Articles by Mr Qwest

  • Weekly links #1

    I come across a lot of stuff in my day to day browsing, either through newsletters, friends recommendations, twitter etc. and I tend to throw it all into Pocket for later viewing, except I rarely get a chance to check out these links and my Pocket list is getting longer and longer. On top of […]

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  • non-www links

    I recently wrote a post on code quality testing using Nibbler as a service. I ran this site through that and one of the issues it flagged up (and quite rightly so!) is that I had no 301 redirects sending the www. domain to the non-www. domain. So even though mrqwest.co.uk and www. mrqwest.co.uk go […]

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  • Keeping up

    Twitter is an enormous sinkhole of resources, tools, advice and friendly folk doing good work. I love it. However, it can start to feel like your missing a whole heap of these resources if you’re not using twitter on a daily basis. I’ve spoken many times before about trying to keep up with the web […]

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  • Code Testing

    Last week, whilst discussing the finer points of front end development with my friends Simon Cox Kris noble at CroydonCreativ.es, we ended up on the subject of testing. I’m not talking about testing sites on the latest browsers and devices, I mean testing the quality of the code we write and tests our sites for […]

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  • Tackling IE8 [7]

    I’m currently going through a front-end build for a local client. It’s been fun and I’ve been using some new technologies and resources including Mixture (how awesome is Mixture?) On Monday, I got a message from my client saying that the team are really happy however they’ve checked the site in Internet Explorer 8 and […]

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  • Content blocking

    Recently, I saw a tweet in my timeline from a guy who was thinking of putting his content on his website behind a forced registration wall. The registration process would be moderated and access would only be granted to new / existing clients and professionals within that specific industry. I don’t agree with this type […]

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  • Max width media queries

    For the past few years, I’ve been building sites from a mobile-first perspective. I like the premise behind it. This site is one that I built nearly 18 months ago now and it uses that same method. Built for small screens, and then media queries within the CSS to add in additional styles and layouts […]

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  • Sharing

    Last night, I was sat at a table among friends at a CroydonCreativ.es social meetup. It was an enjoyable evening with plenty of good conversation company. Simon Cox reminded me of the time we all went to Brighton back in July 2011 for the Insites Tour. At that event, Jeremy Keith shared his motivation behind […]

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  • Providing Value [1]

    My wife and I had a discussion last night as we’re currently playing with our finances (riveting Friday night conversation, I can assure you!). We have a dishwasher in our kitchen, and for me, it’s a god send. I hate washing up. Tesco currently sell Fairy washing up liquid for £1.50 a bottle. That’s a […]

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  • CHRGD [2]

    A few days ago, I spotted an article about the Battery Status API on MDN, I didn’t have time to read it but thought I’d Pocket it for later. It got me thinking though… what sort of things can you do with the battery status api? Most devices you use on the internet that require […]

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  • An Introduction to Sass [1]

    18 months ago, I began looking into CSS pre-processors. There were several available but the two big hitters were LESS and Sass. LESS relied on JavaScript to convert its files to CSS while Sass utilised ruby gems. There are actually two syntaxes to Sass. The original syntax (denoted by .sass file extensions) relied on indentation […]

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  • My Front-end Dev Process

    I can’t remember who asked me but over Christmas, someone asked me about the process I go through when building sites so here goes. I’ll forgo the design portion of the process, that’ll be another post entirely but let’s just imagine—for the purpose of this post—that I’ve been handed some PSDs to build for a […]

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  • Podcasts

    I’ve never been one for Podcasts. There are few that I actually enjoy, and I only have a small amount of time to listen to them so I need to pick choose the podcasts I listen to on a regular basis. 2013, however seems to be the year of the podcast and I can think […]

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