Introducing Little Island

From the beginning of my web development career around 9 years ago I have always been fascinated by the fact that with a laptop anywhere in the world we can create and sell products online.

During my early development years the thought of creating products drove my passion to learn, read and experiment.

So after many months of procrastinating, designing and developing I’m happy to launch the beginning of Little Island.

Potentially the Best File on the Internet for Web Developers

Of course this is a big call, but having utilised various parts of this file on many occasions with large amounts of success, it sure does rank as an important resource, especially as server configuration is not my strong point.

So, what is this file I am talking about?

WOW! Bringing you the 200th issue!

For those who are keen to know a little history. WDW’s first issue was sent out on the 1st of July 2011 with about 15 subscribers. That’s over 4 years ago! Today, the subscriber count is around 23,400 and growing on an average of 150 a week. Each week contains about 20 links, so that’s about 4,000 awesome links that have been sent out worldwide.

To think that over 23,000 people let me email them once a week is truly astounding. This is something that I cherish and gives me the incentive to continue to make sure each and every issue of WDW is top notch.

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.

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Hot Links

Diffee

Instant visual diffing with CSS blend modes!

A handy little site built by Una Kravets that enables you to easily compare your development site against your production one. Oh and you can even test locally hosted addresses which is awesome.

A Look Into Web Design Weekly

The team over at Campaign Monitor did a little interview with me that looks into how Web Design Weekly has grown over the years.

Web Design Weekly doesn’t just incorporate email marketing into their marketing tactics — it IS email. Jake uses Campaign Monitor to grow his audience and believes that consistency is the key to his success. He’s kept it simple, and that’s worked extremely well for Web Design Weekly.

CSS and Scalability

When I read about or listen to ideas on how to scale an app’s css – most of the talk is about how to write css. The real way to scale css, is to stop writing css. Abstract out the things you use most and move to a multi-class pattern where you compose visual patterns in your html. You might be amazed at how quickly your team starts to move.

If you write CSS, this is a must read.

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