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Web Development Reading List #127: jQuery 3, UX Research And XSS In Ads

Working on very different projects, in different teams and with different people can sometimes be a challenge. But one thing that works out remarkably well is doing retrospectives with your team. In retrospectives, you talk about how a certain project went, and the whole team shares what problems/challenges they faced, what was good and what was annoying people, why people were unhappy. And after each person has written this down on a wall (you can use Post-Its), you try to find useful solutions, small improvements that avoid conflicts, that avoid people feeling bad in a project, and that avoid unnecessary stress situations. Ideally, you do this often — like every two weeks. In every team so far, talking about issues and addressing them has helped to bind the team together and improve future work. Let’s work more together in our teams instead of on our own.

Working on very different projects, in different teams and with different people can sometimes be a challenge. But one thing that works out remarkably well is doing retrospectives with your team.

In retrospectives, you talk about how a certain project went, and the whole team shares what problems/challenges they faced, what was good and what was annoying people, why people were unhappy. And after each person has written this down on a wall (you can use Post-Its), you try to find useful solutions, small improvements that avoid conflicts, that avoid people feeling bad in a project, and that avoid unnecessary stress situations. Ideally, you do this often — like every two weeks. In every team so far, talking about issues and addressing them has helped to bind the team together and improve future work. Let’s work more together in our teams instead of on our own.

Concepts & Design

Tools

Security

Ad networks
Many code networks are vulnerable to XSS attacks as Randy Westergren shows. (Image credit: Randy Westergren)

Web Performance

  • Yoav Weiss clarifies Preload, a relatively new specification to define custom loading logic without suffering the performance penalty that script-based resource loaders incur.
  • Bruce Lawson explains why he personally thinks ad blockers are important. While that is just another opinion, it also reveals some lesser known problems of advertising these days. The major point here being the cost of large JavaScript files, graphics and banners that matters way more in developing countries than in our cheap-data-plan countries. Notably, he also mentions that we finally need to find alternatives to displaying ads to gain money from publishing content on the web.

HTML/SVG

Accessibility

JavaScript

Work & Life

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Anselm