Websites sit on a design spectrum. On one end are applications, with their conditional logic, states, and flows—they’re software.
On the other end of the design spectrum are documents; sweet, modest documents with their pleasing knowableness and clear edges.
For better or worse, I am a document lover.
This is the context where I fell in love with design and the web. It is a love story, but it is also a ghost story.
A small but perfectly formed progressive web app. It’s a private, offline-first personal journal with no log-in and no server-stored data. You can read about the tech stack behind it:
Your notes are only stored on your device — they’re never sent to a server. You don’t even need to sign-in to use it! It works offline, so you can reflect upon your day on the slow train journey home.
I recently put the call out for freelance front-end devs on Twitter, and my experience mirrors Chris’s.
Not having a personal website was a turn-off. I don’t know if it matters industry-wide or not, but I’m one person with my own opinions and I’m the one making the call so it mattered here. A personal website is the clearest place I can get a sense of your taste, design ability, and writing ability.
A linkbaity title for a ranty post. But it’s justified.
My point is that from an architectural perspective, most single page apps are the result of making the wrong choices and missing important opportunities.
The difference between back-enders and front-enders is that the first work in only one environment, while the second have to work with myriad of environments that may hold unpleasant surprises.
An in-browser code editor from Mozilla Labs.
A great little tool for creating favicons.
Contribute to the pool of data by inputting how much time you've wasted watching the spinning beachball of death.
Hackday has a backnetwork. Nice work, Glenn. This may prove to be very handy.
The Future of Web Apps gets a write-up on the BBC site.
It's here... Patrick and Dan have unveiled their event management system and pretty sweet it is too.
An interesting looking lightweight framework for PHP.
Use your Mac laptop's motion sensor to get lightsaber sound effects.
Google Earth is now available for the Mac. Get downloading.
A nifty app for OS X that allows you to browse your iTunes music by album cover.