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Dan Benjamin is a business strategist, programmer, writer, and UI designer. He publishes his articles on his blog, danbenjamin.com. He is the CTO of Rails Machine, and the co-creator of Cork’d (acquired by WLTV). Dan built the publishing system used here at A List Apart.

Entries by Dan Benjamin

  • Getting Started with Ruby on Rails

    Issue 257 · 

    The "how" of Ruby on Rails: Hivelogic's Dan Benjamin prepares non-Rails developers, designers, and other creative professionals for their first foray into Rails. Learn what Ruby on Rails is (and isn't), and where it fits into the spectrum of web development and design. See through the myths surrounding this powerful young platform, and learn how to approach working with it.

  • Random Image Rotation

    Issue 160 · 

    Readers return to sites that appear fresh and new on each visit. On a news site, magazine, or blog, stories or headlines will be updated frequently. But how can static sites keep that fresh feeling? Dan Benjamin’s free image randomizer may do the trick, and you needn’t be a programmer to install it.

  • A Better Image Rotator

    Issue 186 · 

    The first image rotator made it easy to generate a random image on a web page, even if you had never worked with PHP before. The new, more powerful (but still dead easy) version uses a simple configuration file to create custom links, alt tags, titles, and even CSS styles for each image. Plus it handles differently sized images without a hiccup. Enjoy!

  • Win the SPAM Arms Race

    Issue 145 · 

    SPAM is evil, moronic, and pervasive, but help is on the way. All it takes is a bit of JavaScript, a smidgen of PHP, and the ten minutes it takes to read this short, sweet tutorial. Reduce dreck mail with Dan Benjamin’s easy-to-implement address encoder.

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