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Tuesday Tech Links: 1.14.14


14 January 2014 | Comments Off

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When you peruse Tuesday Tech Links, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.

Let’s start off here with a huge bummer: The MPAA has joined the W3C.  Rather than continue to write about what a miserable and depressing decision it was to allow the MPAA, a crusader for anachronistic thinking and frivolous lawsuits, to join the W3C, which you’d hope was trying to improve the Internet rather than ruin it, I’ll just toss a couple links in here for you to read.

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Tuesday Tech Links: 1.7.14


7 January 2014 | Comments Off

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In AD 2014, Dev Links was beginning…

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Tuesday Tech Links – December 10, 2013


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The URIs brought to us by the Bothan spies pinpoint the exact location of the resources for dev links this week.

…Many Bothans died to bring us this information.
…So if you don’t follow all of these links, that basically means you hate all Bothans and you hope Admiral Ackbar falls in the shower and Chewbacca never makes any new friends.

OK here are the links:

Disabling pointer events (using a CSS property) during scrolling makes for better website times.  Who knew?!
http://www.thecssninja.com/javascript/pointer-events-60fps

It’s time to use the CSS calc() function!  Here’s a decent explanation of calc(), though Osvaldas Valutis uses the term “front-enders” as if it was a slur, even italicizing it.  As a mixed-end developer, half front and half back, I find that offensive.  Anyways, calc().  CSS ain’t scared of mathematics no more.

http://osvaldas.info/imitating-calc-fallback-fixed-width-sidebar-in-responsive-layout

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Tuesday Tech Links – December 3, 2013


3 December 2013 | Comments Off

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First Guy: Knock, Knock.
Second Guy: Tech links in your face!!!

ZOMG this is a huge list of free programming books. Read them all and become a creature of infinite wisdom!
http://resrc.io/list/10/list-of-free-programming-books/

Hand-coding CSS to support sprite graphics can be an annoyance for people who don’t enjoy tedious, awful tasks. Luckily, there’s SPRITECOW!!!
http://www.spritecow.com/

Hidden OS X features, tips and tricks for your face!
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5930886

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Tuesday Tech Links – November 26, 2013


26 November 2013 | Comments Off

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This thanksgiving, when you’re giving thanks, give some thanks for these incredible World Wide Web links, which are provided here by the development team at FINE for your giving-thanks pleasure.

So “WebP” is a fancy new image format created by Google. It looks pretty sweet. One of its notable features is “exploiting 2D locality of backward reference distances,” which is something we’ve all been waiting forever for. WebP is so new it lacks good support; this here article gives an overview of WebP file-size advantages, then explains how to detect WebP support (using Apache & browser self-identification) and serving the appropriate images to various browsers.
http://leopard.in.ua/2013/11/23/rails-and-webp/

Here are a couple other WebP links for those who are curious.
Official site (with converter download):
https://developers.google.com/speed/webp/?csw=1
Wikipedia page:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WebP
And caniuse with the bad use-news:
http://caniuse.com/webp

Data encrpytion is important. Ruby on Rails is rad. Discuss:
http://mikecoutermarsh.com/2013/10/30/rails-keeping-your-use…

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Tuesday Tech Links – November 19, 2013


19 November 2013 | Comments Off

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The Northern hemisphere grows cold and dark, but these dev links burn hot and bright! It’s the dev links for November 19th, this time with an unintentional focus on HTML5 / JS-based games! …You people like games, right?

First up, here’s an entirely Javascript-based version of “Breakout”. It’s kinda buggy, but you can fix the bugs right there in the JSfiddle and keep playing. Then some day in the future, you’ll look back and say “I owe my successful career in the games industry to that one list of links I saw”.
http://jsfiddle.net/martin_/Fq8F4/

Shout out to Chris Coyier (https://twitter.com/chriscoyier) for this next game engine link. Following Chris Coyier on Twitter is a great idea, he bounces directly from insightful technical notes to tweets like “guys i’m WAY into this lifetime movie”. Brilliant! Anyway, this game engine caused a 3-minute period of FINE developers shouting questions such as “what does red do?!” and “Why am I purple?!”, which probably made all of our designers jealous.
http://codepen.io/suffick/details/CqIxk

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Tuesday Tech Links – November 12, 2013


11 November 2013 | Comments Off

 

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This week on Tuesday Tech Links: the Internet Explorer Drinking Game!  Grab a tasty brew or your favorite adult beverage, then click through the dev links below. Every time you click a link, take a drink!  That way, by the time you get to the IE-related links toward the end, you’ll be in such a good mood that you won’t mind actually *reading* about IE. Enjoy!

Everybody enjoys information, and many people enjoy cheating at things– here’s a site that combines both of those things, along with Git, which a handful of people are using.
http://www.ndpsoftware.com/git-cheatsheet.html

Style guides for code are awesome, and we thought this AirBnB JS style guide was real nice, real concise, and ready to be clicked by your mice.
https://github.com/airbnb/javascript

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Tuesday Tech Links – November 5, 2013


5 November 2013 | Comments Off

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Live Wires is a front-end prototyping tool that we’re going to check out. If everything looks good we will introduce this tool to our designers and try to facilitate widespread use. Thanks, Lori!
http://livewires.io/

Here’s a very clear and easy-to-understand article about threading in Ruby:
http://www.sitepoint.com/threads-ruby/

In HTML, “chucknorris”, “BarackObama” and “GangnamStyle” all translate into hex codes for color. Here’s a StackOverflow page where helpful people explain why:
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/8318911/why-does-html-think-chucknorris-is-a-color

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Tuesday Tech Links – October 29, 2013


29 October 2013 | Comments Off

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This here’s a Ruby on Rails gem for A/B testing; test-driven development is something we’re beginning to use so we’re looking at lots of stuff like this:
http://grinnick.com/posts/a-b-testing-with-split-in-ruby-on-rails

Here’s a neat graphical representation of how the box-shadow declaration works in CSS3:
http://codepen.io/bphillips201/details/JygKB#stats

SASS maps what?! This is kinda like having arrays in CSS, which is crazy bones, and totally past due.
http://viget.com/extend/sass-maps-are-awesome

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Tuesday Tech Links – October 15, 2013


15 October 2013 | Comments Off


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A tool we plan to test out for some pair programming action. We don’t find too many situations where a tool like this would be necessary but on occasion we need this type of functionality.
http://screenhero.com/

CSS Books & CSS Figures! Back when they first began printing books, people were psyched that they didn’t have to manage 10,000-foot long broadsheets anymore, due to the magnificent feature of books called “pages”.
http://blog.whatwg.org/css-books-css-figures

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