Web Design Weekly #169

January 19, 2015 - Jake Bresnehan

Headlines

The 2014 CSS Report

A great report by Alex McPherson that looks at how the CSS land is evolving. He downloaded CSS files from over 8,000 domains and aggregated the data into one awesome post. (quickleft.com)

io.js is here!

io.js is a JavaScript platform built on Chrome’s V8 runtime. This project began as a fork of Joyent’s Node.js and is compatible with the npm ecosystem. (iojs.org)

Protect Your App and Prevent Code Theft

You invested a lot in your application. What if someone changes your code and uses it for free? JScrambler protects your application making it less vulnerable to fraud or any other attacks. Give it a try and see for yourself. (jscrambler.com)

Articles

Strategies for Keeping CSS Specificity Low

Keeping CSS Specificity low isn’t an easy task and in most projects can quickly get out of control before you know it. In this post Chris Coyier shares some tips and tricks to help you avoid it as much as possible. (css-tricks.com)

Designing For the Slow Web

The slow web is about getting out of our user’s way. It’s about reducing the noise, not adding to it. It’s about providing real quality, not quantity. It’s about turning down the volume and letting our users enjoy the quiet. So how might we design for the slow web? (uxmas.com)

HTTPS

As lots of people migrate from HTTP to HTTPS somethings have to break. (adactio.com)

Towards declarative touch interactions (iamralpht.github.io)

Webpack vs Browserify (gist.github.com)

Tools / Resources

Using in WordPress

Rory Douglas explains with a little bit of tinkering how you can be up and running with the element on your WordPress site. (terrificwebdesign.net)

JavaScript in 2015 – A whole new world

A nice short and well executed screencast by Glen Maddern covering a 2015 JavaScript workflow. Make time for this! (glenmaddern.com)

Learn Git – New Video Course

A new video course with almost 50 high-quality videos makes learning Git & version control a breeze. (git-tower.com)

Sass Guidelines

A great resource for keeping your Sass on track by Hugo Giraudel. Hugo also did a nice write up – Introducing Sass Guidleines on his blog which is worth a read. (sass-guidelin.es)

A Sass implementation of the Golden Grid System

A completely responsive, fluid grid system. (jellyvision.github.io)

Extensive slide deck on Functional Programming in JavaScript (scott.sauyet.com)

Building high quality services at Uber with Node.js (youtube.com)

A curated list of awesome remote jobs and resources (github.com)

Commonly used snippets for Jekyll sites (github.com)

Inspiration

Code With Me

The talented John Brown gives a little insight into creative coding and explores some ways to help us get started. (youtube.com)

Tips for Staying Focused While Working From Home

Getting to work from home can truly be both a blessing and a curse. You get to avoid stressful commutes and thus save money on gas/maintenance. You get to enjoy a bit more flexibility in your daily schedule. But as with most good things, there are downsides. (jobety.com)

The Most Hearted Pens of 2014 (codepen.io)

Where to work (medium.com)

Jobs

Front-End Web Developer, Wake Forest University

Wake Forest University is looking for a passionate developer to work with clients to create and manage content within the content management system maintained by Communications and External Relations. The position will guide end-users on their web presence, explain the CMS to them, and collaborate with other members of CER. (wakejobs.com)

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From The Blog

The Low Down on Lo-Dash

A basic introduction into the super useful Lo-Dash library. If you are a seasoned JavaScript developer or have just started, you should definitely check it out. (web-design-weekly.com)

Last but not least…

New animation controls in Chrome Canary (valhead.com)

Firefox 35 Released (mozilla.org)