Contemporary researchers have found the benefits of bilingual education can include improved executive functioning skills, increased empathy, enhanced reading abilities, and expanded cognitive capability. Instructors and professors note bilingual students are more open to new ideas and learning methods.
Dynamic Drive’s library contains thousands of lines of code developers can simply cut and paste to create tools and features for their sites. Today, the Githubs and NPMs of the world also offer free scripts — but George was the innovator. At a time when the web was evolving from static, text-only experiences, he was the first to give beginning coders an easy way to invigorate their sites with dynamic elements.
Because it was a unique resource at the time, the response to Dynamic Drive’s launch was resounding and swift.
In the years since, Dynamic Drive has received multiple awards, including HostingAdvice’s Developer’s Choice Award for Evangelizing Dynamic Scripts, ranking on PCWorld’s Top 100 Most Useful Sites, and MSDN’s Developer Award. Today, George’s site continues to store and present useful scripts that developers around the world are employing.
Thousands of Snippets of JS and HTML — From DD Whois to Drop-Downs
George told us a drop-down menu, later rewritten and labeled as Anylink, was included in the first round of scripts posted on Dynamic Drive.
“Some scripts have long been retired, and others have gone through many iterations to keep up with browser compatibility and feature requests,” he said.
George now spends about a third of his working time fulfilling those requests on Dynamic Drive, adding new or updated scripts to the site at least twice per month. The results of his work are thousands of code snippets developers can use to enhance their sites.
Just a few of the scripts available on Dynamic Drive are:
- AdBlock Checker & Notifier
- Priority+ Scrolling MenuDD Scroll Boxes
- DD Scroll BoxesYouTube/Vimeo Outro
- YouTube/Vimeo OutroZoomio
- Zoomio (jQuery in-place image zoom)
- Hamburger Icon Menu
- Sticky Content
- Sugar Drop-In Bar
- Image Figure Caption Effects
- DD Full Screen Slider
- Scrollable Content
- Power List Menu
While George can’t pick a favorite, he does have an affinity for some of the codes he’s created. One of these is DD Whois, a domain search tool he wrote after reading how similar services track and record user Whois searches.
“Whether the tracking was true or not, the project was a lot of fun,” he said. “It’s a tool I personally still use when researching domain names.”
DD Forum Provides a Community of Developers Sharing Best Practices
Most of the scripts on Dynamic Drive are written by George. However, he does sometimes have help from members of the DD Forum. George noted that moderators and other key members, such as @jscheuer1, have made invaluable contributions over the years.
One forum member was having an issue with scrolling text starting over as it hit the left side of an element, so he asked the community for help. A few posts later, his problem was resolved by another member who sent revised code and provided a free JR Screen Ruler to make elements on the page fit. This represents just one of the thousands of examples where members of Dynamic Drive’s community come together to collaborate on solutions for site building.
An Innovator in the JS Landscape Continues to Be a Valuable Resource
In the early days of Dynamic Drive, George was often surprised when he would stumble upon one of his menu or slideshow scripts being employed by prominent sites like CNN or Walmart. These large organizations were using his codes because he innovated script-sharing online — there were no other sources.