Or to ride an old title trend: Reports of my death have been grossly understated. I’m sure you’ve been wondering whether I’ve decided to call it quits with this whole blogging thing, and I assure you that I have not.
Of course, if you’ve ever dropped by the IRC channels or if you’re following me on Twitter, you will know that this isn’t the case. And because I’ve been a really busy boy these past few months, I’ve decided to post a short update just so you know.
First off, I’ve handed my last client project last September and I must say I’m really happy that it’s finally done. It was one of the biggest projects I’ve implemented as a freelancer, and I’m quite happy at how it all turned out. Supporting it is another matter though, which is why I asked the help of one of my friends to do tech support for me.
Another big thing is that I’m hanging my freelancer-cap for a few years to join a team of great developers to work on an exciting new social-communications product. My official job-title is “FrontEnd Engineer” (I use it quite loosely though), and I’m really excited about this new job because of two reasons: it’s my first major gig as a part of a company rather than a freelancer, and it involves me writing purely MooTools-based code! Win-Win!
This new job is also the reason why I’ve been so busy for the past two-months. We’re really cranking up all gears to get our product working, so my time to blog is dramatically lessened. The good news though is that I’ve learned quite a number of really nifty things as I worked on this new project—all of which I will be sharing in the next few weeks.
Moo Herd News
Now, I guess what you’re really after is the “Up The Moo Herd” series, and let me tell you that you don’t have to worry because the new articles are done. Part four of the series, which deals more with Classes, will be posted by Tuesday and the next part on utility methods will arrive the Tuesday after next.
One big change is that I’ve decided to not include the article related to Fx and its subclasses. Fx is a really straightforward class and there’s really nothing else I can write about Fx without going overly off-topic and somewhat academic about the whole thing. Maybe I’ll decide to write it in the future, but for now, consider “Fx and Other Fantastic Beasts” to be out of the Moo Herd series.
In place of that, I’m adding a new post to the series called “Adventures of DOM,” which includes several tips and tricks that are DOM related. It’s a broad topic and I might have to split it into several articles, but this is a subject which I think is really needed. I find a lot of people asking more and more about topics like pseudoselectors and custom DOM events, which is quite well-known to most devs, but slightly unaddressed in many places.
Another great news is that the articles from the Up The Moo Herd series have been included in the new MooTools Search site. Kudos to Darren Waddell who worked on this new search functionality and a thousand thanks too for including the articles in the search database.
So there, in case you were wondering if I’m dead or something. Take this post both as an update and an apology of sorts for being too busy.