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Web Development Reading List #152: On Not Shipping, Pure JS Functions, And SameSite Cookies

This week’s reading list consists of a lot of little, smart details that you can use on websites. From tweaking the user’s reading experience during page load to pure JavaScript functions and verifying the integrity of external assets. And finally, we see some articles on thinking differently about established working habits — be it working on AI without data or the virtue of not shipping a feature. Please note that I’ll be on vacation for the next four weeks, so please don’t expect any new Web Development Reading List before October, 7th. Enjoy September, your work, your life!

This week’s reading list consists of a lot of little, smart details that you can use on websites. From tweaking the user’s reading experience during page load to pure JavaScript functions and verifying the integrity of external assets. And finally, we see some articles on thinking differently about established working habits — be it working on AI without data or the virtue of not shipping a feature.

Please note that I’ll be on vacation for the next four weeks, so please don’t expect any new Web Development Reading List before October, 7th. Enjoy September, your work, your life!

Further Reading on SmashingMag:

General

  • Jason Zimdars explains why not shipping a feature can be a virtue. An article about hidden costs and why shipping does not equal success.
  • While many think Apple isn’t in the Artificial Intelligence game, this exclusive look gives some insights into why Apple handles things differently. An interesting read that reveals how Apple tries to do Artificial Intelligence with less user data and without tracking you — contrary to the industry’s big players.
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Not shipping can be a virtue. Jason Zimdars shares how one of the most important features he ever designed for Basecamp didn’t make it into the product. (Image credit: Jason Zimdars)

Concept & Design

  • The Web Methodology Project is a fresh guide to building web projects, and even though it’s still a work in progress, it already looks very useful. So keep an eye on it.

Tools & Workflows

  • Google’s Closure Compiler is one of the best tools out there to compile JavaScript, but so far has only been available as a Java platform tool. Now, the team released a JavaScript version of Closure Compiler designed to run in Node.js environments. Available on GitHub or npm.

Security

Accessibility

Illustration of a person being left behind as travellers speed away in a futuristic ship
Don’t leave your users behind. Mischa Andrews shares thoughts on how we can make the web more accessible. (Original artwork by Adam Van Winden)

JavaScript

CSS/Sass

  • Michael Scharnagl shares some neat techniques to reduce content shifting during page load to ensure a smooth reading experience for users. By setting intrinsic ratios for media, font-size-adjust, or new techniques such as scroll anchoring, you can improve the situation enormously.

Work & Life

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— Anselm