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Jamie Balfour'sArticles

Giving more power to the browser (and JavaScript)
17Oct2018 / The Web
We are always giving more to JavaScript, but is this a good thing? In this article I'm exploring some very basic reasons why security has improved in our browsers and why JavaScript is no longer the threat it used to be.
What a URL tells the world and how to make effective URLs
15Sep2018 / The Web
URLs are one of the best methods for describing content before it is visited and therefore the way they are written is important.
CSS: custom shapes
29Jul2018 / The Web
In this article I am demonstrating a few new features coming soon to a browser near you.
The most difficult decision I've ever made
03Oct2017 / Life
Life can be tough. Life after a serious illness can be even tougher. Stress has always been a major factor that I have had to deal with, so when I went out looking for a job I needed it to be a stressless as possible. I found a job I enjoyed and hoped it would be stress free. This was the most difficult decision I've ever made, and I've finally made up my mind.
Working life after cancer
30Aug2017 / Life
I've never really opened up about life after cancer, so here it goes.
The biggest hog in ZPE
11May2017 / Technology
ZPE has been gradually getting faster and faster due to more optimisations at compile time, however, this month I began to really delve into the deep end and found some new ways that ZPE can be optimised. In this post I will discuss exactly what I'm going to do in order to do this.
Why CSS really needs variables
17Jan2017 / The Web
CSS discourages repetition by nature, that much is obvious. One stylesheet does all the styling. But it's biggest problem is that it can often be quite a large file that needs to be downloaded with HTML. There are ways of shrinking it but none are quite as effective as using variables.
Why CSS really needs variables
Thoughts on my PhD
07Dec2016 / Life
I was accepted for my PhD in June of 2016 and at that point I was full of joy to be taking on something like this. You see, I'd always wanted to get a PhD and become Dr Balfour, only I didn't realise just how big a job it was. In this post I am going to explain why I've decided that this is not for me after all.
Apple MacBook Pro 2011 running slow - the fix
03Dec2016 / Technology
A while after I sold my perfectly running MacBook Pro 2011 13" to my brother in 2014 it began to run slow. In early 2016 he was so infuriated by the sluggish performance that he was going to be selling it as a spares. In this article I discuss the issue and the fix.
Web Design tips #1
12Nov2016 / The Web
This is my first article in which I am giving away some web design tricks and tips. This article is covering vertically aligning in the centre, leaving boundaries and styling radio buttons and checkboxes.
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