Joe Casabona

Developer, Author, Nerd

August 20th, 2014

I’m Working at Crowd Favorite

…or, “I really can’t wait to work for Chris Lema.”*

Today, I’m very excited to announce that starting in September, I will be a Front End Developer at Crowd Favorite.  I have been following the company since Alex King started it, love the work they do, and could not be happier to join a team that’s working on such great projects (I’ve actually been a big fan of Alex personally for a long time). I just recently accepted the job, but I can actually owe this to winning tickets to last year’s Pressnomics conference.

The conference was amazing, from the talks to the after party, where I met some pretty awesome people, including Alex, Chris Lema and Karim Marruchi (the current CEO of Crowd Favorite), with whom I’ve kept in contact (you form a special bond when you share cigars with people!). The group of folks and I had some fantastic conversations and from that point I started thinking about what it would be like to work with WordPress on an everyday basis and really be in the thick of it. I started to feel the pull towards what would be a career change.

As I attended more WordCamps, the pull only got stronger. I talked to a lot of people about the things they were working on and I wanted to do the same thing. When I saw Crowd Favorite was hiring, I jumped at the opportunity and consider myself very lucky to have gotten the job.

I can’t wait to get started. I see what Alex, Chris, Karim, and all of the folks at Crowd Favorite are doing and I can see it’s amazing. I love and appreciate what The University of Scranton has done for me, but I’m also very excited for the next adventure with an incredible company.

*While I promised I’d write that, I’m very excited to be working with Chris and the entire Crowd Favorite team!

August 6th, 2014

Building Web Apps with WordPress

I just finished reading up a book that was co-written by my friend Jason Coleman called Building Web Apps with WordPress. I picked it up because while I’m generally good at developing themes, I know there were some things I was missing- types of code, optimizations, plugin best practices, etc. I wanted to improve my WordPress skills and I felt this was the book to do it. Boy was I right.

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August 2nd, 2014

Winners of the RWDWP Giveaway announced!

Thanks to everyone who entered what I’m calling the “Tell All” Giveaway. There were around 200 entries, so I appreciate everyone who shared. Congrats to the winners:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

As a thank you, I sent everyone who entered a Digital copy of the book. If you didn’t win, you can head on over to and pick up a copy for yourself :-)

July 29th, 2014

Use Input Masks for Better UX and Easier Validation

Recently I was developing a few forms for a project at work and wanted a fairly specific format for the input of one of the fields. It was a time of day, and since the <time> element isn’t very well supported in browsers yet, I opted for my own text input and validation. While I do provide some examples for users and check the input on the server side, I opted for input masks on the front end of development to make the form validation easier, and more importantly, to make using the form easier.

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July 25th, 2014

6 Things Millennials Do that Boomers Never Did in Their 20s

Millennials are so different from everyone else, am I right? In this post I explore how Millennials are probably the worst generation to ever exist.

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