I Made This: Color Extractor

Preview of Color Extractor Check this out if you're bored or love color porn: cx.jonhartmann.com. It runs fully in your client, extracting color palettes from the image using the Canvas. The palette is selected based on color density and an amazing color bucketing system that I'd love to claim as my own.


Writing jQuery Widgets

This blog is far too quiet. I'm still doing coding. Lots of it in fact, but I'm also doing presentations to the other developers on a regular basis about new topics and tests, so I'm not generating lots of documents for external consumption. Except for this presentation.

This is pretty much a reskinning of info from the jQuery website; The Home Depot isn't actively using Widgets so its not going to be of use internally for a while.

Hit "Download" below to download a PPTX presentation covering the basics of jQuery Widget development.


StarupBus Alumni Team: SkillMeUp

For those of you that don't know, I'm participating in StartupBus this week, in the Alumni competition. My team, SkillMeUp has finished pitching for the semi-semi-finals at the amazing Rackspace facility in San Antonio, and we're feeling confident that we're going to go big over the next few days.

I know that we wouldn't have done as well without the additional developer resources provided by Elance; they were able to keep up the pace while we slept and brought skills to the team to which wouldn't have otherwise had access. SkillMeUp shows you the next step in pursuing the career of your dreams and helps you get there, and so I also want to thank Tecnologico De Monterrey for helping us bridge the gap as we establish partnerships with companies that provide training to those who are pursuing their career goals.

Also a shout out to my team: Will Mitchell and Kyle Eschenroeder, Kevin Stotz, and Romiro Fidalgo who came all the way from Mexico. We're going to rock this, and make bank.

And no, none of them paid me to say this... our sponsers and my team mates really are that cool.


Google's new Research Bar is nifty

I have to say, the research sidebar is very useful; Google is really trying to give Docs some powerful differentiators, and I'd say this is one.


Really enjoying this song today

Really enjoying this song today... only found these guys on Pandora recently and really dig it.


Lost an hour of work time today due to #ATT

Lost an hour of work time today due to #ATT; some websites would load fine, others failed during routing after hitting their servers and by the time I'd gotten through to support they'd already resolved the issue. What do I, as the customer, get for my time and frustration? I think you know the answer...


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Jon Hartmann, July 2011

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