A quick and simple image placeholder service

Have you ever needed to insert an image placeholder into a web page? Well look no further. placehold.it is an easy to use service that can provide you with placeholder images. You can specify the image dimensions, background color, image format, text and text color:

An image placeholder service

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UPDATE: Here’s a list from tuts+ of the top 8 image placeholder services for web designers

Parallels Version 11 – Important changes that you should be aware of

Prior to Parallels Version 11 you were able to use the Parallels software on any of the Macs you owned and used for non-commercial work. With Version 11 you are no longer allowed to do this. So you need to purchase a license key for each and every Mac.

VMWare Fusion has a completely different policy that states the following:

Can I use a single license on more than one Mac?

VMware Fusion for personal use:
You may install and use VMware Fusion for personal, non-commercial use on any Apple-branded products running Mac OS X (“Mac Computer”) that you own or control.

– See more at: https://www.vmware.com/support/fusion/faq/licensing.html#sthash.Y452Lrq1.dpuf

I’m going to ask Parallels for a refund and make the move to VMWare Fusion. Don’t get me started on Parallels annoying pop-up dialogs.

I will gladly pay you Tuesday for _____ today

How not to design a product

A Complete Guide to Flexbox

The Flexbox Layout (Flexible Box) module (currently a W3C Last Call Working Draft) aims at providing a more efficient way to lay out, align and distribute space among items in a container, even when their size is unknown and/or dynamic (thus the word “flex”).

The main idea behind the flex layout is to give the container the ability to alter its items’ width/height (and order) to best fill the available space (mostly to accommodate to all kind of display devices and screen sizes). A flex container expands items to fill available free space, or shrinks them to prevent overflow.

Most importantly, the flexbox layout is direction-agnostic as opposed to the regular layouts (block which is vertically-based and inline which is horizontally-based). While those work well for pages, they lack flexibility (no pun intended) to support large or complex applications (especially when it comes to orientation changing, resizing, stretching, shrinking, etc.).

CSS Tricks – A Complete Guide to Flexbox >

F*ck You, Pay Me

Today in my Business Web Practices class, I had the pleasure of sharing this video with the class. If you are a creative, a programmer or involved in any type of business you must watch Mike Monteiro’s talk:


The truth hurts

Let’s talk about
whether you should leave or stay on the island.

Salesforce Developer Keynote

Worth a watch:

My Fall 2015 Schedule at Clark College

Here is my class schedule for the fall 2015 quarter:

Monday – API & Advanced Integration (CTEC 228) 6:30-8:50PM, room SHL 124

Tuesday/Thursday – Intro to Programming and Problem Solving (CTEC 121) 10:30AM-12:50PM, room SHL 125
Tuesday/Thursday – Business Web Practices (CTEC 165) 4:00-5:50pm, room SHL 125 (Tueday) / Foster Auditorium (Thursday)

Check the Clark College website to see when you can register.

A Different Kind of Final [Exam]

Computer Technology students get real-world experience by presenting to industry experts

On Thursday, June 11, students in Clark College instructor Bruce Elgort’s PHP and SQL programming class (CTEC 227) will face an audience. While that might be standard for a class in the performance arts, it’s less expected in a computer science course focused on complex web and application development questions. However, Elgort believes it is exactly the type of thing that will set them apart as they look for jobs.

“The most important thing is that these students are showing what they learned in solving the technical problems in front of them, but it is also important that they learn how to explain their approach and interact with clients and customers,” Elgort said.

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