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Web Development Reading List #111: Preconnect, Dynamic Responsive Images, DOM Event Listeners

What’s going on in the industry? What new techniques have emerged recently? What insights, tools, tips and tricks is the web design community talking about? Anselm Hannemann1 is collecting everything that popped up over the last week in his web development reading list2 so that you don’t miss out on anything. The result is a carefully curated list of articles and resources that are worth taking a closer look at. — Ed.

Each week when reviewing links I’m grateful that so many people write such great articles. Useful technical articles that help you resolve front-end issues, inspirational articles that motivate you to enjoy work again, and sort of “social” articles that reveal that there are still start-ups out there that do their best to be meaningful, and not just seeking an exit strategy to sell out. I’d love more people in the world think like that, embrace their employees’ work time, try to force workaholics to stop working, and build health monitors in the team.

Further Reading on SmashingMag:

News Link

Concepts & Design Link

  • The Awesome collections got a new member: Awesome Stock Resources12 with a comprehensive overview of freely available stock photos and videos.
AVA test runner13

Tools Link

  • For me personally this is a very annoying thing: deprecated, abandoned branches in git repositories. A how to mass-delete local and remote branches14 is a good round-up of solutions to this problem, and just a good reminder to keep things clean and focused.
  • The new AVA test runner15 finally enables us to run tests much faster as it uses concurrency. You might want to check it out for your next project.
  • With iOS 9 Apple has introduced a new kind of WebView. A hint: with an iOS app you can test all available WebViews on iOS16 easily.

Security Link

  • Snyk17 finds and fixes known vulnerabilities in your Node.js dependencies. Also check out nsp18 which also can help you find vulnerabilities in your node.js applications.

Web Performance Link

JavaScript Link

Work & Life Link

Go beyond… Link

And with that I’ll close for this week. Please feel free to support me with a donation29 or share this resource with other people. You can learn more about the costs of the project here30. 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

    Ohhh no. I have more awesome stuff to read.


    *ohhh no* was a joke. :-)

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    Being able to unplug and “turn off” when you go home for the day is great, it’s just when you have bosses that have this mentality that the day is over “when the work is done” and “we’re paying you salary, so that doesn’t mean a hard 40hrs and you’re done”, it’s difficult to fight that urge to check an email, or answer a text or call after hours. You feel guilty for not doing it and feel like you’re going to hear about it the next day when you come in. Where I work (a higher ed institution), salaried employees are ‘officially’ a 35hr work week, but in our dept, it’s technically “when your work is done that needs to get done” You aren’t supposed to just drop everything and leave because it’s 4:30. You *can* work from home, but no one expects it unless maybe you’re stuck at home for some reason, sick but could still work, or it’s after hours and there’s an update to the CMS software and they need us to dial in and check everything still works.

    The problem seems to lie more in the company’s mentality of “we pay you salary, not hourly so we pretty much own you and you get your free time when we decide to leave you alone”, rather than people being inherently workaholics. The employers are often the enablers for people who just want to keep management off their cases and do what they need to not to be hassled

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      I take it you’re not unionized? I also work in higher-ed, and let me tell you, if you’re working unrecorded/unpaid overtime things are going to go down!

      I’m your average front-end person. I’m not superwoman making crazy awesome stuff that would get features on Smashing, but at the same time, there’s no expectation of working crazy startup hours or having my work be my life. I spent my early 20s feeling inadequate for not being a rockstar dev, but I didn’t think about the advantages.


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