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Web Development Reading List #115

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.

Winter isn’t here yet, instead as you’re reading this, I’m out for another biking session in the mountains today. You might already have noticed how important nature is to me. So this week, seeing the international climate conference in Paris not aiming for an ambitious goal, a reader sent me this great article in which he questions what we as people in the tech industry can personally do3 against global warming. If you’re caring only a bit about this, read it and think about it. Have a great week and try out some of the amazing web development stuff I collected for you this week:

News Link

Tools Link

Security Link

Privacy Link

Web Performance Link

  • Rebecca Murphey shares the fresh concepts of HTTP/223 and how it will affect our tool and build chain for JavaScript applications. A few good thoughts in there that we can keep in mind to optimize the delivery of large-scale front-end applications.

Accessibility Link

JavaScript Link

  • Did you ever want to really understand how promises work?25 This guide is the definitive answer to probably all your questions.

CSS / Sass Link

Work & Life Link

Go beyond… Link

  • Care about the environment? This week Elon Musk held a talk to students in Paris31 in which he reflected on how we can reduce carbon emissions. It’s interesting to read this different opinion on the topic, especially from someone who clearly knows how companies roll. Worth reading.

And with that I’ll close for this week. If you like what I write each week, please support me with a donation32 or share this resource with other people. You can learn more about the costs of the project here33. It’s available via e-mail, RSS and online.

Thanks and all the best,
Anselm

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 /author/anselm-hannemann/?rel=author
  2. 2 https://wdrl.info/
  3. 3 http://worrydream.com/ClimateChange/
  4. 4 https://blogs.adobe.com/photoshop/2015/11/photoshop-cc-2015-and-fuse-cc-preview-available-today.html
  5. 5 https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/how-to/export-svg.html
  6. 6 https://blogs.adobe.com/adobeillustrator/2015/11/the-latest-release-of-illustrator-cc-is-here.html
  7. 7 https://blogs.adobe.com/creativecloud/update-about-edge-tools-and-services/?scid=social55826686
  8. 8 https://blogs.adobe.com/flashpro/welcome-adobe-animate-cc-a-new-era-for-flash-professional/
  9. 9 https://swift.org/
  10. 10 https://letsencrypt.org/2015/12/03/entering-public-beta.html
  11. 11 https://timkadlec.com/2015/12/taking-lets-encrypt-for-a-spin/
  12. 12 https://secure.php.net/ChangeLog-7.php#7.0.0
  13. 13 https://laracasts.com/series/php7-up-and-running
  14. 14 https://secure.php.net/archive/2015.php#id2015-12-03-1
  15. 15 http://php.net/manual/de/migration70.php
  16. 16 https://pixabay.com/es/elefante-plastilina-modelo-animales-20071/
  17. 17 https://github.com/jwagner/smartcrop.js
  18. 18 https://www.npmjs.com/package/smartcrop-node
  19. 19 http://www.scmagazine.com/nine-percent-of-https-hosts-on-the-web-share-the-same-private-keys/article/456385/
  20. 20 http://feross.org/html5-fullscreen-api-attack/
  21. 21 https://github.com/Snyk/vulndb
  22. 22 https://boingboing.net/2015/12/01/ironically-modern-surveillanc.html
  23. 23 http://rmurphey.com/blog/2015/11/25/building-for-http2
  24. 24 http://accessibility.parseapp.com/
  25. 25 http://robotlolita.me/2015/11/15/how-do-promises-work.html
  26. 26 https://medium.com/@Heydon/flexbox-grid-finesse-4d22b80bfee1#.urvo8w81x
  27. 27 https://24ways.org/2015/animating-your-brand/
  28. 28 http://documentcss.com/
  29. 29 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2015/12/getting-started-css-calc-techniques/
  30. 30 http://firstround.com/review/the-keys-to-scaling-yourself-as-a-technology-leader/
  31. 31 http://fortune.com/2015/12/02/elon-musk-carbon-tax-paris/
  32. 32 https://wdrl.info/donate
  33. 33 https://wdrl.info/costs/

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Anselm Hannemann 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 and subscribe to.

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    Actually, more news from Adobe — recently they announced the development of a new app, Project Comet, which looks a lot like Fireworks/Sketch and InVision (design and prototyping app, all in one). If Comet is intended to replace Fireworks (which Adobe “froze” two years ago…), not sure yet.

    On a related note, have you heard of Gravit Designer? It’s a new design app that works in the browser and has pretty robust vector tools, in many ways similar to the ones found in Fireworks. For those searching for an alternative to the Adobe software, Gravit might be a breath of fresh air. :-)

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      Anselm Hannemann

      December 4, 2015 8:40 pm

      Indeed. But as Project Comet is still only a private alpha version I didn’t found it much of a value to share this now. I love the concept of it and hope it’ll be available soon.
      Well, I don’t think it’s been made to replace Fireworks directly. Instead, it’s a much more modern tool to build prototypes – and of course it’s somehow similar to Fireworks concept-wise.

      No, haven’t heard of Gravit Designer yet. I’ll give it a look, thanks for mentioning it. :)

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      Personally think Adobe comet is to complement Photoshop and Illustrator with maybe new refreshing features and modern UI to bring some new life to Adobe users workflows. Something like Flash Catalyst did in the past.

      So far I have not seen any other app besides Gravit offering true design tools capabilities over the web. With given time, this could be the app anyone should watch out for.

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    OMG, I’m sooooooo digging that article on privacy and changing countries. Moved to Italy 5 months ago and still have not managed to take control of my stuff. Moving like a resident, as I am, is even worse, because you need to have everything on your name. It doesn’t apply on shorter periods of time, but who’s going to rent you a flat on decent terms if you’re already planning to leave?
    I have my mobile phone from back home and decent rates, at least that was smart. I’m talking internationally with 2/5 cents per minute. But data roaming is nothing but bankruptcy.
    ID card? 3 months!
    Reliable internet connection? 4 months! Used poor providers like wireless Tre or Vodafone guest Wi-Fi, expensive and slooooow like snails.
    I haven’t solved gas problem, energy bill is 5 months old.
    Things are soooooooooo messed up if you’re switching from one place to another.
    I though it is just me, but other people are doing a lot worse.

    Thanks, Anselm, this was a catch.

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    Justin Richardson

    December 4, 2015 10:42 pm

    Very small typo here and would have preferred to somehow email it and not make it a public comment, but you said “Since yesterday, Let’s Encrypt is in public beta. So if have a virtual server, you …” It probably needs to say “So if you have a virtual server …”

    Thanks for the list as always!

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    Sérgio Jardim

    December 4, 2015 11:05 pm

    Hi Anselm!

    Thanks for the curation. Nice work!

    I saw you cost report on your website and notice that you spend €118 on mail delivery every month. I can suggest an solution to reduce that in 90%.

    1 – Create an Amazon AWS account to use its SES service, amazingly cheap to send thousands of emails.
    2 – Download and install a php app called Sendy. It costs only US$59 (one time fee) – sendy.co *

    We used to spend about US$200.00 on Campaign Monitor per month and know the bill is less than $4.

    The only downside is that you lost the great template tool that Campaign Monitor has, but for me is a no brainer. :)

    *I’m not associated with Sendy at all.

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      Anselm Hannemann

      December 5, 2015 3:22 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion. I already tried sendy but it failed to send out emails to a complete list while reporting to do so. This unreliability was only one of the few things that made me take the switch to Mailchimp again.

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        Sérgio Jardim

        December 21, 2015 1:51 pm

        Maybe what happened if that the script scheduled.php that’s suppose to be called in a Cron job didn’t run as expected. If it won’t run, Sendy keeping ‘sending’ the emails forever. You can run it manually too, I do it sometimes.

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    Love you <3

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      Not in a ₍˄ุ.͡˳̫.˄ุ₎ way, but in a modern way of saying it in a way that I mean = Great work, it makes me want to dance…

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    Oh! my god. What’s going on the industry!!!

    Its too long we have not seen any other app that besides Gravit, offering true design tools capabilities over the web as this could be the app anyone must watch out for.

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