies for using variables, but we’re not going to get too caught up on that type of thing right now. Just so we’re all on the same page, let’s look at an example of a basic variable usage.

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Google Structured Data Testing Tool

I’ve been spending a fair amount of time working with microdata recently and I’ve found this Google Structured Data Testing Tool an incredibly useful to have a tool to help me test whether or not my markup has been correctly written. This tool allows you to either analyze a URL or an HTML snippet. I’ve had a lot of luck copying snippets I’m working on and pasting in the tool to validate my structure. Writing the markup incorrectly doesn’t exactly fail so a testing tool is essential for both learning and validation.

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Extending HTML5 — Microdata

This post from html5 Doctor is more than four years old, yet it’s still one of the best resources on microdata that I’ve found. If you’re working on the web then you should have some knowledge of microdata. Essentially we’re able to add more semantic meaning to our markup. This is something that requires a small amount of time and only benefits.

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W3C Microdata Specification

Reading through a spec is not always super useful for actually understanding how to use it, but it isn’t a bad thing to have on hand.

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Google — About Microdata

Here’s a brief introduction to the concept of microdata from Google. It’s a nice resource with a handful of examples attached. SEO is definitely something that microdata improves so info coming straight from the horse’s mouth is something we should pay attention to.

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Getting Started with Schema.org

This is the where the microdata spec is documented. In general, I’d say that microdata can be a bit confusing to start, but this section of schema.org is quite insightful (as compared to the actual documentation). I highly recommend reading through this area before digging to far into microdata.

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A Gigantic Thank You

I’m not completely sure where to put this post so for lack of a better place I’m just gonna set this thing down right here…

If you know me at all it should be no secret that I just got married. Well, a week ago anyway. Leslie and I just got back from a completely amazing honeymoon trip to St. Lucia and while I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of things I’ve done some reflecting on the last couple of weeks. And man, I really feel the need to try to thank anybody and everybody who contributed in anyway whatsoever to make our wedding experience truly memorable. There were so many people that were genuinely doing everything they could to help give us the best experience possible and they all nailed it. Our friends and family and even colleagues were so incredibly supportive and it made all the difference in the world.

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Today is a Big Day

Today is a big day. Today is the day that I get to marry my best friend.

The last few years have been quite the whirlwind. A new home, a new career, basically a new life. There have been some rough days, but they’ve been completely outweighed by the great days. When I look back at that time one thing clearly stands out. I wasn’t alone through any of it. I had my best friend by my side every single day. Life all of a sudden became full. It became complete. Having that unconditional love and support has been the difference in my life.

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Sketch Resource List

​Last updated: Dec. 14, 2012

I’ve been using Sketch 2 from Bohemian Coding off and on for a couple months now. I actually messed around with the app right after the major version 2 release and then didn’t use it for a while. I’ve been doing some actual UI work with it lately and have really enjoyed it. I wanted to further my skills with the app and see just how other people were using the software and I’ve had a tough time finding the information I was looking for.

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Up to Speed with Sparrow

​It’s been a fairly busy last few months and one of the projects I’ve been working on durning that stretch has just launched this morning. Up to Speed with Sparrow, a screencast to help you learn to use the wonderful Sparrow Mail app for your Mac.​

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