I recently created a small website called ‘La piccola biblioteca della natura’ to showcase some of my girlfriend watercolors. I decided to go for a responsive design and set up some nice media-query statements. If you try to resize the browser window you surely notice how the structure of the fruits change in response to this operation.
What I did the last two months? I was preparing the html.it HTML5 guide which will be released starting from the next week. Right by now a preview chapter is already available and, if you are interested, you might also want to follow the presentation event, taking place the 28th of february in Rome.
Talking about events, the last saturday there was UGIALT.net and I had the pleasure to share a talk with Simone Chiaretta: in just 20 minutes each of us live coded a simple application using his preferred language: Ruby on Rails for me and ASP.NET MVC for Simone. It was a really enlightening experience.
The idea behind this project was in my head since a while. Then thanks to Gregory Brown and his Ruby Mendicant University, I had the opportunity and the incentive to start developing it. Ruby Spell Doctor bind some of the most useful Hunspell functions making them available to Ruby developers. For who don’t know, Hunspell is a widely used open source syntax checker library that is implemented in a lot of softwares, such as OpenOffice, Google Chrome and Mac OSX.
I’ve just committed the 0.3 version of WiPad, this new release introduce a new mechanism which helps handle permalinks. Having to deal with a single-file Sencha-based application made me pretty hard to figure out how to re-introduce permalink and give the opportunity to reach a single post using its url.
I’m recently enjoying KillZone 2 so much; during one of my gaming sessions I noticed that the loading screen is designed as a bas-relief that you can partially rotate using the joypad oscilloscope, this technique, although easy to implement in a PS3 game, produce a very interesting effect and so I decided to try to transpose it to a web gallery.
Update 01/09/2010: WiPad is now published and available on the official WordPress plugin directory.
I’ve started deploying an iPad wordpress theme/plugin based on wptouch and powered by Sencha. Today I’ve reached the first working alpha and so I’ve decided to use it against this blog. You can try out this theme by surfing here with an iPad or a simulator; two screenshots are also available after the jump.
CSS3 has gradients and CSS3 has shadows, so why don’t try to use both to simulate a light source ? That is the basic idea behind this project. I’ve set-up a small demo which let you use the mouse to direct a light source over a text and observe its shadow change according to light position.