Month: August 2017

Readings for Lunch — [ 31 Aug 2017 ]

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"Life is like walking on a narrow bridge" by Mathias Jakobsen / Think Clearly (source)

COMMUNITY

Thanks: the biggest missing feature in coding culture

Praise and gratitude are things we think are sorely lacking in Tech in general, but especially in developer culture and development tools. Some dev platforms have been around for almost a decade but still lack the ability to directly thank contributors and creators.

LIFE

Why we fell for clean eating

The oh-so-Instagrammable food movement has been thoroughly debunked – but it shows no signs of going away. The real question is why we were so desperate to believe it.

Readings for Lunch — [ 30 Aug 2017 ]

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Lee Valley Park by Stanislav Ignatenkov (source)

THINK

Just Following Orders

Engineers take note: doing your job does not mean that you just follow orders. The courts are going to hold you to a high ethical standard, even if your employer does not.

CSS

Intro to styled-components

A screencast by Jack Franklin with special guest Glen Maddern (co-creator of style components, one of the most used CSS-in-JS library). There's so much to learn seeing two great JS and CSS developers discuss and think loud on how they would write JSX code.

Readings for Lunch — [ 24 Aug 2017 ]

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Microsoft is now the organization with the most open source contributors on GitHub.
The times they are a-changin. (source)

CAREER

Is it better for a designer to be a generalist or specialist?

Should I specialize or should I do a little bit of everything?

One thing is certain: figuring out what you want to be doing and who is in your target market for design, can be tough when starting out.

RETRO COMPUTERS

What it's like to use an original Macintosh in 2017?

The Internet Archive’s new software emulator will take you back to 1984.

Readings for Lunch — [ 22 Aug 2017 ]

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Fourteen wind turbines in a line. (source)

COLLABORATION

A manifesto for working in teams

"When working relationships in teams turn sour and there is a pervading sense of mistrust, dissent and ill-feeling, there are usually patterns and clues to the problems which I now recognise."

JAVASCRIPT

Thinking JavaScript

"I was teaching a JavaScript workshop the other day and one of the attendees asked me a JS brain teaser during the lunch break that really got me thinking."

Readings for Lunch — [ 21 Aug 2017 ]

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#VisibleWomen hashtag on Twitter (source)

MENTAL HEALTH

Hello, depression.

"I’ve tried so hard to get rid of you! For years I thought I could just ignore you. That you’d go away on your own. That I’d grow out of you. […]
But alas, here we are again."

AGILE

The death of Agile courses

We are going to witness the collapse of the agile training industry. There will be no more agile courses because Agile will be the new normal.

Readings for Lunch — [ 16 Aug 2017 ]

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Rome, Pontesisto – Trastevere (source)

PLANNING

How we do sprint planning at Made by Many

At Made by Many, sprint planning is a key ritual that the full core team attends on day one of a new sprint, especially during the Proof of concept and Go to market phases of projects.

PROGRAMMING

The best way to learn to code is to code

Learning to code can be tough. One of the biggest challenges I faced when I was learning was how to make the jump from learning resources and little practice challenges that teach you coding basics to full blown apps.

Readings for Lunch — [ 11 Aug 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY

An emoji-based periodic ⚛ table 💥 (source) – I know, already published last week, but… I mean… 👏💯🙌

GIT

gitmoji – An emoji guide for your commit messages 🔝

Stop having boring commit messages 💤, spice them up with some 🌶

AI

DeepMoji – Artificial emotional intelligence 🤖

DeepMoji has learned to understand emotions 🤗 and sarcasm 🤓 based on millions of emojis. Type a sentence to see it in action (ok, not very accurate 😜 )

Readings for Lunch — [ 09 Aug 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY

There are 16 circles in this picture. Can you see them?
(check also all the other incredible illusions here)

PROGRAMMING

The Shocking Secret About Static Types

The popularity of TypeScript has really exploded recently. But can it be that TypeScript solves a problem that it doesn’t actually solve — at least, not to any significant degree?

SCIENCE

This weird moon of Saturn has some essential ingredients for life

Two new studies add to the mounting evidence that Titan — Saturn's moon of clouds, lakes and complex organic chemistry — could be home to life.

Readings for Lunch — [ 08 Aug 2017 ]

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"Study of a Bull" by Picasso – (source)

TYPOGRAPHY

Two Types: The Faces of Britain

The story of two of Britain's most iconic typefaces – Johnston and Gill Sans – in this amazing documentary. (I don't know if it's visible outside UK, sorry if it's not).

ART

The Picasso You Didn't Know

Pablo Picasso's work as illustrator and designer is often little known. But his artistic talent in these fields was not less than in painting and sculpture.

Readings for Lunch — [ 07 Aug 2017 ]

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"Free Speech" by xkcd (source)

GENDER

So, about this Googler’s manifesto.

Don't know yours, but yesterday my timeline has been completely taken over by the "Googler's Manifesto". Here a quite strong reaction from a former senior Googler, that somehow has become the "de-facto" response to it.

NODE

Get ready: A new V8 is coming, Node.js performance is changing.

How the performance characteristics of v8’s Turbofan will affect the way we optimize.

Readings for Lunch — [ 04 Aug 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
Boeing just drew an enormous aeroplane in the sky (source / explanation)

LANGUAGES

Elm Semantics for JavaScript Developers

A walk through the big ideas of Elm, with reference to what you already know from JS, without getting dragged down by what you actually type. There will be no code examples.

DESIGN

Buttons in Design Systems

Buttons are arguably a design system’s most important component. In this Smashing Conf talk Nathan Curtis not only goes through all the complexities and oddities of this UI elements, but shows how a designer "thinks" from a more engineering perspective.

Readings for Lunch — [ 02 Aug 2017 ]

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Camels crossing the highway in UAE desert – Via Guillermo Orellana (source)

DESIGN

Your UX Team Needs a Design Technologist. Here’s Why.

At Microsoft, they are known as design developers or integrators, at Google, UX engineers and at Amazon, design technologists. What they do have in common is the ability to solve design problems via writing code.

UX DESIGN

Another Lens

Airbnb have developed a user-research toolkit to help their designers create products and services that are inclusive and useful for most people.