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Recent posts by Kristin Stromberg

Ah, gotcha. Thanks Bear, that's what I was thinking as well. However, I did manage to get close to what I'm looking for by adding the image inline to the table cell but then positioning it outside the cell like so:

.primary_address {
position: relative;
left: -30px;
margin-right: -20px;

This renders pretty consistently in IE and FF. Am afraid to check other browsers :-)
There's no cell before the data.
I hope this question isn't too out of place here... I have a table displaying phone numbers. If a phone number is the user's primary phone number, I'd like to display an image to the left of the table cell containing the number (like an arrow or a checkmark.... something to make it stand out from the others). It doesn't look like I can do this using background image of the table cell because the image will actually need to be to the left of the cell (outside of the table altogether). Can someone point me in the right direction here?

So here's what I would like to see (second number in the list is the primary phone #):

Because of the way the page is formatted (this is actually an embedded table), I don't want to add another column to the table to contain the arrow.
[ October 06, 2008: Message edited by: Kristin Stromberg ]
I already own this book and the authors' other book, "Applied Software Project Management". I cannot recommend them both enough! Head First PMP takes an excruciatingly boring topic and turns it into something fun and engaging. Thanks to the authors, I might actually stay awake long enough to get my PMP cert. Without them, no chance.

So I guess my question would be.... what's next?
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15 years ago
Hi Brett - I don't know this book, but you might try checking the publisher's website. Often the publisher and/or the author maintains errata, answers to exercises, etc.

Came across this... not sure if it has what you need:

Good luck!
[ February 09, 2006: Message edited by: Kristin Stromberg ]
16 years ago
Yes, my copy (from Amazon) shipped this morning. Can't wait to get my grubby little hands on it!
No, you won't be anywhere near ready for the SCJP exam at the end of the Cattle Drive. But you will be ready to start studying in earnest for it after completing the first two sections (Java and OOP)! While the Drive is very nitpicky as far as code readability is concerned, the SCJP is over the top nitpicky about all the nuances of Java syntax. You really only see a small portion of this in the Cattle Drive assignments.

I would recommend using the Cattle Drive to get your feet wet and then if you are a glutton for punishment (as am I), then buy yourself a non-refundable SCJP voucher, a copy of Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates exam guide (new edition for SCJP 1.5 is coming out very soon, but in the meantime, the 1.4 version is excellent), and count on a couple of months of preparation time.

Wanna race?
16 years ago
Are you confusing SCJA (java associate) with SCEA (enterprise architect)? The SCJA is an entry-level exam - if you're already SCJP, you really don't need it.
16 years ago
You can use responseText rather than responseXML to retrieve your HTML as text.
Darn! Thanks Eric - you just saved me from wasting another couple of hours trying to fix this.
I have a drop down list with four or five items, each of which can be very very long (longer than the width of the dialog box the list appears in). The [select] element has a fixed width of 500px. In Netscape and Firefox, this is working great, because when you click on the drop down list, the options are displayed in a box that is as wide as it needs to be (wider than the 500px of the [select] element, if necessary).

Here's an example of good behavior (Netscape & Firefox):

Problem is that in IE, the box is only as wide as the [select] element it's a part of, so the right margin is cut off at 500px and nobody can tell what they're selecting.

This is very, very bad (Explorer):

I've tried messing around with the word-wrap attribute in IE, but haven't managed to get it to work with either the [select] element or the [option]elements (it's supposed to work with both, according to MSDN).

Any suggestions? The work-around for now is to not limit the width to 500px, but this is ugly, and we don't like ugly! Thanks in advance...
[ November 16, 2005: Message edited by: Kristin Stromberg ]

I think the main disadvantage is the expected end-user experience.

I think this might be true for poor implementations of Ajax. But if used correctly, Ajax should enhance the user experience. In most cases, these enhancements don't even need to be all that noticeable to the user. Examples of a good Ajax implementation would be refreshing part of the page instead of the whole thing. A bad implementation would be a type-ahead feature that slows the data entry process down rather than speeding it up.

So in my mind, the disadvantages of Ajax are the same as those of any web technology... it needs to be implemented judiciously, with the user's experience in mind.
Yes! My co-workers and I are now Ajax addicts. For example, I'm currently working on an app where the user has to enter a bunch of different records one at a time in a pop-up window. Saving the new record updates the list of records in the main window instantly, without having to refresh the whole screen. I don't think the user even realizes what is going on (and that's a good thing!).

One of my co-workers is using it to save changes to multiple records from a single page. All of us are re-thinking our current apps to see where we can apply Ajax to improve the user experience. One thing I have planned is a search feature that displays the number of records found as the user selects various search options. Hopefully, this will help avoid all those "0 records found" searches!
Sometime in the early 70's... one day my mom told me Sesame Street would be different, and sure enough, it was. Suddenly, Oscar and Big Bird were more vibrant than they ever had been in the past... very mysterious. I always wondered how my mom would have known in advance how drastically my little life would change. I only found out a few years ago it was because my parents bought a color TV.
16 years ago