New job at Cloudant; life update

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

I’m very excited to say I’ll be starting a new position at Cloudant next week. The position looks exactly what I was looking for: as soon as I read the job description I was hooked. A lot of my time will be devoted to open source, working on a new admin UI for couchDB called Fauxton. Working on a large open source project is something I’ve wanted to do for some time; all of my own projects are quite modest by comparison. The job will also let me work remotely, which is ideal. My wife and I have been planning to move to Bowen Island for some time, and being able to work remotely fits very well into that plan.

But boy it’s been a crazy few weeks…! My poor wife has been very sick and stuck in the hospital for weeks. She’s not out yet, but yesterday there were some signs she’s improving, thank heavens. Hopefully she’ll be up to snuff soon, but in the meantime I’m spending the majority of my time in the hospital or running errands.

So with this and the new position, I do apologize if I don’t respond to emails terribly promptly. Due to Sarah’s health I cancelled some short birding trips I had planned (California, Mexico + Tofino) and I’m very glad for it.

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<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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