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Web Development Reading List #108

Last week I asked for some comments on how web development got more complex in my opinion and I got great feedback1. It’s great to see a good discussion as the outcome, and I say “thank you” for all your support – whether financially or some kind words you sent me via email. Have a great weekend y’all!

Further Reading on SmashingMag: Link

News Link

  • Here’s bad news. Again, a very bad Flash security vulnerability has been found5, and there’s no fix on the way yet — apart from uninstalling Flash. If you can’t do that, please use click-to-play and be very careful. You might also want to tell your friends about this problem. Let’s hope Adobe will supply a fix soon.

General Link

  • Cody Lindley’s massive efforts resulted in a great resource for folks who are new to our industry: The Front-end Handbook6 is an open and free book about how to get started in the web industry. It not only shares the basic technological aspects but also business and social advice.

Concepts & Design Link

  • The founders of Teehan+Lax, now at Facebook, shared a massive set of iOS9 GUI templates7 which you can use for free with Photoshop or Sketch (only for mock-ups though, according to the license).
iOS GUI Templates8
A massive set of iOS9 UI templates for Photoshop and Sketch.

Tools Link

  • Jack Franklin started reflecting on the state of front-end tooling after a conference attendee asked him why he uses all those tools in his stack. Interesting thoughts with some very good advice on using what we feel comfortable with.
  • I often stumble across browser extensions that are very cool. However, a lot of them are Chrome-only, so as a Firefox user I often get neglected. Luckily, Firefox changed its extension ecosystem to use WebExtensions, which makes it super easy to convert a Chrome to a Firefox extension.

Security Link

  • If you’re building an application with node.js you may want to read the node.js security checklist9 that helps you circumvent lot of security pitfalls.

Privacy Link

  • A recent report explains how the NSA breaks our crypto10. It even seems that they break Diffie-Hellman primes, meaning that HTTPS/VPN wouldn’t be secure anymore.

Web Performance Link


CSS / Sass Link

Work & Life Link

  • The worst situation as a developer is when you’re constantly interrupted during your work21. It massively affects productivity and code quality and should be avoided by company managers at all cost.
  • Companies often struggle with the communication with their employees. To avoid conflicts, Zach Holman shares a way to let people in the company opt-in to business details22. An idea to put an end to the “why do we have to build this crap?” question.
  • While the article “The Elephant in the Room” is a bit biased, it shows how difficult it is to make money with apps. It takes the example of Marco Arment’s most recent move to offer his podcast app on a donation-basis and compares it to developers who need to make a living from apps and struggle to charge for updates.

Go beyond… Link

  • We can’t look into someone else’s mind. And sometimes this bothers us. We struggle with ourselves, thinking of impostor syndrome and comparing ourselves to the cool people on social media. However, these people are often not that different from us. Nobody Knows What The Hell They Are Doing23 reveals that we’re all in the same boat.
  • This week, Tesla pushed a new software update to its cars, enabling them to drive on autopilot. This is the first car in public that can do this24 and it seems to work great. I’m curious how it will work out for them and moreover what the impact on the industry will be.

And with that I’ll close for this week. If you like what I write each week, please support me with a donation25 or share this resource with other people. You can learn more about the costs of the project here26. It’s available via E-Mail, RSS and online.

Thanks and all the best,

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is a freelance front-end developer and architect and cares about sustainable front-end experiences and ethical choices in life. He curates the WDRL, a weekly handcrafted web development newsletter that thousands of developers love, subscribe to, and donate for.

  1. 1

    great summary, thank you!

  2. 2

    Front-end Handbook – great content covered for front end developers with some nice reference links.

  3. 3

    Flash security issues…again. Laughable.

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    „Here’s bad news. Again, a very bad Flash security vulnerability has been found, and there’s no fix on the way yet — apart from uninstalling Flash. “

    That’s probably the best solution ever. ;)

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    Love the selection every time I read this.. Keep it going!

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    Uninstalling Flash. Well. The option for the folks who never EVER heard of Flash-Block ^_^

    cu, w0lf.

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    Great series, I especially enjoyed the article on how developers hate being interrupted.

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    best online responsive website builder

    October 31, 2015 8:28 am

    Hi there, I check your blog on a regular basis. Your humoristic style is awesome, keep it up!


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