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This week it’s another RAPIDFIRE!!! Nothing but HOT question & answer action.

We talked about (roughly in order):

Q & A:

  • 2:08 I have a question about running Sass in a corporate environment. I’m really interested in using Sass at work but since it requires Ruby there’s no chance of running a ruby server on my system. Is there any way to run a Sass processor from a thumb drive?
  • 7:48 How long does it take for you to write a blog post from the first day you experience the problem (or get the initial idea of what want to write about) to when you actually hit the publish button?
  • 16:42 Are there any good low cost alternatives to Engine Yard or Heroku for hosting test or small web apps?
  • 22:20 What is the best way to validate html and css?
  • 32:45 Are there any WordPress shopping carts that have a token feature or do you know of another way to accomplish this?
  • 41:02 Is it worth offering IE6/7/8 support for a responsive design project?


  • 11:34 Blend Conf – BlendConf is a generalist conference featuring 60 diverse speakers sharing ideas and conversations about user experience, design, and development. September 11-13 in Charlotte, NC. 4 tracks: UX, Design, Front-end, Back-end. Keynote speakers are Mike Monteiro, Jennifer Palka (Founder Code for America), and Kimberly Bryant (founder, black girl code). Use coupon code “shoptalk” for 10% off!
  • 38:41 Environments for Humans – CSS Dev Conf: the first conference devoted to CSS, the design language of the web, returns for its third year on October 13-15, 2014, this time to New Orleans! Tons of great speakers, including Chris Coyier, Rebecca Murphy, Dan Cedarholm, Estelle Way, Jonathan Snook, Rachal Nabors, and more! Go vote for your favorite talk, and pick up tickets today!

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  • Dave Rupert

    BRB. Buying a pop filter. So youse guyse don’t need to complain about that. Okay. Cool. Thanks. Ur the best.

  • Openshift is a pretty nice PaaS that is similar to Heroku. The free option works pretty well for testing or hosting small applications (~50,000 visitors per month depending on how your app is built). https://www.openshift.com/

  • Ferenc Kamras

    Tip for the first guy… Less can give you some nice features and you don’t need to install anything since it’s compiled by js…

  • Page Speed tells me I can save load time by minifying my HTML, so… Maybe there’s an advantage to it?

  • educsis

    mate, the coupon for blendconf doesnt work :S

  • Guilherme Tramontina

    One thing to keep an eye on when minifying your HTML are the inline elements. Check this codepen ( http://codepen.io/anon/pen/hJwcn ) out for an example. The spacing that inline elements get when you break lines in you HTML is something that gets in the way of a lot of people who don’t know/understand this. 🙂

  • John J. Mills

    Just catching up on episodes. I work with a team that uses VisualStudio on Windows. I found a nice SASS compiler called “web workbench” by mindscape. You can download as part of the Visual Studio gallery, and it’s totally local, so won’t create dependencies for the rest of the team: http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/2b96d16a-c986-4501-8f97-8008f9db141a

  • www.codedcontainer.com

    I too love to write new blog posts about new technology. I have been using WordPress for about 3 years and there are a lot of ideas I have not been able to get to such as Angular.JS which isn’t really needed in WordPress because you typically manage databases using PHP. I wrote an article about the purpose of when using AngularJS which it depends on someones skill set. As I am experienced with MySQL and PHP I don’t really need to use AngularJS but because of having more experience in “front-end development” It is difficult to avoid when trying to get a new job. It would be nice if more jobs would instead stop creating wish lists.