Alan Hay - Experienced Front End Developer and Designer - Based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Freelance when available.

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9 Apr 15

Browser Sync – Stick it in your front end work flow

A new tool I recently discovered called ‘BrowserSync’, has changed the speed I can test across devices and browsers so significantly that I’ll never leave it out of my Gulp or Grunt file again. Sync them all When you have ‘BrowserSync’ running, it will run a server locally which can then be accessed by any device […]

29 May 14

Speeding up the front end workflow with Grunt

On a recent project, I had an existing site that needed a responsive facelift. I needed to work within an old Ruby on Rails app, that was very slow in terms of page refresh time when developing locally. So I wanted to speed up the page refresh within the old app, especially since the very nature of responsive […]

16 Apr 14


This is a styleguide showing the basic typographic styles for this site. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Etiam interdum, augue sed posuere aliquet, tortor magna venenatis nisl, tincidunt feugiat lectus enim malesuada sapien. Suspendisse in urna vestibulum, sollicitudin massa vel, molestie arcu. Nam vitae mi nec ante ultrices sodales sit amet at enim. […]

24 Mar 14

Grunt File

Here is the Grunt file mentioned in this post module.exports = function(grunt) { grunt.initConfig({ sass: { dist: { files: [ { expand: true, cwd: ‘public/stylesheets/scss/’, src: [‘**/*.scss’, ‘**/_*.scss’], dest: ‘public/stylesheets/css/’, ext: ‘.css’ }, ], options: { outputStyle: ‘nested’, sourceComments: ‘normal’, includePaths: [ ‘public/stylesheets/scss/’ ] } } }, watch: { sass: { files: [‘public/stylesheets/scss/**/*.scss’], tasks: [‘sass:dist’] […]

28 Aug 13

Here it is…

So I just sent this live. I’ve been pondering about the new version of my site for the last year or so, and finally got some spare time to set this up. This part of the site is going to be used to talk about front end and web design, but also will feature snippets […]