Dan Wellman
Dan Wellman is an author and front-end engineer. By day he wrangles JavaScript for Skype in London, and by night he writes books and tutorials about web-development, and produces screencast courses for Tuts+ Premium. Prior to this, Dan spent six years working as a front-end developer for two small digital agencies in his home town of Southampton, where he honed his skills from developer hobbyist to respected professional. For over ten years Dan has written for numerous websites such as Dev Shed, DMX Zone, Developer Drive, and of course Nettuts, and also several magazines including; PSD Magazine and .Net. He has so far had 7 books published. Somewhere between commuting, coding and writing, Dan is also a grateful husband and the proud father of four wonderful children. Occasionally he enjoys playing tennis badly, amateur boxing, riding mountain bikes around forests, or just spending time with family and friends. He also loves strong coffee, single-malt whisky, and having a moan on Twitter.
Latest Posts
  • Code
    Web Development
    Coding your First jQuery UI Plugin200x200
    jQuery contains the fn.extend() method, which makes authoring jQuery plugins quite easy, allowing us to write code that is used in exactly the same way as other jQuery methods. jQuery UI also contains structures that make authoring custom jQuery UI plugins easy. So that's what we'll be looking at over the course of this tutorial. The methods used differ from that of standard jQuery plugins, and there are stricter conventions that should be followed, which is why I feel the topic is deserving of an article. Read More…
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    Web Development
    What's Changed in jQuery UI 1.8 - Plus Free Books!200x200
    jQuery UI 1.8 is currently at the release candidate stage and, barring the discovery of a major bug or flaw, will shortly become the current stable release of jQuery's official UI library. So what has changed since the last current stable release of 1.7.2? One of the major differences of course is that the library now runs on the latest release of jQuery itself - version 1.4.1, but there have been many other changes including the addition of some great new components, which we'll look at over the course of this article.Read More…
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    Web Development
    A Bullet-Proof Content Viewer200x200
    In this tutorial, we're going to look at how we can easily create an attractive and space-saving content viewer which even works with JavaScript disabled. We'll build a solid core of semantic HTML, styled with some basic CSS and we'll then use jQuery to add further enhancements in the form of transition animations.Read More…
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    PHP
    7AMP - Creating a Development Environment7amp
    Running a local development web server is one of the best ways of learning AJAX; reading up on it is one thing, but being able to pass the raw data back and forth between a browser and a server is really the only way to truly understand what is happening at a fundamental level. To create the dynamic and interactive apps and sites that we've come to know and love, you need a development server. On Windows systems we really have only a few decent options available; we can use Microsoft's Internet Information Services (IIS), which is usually bundled with Ultimate or Business versions of Windows, or we can use Apache, the extremely popular open-source alternative. Remember when Microsoft enjoyed a 90% market share of the browser market? Apache is the MS of the web server world and at some points in its illustrious history has enjoyed almost total domination in its respective field.Read More…
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    Web Development
    Drag to ShareRover
    We’ve all seen the brilliant functionality on Mashable where news stories and interesting articles can be shared to social networking sites; the functionality is driven by the images accompanying the articles; you click and hold on an image and can then drag it into a toolbar to share it. It’s brilliant and intuitive, and in this article I’m going to show you how we can replicate this behavior with jQuery and jQuery UI. Read More…
  • Code
    Web Roundups
    5 Lesser Known JavaScript Libraries that Make Web Design Easier200x200
    In this round-up we'll be looking at 5 JavaScript libraries that can really ease the development of modern, attractive web sites. The libraries that we'll be looking at aren't libraries in the same sense as something like jQuery or the YUI; they're much smaller and much more specialized. But they're the best at what they do and provide unique functionality.Read More…
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    Web Development
    How to Create a Simple News Ticker200x200
    In this tutorial we’ll be looking at how we can transform some semantic and accessible underlying HTML into an attractive and functional news ticker that smoothly scrolls its contents. Some news tickers are horizontal and some are vertical; the one that we’re going to create today will be vertical. Read More…
  • Code
    JavaScript
    How to Create a jQuery Code-Snippet BoxCode
    In this tutorial we're going to be creating a code-snippet box that displays example code on web pages in an attractively formatted and easy to read way, much like what you see here on Nettuts. Code-snippet preview boxes like this are often made as Wordpress plugins, but we'll see how we can do the same thing with just a little jQuery and CSS.Read More…
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    Web Development
    Making a Content Slider with jQuery UI200x200
    In this tutorial we’re going to be using the jQuery UI slider widget to create an attractive and functional content slider. We’ll have a container, which has a series of elements each containing different blocks of content. There will be too many of these elements to display at once, so we can use the slider to move the different content blocks in and out of view. Read More…
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    Web Development
    Building a jQuery Image Scroller200x200
    In this tutorial, we're going to be building an image scroller, making use of jQuery's excellent animation features and generally having some fun with code. Image scrollers are of course nothing new; versions of them come out all the time. Many of them however are user-initiated; meaning that in order for the currently displayed content to change, the visitor must click a button or perform some other action. This scroller will be different in that it will be completely autonomous and will begin scrolling once the page loads. Read More…
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    PHP
    Create a Progress Bar With Javascript200x200
    The Progress Bar is one of the latest components to be added to the excellent library of UI widgets and interaction helpers built on top of jQuery. It was introduced in the latest version of the library, which at the time of writing is 1.7. Read More…
  • Code
    PHP
    Asynchronous Search With PHP and jQueryCode
    In this tutorial we’re going to be creating a widget for our web pages which allows visitors to search the contents of our site. We’ll be using jQuery to pass the search term to the back-end, and to receive and display the results. We’ll be using PHP to search for the term in a local site and then return any matching URLs back to the page as a JSON object. Part 2 shows how to search a database of a content management system (CMS).Read More…