So you're working on a web page and you're making some adjustments to the CSS files, and you want to see what those changes look like.  You click reload, but it reloads the whole page, undoing all of the changes that have been applied to the DOM via javascript.  There's got to be a way just to update the CSS without refreshing the whole page, right right?

CSS Reloader is a [Chrome] browser extension that allows you to reload CSS without reloading the page itself.

From Chrome Web Store - CSS Reloader.

There's a similar tool for reloading CSS in Firefox, too!

I was trying to put together a nice background gradient in CSS that uses alpha values in the color to indicate transparency. There are a handful of tools out there that do it, but The Ultimate CSS Gradient Editor  has everything I needed:

The Ultimate CSS Gradient Editor was created by Alex Sirota (iosart). If you like this tool, check out ColorZilla for more advanced tools such as eyedroppers, color pickers, palette editors and website analyzers.

From Ultimate CSS Gradient Generator

Color pickers, sliders for positioning colors within the gradient, presets, a preview and a simple copy to paste output. All that, and it supports transparent colors in the gradient. Very nice.

As a home-worker myself, I've always wondered why more employers don't allow their employees to work from home. The typical excuses are fear of workers goofing off and not having the inter-office communication that people filling desk chairs would seem to imply.  But there's a recent study, done on a 13,000-employee NASDAQ-listed Chinese company, that basically calls hijinx on all of that nonsense:

The frequency of working from home has been rising rapidly in the US, with over 10% of the
work-force now reporting regular home working. But there is uncertainty and skepticism over
the effectiveness of this, highlighted by phrases like “shirking from home”. We report the results
of the first randomized experiment on home-working, run in a 13,000 employee NASDAQ listed
Chinese firm. Employees that volunteered to work from home were randomized into 9-months of
home-working by even/odd birth-date. We find a highly significant 12% increase in performance
from home-working, of which 8% is from working more minutes of their shift period (fewer
breaks and sick-days) and 3% from higher performance per minute. We find no negative
spillovers onto workers left in the office. Home workers also reported substantially higher work
satisfaction and psychological attitude scores, and their job attrition rates fell by over 50%.
Interestingly, the impact of home-working was ex ante unclear both to the firm and the
employees. The firm ran to experiment to evaluate its impact, and after the experiment was so
enthusiastic it decided to permanently roll out the practice. The employees’ response was much
more heterogeneous, with about one third of employees switching practices after the end of the
experiment. This highlights how the impact of management practices like home-working is
unclear to firms and employees, helping to explain their slow adoption over time.


I'm looking forward to some big companies solving the few remaining issues having to deal with remote workers, like home-based telecom and help desk support.

Looking for a small, simple micro-framework router for PHP?  Maybe you should check out ToroPHP:

Toro is a PHP router for developing RESTful web applications and APIs. It is designed for minimalists who want to get work done.

From anandkunal/ToroPHP.

It's just a shame it isn't exactly PSR-0 friendly.

You've no doubt seen many date pickers that let you select a date for a textbox to submit into a form.  But what about a simple way to select a range of dates using a predefined range name, like "last week":

I was in need of a dropdown menu to choose date ranges for reports, and wanted something that would match the existing dropdown and button styles of Bootstrap: thus came about this date range picker component. Download it at GitHub.

From Dan Grossman | A date range picker for Twitter Bootstrap.

I can think of a few projects of mine that would benefit from such a control.