<char-counter /> Polymer element

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 in Open Source Projects | 2 comments

char-counterThis weekend I just couldn’t face working on the updated Form Tools documentation and took a break instead. There’s only a dozen or so tutorials left to do, but yeesh. Seriously brainfried, here.

Instead, I created a simple Polymer custom element called <char-counter />. It, well, adds a character counter to your form fields. Super simple. It’s available on Bower or via github.

Check out the demo site here. That contains a link to the source code on github.

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Form Tools Documentation

Posted on Aug 5, 2014 in Form Tools, Open Source Projects | 0 comments

The last couple of weeks I’ve been working on the formtools.org website rewrite. Sheesh, what a job! Huge bloody site – enough work to keep me busy for months.

First stop has been the documentation. As it stands today the Form Tools documentation is in a closed, custom MySQL DB that I wrote many years ago. It felt like a good idea at the time, but today I had something very different in mind. The new documentation is now generated by Jekyll, and fully editable by anyone via github. You can see a sneak peak here:  http://formtools.github.io/docs/

Because the documentation will be static it’ll load a lot faster, plus it’s also downloadable for offline use. I’ll be adding in searching and tagging soon, as well as porting over the remaining sections.

Ultimate the documentation will be moved to docs.formtools.org once the new website is ready.

There’s a huge amount still to do, but you can see the general directions it’s heading. And if you spot any broken links, typos or anything else, just click the “EDIT PAGE” button!

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generatedata.com back up again

Posted on Jul 19, 2014 in generatedata.com, Open Source Projects | 4 comments

There was a giant CPU spike yesterday when generatedata.com was linked to on reddit, causing servers to melt, kittens to die, etc. etc. I’ve moved the script over to a dedicated host with about 5x the resources, so the site is already loading a loading a lot snappier. But this is just a temporary fix: I need to properly scale it out and work on improving the efficiency of the code – something I’ve meant to do for a while.

I’ll cut back on my birding this weekend and start now. :)

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generatedata.com down

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 in generatedata.com, Open Source Projects | 2 comments

I’m really sorry for the inconvenience, but generatedata.com is currently offline. There was a giant spike in the CPU today and my hosting company felt they had to take it down. I’m moving the site to a dedicated server and will hopefully have it back up shortly.


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