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It’s time to kill the personal website

It’s the year 2017 — social media sites are competing for attention, and even the powerful and highly-regarded use blogging sites like Medium. With that in mind, does the average user need a personal website?<p>Who are You, and What do You Want?<p>Usually I see people put together personal websites to …

Web Design

The Latest in Web Design? Retro Websites Inspired by the ’90s

To navigate the website for Arcade Fire’s coming album, “Everything Now,” users need to click through a cluttered cascade of Windows 98-style pop-ups.<p>Balenciaga’s new website looks as stripped down as a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, with plain black boxes and no-frills Arial font.<p>And the …

Web Design

Let’s Talk About Speech CSS

Boston, like many large cities, has a subway system. Commuters on it are accustomed to hearing regular public address announcements.Riders simply …

Web Development

Psychologists have identified the kind of emotional intelligence that makes internet trolls so mean

What is it with people’s behavior online? Why the readiness to attack, the snarky tone, the lack of courtesy inherent to so many comments? The internet can bring out the worst in people, which when taken to extremes turns into trolling—that bizarre impulsive habit of hurting others online, without …

Psychology

Bootstrap to CSS Grid

<b>“There’s no way I can start using CSS Grid yet”</b><p>You’re ready to declare display: grid if you’re the only person contributing code. However, if you’re …

Web Development

Oh No! Our Stylesheet Only Grows and Grows and Grows! (The Append-Only Stylesheet Problem)

This is a real worry these days. I've heard it from lots of lots of developers. The years tick by on their projects, and all they ever seem to do is …

Web Development

How to get the most out of the JavaScript console

One of the most basic debugging tools in JavaScript is console.log(). The console comes with several other useful methods that can add to a …

JavaScript

Firefox 54 arrives with multi-process support for content (Updated)

Mozilla today launched Firefox 54 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. The new version includes the next major phase of multi-process support, which streamlines memory use, improving responsiveness and speed.<p>Firefox 54 for the desktop is available for download now on Firefox.com, and all existing …

Software

Develop Locally, Use Images from Production

Working on your website locally means having the files that make your website tick right there on your computer. It's common those files live in a …

Software Development

5 Lesser Known but Powerful Web Developer Tools that Increase Productivity

As a web developer, you want to deliver high quality content while maintaining efficiency and expediency.<p>The problem? Marrying these three qualities …

Web Design

CSS Variables — No, really!

Introduction<p>The ability to use variables in CSS is a useful and powerful feature that web developers have long been asking for. Well, it has finally …

Doing more with your Google Location History

With the discontinuation of the Google Latitude API several years ago some nice third party tools to visualize your location history disappeared, …

Understanding Hoisting in JavaScript

You know JavaScript, but do you really <i>know</i> JavaScript? It's a great language, even though some may argue otherwise. Sure, it's got some bad parts, …

JavaScript

New password guidelines say everything we thought about passwords is wrong

When I recently discovered a draft of new guidelines for password management from NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology), I was amazed about the number of very progressive changes they proposed.<p>Although NIST’s rules are not mandatory for nongovernmental organizations, they …

Security

How many subscription services can we handle?

Digital media business models continue to come under scrutiny. Advertising has fallen foul of ad blockers and commoditised programmatic buying that …

17 million people have no reason to join the internet because it’s dominated by English

The web has an inclusion problem: it overwhelmingly caters to speakers of the English language. That’s most clearly seen in the fact that over half of all websites are in English. But there’s a more insidious issue at work—even the way people navigate to websites is set up to exclude non-English …

Internet

Google: No Need To Add Alt Text To Position Or Placeholder Images

John Mueller from Google said on Twitter that you don't need to add alt text to all your images. Specifically, adding alt text to small images used …

Web development as a hack of hacks

Via Bruce I stumbled upon this interesting Hacker News discussion under the ominous title “Is web programming a series of hacks on hacks?” Thingy’s …

Programming

Google's new algorithm shrinks JPEG files by 35 percent

For obvious reasons, Google has a vested interest in reducing the time it takes to load websites and services. One method is reducing the file size of images on the internet, which they previously pulled off with the WebP format back in 2014, which shrunk photos by 10 percent. Their latest …

Machine Learning

The tech industry needs more designers — are hybrid designer-developers the answer?

The growing need for tech designers is driving the industry to seek out multi-disciplinary talent and leading to more inclusive hiring practices. Highlighting this trend, John Maeda, former design partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, has published a new report on what companies are looking …

UX Design

Firefox Browser 52 Announced With 'Game Changing' Support For Complex Web Apps

Mozilla has heralded the release of a new version of Firefox that it says enables resource-intensive web content like games, apps, and image-editors to run in a browser window at previously unachievable native speeds.<p>To accomplish the feat, Firefox 52 supports Web Assembly, a new standard developed …

Software

20 Awe-Inspiring Codepen Examples You Can Learn From

Posted on March 08, 2017<p>CodePen.io is an online code editor that allows you to develop in an open-source environment. You create 'pens' which display …

WebAssembly: A game changer for the Web | Mozilla

No-one scrolls on the web. If it were 1996...

"Everything must be above the fold!", "All important stuff should be in the top 20% of your content!", "Design the website like it was a Powerpoint …

Now sites can fingerprint you online even when you use multiple browsers | Ars Technica

Online tracking gets more accurate and harder to evade.<p>Researchers have recently developed the first reliable technique for websites to track …

Information Security

The future: Zoe Gillenwater on new web technologies

Born in Chicago but based in Amsterdam, Zoe Gillenwater is a senior UX designer at Booking.com. She's also a regular conference speaker who most …

Top 11 JavaScript Libraries That Are Worth Your Attention

Front-end development tools have advanced and succeeded in the last few years. These days JS libraries and frameworks can streamline the workflow, …