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Nick Goodrum

Nick Goodrum

Nick has been pushing forward the "Front End" development world of Americaneagle.com for over 4 years. Owing to being a major enthusiast for best practices and modern techniques (accessibility, page load, UX, you name it…) he's more than happy to talk your ear off about it.

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Switching back to Vanilla…JS

Nick Goodrum July 17, 2015 Comments
Vanilla Java Script

Back in the days of the second browser wars, jQuery and other libraries emerged to try and conquer the emerging browsers into a cohesive and easy to use syntax. Around 9 years ago, the Javascript world was quite a buggy and an inconsistent place with Internet Explorer 6 and 7 in play. Firefox was starting to emerge, Netscape Navigator was still around, and Chrome didn’t exist yet. Having to write any decent Javascript that worked cross browser was a nightmare at times. Mootools, Prototype, and jQuery introduced easier cross browser DOM and CSS manipulation as well as convenient animation options. It’s no wonder developers across the globe grabbed these tightly with their calloused, worn out fingers. Many faces were saved from keyboard smashes and the web world hasn’t really let go since.

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Lost in the World of Pixels, Screens, and Viewports

Nick Goodrum June 11, 2015 Comments
Lost in the World of Pixels, Screens, and Viewports

With all of the devices available now, it may seem that developing and testing is a nightmare for your web project. The amount of screen sizes to think about is a lot more diverse than the older days of mostly 1024px monitors. But what complicates things further is that these devices have different pixel densities. There ends up being more vocabulary and marketing that complicate the subject.

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Accessibility In The World Wide Web

Nick Goodrum January 20, 2015 Comments
Accessibility In The World Wide Web

The web has grown a lot over the past 20+ years since it became available to the public. With this growth the visual experience for users has matured as well. Sometimes we forget how different sites used to be but taking a look at Space Jam always reminds me how much more complex sites have become.

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Click Navigation: A Thought Experiment

Nick Goodrum September 18, 2014 Comments
Click Navigation: A Thought Experiment

What approach for site navigation shows the most pros for the largest amount of users? There are many ways a user could interact with a web page, but let’s focus on the main two that you see online… hover and click.

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Page Load: Users Are Waiting

Nick Goodrum August 26, 2014 Comments
Page Load: Users Are Waiting

With smartphones at one’s fingertips and wireless access almost everywhere, users are wanting to use your site now. And there are aspects of your site that could very well be making them wait.

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