Baby steps: starting with jQuery - part 1

I'm not exactly a stranger to JavaScript but I haven't used it much lately. Mostly, that's because my main use has always been writing (Windows) system utilities and application scripting (often in combination), and I with my current focus totally on the web just don't do that any more. But now I suddenly have a job for it, and (current best practice) it should of course be done totally unobtrusively, by merely linking to some JavaScript files from the head element, and no further changes to any of the existing HTML: the body stays untouched. Just the thing for jQuery, in other words. Time to dust off my jQuery bookmarks, find some examples, and get my hands dirty. …

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Nerd-on-a-stick to the rescue!

“Nerd-on-a-stick”

My "Nerd-on-a-stick" is a little project I'm working on on and off: the goal is to have a (fairly) complete set of portable software on a USB stick, for Windows as well as OS X, so I'll always have a decent "development platform" with me. And (if at all possible) all OSS or at the very least freeware. That not only includes things like a decent programmer's editor, source control clients, a bunch of browsers, IRC and IM clients, a web server and the like, but also email and a complete office application. The latter obviously must be OpenOffice.org (OO.o), for which there is a portable version for both Windows and the Mac (though the latter uses a rather old version of the code). It's nowhere near finished yet, but I had my whole presentation done with (Windows) Impress, all on my neat little white nerd-on-a-stick, dangling around my neck. It saved the day when I had to do that presentation in a building where not a single projector would work with a MacBook...

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