Make Smarter - CSS, Firebug, Agile, and Database Manga
This month’s Make Smarter homes in on some CSS and Firebug goodies for the web deveopers out there, as well as a couple of resources on Agile project management.
In the CSS department, I recently stumbled across the CSS Tricks blog by Chris Coyler, and I’m really glad I did. I can’t say enough about the screencasts he’s put out. I’ve only watched a few videos so far, but I’ve been creating CSS heavy sites for quite a while*, and I keep having to pause and rewind his screencasts to write stuff down. He uses jQuery quite a bit, which is another feather in my book. In particular, check out his great screencast on Using CSS3. If you do web development at all, I highly recommend giving this blog and podcasts a look (it’s in the Miro guide if you use it).
If you either manage projects or have a project manager worth the title, you know about Agile. While Agile software development is getting a bit of a “culty” feel about it, it’s still probably the best development methodolgy for many projects, particularly for GIS projects where exact requirements/design are rarely knowable in advance. For a good, objective intro to Agile, check out this slide show by Naresh Jain:
When you’re done with that, take a gander at this great talk by Rachel Davies called Agile Mashups, talking about how to get the most of agile methods like Scrum and XP.
Finally, on Slashdot I ran across this: The Manga Guide to Databases. How cool is that! If it weren’t for the fact that I really wish I knew less about relational and non-relational databases, I’d be all over it.
*Never confuse longevity with quality.