Grid Forms

Very cool library for building large/often-used forms.  I wouldn’t use this for a typical use case (i.e. one-time use for occasional site users), but it looks like it could be fantastic for complicated forms that are used frequently.

Grid Forms · Data entry made beautiful


This is a really interesting alternative to Bootstrap.  I haven’t had a chance to really dig through the code, but I like the style and I like the English-language-inspired naming convention.


Taunus “Single-Page App” framework

Tanus is a really promising Node.js “single-page app” framework (that’s really much more than that).  It’s just unbelievably fast, and built on top of really solid principals:

  • First request is server-side rendered (as are non-JS/spider requests)
  • Progressively enhances with client-rendered future requests
  • Content is served first; everything else (including non-critical CSS) is delegated to post-onload

Here’s the project page: taunus/taunus

And take a look at the creator’s blog, which is running on tanus: PonyFoo — the site speed is incredible for a blog with not insignificantly-sized pages.  I’m seriously considering Tanus for a future project.

Definitely looks promising.  I love the way it tracks changes and shows you exactly what you did before you save/discard.  Also, the whole “planned releases” feature is really well done. is a web software you can use to build and manage any kind of website or app. API-driven, it is the easiest way to integrate your content with no technology or design constraint. It is also the easiest way for content writers to edit, preview and plan updates.


I have to say, I quite like the Windows Mobile/Windows 8 UI style.  WinJS is Microsoft’s framework for providing a Windows-like interface via Web technology.  They just released it under an Apache license and have published a timeline to cross-platform compatibility.  I’m definitely keeping my eye on this project.


Mobile-first media queries and MSIE backwards compatibility

If you have to support Internet Explorer 8 (or, gasp!, even earlier versions of IE) in a modern website design, you’ll probably run into issues with media queries (especially if you’re using a mobile-first approach).  One option is to use Respond.js, but in my experience this can lead to a significant performance hit and cross-domain issues (if you’re using a CDN for assets, for example).  I recently discovered an alternate approach which in my opinion is much cleaner and simpler (especially if you’re already using Grunt as part of your build process).

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Dictator for WordPress

This is a really interesting project to managing WordPress install “states” — transferrable configurations — from the command line.  I haven’t tried it yet, but it certainly looks promising.

Dictator controls the State of WordPress