Jay Blanchard, LLC

Website & Web Application Development & Design

Secuity Fail: Passwords Limitations Are So 1996

April 2015

Admit it. As a developer we have done more to contribute to the failure of our customer's and user's online security because we are too stubborn or lazy to handle passwords properly. Just look at some of the fruit of our labor:

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Demystifying PHP's Data Objects (PDO)

April 2015

If you have been lurking around the PHP tag on StackOverflow or hanging out on the PHP-General mailing list you have no doubt seen the following, probably more than once:

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The Basics of jQuery AJAX

April 2015

AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript And XML) is a great tool but there is so much confusion about how to use it. In this tutorial I'll cover how to use jQuery's AJAX functionality in its most basic form. This basic form will get most developers through 90% of any project requirement. In later tutorials I'll cover advanced jQuery AJAX techniques.

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Changes are coming!

Given my wide array of interests and hobbies combined with a desire to write more I have decided to expand a little and start writing about those subjects.

Perhaps once in a while I'll throw in just some life observations or explain my #HigginsForADay extremely miniature campaign on Twitter. (You're not following me on Twitter? You've got nothing to lose unless you're near your limit on folks you can follow.) Maybe the next I'll go extremely detailed on setting up a Phone Gap application that will use BlueTooth to communicate with an Arduino device that is on-board of a 1/350th model of the Enterprise A that will be hanging in my office. You might see woodworking projects, disc golf outings, plastic model builds or whatever I'm thinking about at the moment.

I hope the articles/posts (coming soon to a blank space on the right side of the page) will be interesting and sometimes even informative. I look forward to seeing your here.

jQuery & jQuery UI Visual Quickstart Guide

jQuery is a popular JavaScript library that simplifies event handling, animating, and Ajax interactions for rapid web development. Even casual web designers, who create web pages for fun, want to add the latest cool effects to their sites, and jQuery--the fast, flexible JavaScript library--is a tool of choice. From visual effects, special controls, and Ajax made easy, the jQuery Visual QuickStart Guide will teach readers how to make the most of jQuery using the task-based, step-by-step, visual format they love. It's crammed with examples.

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jQuery & jQuery VQS - Code Download

Here is the code download for the new jQuery & jQuery Visual Quickstart Guide. If you have any issues, drop me a line and we'll get it sorted out! Thanks!

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jQuery Mobile: Develop & Design

contributing author, technical editor

Covering the latest version of the jQuery Mobile Framework, jQuery Mobile: Develop and Design teaches readers step-by-step how to get started, how to write code, and ultimately how to create mobile websites using the jQuery Mobile framework. The book is hands-on, with code examples (with corresponding on-line demos) and activities throughout.

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Applied jQuery

My first book, Applied jQuery, teaches readers how to quickly start creating interactive widgets. The beautifully designed book offers practical techniques and provides lots of real-world advice and guidance on using jQuery in your web sites and web applications. It is a must read for beginning web developers!

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Check out these articles on other web sites:

Top 10 jQuery Tips for Novices (PeachPit)
Manipulating DOM Elements in jQuery - excerpt from jQuery & jQuery UI Visual Quickstart Guide
Getting the Most out of jQuery Selectors (NetMag - Creative Bloq)
A jQuery Reading List (PeachPit)
Tripping the DOM Fantastic with jQuery (NetMag - Creative Bloq)
AJAX-like File Uploads with jQuery (PeachPit)
Being Effective with AJAX - excerpt from Applied jQuery
Using MySQL & PHP to Present Excel Spreadsheets (Evolt)

I'm quoted in the following articles on jQuery:

jQuery Team Responds to Library's Ubiquity