March 30, 2013

Testing trackbacks

Posted by Tom Mollerus on March 30, 2013 7:48 AM

This is just to test trackbacks.

February 7, 2013

Ping listed on Forbes "Most Promising Companies"

Posted by Tom Mollerus on February 7, 2013 9:21 AM

I want to share a small point of pride today: I found out that Given we've had 50% growth for the last three years and are market leaders in our space, I think it's well warrented. Oh, and did I mention that we're looking for a web developer?

February 1, 2013

Hiring for Jr./Mid Web Developer

Posted by Tom Mollerus on February 1, 2013 10:40 AM

Ping Identity is growing for our web team again! We're looking to hire a junior- or mid-level web developer. Here's the job description:

"Ping Identity's web development team is looking for a junior to mid-level web developer to help make our website user experience the best that it can be. We need a rock star with front end skills such as HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript. This role is a great learning experience on a fun team in a fast-growing company. We work as a small but organized team in a relaxed atmosphere where you can make a difference on the company's performance. Candidates for this position will need to create new web functionality using the latest front-end technologies as well as maintain existing websites and applications. Last, this person should have a strong desire to learn and adapt to new technologies."

We're willing to hire in the Boston area or in the Denver area. If you're really good at front-end code, we want to hear from you.

Interested? Then go ahead and apply!

December 18, 2012

Speak out for better gun control

Posted by Tom Mollerus on December 18, 2012 8:11 PM

The time has come for the American public and their elected legislators to break out of their silence regarding gun control. The recent tragedy in Newtown, CT, has made it clear that our Constitutional right to own and bear arms, semi-automatic weapons in particular, is no longer worth the damage that the desperate and unbalanced wreak with them. Sure: guns don't kill people, people kill people. But guns make it a heck of a lot easier. I urge everyone to speak out for better gun control.

November 8, 2012

Interfaces lie

Posted by Tom Mollerus on November 8, 2012 10:58 AM

"Interfaces lie all the time"
-- Aaron Gustafson at UI17, on how visual UI components often aren't coded with the right semantic tags. Examples include what look like form buttons being coded with <a> or <div> tags, which thow off JavaScript-disabled clients and screen readers.

November 6, 2012

Physical width units are needed in CSS

Posted by Tom Mollerus on November 6, 2012 7:55 AM

I just read a post by PPK saying that he's given up wishing that CSS supported the cm measurement in real-world centimeters instead of pixels. He thinks that such fixed-size elements would prove unwieldy in layouts and would be costly for processors and batteries to compute compared to items whose native resolution was in pixels.

Is this really true? I'm interested in hearing the opinion of an engineer from one of the browser teams. Who's to say that any device can't have a precomputed value for the pixel-to-centimeter ratio? It should be easy and quick to compute. Perhaps it would be even faster for a browser to render it than more fluid elements.

But I think that being able to perform media queries on screen sizes would be extremely useful. I just sat through Luke Wrobleski's talk in the first day of UI17 conference, discussing that instead of discrete classes of screen sizes, there's really a continuum of screens, all the way from 3 inches to 30 inches wide. So... where to set your breakpoints? You can't depend on screen resolution, since some smartphones have more pixels and a higher resolution than most desktops. Being able to measure the real screen width as well as pixel width in a media query would be a real help in setting breakpoints.