080: RAPIDFIRE #19

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It’s time for another RAPIDFIRE! We talk about (roughly in order):

Q & A

  • 2:30 Which books would you recommend learning about CSS and /or UX design?
  • 6:32 There is a lot of hype around the Hammer and Mixture static site generators right now. Can teams work on these together, or are they just made for prototyping?
  • 12:00 What is the best payment gateway (ease of use and flexibility in their API) for processing both credit cards AND ACH debits?
  • 19:10 What do you do about supporting older browsers like IE6?
  • 24:10 Do you guys experience any wrist pain working at the computer so often?
  • 28:40 How do you deal with this inconsistency across browsers?
  • 37:40 What are your thoughts on Stylus and the ease/difficulty of switching (from SCSS)?
  • 42:42 What are the most important steps a person should take to secure their WordPress sites?
  • 48:30 This question is related to a post that Chris wrote on CSS-Tricks where he was exploring the pros and cons of object literal javascript patterns. Should there be a standard set to all shapes and sizes of sites, or would a large site with a team of people working on it have a different JS pattern than a small one?
  • 54:27 Any tips on how to use the figure element in a more elegant way than just before or after a paragraph?


  • 17:07 Blend Conf Blend Conference is a generalist conference in Charlotte, NC featuring 50 speakers sharing ideas and conversations about user experience design, user interface design, and web development. It’ll all happening September 5-7. You can follow @blendconf on Twitter and register for 20% off with the discount code “shoptalk”.
  • 35:10 Environments for Humans – CSS Dev Conf October 21-23, 2013 The Stanley Hotel in the Rocky Mountains · Colorado, U.S.

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What are the books have you guys read? (Leave comments!)

  • Matt Soria

    The first book I read was Jeffery Zeldman’s Designing With Web Standards and it open my eyes to the modern web and standards and semantics! I really dug Luke Reblewski’s book on Form Design, and all of the A Book Apart series was great – short and sweet. I especially liked Mike Monteiro’s Design is a job. The O’Reilly CSS Pocket Reference by Eric Meyer is really handy. There is still so much to read though! I’m trying to level up my JQuery skills so I’m reading Learning JQuery (Third Edition) by Jonathan Chaffer and Karl Swedberg and it’s really good so far. Easy for a dummy like me to understand (or about as easy as it could be I imagine).

  • Erick Merchant
  • Mixture

    Firstly, thanks for the mention…

    Just to follow on from conversation that mentioned Mixture and confirm a few details:

    1. Mixture is cross platform – windows + mac
    2. We have a built-in server (no build folder) so everything is dynamic and running locally is like running on a real server. But if you want a static version you can convert to HTML when ever you like or publish to Mixtures servers with one click and then share the URL.
    3. We have teams using Mixture now and more features to help teams work with Mixture are coming shortly.

    Thanks 🙂

  • These are my favorite web design books:
    Design Is a Job
    The Principles of Beautiful Web Design
    HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites
    Handcrafted CSS: More Bulletproof Web Design
    CSS: The Definitive Guide
    Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML
    Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
    Designing with Web Standards

    I rate and review all the web design books I read here, on Goodreads. I also post my reviews to my site, OptimWise.com.

  • www.codedcontainer.com

    I have been putting a lot of stress on my back. Is there a way that you can minimize how much you lean forward?