News : December 2007

News : December 2007

All About JavaScript Design Patterns

Digital Web has a full serving this week, centered around the newly published Pro JavaScript Design Patterns by Dustin Diaz and Ross Harmes. We’re privileged to have an excerpt from the book—Chapter 11: The Adapter Pattern—as well as a review of the book by me, Tiff Fehr. JavaScript has really come to the forefront of programming in the last few years, and a book applying rigorous object-oriented thinking to JavaScript is a sign of the language coming into its own. Follow Mr. Diaz & Mr. Harmes as they show how JavaScript can build robust applications by following time-tested design patterns.

December 31, 2007 at 3:59 PM

Tiff Fehr

WDN’08 Snowboard Design Contest Winners!

Judging is complete and both Digital Web and Web Directions North is proud to announce our snowboard design contest winners! Congratulations to:

Winning design thumbnail

  • 1st place, a free pass to WDN’08: Charlotte Browning
  • Runners-up: Mathieu Vo-Quang & Lizsu Sarobhasa

Judging was very close and we’d like to extend a warm thanks to both our readers and our contest participants. Congratulations to our winners, and a happy 2008 to all!

December 28, 2007 at 6:00 PM

Tiff Fehr

WDN’08 Snowboard Contest Complete!

Digital Web would like to extend a sincere thank you to all those who entered our snowboard design contest for a free pass to Web Directions North, The contest is now closed! We received a very boisterous response, with many great snowboard designs. Enough to make judging an unenviable task. (I can say that as a non-judge). Please stay tuned for the announcement of our first- and second-place winners, coming very soon to this very blog!

December 21, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Tiff Fehr

IE8 To Put A Smile On Your Face

Via Molly comes word of one particular milestone that has previously eluded the Internet Explorer team — they have finally passed the Web Standards Project’s Acid2 test!

Hopefully someone will be getting a nice Christmas bonus…

December 19, 2007 at 2:01 PM

Matthew Pennell

Editors Wanted at Digital Web Magazine

Regular readers will have noticed a few staff changes in recent weeks at Digital Web, and as a result of those departures we are now looking to bring some new blood on board for 2008 to help out on the editorial side.

If you love the web — and the people who work on it — and are reliable, have an eye for detail and a love of language, and can spare a few hours a week to work with some of the smartest people around, we want to hear from you.

See our volunteer page for more details.

December 18, 2007 at 7:00 AM

Matthew Pennell

Reminder: WDN Snowboard-Design Contest Ends Thursday!

Digital Web would like to remind you to set aside a some time to design your snowboard entry! Our contest to win a free pass to Web Directions North ends at midnight (PST) this Thursday, December 20th. Check out the rules, fire up Photoshop and get your design in soon.

December 17, 2007 at 9:51 PM

Tiff Fehr

Digital Web Magazine’s new Editor in Chief, Matthew Pennell

I am happy to announce that Matthew Pennell, one of Digital Web Magazine’s unsung heroes, has accepted the position of Editor in Chief. For those who don’t know, Matthew has been the guy behind the curtain — dealing with getting new authors on board, working with them to refine their articles, and managing all of the logistics that go with getting articles published, not to mention blogging a bunch. He does all of this from his home near Cambridge in the UK. If you wish to read more of his work, I would highly recommend you check out his personal blog The Watchmaker Project. Needless to say, Matthew has been a huge help around here and I am happy to see him take on the role of Editor in Chief. It won’t be easy to follow in the footsteps of Carolyn Wood, but I am sure he will make a great editor and we will see some great things come out of him steering the ship, so please welcome him into his new role. Matthew, we cleared out a virtual corner office for you here, hope it’s to your suiting.

December 17, 2007 at 12:03 PM

Nick Finck

Last chance to enter your site into the SXSW Web Awards

So, midnight tonight is the final deadline for submissions for the 11th Annual SXSW Web Awards. If you created or redesigned a website or web application within the last year, this is your last chance to get recognized for your effort. You could even try bribing the judges (cough)whomever they may be(cough). So what are you waiting for? Submit your website before it’s too late!

December 14, 2007 at 11:16 AM

Nick Finck

Reminder: Win a Free Pass to Web Directions North ’08!

Just a reminder that our snowboard design contest in conjunction with Web Directions North runs until December 20th! See our contest entry rules for full details, and set aside some time to design your snowboard this weekend. Win a free pass to attend one of the best conferences of 2008, despite it being one of the first.

Also, dear readers, although you’ve missed the early bird conference rates, take advantage of our $50 reader discount! Use Digital Web’s code “WDN-DW” during registration. Code good through 2007 only, so register soon!

December 13, 2007 at /files/includes/10.css:30 PM

Tiff Fehr

Opera declares war on Microsoft!

Alright, not exactly war, but Opera announced today that they have filed an antitrust complaint with the EU against the Redmond colossus, asking the Commission to “…compel Microsoft to give consumers a real choice and to support open Web standards.” Håkon Wium Lie, Opera’s CTO and the father of CSS, has also published an open letter to the web community asking for our support.

Microsoft may feel justifiably angry at this move, given the positive feeling they have built up this year — largely as a result of Molly Holzschlag’s advocacy work from within and a seemingly more open attitude under Chris Wilson. What do you think — is Opera’s action a necessary move, or a mistake that risks awakening old prejudices?

December 13, 2007 at 8:01 AM

Matthew Pennell & Dustin Diaz’ new book

Out of the same voyeuristic tendency that made internet hits of postsecret, overheard in new york, chat status messages, the twitter public timeline and—let’s face it—tons of other digital people watching comes, a new project by Digital Web columnist Jonathan Snook and his partners at Sidebar Creative. scours public Twitter posts for common conventions for amusing and strange things overheard by bored Twitterers, and collects them into one site for your viewing pleasure. Much like Dan Cederholm’s Foamee, is another interesting extension application on top of other services (Twitter, in both cases) made available through APIs and libraries.

And while we’re on the topic of cool scripting, Digital Web contributor Dustin Diaz’ new book, Pro JavaScript Design Patterns, is on shelves both virtual and physical right now! According to Dustin’s enthusiastic Twitter posts, it is doing pretty well. Pick up a copy, and look for more about Dustin’s book on Digital Web soon.

December 11, 2007 at 2:08 PM

Tiff Fehr

Rails 2.0

Rails creator, David Heinemeier Hansson, has a lengthy blog entry announcing the release of Rails 2.0 on the official RoR site. There are a ton of changes and improvements — if you’re a Rails developer, head on over to download and dig into the changelog.

December /files/includes/10.css, 2007 at 1:56 AM

Matthew Pennell

Win a Free Pass to Web Directions North ’08!

Digital Web Magazine is stoked to announce our second snowboard design contest, in conjunction with Web Directions North, coming to you this January 28th – February 2nd in Vancouver & Whistler, BC! Win one free pass to the conference by entering your own snowboard design.

  • One entry per person, sent in gif, png or jpg format to
  • 2 week deadline—submission window closes 12/20/2007.
  • Winner receives one free pass to Web Directions North. Travel and accommodations are not included. Free pass is non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash or cash equivalent.

Contest starts NOW and continues until December 20th, 2007. One entry per person, and feel free to use our template.

December 6, 2007 at 12:15 PM

Tiff Fehr

Keeping you busy through December

While the Digital Web staff take a well-earned break through December, there are several places where you can still get your regular fix of web dev goodness. 24ways returns for the third year, with a tip a day from some of the world’s greatest websmiths; and ExpressionEngine fansite Jambor-ee is running a similar project as they build a community website from scratch in 24 days. [Edit: and via Derek Allard comes word of yet another seasonal series: Chris Shiflett’s PHP Advent Calendar!]

Still want more? How about some Basecamp tricks from Adaptive Path? Or perhaps you’d prefer to learn better ways to write JavaScript from Digital Web contributor, Dustin Diaz? It’s a surprise we ever get any work done with all this great content produced by our community!

December 5, 2007 at 12:00 PM

Matthew Pennell

Web Directions North ’08 Early Bird Extension Ending Soon!

Just a reminder, the extended early bird discount for WDN08 is coming up at the end of this week, on December 7th! Web Directions North is a top-notch conference with an amazing list of speakers and topics, set to go down this coming January 28th – February 2nd, in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Not only is the conference respected for its depth and quality, but it also got rave reviews for the social and networking events, too. Clear some space in your calendar and start 2008 off with one of the best conferences of the year.

December 4, 2007 at 5:48 PM

Tiff Fehr

Job: Content Producer/Community Manager (Seattle, WA)

Speaking of jobs. Blue Flavor is currently looking for a full-time Content Producer/Community Manager in the Seattle, Washington area. If you have good editing and writing chops and always wanted to be a community manager, here is your chance. Apply via the Blue Flavor web site, see the job posting for details.

December 3, 2007 at 4:17 PM

Nick Finck

Cindy Li has been nclud’ed

Aside from the over exaggerated storms brewing in the pacific northwest, the biggest news today is the fact that good colleague and talented designer Cindy Li has joined up with the talented guys at nclud. I have long since been a fan of nclud and the work they do there so I was very happy to see someone as talented as Cindy Li jumping into the mix as Art Director and Senior Consultant. Martin Ringlein, who I had the opportunity to hang out with in my recent trip to DC, has a great blog post that goes into more detail about Cindy joining nclud.

December 3, 2007 at 3:47 PM

Nick Finck

Design Deadline

There was a polite back-and-forth blog debate on the topic of deadlines earlier in the year between Veerle, Andy Rutledge, and Andy Budd (and then Andy and Veerle again). Regardless of whether you think deadlines stifle or promote creativity, though, it’s often the case that when working on our own sites, the lack of a client breathing down your neck can make progress tough.

So why not set yourself a deadline? Design Deadline is the latest project from Adam Howell (ex of the late lamented Weekly Standards, and creator of the shadow-of-its-former-self CSS Reboot), and has one simple premise: a deadline of the first Tuesday of every month. The inaugural deadline is February 5th, so if you’ve got a site that needs to be out the door by then, head on over and sign up for “…feedback from your peers who are members of the site, not the usual uninformed trolls on the interwebs.”

December 3, 2007 at 8:26 AM

Matthew Pennell