Archive: January, 2014

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Friday, January 31st, 2014

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

You Might Not Need jQuery

A handy resource if you’re used to using jQuery for everything but you want to try going JavaScript commando.

Don’t get me wrong: jQuery is great, but for a lot of projects, you might not need 90% of the functionality it provides. So try starting with vanilla JS and only pulling in jQuery if and when you need it.

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Why is Progressive Enhancement so unpopular? — All in the head

Like Drew, I’ve noticed some real hostility to the idea of progressive enhancement recently. Like Drew, I don’t really understand where this attitude comes from. It’s not like progressive enhancement prevents you from doing anything you would do otherwise: it’s just another way of approaching the way you build for the web.

I hope I’m wrong, but I suspect that some developers are letting their tools dictate their principles—the tail wagging the dog (where the tail is Angular, Ember, etc.).

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Scrolling is easier than clicking

This observation by Josh seems obvious in hindsight (all the best insights do), but there’s a powerful idea there:

So here is the real difference: scrolling is a continuation; clicking is a decision. Scrolling is simply continuing to do what you’re currently doing, which is typically reading. Clicking, however, is asking the user to consider something new…is this new thing the same as what I’m already doing, or something new?

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Photography, hello — Software ate the camera, but freed the photograph by Craig Mod

Craig recently had a piece published in the New Yorker called Goodbye, Cameras. It’s good …but this follow-on piece on his own site is truly wonderful.

Read. Absorb. Ponder.

Being close to the network does not mean being on Facebook, thought it can mean that, too. It does not mean pushing low-res images to Instagram, although there’s nothing wrong with that. What the network represents, in my mind, is a sort of ledger of humanity. The great shared mind. An image’s distance to it is the difference between contributing or not contributing to that shared ledger.

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Huffduffer: Instapaper for Podcasts. — Hjertnes.me

Here’s a nice write-up of Huffduffer:

I don’t think Huffduffer is for everyone, and I don’t think Instapaper or Read it later services is for everyone. But if you are the kind of person that subscribe to a show just to listen to some or very few episodes, then huffduffer might be something for you.

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014