The roadmap for progressive web apps from Microsoft; not just their support plans, but also some ideas for distribution.
Friday, July 15th, 2016
From the ARPANET to the internet, this is a great history of the Domain Name System:
Root DNS servers operate in safes, inside locked cages. A clock sits on the safe to ensure the camera feed hasn’t been looped. Particularly given how slow DNSSEC implementation has been, an attack on one of those servers could allow an attacker to redirect all of the Internet traffic for a portion of Internet users. This, of course, makes for the most fantastic heist movie to have never been made.
Susan describes the process behind creating Bocoup’s style guide…
Thursday, July 14th, 2016
This is relevant to my interests because I think I’m supposed to be a senior developer. Or maybe a technical director. I’m really not sure (job titles suck).
Anyway, I very much appreciate the idea that a technical leadership position isn’t just about technical skills, but also communication and connectedness.
When we boiled down what we’re looking for, we came away with 12 traits that divide pretty cleanly along those three areas of responsibility: technical capability, leadership, and community.
For someone like me with fairly mediocre technical capability, this is reassuring.
Now if I only I weren’t also mediocre in those other areas too…
A handy tool for testing the legibility of different typefaces under all sorts of conditions.
Wednesday, July 13th, 2016
Here’s a fun game to help practice those CSS selectors.
Did you know that Abby Covert’s book is available online in its gloriously hyperlinked entirety?
Tuesday, July 12th, 2016
I really, really like what Ember is aiming for here:
That’s how you get the holy grail of resilience and performance:
Subsequent visits and interactions are therefore nearly instantaneous, because they don’t rely on the network.
I sincerely hope other frameworks are paying attention to this layered approach.
Oh, and I also like this observation:
There’s an age-old argument about the difference between “web pages” and “web apps”. In reality, there’s a continuum between the two.
Moonscape is a free and freely shareable high-definition documentary about the first manned Moon landing. Funded and produced by space enthusiasts from all over the world, it shows the full Apollo 11 landing and moonwalk, using only the original audio, TV and film footage and the original photographs, rescanned and restored from the best available sources, with full English subtitles (other languages will follow).
I’ve always loved the way that Edward Tufte consistently uses Bembo to typeset his books. Here’s a version made for screen and freely licensed.
The Search For The Holy Grail: How I Ended Up With Element Queries, And How You Can Use Them Today – Smashing Magazine
Depending on how you’re currently structuring your CSS and class attributes, web components might not make all that much of a difference to your workflow.
A handy Chrome extension to simulate different kinds of visual impairment.
Friday, July 8th, 2016
Margaret Hamilton’s code after scanning and transcribing.
Thursday, July 7th, 2016
You can think of this as a short book or a long article, but either way it’s a handy overview of typography on the web:
A concise, referential guide on best web typographic practices.
Mind you, I take issue with this assertion:
Establishing a vertical rhythm is simple.