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Grumpicon – A Web app for the Grunticon workflow.

Grumpicon is a browser-based app. Just drag and drop your SVG files onto the browser window and it will return a downloadable zip that mirrors the output you’d get from the command-line tool.

Big ups to the Filament Group and Eric Ponto!

Front-End Ops

A front-end operations engineer is not a title you’ve likely come across, but hopefully one that you will. Such a person would need to be an expert at serving and hosting front-end resources. They’d need to be pros at Grunt (or something similar) and have strong opinions about modules. They would find the best ways to piece together the parts of a Web application, and they’d be pros at versioning, caching and deployment.

A front-end operations engineer would own external performance. They would be critical of new HTTP requests, and they would constantly be measuring file size and page-load time. They wouldn’t necessarily always worry about the number of times that a loop can run in a second — that’s still an application engineer’s job. They own everything past the functionality.

One for the front-end developers out there. With more application logic being deferred to the client side, Alex Sexton makes the case that front-end developers should transition to front-end operation engineers; becoming “the bridge between an application’s intent and an application’s reality”.

Psychedelic Grunt Plugins

A few months ago, I started to research build processes to help improve the pattern we currently follow at work. During my research I somehow ended up configuring Grunt and discovered the true awesomeness it has to offer. Unfortunately, so far I haven’t managed to integrate it into our workflow, but for my after-hours development, it has become an integral part of the way things roll.

Web Design Weekly #93

The amount of content being added to the web every week is truly amazing. It still blows my mind. This week was big. Some of the highlights include the great Request Quest site by Jake Archibald. Tim Kadlec’s thoughts on why we need responsive images. Brad Frost’s Atomic Web Design article. Alex Sextons Smashing Magazine article and so much more. It was a big week to say the least. Enjoy!

WDW Survey

Just a little survey to help me make the weekly newsletter better.If you could take the time to answer the 4 questions that would be greatly appreciated.

Web Design Weekly #92

Oli Studholme gives a great run down on why you should look into using Normalize.css. Camino reaches the end. Estelle Weyl looks into a Clown Cat technique. James Long dives deep into JavaScript generators and loads more. Enjoy.

Web Design Weekly #91

Another huge week! Included is a great piece by Stephanie Walter about the State of Responsive Web Design. Details about Opera Next running Blink. Chris Coyier provides a handy/reminder of the logic that can be user when constructing media queries. Brad Frost released his new creation, the Pattern Lab and the YUI Team open sourced a small set of responsive CSS modules called Pure. Enjoy.

Web Design Weekly #90

Paul Irish explores new features of the Chrome developer tools at this years Google I/O conference. Rebecca Murphy shares some great tips on writing testable JavaScript. Smashing Magazine has a great article about how easy using Flexbox is. Tom McFarlin goes into some great detail about design patters in WordPress. Nicholas C. Zakas explores companies uses of GitHub and loads more. Enjoy!

Chrome DevTools Revolutions 2013

Paul Irish:

As the complexity of the web apps you build keeps moving, so do the Chrome DevTools. We’ll give you the latest update on your favorite companion; explore new features like emulating mobile devices, remote debugging, Canvas and WebGL profiling, Sass preprocessor support, developing completely within Chrome using the new Workspaces support, and 20 other features that are brand-new to you and will hugely improve your development.

Make time for this one if you use the dev tools. The future is bright!

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