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The Web began dying in 2014, here's how

Before the year 2014, there were many people using Google, Facebook, and Amazon. Today, there are still many people using services from those three tech giants (respectively, GOOG, FB, AMZN). Not much has changed, and quite literally the user interface and features on those sites has remained …

Eric Schmidt

The mobile internet is the internet

Think back to the mobile phone you had in 2010. It could access the internet, but it wasn’t such a great experience. On average, people only spent 20% of their time online on their phones back then, according to Zenith, a media agency.<p>Today, by contrast, we spend around 70% of our time on the …

Internet

Is it really safe to start using CSS Grid Layout?

I’m learning to fly small planes. It gets me away from computers. Recently, I was battling to keep the Cessna 150 low enough as we approached Bristol …

Web Development

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ISPs

jQuery: Multiple AJAX and JSON Requests, One Callback

I’ve been working on a new feature for the Mozilla Developer Network which requires loading of a basic script file as well as a JSON stream. Since we …

JavaScript

Corporations Have Utterly Failed to Protect Speech

Facebook and Twitter are hurting those they should be protecting.<p>Let us take stock of how the private companies that manage two of the largest communication platforms in the world—Facebook and Twitter—have managed people's speech in the last week alone:<p>Rapper Lil B was temporarily banned from …

Censorship

Developing countries are facing a challenge: Keeping their phones charged

Of all the challenges in the developing world, who would have thought one of them would be finding a place to plug in a smartphone?<p>Nations like India, Nigeria and Bangladesh have an ever-increasing number of smartphone users, but often lack the power to keep devices charged. Phone owners have …

Developing Countries

CSS Grid and Grid Inspector in Firefox

You can create a grid with fixed track sizes or with flexible sizes using percentages or the new fr fractional unit.<p>Example 1<br>• Example 2<br>• Example 3<p>It …

Web Development

How Google’s AMP Project is Changing the Mobile Web

Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) is an open-source framework, launched by Google in February 2016, that’s focused on putting mobile performance first. …

Web Design

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

From Bootstrap to CSS Grid

Despite many clever hacks and creative workarounds, there hasn’t been a simple answer for creating layout on the web. From misusing tables, to …

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 …

Web Design

4 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 …

Web Development

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, …

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 …

Digital Media

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 …

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

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 …

JavaScript