A new look for 2009

The new joshgormley.com website has arrived and it looks fabulous!  Kudos to Vicki for a fresh new look.

I had three goals with this redesign:

  1. Pictures pictures pictures.  The first thing that potential customers want to see is pictures, therefore I have put the gallery slideshow right on the home page.
  2. Logical menu options.  My main menu has gone from 6 items to 5 and the new menu items are more logically ordered.
  3. A fresh, scalable design.  The new design is fresh and feels new, but it is also scalable.  If I want to add more text or image to a page, I can do so easily now whereas it was somewhat limited with the old design.

I’m very excited about this design and I hope you like it too.

Enjoy the show!

In Boston: day 2

Well, this wraps up my second day at the Ajax Conference in Boston. Another day of brilliant people spouting out brilliant ideas. I only hope that my brain can soak in all of the information that has been sent it’s way.

First, I have to start off with a quote. Douglas Crockford is a walking soundbite and this one is just too funny to let go by:

Failing gracefully is good, shooting your toes off is bad.
Douglas Crockford, summing up comments about browsers (specifically Netscape).

Here’s another quick list of tools and topics that are now on my radar:

  • OpenSTA: load testing your websites
  • Jetty and Comet: Ajax pushes to the browser
  • Fiddler: measuring server traffic
  • Drip: a memory management tool for IE
  • Lint (and JSLint): static analysis of code

And the list keeps going, but I need to stop somewhere. This list doesn’t even cover the concepts that have been covered, simply some tool that I might find useful.

In Boston: day 1

I’m in Boston right now for the Ajax Experience conference. This is my first multi-day conference and it’s quite exciting. I’ve been able to meet a lot of very intelligent people and learn a whole bunch of things that I’ll be able to put into our workflow immediately. Here’s just a quick list of things that I’m going to be looking into:

Check back soon for more updates.


NUMBER27 / The Work of Jonathan J. Harris
I came across this site the other day and have to say that it has quite a few really good design ideas in it. The two items I find especially fascinating are 10×10 and Word Count. Both are attempts at putting large ammounts of data in a small space. Isn’t that what we’re always trying to do? Yes, and these two concepts are quite good at doing just that.