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Jamie Balfour'sArticles

Will Firefox keep losing market share?
25Oct2016 / Technology
Firefox's future looks grim. Can it ever regain market share loss and become Faithful Firefox again?
Will Firefox keep losing market share?
Strolling through the JavaScript API libraries
23Sep2016 / The Web
Once upon a time, JavaScript was a small subsection of web design and web development. Now it represents a large portion of it. In this article, I'm going to step into the world of JavaScript and look at some of the new APIs and features.
Strolling through the JavaScript API libraries
Design tips: fixed menus and fragment identifiers
11Sep2016 / The Web
Fixed menus (ones that float) are very popular, but they do have issues. Specifically I'm talking about fragment identifiers, since they do not include the offset of the fixed menu. In this article, I'm going to show you a nifty little trick with CSS that fixes this.
Design tips: fixed menus and fragment identifiers
The day after...
07May2016 / Life
The day after my final day in university. Exciting but sad. I'm looking back at the wonderful time I've had at Heriot-Watt University!
The importance of using prepared statements
18Apr2016 / The Web
Prepared statements are something that every SQL developer should know about and yet, I asked several and not one of them knew what they are. This article intends to explore these fantastic tools and explain their benefits.
The importance of using prepared statements
Using mod_rewrite
04Apr2016 / The Web
Apache mod_rewrite is something I didn't know a lot about until recently, but what I have known about for a long time is how useful a tool it is for SEO. In this article I look in to how mod_rewrite can be used to improve SEO.
Building a webpage with flexible sidebar(s)
05Mar2016 / The Web
Sometimes it's a pain building a webpage with a sidebar. It took me long enough to get my own sidebar the way it is. This article explores the ways in which this can be done and which solution offers the best approach.
Building a webpage with flexible sidebar(s)
What is wrong with Firefox?!
23Nov2015 / Technology
When I first used Firefox over 10 years ago I found that much needed alternative to Internet Explorer again; which I had been using since my Netscape browser was no longer being developed. It slowly became my favourite browser. But all of a sudden Firefox has suddenly become my least favourite browser. This article describes why.
What is wrong with Firefox?!
Should browsers keep a permanent copy of important libraries?
14Aug2015 / The Web
Browsers leverage caches, so why don't they just keep a copy of important libraries?
Should browsers keep a permanent copy of important libraries?
Why HDMI-CEC is one of the greatest inventions ever
24Jun2015 / Technology
HDMI-CEC is one of those hidden gems in the world of technology. This short article talks about how brilliant it is.
Why HDMI-CEC is one of the greatest inventions ever
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