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Web Development Reading List #133: Workflow Tools And The Aesthetics Of Invisible Code

I write about it often, but it’s a topic that makes me love my job, it’s the reason why communities work and why great people are great. I’m talking about honesty and ethics in everything we do, in how we live. Reading about corruption, tax avoidance tricks, wars, and also about poorly written code or bad user experiences has taught me a lot. Looking back at projects where I stood behind the idea and business model and at projects that I saw only as money-making work showed me that sticking to my ethical principles and being honest makes me feel better, which leads to better work.

I write about it often, but it’s a topic that makes me love my job, it’s the reason why communities work and why great people are great. I’m talking about honesty and ethics in everything we do, in how we live.

Reading about corruption, tax avoidance tricks, wars, and also about poorly written code or bad user experiences has taught me a lot. Looking back at projects where I stood behind the idea and business model and at projects that I saw only as money-making work showed me that sticking to my ethical principles and being honest makes me feel better, which leads to better work.

Further Reading on SmashingMag:

At this point, I want to thank Kai Brach, author of Offscreen. His stories, his interviews with people who share their thoughts about meaningfulness, ethics, and the matter of our work were important influences to how I think and work today.

News

  • Using JSCS? First the great news: Version 3 will be based on a CST instead of an AST, making the tool way more effective. And while you should upgrade to the latest version, the team announced that it’ll also be the last version as they’ll join the ESLint team and will now put their efforts into providing a nice transition from JSCS to ESLint.

Concepts & Design

Tools

  • Record and share your terminal sessions, the right way with asciinema.
  • At Instagram, they do everything to optimize continuous deployment. And because it’s inevitable that bad changes get out every now and then, they anticipate this and tell developers that this is okay.
  • cz-customizable is a tiny CLI module that allows you to define commit templates for a project so that you can bake your commit message requirements into git.
  • Sandeep Chouksey from Shutterstock shares how to build quality into your software development workflow. A story of a testing fail during growth of the company and how they recovered from it and built a more solid system that works in the long-term.

Security

Web Performance

HTML/SVG

Browsing through the HTML markup of the German newspaper zeit.de, Francesco Schwarz detected invisible details that improve the user experience.
Browsing through the HTML markup of the German newspaper zeit.de, Francesco Schwarz detected invisible details that improve the user experience.

Accessibility

  • Fontawesome shares their new accessibility guidelines for the usage of icon fonts. A great resource if you use fonts to serve icons on your website.

JavaScript

Work & Life

  • As developers, it’s easy and common for us to blame clients. We often tend to call them “dumb”, “annoying”, and make fun of them. But this is only the easiest way to escape the real problem: We are failing at explaining the client how the web works. We always assume that they should know, but we are the experts, not them. So we need to do a better job at educating them, although it might take some nerves. Do you remember school? Do you think your teacher did the same we do, pinning dumb quotes on the wall titled ‘Pupils from Hell’? I don’t want to take away fun from your team; in fact, I think it can be healthy to keep such rituals. But think about how you communicate with your clients publicly and be smarter here.
  • Changing your world will change the world. One act or grand gesture alone won’t change the whole world, but it can change the world for someone, who will change it for someone else, who will change it for someone else, and on and on.”
It’s easy to blame the client. But the root of the problem lies in the fact that we fail at explaining the client how the web works, as Orr Shtuhl explains on A List Apart.
It’s easy to blame the client. But the root of the problem lies in the fact that we fail at explaining the client how the web works, as Orr Shtuhl states on A List Apart.

Going beyond…

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Thanks and all the best, Anselm