Thoughts on becoming a better developer

I ask myself this question quite often. What it takes to become a better developer? Not a ninja, guru, master or whatever, but just a better developer. I’m talking about how to improve and learn more every day.

Become a better developer

Horizontal centering using CSS fit-content value

The other day I read a good article on horizontal centering by Roger Johansson in where he explains the shrinkwrapping effect. Basically, it’s about one of the most common problems you can find in the wild, namely how to center a navigation bar which contains floated elements with undefined widths.

As we all know, centering this kind of stuff can be quite tricky sometimes. With this common example in mind, Roger made an awesome list with solutions you can apply in order to achieve horizontal centering.

CSS fit-content value and horizontal centering

CSS 3D folding list with social buttons

CSS 3D transforms are just awesome. I’ve seen before some cool and inspiring implementations in the wild and still I can’t believe I didn’t had the chance to write an article on this topic ‘til now.

So, what’s the idea for this article? Let’s say you own a blog, I was thinking about having a nice looking 3D folding list that contains the main social buttons and when people reach at the end of an article, the initial folded list would smoothly unfold. This could be helpful if you want to draw users’ attention, something like: “Hey, did you like my article? Connect with me!”.

CSS 3D folding list with social buttons

Things you may not have known about HTML & CSS

I’ve recently watched a good video presentation by Mathias from Fronteers 2012 which I found both interesting and inspirational. I already had in mind some similar things, so I ended up writing this article down. It’s about some random things and facts you may (not) have known about HTML & CSS.

Things you may not have known about HTML & CSS

Thank you

The New Year is coming and I have wrote this short post to thank you all sincerely for reading my articles. I think I should say it more often as well.

Thank you (2012)

Tips on Sublime Text 2 - your favorite code editor

Unless you’ve lived under a rock lately, I’m sure you’ve heard of Sublime Text 2 and most likely that’s your favorite code editor.

In the past I used some other code editors like Komodo Edit or Aptana Studio, but now I use Sublime Text 2 on a daily basis and I’m pretty happy with it. It’s lightweight, easy to use and has a modern UI look. But by far, the best feature is the ability to extend its functionality with plugins, a.k.a packages.

Sublime Text 2

CSS3 tucked corners

I had one of those moments this week when I remembered I saw a while ago a tucked corners effect made by Joshua Hibbert. That was cool. While thinking about it, one of my first thoughts was to try finding an alternative solution which can allow you use a pattern as a background for the containing block.

For this alternative CSS3 tucked corners effect, I used the beveled corners technique by Lea Verou, a technique you’ve seen implemented before for my CSS3 tabs with beveled corners.

CSS3 patterned buttons

Nowadays, using subtle patterns is kinda cool so I thought why not using them also on buttons? The idea was to create some nice CSS3 patterned buttons and in this article you’ll see what I’ve been working on lately.