The end of an era…

For anyone that follows me on Twitter, or has any interest in the design/development area has probably heard of a pretty swell site called Forrst.

For those of you that don’t know, I loved Forrst. The direction that it was heading was brilliant, the users on it were equally great, and the feedback that I got & provided really sparked some thoughts over what you were doing etc.

Overall, the community helped me get to know some awesome people. People that I have had the pleasure of working with in the past, in the present - and as of earlier today, in the future (I hope).

One thing that was key in Forrst’s success, I think was that it was a simple, invite only community. The people wanting to get in had to have some skills, and some demonstration of them to show these skills off.

For the intuitive amongst you, you’ll probably realise that a lot of this post up till now has been in the past tense. Yes, unfortunately, Forrst is no longer what it used to be, and I feel that now it has tipped over the edge.

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Tag vs Element

An element is not a tag, and a tag is not an element. 

The Difference?

In most cases, an element is made up by an opening, and closing tag. For example, below we have a div tag:


Below, we have a fully created div element:


Now, that’s pretty straightforward, but as I’m guessing you’re thinking - there are some things which have no closing tag such as break, image or horizontal rule. 

In the times of XHTML (which is still kicking around), these would self close, by placing a forward slash before the last right angle bracket.

These would still be referred to as elements instead of tags

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Flickr API & JavaScript

Leading on from my earlier post about how to use jQuery and the Twitter API, below is a brief tutorial about how to pull in some images which match a certain search term, and how to display them on the page. Nothing complex, mostly simple code to introduce the basics of the API.

For all of this, you will require a Flickr API Key & also a secret key - which you can get by registering with the API.

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Just a little something that myself & Dan Eden are working on, it will be more than just a mobile friendly portal, it’ll feature many API projects, examples and techniques. 

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Display Twitter Followers & Stats

I’ll be leading you through how to do this using jQuery and a small section of the Twitter API.

So, you are an avid user of Twitter like me, and you want to display all of these awesome stats on your website for the world to be jealous of.

You could of course use one of the many widgets that there are out there available to use, however, they don’t offer a large amount of customisation.

The Prelude

We’re going to be using jQuery - so that means we’ll need to include the awesome library. Aside from that we’ll be querying the users/show section of the Twitter API.

We’ll then be simply assigning the sections that we want to the various ID-ed elements on the HTML page.

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So you want to learn to code?

Many people post on Forrst stating that they want to learn a language, and I’m beginning to tire of seeing the repetitiveness of the posts, and the repetition of the answers. So, here is how I have learnt to code.

If you have learnt to code in another way, please post it as a comment. I will then link to it from the main post so that in future cases when people are wondering how to learn to code, this can be used as a reference point that will help anyone and everyone choose the best way that suits them. Also, at the bottom, there will be a list of links that I find are more useful that others, and some that should be taken with a pinch of salt. I am happy to add extras etc… 

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