Ben Howdle

Ben Howdle

UK Freelance Developer & Designer Joined over 4 years ago via an invitation from Michael O. Ben has invited Jordan J

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  • Posted to Making Jekyll Workflow a Bit Better, Aug 17, 2017

    Hey all,

    As part of re-designing my new personal site, I found a few ways to make Jekyll-based development/workflow a little slicker. Hope it's helpful for some people!

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  • Posted to Ask DN: What is your morning routine?, in reply to John P , Apr 28, 2017


    Mine was an observation based on the comments I see.

    I'm also making a statement based on my own experience of pre/post having kids.

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  • Posted to Ask DN: What is your morning routine?, Apr 28, 2017

    What I've learnt about DN users:

    Not many of you have kids...

    Mornings aren't quite so free with kids!

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  • Posted to Any tips/resources for public speaking at conferences?, Mar 27, 2017

    Just a small tip, but take comfort in the fact that within 5 minutes of your talk beginning, most (if not all) of those pre-talk nerves will be washed away. And also, try not to speak as fast as your mind is racing, else your 30 minute content will be over in ~17 minutes...

    Source: I'm a bag of nerves with public speaking

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  • Posted to Website monitoring tool suggestions?, Jan 08, 2017 Really great service. Using it for

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  • Posted to AMA: Drew Wilson, Founder @ Plasso, Nov 30, 2016

    As a person who's built a bunch of stuff over the years, and now spending all of your time on Plasso, are you still hit with smaller ideas for app/services? Would you still pursue them (build/release) for your own enjoyment/experimentation, or will you push them aside to remain focussed on Plasso?

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  • Posted to Grade.js JavaScript library produces complimentary gradients generated from the top 2 dominant colours in supplied images., Aug 23, 2016

    Hey all, author of the plugin here. Some updates:

    It's now 90% faster. I resize the image on the Canvas to 10% of it's original size before reading the pixel data, therefore reducing the size of the array I need to process.

    It now also works in FF and Safari (as well as Chrome) due to overall improvements on the way I create the gradients.

    Thanks for all the feedback, it's been a fun plugin to build!

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  • Posted to Show DN: Annual update to my portfolio (, in reply to Scott de Jonge , Dec 09, 2015
    1. Will work on this
    2. Ah ok, it was meant to be subtle. I might pull the about section but keep the code highlight behind it
    3. Absolutely none. It was to have something there. Which on reflection, isn't a great reason.

    Thanks for your feedback!

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  • Posted to Utilising Node.js and npm for front-end development workflow, in reply to ポール ウェッブ , Feb 13, 2015

    There's no reason at all why you can't use this setup with Jekyll. The set it up like I had it, then when Jekyll detects the file changes (from Sass or Browserify, etc) then it'll compile your site into the _site folder! I find the beauty of this minimal setup is that it's project-agnostic and flexible...

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  • Posted to Utilising Node.js and npm for front-end development workflow, Feb 12, 2015

    Thought you guys on here may enjoy this. Especially if you're used to using Grunt/Gulp and interested in an alternative, cleaner (IMO) workflow...

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