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May 18 2011


The Best of Paul Irish in 2011

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Paul Irish, who works for the Chrome Developer Relations team, is one of the most outspoken and respected front-end developers in our industry. Even better, he has the heart of a teacher, and frequently speaks at conferences, and records screencasts on various web development techniques. Here’s the best of his offerings so far in 2011.

1 – Paul Irish on HTML5 Boilerplate

HTML5 Boilerplate is a “rock-solid default for HTML5 awesome.” In this video, Paul Irish, the man behind the project will show you how you can use HTML5 Boilerplate to get your projects up and running quickly while keeping best practices covered.”

2 – HTML5, CSS3, and Dom Performance

“Paul Irish, from the Chrome Developer Relations team, walks through smart techniques to improve the performance of your app. He describes CSS reflows and how to avoid them, hardware accelerated CSS, animation optimization, web workers, benchmarking and build scripts.”

3 – Chrome Dev Tools Reloaded

“You’re an experienced web developer but new to Chrome Dev Tools’ nuances? Get up to speed on all the newest features of a web app developer’s best friend. Update CSS styles on the fly, get a diff or save changes to disk. Set breakpoints on everything imaginable and dig into the networking stack to uncover performance gains.”

4 – Chrome Developer Tools: 12 Tricks to Develop Quicker

“In this video, Paul Irish, a Chrome developer advocate, presents 12 tips and tricks on how to use Chrome’s developer tools. Learn more…

5 – Quick Color Manipulation

“You can edit the color representation of any CSS color on the fly (from hex to RGB(a) to HSL(a)) and also always view colors in HSL, for example. This lets you manipulate colors easily for finding hover colors or other tweaks live.”

6 – The Build Script of HTML5 Boilerplate: An Introduction

In this video, Paul works his way through the process of using HTML5 Boilerplate’s build script to automatically compress, optimize, and concatenate your files.

7 – 11 More Things I Learned from the jQuery Source


As a follow-up to his popular presentation from the jQuery conference, Paul continues with eleven more interesting notes and facts on jQuery.

Vote on What’s Next!

You decide what he records next.

Paul has generously agreed to record a custom screencast exclusively for Nettuts+. Even better, you guys get to decide what the subject will be! JavaScript? jQuery? HTML5? Chrome? Let us know in the comments. Then, in the next several days, Paul will look over the comments and choose which screencast to record!

So get going! Leave a comment, and let us know what you want Paul to teach you next.

August 12 2010


The HTML5 Boilerplate

The talented Paul Irish and Divya Manian, just yesterday, released what they call the “HTML5 Boilerplate.” The product of years of experience, this is easily the most comprehensive starting template for every new project that I’ve ever seen.

HTML5 Boilerplate

According to Paul, himself:

Why it is Awesome?

  • Cross-browser compatible (IE6, yeah we got that.)
  • HTML5 ready. Use the new tags with certainty.
  • Optimal caching and compression rules for grade-A performance
  • Best practice site configuration defaults
  • Mobile browser optimizations
  • Progressive enhancement graceful degradation … yeah yeah we got that
  • IE specific classes for maximum cross-browser control
  • Handy .no-js and .js classes to style based on capability
  • Want to write unit tests but lazy? A full, hooked up test suite is waiting for you.

Why it is Awesome-er?

  • Javascript profiling…in IE6 and IE7? Sure, no problem.
  • Console.log nerfing so you won’t break anyone by mistake.
  • Never go wrong with your doctype or markup!
  • An optimal print stylesheet, performance optimized
  • iOS, Android, Opera Mobile-adaptable markup and CSS skeleton.
  • IE6 pngfix baked in.
  • .clearfix, .visuallyhidden classes to style things wisely and accessibly.
  • .htaccess file that allows proper use of HTML5 features and faster page load
  • CDN hosted jQuery with local fallback failsafe.
  • Think there’s too much? The HTML5 Boilerplate is delete-key friendly. :)

The HTML5 Boilerplate can be downloaded here.

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