Who am I?
A consummate gamer, a lover of technology, one of the hardest working people in any industry, and someone you want on your team.
I am also the creator of Atomic Illumination.
No creator is an island
While I may have designed the layout, written the scripts, and created 99% of the content for this website it would have been all for naught without the help of others.
So I would like to give thanks to everyone and everything that helped me to get this website off the ground:
- Brian Spicer for feedback, beta testing, and amazing grammar and spelling corrections.
- Reed Knetzger for feedback and excellent technical bug finds.
- Chris Harding, Darryl Shack, and Jennifer Nakamoto for feedback and beta testing.
- Jeff Holbrook for loaning me a PlayStation VITA so I could take screen shots of UNIT 13.
- CJ Heine for providing me with an image I was missing from UNIT 13.
Google for providing free fonts and for keeping YouTube video hosting free.
(This site uses the Open Sans font from Google, which was created by Steve Matteson.)
Mark Myers for writing
A Smarter Way to Learn jQuery.
This book and its exercises really taught me jQuery. You should buy it!
David Sawyer McFarland for
CSS 3 the missing manual.
This book definitely helped get me going with CSS. He also gives a very important piece of advice for web design: Mockup your pages in an art program or on paper first!
I like the style of this book, but I just didn't understand jQuery even after reading it twice. It is a great reference once you have gone through A Smarter Way to Learn jQuery and has some good example code. I borrowed the tab selection code and a few elements of the modal window code from this book.
- This website for giving me a good visual example of media queries.
- elstcb's code on this site for teaching me how to measure without scrollbars.
These sites gave me some good ideas when I removed YouTube embeds, but of course, I had to do it my way!
- Nick Craver's answer to the question on this Stack Overflow page helped me finally get rid of the horrible YouTube "white flash".
- This site has a great discussion on fonts and sizing.
- I got a pretty good best case mobile device detector from this site.
- Paulie D's advice on transistions from a post on CSS Tricks.
- kapa's answer to this Stack Overflow page was great as I hadn't done a lot of form based HTML and needed to know why my buttons were not working.