Choosing JQuery template engines

A GitHub page that helps you choose a JavaScript template engine.  

From the author:

"So I sometimes hear people asking how you choose a template engine.  

Well! I’m so glad you asked. It’s a giant pain in the ass because almost all of them do the same things, in the same way. The performance differences among those that are similar are nominal. The syntax is almost always mustaches or ERB-style . Almost none of them run exclusively on the client-side anymore, even those that take a DOM-centric approach to rendering. To try and tease out the subtle differences, I put up a simple GitHub page I hope you good folks will contribute to allowing you to select your priorities and do process of elimination on the existing, supported, non-framework-dependent options.  

But, I mean, going and clicking a bunch of little radio buttons is the easy answer. If you don’t know where to begin, good enough. I think the more interesting discussion is about what developers need from template engines, and whether they should continue writing new ones. There are a few big criteria I see (and that’s what’s reflected in the initial version of the tool)”  



Google Encrypted Search Referrals: How To Counter The New Horizon of Vanishing Keywords

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Curated from the article intro: “Since the onset of Google’s encrypted search, which masks keyword data in analytics for users signed into, the effect has been astonishing. Though Matt Cutts told Danny Sullivan that, “Even at full rollout, this would still be in the single-digit percentages of all Google searchers on,” the real effect is highly vertical-specific.  

For instance, aimClear Blog lost keyword data for nearly 23% of organic visitors for November of 2011. We’ve seen significantly higher percentages on client sites. This post shares new and traditional measurement options to sooth the savage SEO. We’ll also offer a different take on organic keyword tracking, based on page level semantic cluster analysis using Webmaster Tools to mash in keywords, missing as a result of Google’s encrypted search.  

…We’ll start with the most basic solutions like ranking reports, Bing data and new vs. returning organic keyword visitors + conversion.  

Then, we’ll progress to more radical approaches using Webmaster Central, you may not have thought of yet.”   An absolute must read for web publishers. 9/10  

Read the full article   

(Curated by Robin Good)

Flash Web Developer Wanted

Matmi (located 20 minutes outside of Manchester, UK) are looking for a front-end developer. Read on if you are interested.

Front-end Flash web developer 

Good Flash & AS3 skills are the core elements in this role, working on websites and branded game releases for clients including EMI Music, Vimto Soft Drinks, Mars, Comic Relief and Cancer Research.

If you can also bring HTML and HTML5, CSS and JQUERY into the mix, that would be great.  If you’re prepared to learn them while you are here, that suits us fine. We also work heavily with PHP but its not an essentila requirement for the job. 

The nature of our work means that skills with Facebook and other social network APIs are always needed – but we train people up in-house for that.

If you’re familiar with Scrum/Sprint or other agile methodologies – great – but it’s not an essential skill.

What’s it like working at Matmi?

Fast, sometimes frenetic and always fun.

Take a look at our website at, find us on Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook too – and you’ll quickly get an idea of what we’re about.  Coverage on The Drum and How Do could be useful background too.

What are we offering?

  •  Salary range up to £25k per annum, depending on skills and experience.
  • 24 days holiday per year, plus Bank Holidays.
  • Stakeholder pension scheme.
  • In-house learning environment in whatever business related subject you’d like to develop your skills in! 

Have you got what it takes to be a Matmian?  Contact us at or on 01625 575661

Please send links to a blog/online portfolio if possible.

The perfect web design app… and why it doesn’t exist

The perfect web design app

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Designers and developers share with Craig Grannell their tools for designing websites and demand something more in keeping with modern practices. The perfect tool, it seems, simply doesn’t exist yet, as highlighted by the Project Meteor campaign.

In theory, all you need to create websites is a laptop and an internet connection: there’s no need to spend money on expensive software. In practice, the convenience and time-saving capabilities of market-leading web design tools means they’re indispensible to the professional web designer with deadlines to meet. But are people satisfied with what’s available? We canvassed the opinions of some of the industry’s leading designers and the consensus was that, while popular apps such as Photoshop, Fireworks and Illustrator might be useful, even essential to their work, they were seen as very far from perfect. In fact it seems that right now, for the web designers we spoke to, the perfect web design app simply does not exist.

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30 Beautiful Clean and Simple Web Designs for Inspiration


Beautiful typography, strategic use of colors and graphics, and obstruction-free aesthetics devoid of visual clutter are a few of the characteristics shared among web designs that are clean and simple.

In this collection, you’ll discover a few excellent web designs that are clean, simple and elegant.

See the list here

►Mini Matmians Thoughts:

Some truly beautiful web site designs in this list. Nothing flashy or technically inventive. However, still aesthetically pleasing. Like the title says…simple and clean. 

Sometimes a site calls for a more technical and advanced coding approach but it’s important to remember this is not always the best course of action (at least not the only option when designing a new site). 

Think about your audience and whether they will need/expect to experience a flashy site with bells and whistles; or are simply looking for relevant information presented to them in an easy to navigate manner.

Here are related collections you should also check out:

A very basic animation effect using purely CSS3. The guys over at Acris Design have typed out a nice simple tutorial.