The latest explainer/game from Nicky Case is an absolutely brilliant interactive piece on small world networks.
Some great ideas here about using metaphors when explaining technical topics.
I really like these four guidelines for good metaphors:
Such a great primer on game theory—well worth half an hour of your time.
This is a fun—and accurate—explanation of service workers.
There’s definitely something “alien” about a service worker—it’s kind of like a virus that gets installed on the user’s device. I’ve taken to describing it as “a man-in-the-middle attack on your own website” which makes sound a bit scarier than is necessary.
A really clear introduction to the pieces of a URL by Vera, who is setting out on her career as a front-end developer.
Bookmark this page! Who knew that so much knowledge could be condensed into one document? In this case, it’s life-saving
git commands, explained in a user-centred way.
So here are some bad situations I’ve gotten myself into, and how I eventually got myself out of them in plain english.
How the Web Works: A Primer for Newcomers to Web Development (or anyone, really) by Preethi Kasireddy
This is a great reminder of the fundamental nuts’n’bolts of the internet and the World Wide Web: clients, servers, URLs, DNS, HTTP, TCP/IP, packet switching, and all the other building blocks we sometimes take for granted.
This is part one of a four-part series:
- A Primer for Newcomers to Web Development (or anyone, really)
- Client-Server Model & the Structure of a Web Application
- HTTP & REST
- Stay tuned…
Sounds like a good exercise for explaining just about anything. Smart.
A superb explanation of rhetorical devices by Ethan.
Easy as Pie Ajax Requests - Create compelling ajax in minutes with simple examples. | Notes from Phazm
This is a good straightforward hands-on explanation of Ajax: succinct and clear.