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Briefs

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

At the Zapier Blog they note that AirTable, the online database builder, is the fastest-growing app. Competitors include Knack and Zoho Builder. Could be that the online database service might finally be entering public consciousness as a possibility, taking its rightful place alongside word processors and spreadsheets.

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Joel Spolsky announces the public beta of HyperDev, “a developer playground for building full-stack web-apps fast.”

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Nicely presented on Vimeo, Jen Simmons of The Web Ahead podcast gives a 1-hour talk on web design at a 2016 An Event Apart conference entitled Modern Layouts: Getting Out of Our Ruts. Lots of nice slides of magazine layouts, where she suggests web designers should be returning for inspiration.

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Goodbye, grids, I at least hardly knew ye. Ethan Marcotte, coiner of the very term responsive design, argues that a web design today should “algorithmically generate a responsive layout that best reflects the importance of the information within it.”. Yes! Another choice quote: “The breakpoints we introduce to our responsive designs aren’t tied to the shape of a device’s screen. Instead, our media queries defend the integrity of the content we’re designing.”

 

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

Maciej Cegłowski is surely a genius. His article, the text version of a talk, is about website bloat, a topic important to whoever cares about the web (and increasingly as it becomes dominated by big sites I realize it’s easy to stop caring). He explains why it matters. And is funny. He makes a living with software but is also a painter. [Via Daring Fireball]

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Hard to say which part of this is more valuable: John Gruber interviewing the right venerable Craig Federighi on Apple’s Swift programming language or the very lengthy and insightful follow-up with John Siracusa. Daring Fireball’s The Talk Show #139.

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Web site heat map tool HotJar is so impressive and so is Maltese founder David Darmanin, interviewed here by Stephen Esketzis in Feb 2015.

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Like the author burrowed into my mind and shone a light on the murk, these thoughts about CSS are three years old now but still valuable for anyone doing front-end web development.

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Taking his time, Morozov asks the right questions about Steve Jobs, comparing him first to the Bauhaus movement, then to Henry Ford. Many quotable quotes, and good comments, especially the long one from JakeH at 02/27/2012 – 7:46pm EDT.

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Nice piece by a native German speaker on Zen and the art of being a programmer without going crazy or driving crazy those around you. Sorry, everyone.

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Bashing the makers of ExpressionEngine: Kenny Meyers’ Plea To EllisLab and Veerle Pieters breaking ranks.

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Cool — Jon Longnecker praises Engaging.net’s Nearby Entries in the first episode (at about 4:10) of their “Kick Awesome Show”!

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Another excellent piece by Andy Rutledge, an admonition/checklist for being a professional designer/developer.

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Both the BBC and Fox news web sites have recently been redesigned, with the BBC losing its looks and Fox getting neat and serious.

Monday, July 19th, 2010

jQuery diagramming with jsPlumb — cool.

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Wow, icons made entirely in CSS3 (currently Safari, Chrome only).

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

MarsEdit 3.0 now has custom fields. Now to deploy for all clients running ExpressionEngine (er, that’s everyone).

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Just trying Zen Coding in TextMate. Looks like a great idea, hope it becomes a habit.

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Sikuli, ingenious GUI scripting. Definitely going to try it.

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

This video of a tablet mockup makes me horny at last for a tablet computer. I’m excited for tomorrow’s Apple announcement. Guess I’ll be standing in line to buy one as well.

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Just discovered Kuler by Adobe. Nice.

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

RGBA, the web’s new method for color.

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Andy Rutledge wisely instructs us that when calculating the hours required to do a job, the nature of the client is a real factor.

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Monday, October 19th, 2009

The not only brilliant but also it turns out delightful Rick Ellis, CEO of EllisLab, gives a 20-minute interview.

Raphaël is a JavaScript library for vector graphics. I think we’ll be pursuing this.

 
 

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