Articles by Todd Dunham

A web and application developer, based in Chicago, IL. Founder of Dragon Fruit Development (www.dragonfruitdevelopment.com)
CSS

CSS3 Stitched Effect

When it comes to design the key is to do more with less. Too much makes a page look cluttered, too little makes it look like you are back in the 90s. Luckily web developers can do some amazing things with CSS3 that give a page, or content within a page, that extra "pop" needed to make things stand out and look great without making the site look busy and thrown together. The next time you need to call attention to something on a page, try this cool effect in CSS3 that makes it look like an element has been sewn onto the...
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Custom HTML, CSS and jQuery website template!

In this article we're going to design and implement a unique page layout. Our main logo and navigation bar will be locked and fixed onto the left side of the screen, and the larger right side of the screen will be scrollable and hold our main content. Before we start, check out the demo here. Ok, now that you've seen it, let's get started! Our first step will be to set up our sticky sidebar. Sidebar HTML ... Here's the HTML we'll use, place this right under your <body> tag: <div class="sidewrap">...
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CSS for Twitter-Like Hover Effects

Here's a cool CSS technique that we can use to give a hover effect to a group of divs, and then an additional effect to the element being hovered on! Twitter uses this effect with their sharing links on a tweet. When you hover over an individual tweet, the reply, retweet and favorite links appear, like this: But then when you place your cursor over one of the links, it becomes underlined, while the others remain revealed, but not underlined, like this: In this example we'll create the same effect. We'll use...
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CSS3 Generators to Speed up Your Design!

Some things can be extremely time consuming when it comes to the development process. It helps, especially when you are paid by the hour, to streamline as many processes as you can without sacrificing quality. That is where these CSS3 generators come in handy.  Below you will find a list of very useful generators that can speed up your development process! Each one of the generators that I have included in this list are tools that I've actually used in some of my projects so they are tried and true, not just...
CSS

CSS for a Multi-Colored Link ‘:hover’

This is a cool CSS effect to use with links. We can create a link that will change to two different colors when you hover over it. In order to achieve this effect, we use span tags in the links and our CSS will look like this: a.twocolors span.red { color: #000; text-decoration: none; } a.twocolors:hover span.red { color: #FF0000; text-decoration: none; } a.twocolors span.blue { color: #000; text-decoration: none; } a.twocolors:hover span.blue { color: #0000FF; text-decoration: none; } and then...

Check for Internet Connection in a UIWebView iPhone App

This is an important part of programming a UIWebView iPhone App, the App Store will turn down your app if you cannot check for internet connectivity! The code below checks for Internet connectivity (from Wi-Fi AND wireless network), and if there is no connection, we throw a UIAlertView notification with a button that closes the app: (note: we place this code in the viewController.m file) //No Internet Connection error code -(void)webView:(UIWebView *)myWebView didFailLoadWithError:(NSError...
PHP

Code Snippet to Find the Number of a Certain Value in an Array (PHP)

I recently developed an application that sent variables into a mathematic function. This function needed to have a numeric count of the exactly how many zeros there were in a certain array. For this snippet, we can use both numeric and text based arrays. I printed it using this code: Our two example arrays will be: $array_num = array(1, 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 6); $array_text = array(apple, apple, apple, orange, banana, banana); We then put this array into array_count_values() $count_array_num =...
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