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Sending Emails Asynchronously Through AWS SES

by Leonardo Losoviz

Sending many transactional emails at once, if not architected properly, could become a bottleneck for the application and degrade the user experience. Part of the problem is connecting to the SMTP server from within the application, synchronously. In …

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Sharing Data Among Multiple Servers Through AWS S3

by Leonardo Losoviz

When creating a multi-step form in which a file is uploaded and manipulated, if the application is running on several servers behind a load balancer, then we need to make sure that the file is available all throughout the execution of the process, …

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The Value Of Storyboarding For Product Design

by Joshua Bumcrot

By creating understandable and tangible visuals, companies will decrease interdepartmental miscommunications and increase overall productivity. This article is for anyone who wants to develop a product and improve internal communication.

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SmashingConf San Francisco 2019

Better estimates and pricing, applying psychology to UX, design workflow, refactoring, moving to a static site setup, CSS Grid techniques, performance and deployment patterns for HTTP/2.

Explore all speakers and topics → Welcome SmashingConf San Francisco 2019, with everything on naming conventions, security audit, front-end architecture, rendering performance, CSS Grid Layout, PWA, Vue.js, Webpack.

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Phil Hawksworth, the person of the week

Person Of The Week

Phil Hawksworth’s career in web development spans almost 20 years. After years of working at agencies helping clients such as Nike, Google, Beats By Dre, and Samsung bring engaging and effective experiences to the widest audience possible, he returned to working on a product this year: as head of Developer Relations at Netlify, the fastest-growing automation and hosting platform for modern websites. With a passion for browser technologies and the empowering properties of the web, Phil loves seeking out ingenuity and simplicity, especially in places where over-engineering is common. Thank you for sharing and caring, dear Phil!


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The Magic Of The Network Effect

“An idea shared is more powerful than one that’s hidden. A technology standard outperforms a proprietary one. A community is stronger than divided individuals ever could be.” Seth Godin wrote a short but meaningful post on the network effect.

Design Systems

Meet Design Systems, a recent Smashing book in which Alla Kholmatova explores how to set up an effective design system to create great digital products. With common traps, gotchas and lessons learned.

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