Tag Archives: CSS

New WordPress Theme

Welcome to the new and improved Braindonor Network. As you can see, I have completely updated the WordPress theme of this site. There are still some rough edges—but I liked the new theme so much that I was not willing to wait until everything was completely polished. The new theme is a combination of the barebones Sandbox theme and Twitter's Bootstrap.

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Integrating Bootstrap Error styling with MVC’s Unobtrusive Error Validation

A common component of many of the websites that I build are small administrative areas where clients are able to perform tasks such as downloading leads or scheduling appointments. Until recently, most of those websites were built to run on top of a content management framework--with the CMS providing most of the back-end interface that I deliver. I started using Twitter's Bootstrap framework to deliver a consisten look and feel with our ASP.NET MVC3 applications. Bootstrap provided me with a clean CSS grid system, clean controls, and a host of other components. The biggest disconnect between Bootstrap and MVC3 is the unobtrusive validation.

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Get Chirpy To Play Nice with Twitter’s Bootstrap

I have begun using Twitter's Bootstrap framework to build administration sites for the MVC apps that I am building. Bootstrap makes it trivial to keep all of the views clean and consistent--without needing to get a graphic designer involved. You can see it in action in the example app for my MongoDB utility project, BrainDonor.Mongo. Unfortunately, the bootstrap source .less files refuse to play nice with Chipry!

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Visual Studio Fun: Chirpy is Awesome!

Managing the CSS and JavaScript files of a website can be an extremely frustrating, but rewarding experience. I've been introducing tools at work to help manage this experience such as SASS, LESS, CoffeeScript, etc, with mixed results. By themselves, each of these tools do a great job, but how to I leverage their power together? Having fifteen JS and CSS includes in a site is still extremely inefficient. Chirpy is a tool that helps to bring all of this together in one plugin in Visual Studio...but I see a lot of people completely missing the most powerful feature of Chirpy: FileGroups.

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