Posted: 07 Mar 2012 08:21 AM PST
I’m pleased as punch to announce this month's Community Superstar winner. She’s been around a long time and it’s time we recognize her awesome contribution to the Marketplaces. A massive congratulation goes out to ChristineWilde!
Who is ChristineWilde
You may know Christine better by her previous nom de plume – WildeMedia. But just recently she’s re-branded under her own name ChristineWilde.
Christine hails from the UK from the southern area of Hampshire, which also happens to be the part-time home of one of my favorite authors P. G. Wodehouse (of Jeeves and Wooster fame). Which means I may just have to give Christine a nick name and call out “What oh Chippy?” when we meet. I’m sure she’d enjoy that.
Hampshire was also home to England’s first commercial vineyard which was run by the most wonderfully named – Major-General Sir Guy Salisbury-Jones. I don’t think it gets any better than that. I’ll have to ask Chippy if he was from the South Hampton or the Hambledon Salisbury-Joneses. I say!
If you want to know all there is to know about Christine, check out the interview we did with her back in May.
And here’s a mugshot of the Superstar!
And if you're also wondering what the quality of work that ChristineWilde puts together – here are some of my favorites:
Along with the ultra-cool gold superstar community badge (that only lasts for 12 months!), the prize this month is a 6 month Tuts+ premium subscription, a $30 Rockable ebook voucher and a $20 marketplace credit. Congratulations ChristineWilde!
Posted: 06 Mar 2012 10:47 PM PST
A little over a year ago I needed to do something very simple with jQuery for a project. The only problem was, I was working exclusively with Flash and had never used jQuery before. So I hired someone to do it for me.
Looking back now, I probably could have accomplished this task with a little effort. But jQuery just felt like a foreign world I wasn’t quite ready to explore. Probably because my love and devotion to Flash was just too great.
Flash forward to 2012, and the technology landscape has changed quite a bit. If you’re a Flasher like myself, chances are you’ve made some changes by now. Maybe you decided to focus on games or mobile, and are still working with Flash. Or maybe you’ve taken a completely different career path and are now working with jQuery and HTML5.
But what if you don’t fall into these categories and haven’t yet made a change? I’m not qualified to talk about the world of Flash games or Mobile Apps. Instead, I went the jQuery route. Here’s my story:
Almost one year and eight items later, I’m ranked 38th for sales on CodeCanyon. Not too shabby for a guy who was outsourcing jQuery work just months before. There’s a boom in our industry for Flash-like components built in jQuery and HTML5. And this past year, working almost exclusively with these two technologies was my best year yet.
So if you’re an ActiveDen author who hasn’t yet tried CodeCanyon, give it a shot! Looking back now, I realize that a technology doesn’t need to define my career. If a Flash project comes along, great! But as long as I can stay creative and pay the bills at the same time, I’ll always be a happy Jack
Header graphic by Lawren on PhotoDune.
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