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The Battle Royale: Atom vs. Sublime

For most developers, text editors are just as sacred as discussing the proper way to say “gif.” Sublime Text has been the heavy hitter for some time and for good reason. As an avid Sublime user I decided to see where Atom stood since I last looked; the time of early beta stages.

What follows is my experience during a period of five days using the Open Source code editor from GitHub told through the perspective of a seasoned Sublime user.

Web Design Weekly #196

This week Maciej Cegłowski published another cracking post that reflects on the history of Web Design. Chris Coyier looks into preprocessing CSS and why we should be carful. Mark Otto runs over some ways to nest your Sass and Less correctly and so much more. Enjoy.

Creating Better CSS

For most web developers we are knee deep in CSS on a daily basis. This can be a good or bad thing. It really depends on the state of the CSS. A well-organised codebase can be a pleasure to work with but, generally speaking, most CSS is a complete nightmare, especially on larger projects.

Web Design Weekly #195

A great post but Guillermo Raunch about delivering a Pure UI experience during development. Margaret Stewart wrote about Facebook’s business design principles. Wes Bos explored the power of using Oh-My-ZSH and Z to take your command skills to the next level and more. Enjoy.

Web Design Weekly #194

Mat Marquis writes an open letter to browser representatives and implementers stressing the need to adapt to the realities of the way we all work to help push the Extensible Web Manifesto to the next level. Paul Irish does a detailed performance audit on Reddit’s new mobile site. Jonathan Snook explores a few reason why creating independent modules in CSS is difficult. Paul Lewis tests Reacts performance and so much more. Enjoy.

Web Design Weekly #193

Steven Bradley wraps up his epic 7 post series on Design Principles. Jeff Walker dives into the state of JS Build Tools. More talk about why Web Components will make the web a better place. Lea Verou’s new CSS Secrets book is now available and so much more.

Web Design Weekly #192

Writing CSS isn’t easy, especially at a large scale. Thankfully we have Glen Maddern and a few other super smart people exploring how we might author CSS in the not too distant future. Also Ian Feather investigates some of the most practical questions and issues still remaining with Web Components today. Luke Wroblewski explains why drop downs should be the UI of last resort and more.

Web Design Weekly #191

Paul Ford produced one of the best articles of the year last week, What is Code? which is a must read. Alex Russell explores Progressive Apps. Jake Giltsoff released an amazing resource about SVGs for the web. Envato also released there re structure style guide and some much more.

Basic Performant Sharing Buttons

This is a lightweight, simple solution for adding sharing buttons to your site. Like many things, there are many ways to achieve this but the main goal of this solution is performance.

Every major social network provides an easy way to add sharing buttons to your site, but the downside of many of these is each button loads various scripts and stylesheets increasing the page weight. Generally speaking, say you wanted to have 4 sharing buttons (Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn) it’s more than likely you will be loading 8+ extra resources.

Using the provided solutions from the major networks is convenient, but less then ideal if performance is a main priority.

Web Design Weekly #190

A really great article by Nicole Fenton that explores way to write better interface copy. Wilson Page wrote about the current state of Web Components. Brent Jackson explains how to set up a static site with React and Webpack and so much more. Enjoy.