Month: October 2017

Readings for Lunch — [ 30 Oct 2017 ]

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Sunset – by Elia Contini (source)

RECRUITING

No, I have no side code projects to show you

“When I said I have no side projects to show, what they heard – what interviewers hear – is: I am not the best. I am not a passionate developer. I don't spend the necessary time to keep on top of my education and skills. That development is just a job.”

SCIENCE

Solar storm of 1859

The solar storm of 1859 was a powerful geomagnetic solar storm during solar cycle 10. A solar storm of this magnitude occurring today would cause widespread disruptions and damage to a modern and technology-dependent society.

Readings for Lunch — [ 26 Oct 2017 ]

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Ctrl+C. Ctrl+V, Ctrl+V, Ctrl+V… (source)

SOCIETY

It’s all about Me, Inc – how to get ahead in the age of egonomics

In a world ruled by social media, online image is the key to success, and now a host of services are springing up to optimise your personal brand –
by supplying fake followers, monetising your pets or revealing how to write an Amazon bestseller overnight.
(via April Apricot)

WEB

The Web for the entire world

One of the powers of the web is its tremendous reach.
With the growing reach of the internet, the web’s reach is further extending into new areas with new challenges.

Readings for Lunch — [ 25 Oct 2017 ]

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DESIGN

The icon journey

"Thanks for all the passionate feedback.
It has been very helpful, painful, and entertaining all at the same time.
We're changing the orange icon to blue for Stable and keeping green for Insiders."

LEARNING

Shuhari

Shuhari (Kanji: 守破離 Hiragana: しゅはり) is a Japanese martial art concept, and describes the stages of learning to mastery.

Readings for Lunch — [ 19 Oct 2017 ]

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Lego is launching a new set dedicated to the pioneering Women of NASA (source)

WBPERF

Size Limit: Make the Web lighter

Size Limit is a tool to prevent JavaScript libraries bloat. In this article, an example of how it can help to slim down a JS bundle considerably (5.000 times!).

WEB

Building unified documentation for the web

A big bold move from the main browser vendors (Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Samsung) to create a unified documentation platform. Unified and Universal, these are the words that you’ll hear more and more in the next years.

Readings for Lunch — [ 17 Oct 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
Antarctica from space (source)

WORKPLACE

From an internal Basecamp announcement re: pings/IMs

“Recently in Basecamp we noticed some internal behavior around pings (direct/instant messages) that we didn’t like. We decided to post an internal announcement detailing the problem as we saw it. We also suggested ways to improve the efficacy of a ping, and reduce the burden of empty notifications for everyone.”

SCIENCE

New frontier for science as astronomers witness neutron stars colliding

Extraordinary event has been ‘seen’ for the first time, in both gravitational waves and light – ending decades-old debate about where gold comes from. Also, watch the video animation here.

Readings for Lunch — [ 16 Oct 2017 ]

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A comprehensive examination of the phenomenon of adorable, life-size Japanese characters getting stuck in places. (source)

DESIGN

More Padding, Please!

The power of padding in product design. Because white space is not empty space, and is not wasted space!

DESIGN SYSTEMS

Thinking in Symbols for Universal Design

A superb talk by Benjamin Wilkins, Design Technologist at AirBnB, about the idea of "symbols" in design and how they are using them to automate their work.

Readings for Lunch — [ 13 Oct 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
8 years on Twitter vs. 8 months on Facebook (source)

STYLING

With styled-components into the future

A transcript of a talk Phil Plückthun gave on the 11th of October, 2017, at WEBdeLDN.
"styled-components has changed a lot in its past. And we are not even done yet!"

BUSINESS

Why Trello failed to Build a $1 billion+ business

Trello was so focused on building its free customer base first and monetizing later; by the time it looked to its paid subscribers, it was too late — they’d already moved on.

Readings for Lunch — [ 12 Oct 2017 ]

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UX

Ask me how Hulu stole $6.00 from me with this one sneaky UX trick

"Yep, that’s me. You’re probably wondering how I got here in the first place. Back in 2015, Cinnamon Toast Crunch had a commercial to the tune of Kelis’ Milkshake. It was…
The worst. Commercial. Ever.
Or was it the best?
Since it got me to upgrade to a commercial free Hulu account (+$3.00)"

UNIX

Origins and History of Unix, 1969-1995

A notorious ‘second-system effect‘ often afflicts the successors of small experimental prototypes.
The urge to add everything that was left out the first time around all too frequently leads to huge and overcomplicated design.

Readings for Lunch — [ 06 Oct 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
If every European secession movement succeeded
(The Balkanization of Europe) (source)

REACT

Lessons from migrating a large codebase to React 16

Discord just launched our React 16 based app and wanted to share the experience and some tips they learned along the way.

OOP

Less – The path to better design

Blast from the past: Sandy Metz (one of the heroes of yours truly) about Design,
what it means in OOP and why it’s important to keep it simple.

Readings for Lunch — [ 06 Oct 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
If every European secession movement succeeded
(The Balkanization of Europe) (source)

REACT

Lessons from migrating a large codebase to React 16

Discord just launched our React 16 based app and wanted to share the experience and some tips they learned along the way.

OOP

Less – The path to better design

Blast from the past: Sandy Metz (one of the heroes of yours truly) about Design,
what it means in OOP and why it’s important to keep it simple.

Readings for Lunch — [ 03 Oct 2017 ]

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From the Apple chess engine code (source)

JAVASCRIPT

Time for IntersectionObserver

A very interesting and insightful talk on this new promising web API, that can be used to efficiently perform tasks (like lazy loading content, tracking impressions, animation triggers) that usually relied on scroll handlers to detect when to trigger such actions, with huge impact on the page performance.

MIND

Consciousness: why bother?

Via Vitaly Sharovatov
“I believe that consciousness does have value. […] My research group has demonstrated such a value for conscious experience for people performing simple signal-detection tasks in the lab. Two people, through talking to each about their conscious experience, can achieve better performance than either of them working on their own.”

Readings for Lunch — [ 03 Oct 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
From the Apple chess engine code (source)

JAVASCRIPT

Time for IntersectionObserver

A very interesting and insightful talk on this new promising web API, that can be used to efficiently perform tasks (like lazy loading content, tracking impressions, animation triggers) that usually relied on scroll handlers to detect when to trigger such actions, with huge impact on the page performance.

MIND

Consciousness: why bother?

Via Vitaly Sharovatov
“I believe that consciousness does have value. […] My research group has demonstrated such a value for conscious experience for people performing simple signal-detection tasks in the lab. Two people, through talking to each about their conscious experience, can achieve better performance than either of them working on their own.”