NCDevCon 2012 Preview

I am busy preparing for two session at NCDevCon this September. This conference is one of my favorites, not only because it’s right in my home town of Raleigh, NC, but also because it is run very smoothly and just fits my hacker mentality.  Oh, and it is the place that spawned CodeBass Radio, which my friend Ben Farrell and I do a show on.

This year I am doing two sessions.  One session is “CSS Bonanza,” which is a favorite topic of mine and I hardly get to present on it anymore. I will cover all the basics, as well as the latest and greatest in CSS3 and we will do things with CSS that was never intended. Why not, it’s the fun of it.

The other session is a two hour hands on session for “Building HTML5/CSS3/JavaScript Applications.”  The HTML5 session will be a fun hands on that will give people a chance to experiment and learn as well. Work with local storage, animations, geolocation, media, new form elements, and a JavaScript framework to be named later. I promise it wont be a todo list app.

I would be interested in hearing from all of you as to what specifics you would be interested in hearing about in either of the presentations.  So feel free to reply and let me know.

I will be posting more as we get closer to the conference to let you know what the requirements for the hands on will be.  But for right now an IDE (of your choice), Chrome and a web server should do.

CSS3 Artwork – Sweet Water Logo

From time to time I try to do a few CSS Katas to keep the skills sharp.  I use a simple text editor and pick some logo, or idea, to illustrate only using CSS.  I stay away from all images and try and do what I can.

For time sake I also limit my artwork to only focus on the Chrome browser. However it will work in the most recent WebKit and FireFox browsers.  I try to do this as quickly as possible, as that is the point of the Kata.

This is my latest artwork, it is a rendition of the logo found on the band Sweet Water’s Superfriends album released in 1995.  I always enjoyed the album but I also wanted to do it as a dedication to all of the people who are involved with CodeBass Radio. CBR is an awesome crew and worth checking out at

So here it is! - Check it out but remember it only works in CHROME (actually WebKit)!

Peace to all those slugging it out in the world of CSS!  Comments and CSS Artwork sharing and requests/challenges welcomed.