Month: September 2017

Readings for Lunch — [ 29 Sep 2017 ]

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Apple Park compared to the Vatican at the same scale. (source)

ALGORITHMS

JavaScript: untangling Array#sort

If you thought you knew exactly how JavaScript’s Array#sort works under the hood, think twice.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Two museums are having a fight on Twitter

It all started with this rather innocuous tweet, during the Natural History Museum's Ask a Curator event on Twitter, where users could post questions.
The resulting back and forth is both amusing and educational…

Readings for Lunch — [ 26 Sep 2017 ]

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MICROSOFT

Satya Nadella rewrites Microsoft’s code

Microsoft’s CEO has stopped infighting, restored morale, and created more than $250 billion in market value. All it took was focusing on what matters most.

FRONTEND

Components, patterns and sh*t it’s hard to deal with

Everyone has a pattern library or dreams about having one. We went through conversations and the codification of our visual dictionary and then we ended up with a beautiful living document.

Readings for Lunch — [ 22 Sep 2017 ]

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Cat photo by Marko Blažević (source)

PERFORMANCE

A React And Preact Progressive Web App Performance Case Study: Treebo

“What they saw compared to their old mobile site was a 70%+ improvement in time to first paint , 31% improvement in time-to-interactive, loaded in under 4s over 3G for many typical visitors.”

DESIGN

Design Ops — A New Discipline

Andy Budd (Clearleft) explains what it means "DesignOps", a relatively new term, and why it matters for scaling design in an organisation.

Readings for Lunch — [ 22 Sep 2017 ]

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Cat photo by Marko Blažević (source)

PERFORMANCE

A React And Preact Progressive Web App Performance Case Study: Treebo

“What they saw compared to their old mobile site was a 70%+ improvement in time to first paint , 31% improvement in time-to-interactive, loaded in under 4s over 3G for many typical visitors.”

DESIGN

Design Ops — A New Discipline

Andy Budd (Clearleft) explains what it means "DesignOps", a relatively new term, and why it matters for scaling design in an organisation.

Readings for Lunch — [ 19 Sep 2017 ]

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A subglacial cave found in Antarctica, that researchers think could reveal new undiscovered animal or plant species (source)

PEOPLE

Penny Chenery, Owner of the Triple Crown Winner Secretariat, Dies at 95

Via Liliana Bragadin
Ms. Chenery knew little about horse racing when she took over her father’s thoroughbred farm, but she became a major figure in the racing industry. An incredible story. And an amazing movie too.

FUN

Visualizing the hidden drama of life’s most mundane events with a single line

The flip of a switch. The bounce of a spring. The collapse of a tower of blocks. In the hands of artist Daihei Shibata, the minutiae of everyday life are downright thrilling.

Readings for Lunch — [ 14 Sep 2017 ]

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The Uncomfortable – A collection of deliberately inconvenient everyday objects by Athens-based architect Katerina Kamprani (source)

THINK

Lazy creative

Our brains are lazy. Well, that’s not exactly fair. Our brains are great at conserving energy.

But, the more constraints we are given, the more creative we get. The constraints knock us off of our lazy path to less creative and familiar solutions.

FRONT-END

Is there any value in people who cannot write JavaScript?

“Is there a place in the industry for people who just write css and html?” – Mandy Michael thoughts and considerations triggered by this question.

Also, Brad Frost on the same line of thought: Full-stack Developers

Readings for Lunch — [ 12 Sep 2017 ]

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SECURITY

Chrome’s plan to distrust Symantec certificates

At the end of July, the Chrome team and the PKI community converged upon a plan to reduce, and ultimately remove, trust in Symantec’s infrastructure in order to uphold users’ security and privacy when browsing the web.

DEVELOPMENT

Story of retry

Day 1. The beginning.

👨 John
We need to make an HTTP service for getting user name by its id.
🤓 Carl
Oh, but we already have one, it is http://internal.com.

Readings for Lunch — [ 11 Sep 2017 ]

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The evolution of data storage (source)

REACT

How we built our React Native app

"Last year we launched our PWA with an aim to improve the experience of our users on slow and inconsistent network connections."

PERFORMANCE

Optimizing web servers for high throughput and low latency

This is an expanded version of a talk at NginxConf 2017. An SRE on the Dropbox Traffic Team, is responsible for their Edge network: its reliability, performance, and efficiency.

Readings for Lunch — [ 08 Sep 2017 ]

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Color Models by xkcd (source)

METHODOLOGIES

The alignment

Can we write successful enterprise software without challenging assumptions? Here's what Alberto Brandolini (a.k.a. Ziobrando) discovered using EventStorming as a blade to cut through business, software and organisation dysfunctions.

DEVOPS

Rapid release at massive scale

This year Facebook moved to a quasi-continuous push system, delivering tens to hundreds of code changes to the website every few hours.

Readings for Lunch — [ 07 Sep 2017 ]

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Ancient arrowhead found in a bypass dig at Washingborough (source)

LIFE

My little Suomi

A post by Varia Stepanova about small things she noticed in her new basic life as immigrant in Finland.

FUN

The State of Design

I don't agree too much with this analysis, but I have to admit that the choice of the images for the article is simply perfect.

Readings for Lunch — [ 04 Sep 2017 ]

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"We are just looking. For a ray of light. To shine through. The thick clouds." – Davide 'Folletto' Casali (source)

SPORT

Thoughts on getting into cycling

How road cycling changed James Higgs' life and made him a better person. Lovely writeup from an amazing person. Just a quote: “The human body — including yours — is capable of way, way more than most people think.”

TOOLS

The Airbnb Tool That’s Changing UI Design

It's called Lottie and it's Airbnb’s own UX prototyping tool, developed by Abdul-Karim and a pair of engineers at the company.