Today I spent most of the day coworking and collaborating with a couple friends from Hack for LA, the Los Angeles chapter of Code for America. They’re all about creating collaborations between technologists and local governments to solve community issues, increase civic engagement, and all that good stuff! I’ve been contributing to an open-source project called Food Oasis LA, a mobile-friendly website for collecting and mapping the best places to find affordable or free healthy food in Los Angeles – everything from farmers markets to food pantries to community gardens.
Today’s highlight: We pushed a new feature to the live site: a form to let anyone suggest new healthy food locations, using GitHub’s API to create pull requests!
Today I Learned
<form>element adds some nice features for accessibility, like jumping from one form field to the next by pressing a button on mobile devices!
event.preventDefault()to stop the page from refreshing (if you’re using an AJAX call instead, for example). Here’s an example CodePen to demonstrate: https://codepen.io/anon/pen/jmgQgm
if (typeof googlemaps === object), as in this example on StackOverflow – it only works if the library is adding something as a global variable, of course.
I finally tried out interactive rebasing in Git to squash commits, which I first learned about earlier this year from Dirk Janssen’s “Git Squash” talk at Pivotal Labs for our Learn Teach Code show-and-tell meetup that I organized for our group’s 2-year anniversary. It all comes full circle! I had fun introducing that technique to my friends and getting a bit lost together – we had to relearn how to edit the commit messages in Vim, and honestly, I might have never had the guts to try it if I was by myself. (Funny how the tiniest things can be intimidating if they involve Vim, haha.) But it worked like a charm!
Miscellaneous Cool Stuff
- Add SSL to your site for free - This was on my to-do list for a while, and I just found a blog post that looks like a good overview of the current free options!
- Josh Branchaud’s “Today I Learned” project and a Jekyll-based Today I Learned collection by Chuck Grimmett - Inspiration for my own daily learning notes and how to organize them on my Jekyll blog.
- “Biisuke Ball’s Big Adventure” - Video clip from a Japanese kids’ show that combines a narrative with a very cool Rube Goldberg machine (something I had never seen before)!
- Learn Git Branching - Remembered about this nice interactive tutorial that I’ve been meaning to try out again.