Dan Wellman is an author and web developer based in the UK; by day he works as a software development engineer at Skype. By night he writes books and tutorials on varying web design topics mostly centered around jQuery and jQuery UI, HTML, CSS and occasionally, PHP.

New book – jQuery Hotshot

I just had my latest book published :D

jQuery is used by millions of people to write JavaScript more easily and more quickly. It has become the standard tool for web developers and designers to add dynamic, interactive elements to their sites, smoothing out browser inconsistencies and reducing costly development time.
jQuery Hotshot walks you step by [...]

April 20, 2013

Book review: Learning jQuery

In this review I look at the brand new third edition of Jonathan Chaffer and Karl Swedberg’s excellent book that gives a complete introduction to the popular JavaScript library jQuery. One great thing about this edition is the foreword, written by none other than the creator of jQuery itself John Resig, which talks about the [...]

November 26, 2011

HTML5 Conformity Badge

I made a W3C ‘valid html5′ badge for fun, because there doesn’t appear to be one. I think there should be one, even though the spec isn’t finalised. The language itself has a logo (featured in my composition), and the validator checks HTML5, so why not?
Anyway, here it is:

It’s a little rough still, but it’s [...]

October 31, 2011

Packt celebrates jQuery in October with exclusive book offer

Save me money on jQuery books!
Packt has this week announced a series of discounts and promotions to herald the publication of the Learning jQuery, Third Edition in October. Packt will offer readers the exclusive discounts of 20% and 30% off the cover price of all jQuery print books, including the just published third edition of [...]

October 13, 2011


Ok, so I just installed a pair of brand new 10′000 RPM Velociraptors in a RAID0 configuration to replace my Kingston V series SSD drive.
There was nothing actually wrong with the SSD, but I got sent the raptors as a warranty replacement for a pair of older drives and I wanted to see how they [...]

October 7, 2011

Microsoft Explorer Touch Mouse Review

This week I got to play around with one of Microsoft’s new wireless touch mice – the Explorer Touch Mouse. It’s priced at $49.99, a highly competitive price. The other touch-based models available are the Touch Mouse, and the Arc Touch Mouse, which retail at $79.99 and $59.95 respectively. The mouse is compatible with both [...]

October 3, 2011

Book review: JavaScript Enlightenment by Cody Lindley

JavaScript Enlightenment, by Cody Lindley, is the follow-up to the excellent jQuery Enlightenment. Its aim is to give you a deeper understanding of how objects work in JavaScript, to the point where you can understand how your favourite library works, or even write your own library, turning library users into library developers.
The book makes quite [...]

September 14, 2011

Samsung SPF-71ES

I picked up a Samsung SPF-71ES digital photo frame today, it’s pretty cool so I thought I’d write a little post about it. I’m not affiliated with Samsung in any way, I bought the device because I wanted to, nothing more.
The menu system is quite intuitive and easy to use and there are no advanced [...]

June 11, 2011

My Books