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Web Development Reading List #163: The End-Of-Year Wrap-Up

Only one week left until Christmas, and people already start freaking out again. No gifts purchased yet, work isn’t finished either, and suddenly some budget has to be spent until the end of the year. All of this puts us under pressure. To avoid the stress, I’ve seen a lot of people take a vacation from now until the end of the year — probably a good idea.

And while it’s nice to see so many web advent calendars, I feel like I’ve never written a longer reading list than this one. So save this edition if you don’t have much time currently and read it during some calm moments later this year or early next year. Most articles are still worth reading in a few weeks.

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  • Opera 42 (built upon Chromium 55) is out1 and comes with a built-in currency converter, support for Pointer Events, JavaScript async/await, and CSS hyphens. document.write() on the other hand, will no longer load2 over 2G connections.
  • The EU Parliament is now drafting a directive that will force private sector companies to accommodate disabled people when offering their goods3 and services. This means financial firms will need to comply with WCAG and other accessibility standards soon.
  • Firefox has introduced Telemetry a while ago to its browser and now shares some details on what devices and hardware Firefox users use4. In September 2016, for example, 10% still used Windows XP while only 7% used macOS and 77% of the users still have Flash installed. The most common screen resolutions are 1366x768px and 1920x1080px. There are many more really interesting statistics in there, and we’ll have to see how this develops over the next few years. But for us web developers, this also highlights that we shouldn’t assume that people use QuadCore CPU, 8GB RAM machines but have “lower-end” devices instead. So be aware of this before you create fancy CPU/memory-consuming web applications that a user will not have fun with.
  • Samsung Internet browser 5.0 has been released5. It has some interesting new technologies built in, such as content provider extensions, 360˚ video, a QR code reader, and a video assistant.
Firefox Hardware Report
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The Firefox Hardware Report87 gives insights into the hardware Firefox users are using. (Image credit: Firefox Hardware Report87)

Security Link

Privacy Link

Web Performance Link

Accessibility Link

Intern Accessibility18
Jason Cheatham explains how you can use the JavaScript testing tool The Intern for accessibility testing19. (Image credit: )

JavaScript Link

Emoji.prototype.length — a tale of characters in Unicode27
We use emoji every day. But why do they work so well with JavaScript operations? Stefan Judis sheds some light into the dark. (Image credit: Marko Skenderović28)

CSS/Sass Link

Work & Life Link

Going Beyond… Link

And with that, I’ll close for this week. If you like what I write each week, please support me with a donation35 or share this resource with other people. You can learn more about the costs of the project here36. It’s available via email, RSS and online.

— Anselm

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://dev.opera.com/blog/opera-42/
  2. 2 https://developers.google.com/web/updates/2016/08/removing-document-write
  3. 3 http://qa-financial.com/testing/companies/eu-ready-set-laws-accessibility-testing/
  4. 4 https://metrics.mozilla.com/firefox-hardware-report/
  5. 5 https://medium.com/samsung-internet-dev/announcing-samsung-internet-5-0-1ac2bfc14b78#.xl2j1qb4x
  6. 6 https://metrics.mozilla.com/firefox-hardware-report/
  7. 7 https://metrics.mozilla.com/firefox-hardware-report/
  8. 8 https://metrics.mozilla.com/firefox-hardware-report/
  9. 9 https://labs.detectify.com/2016/12/15/postmessage-xss-on-a-million-sites/
  10. 10 https://techcrunch.com/2016/12/13/disqus-lays-off-11-as-it-plans-a-deeper-focus-on-data/
  11. 11 https://www.wired.com/2016/12/200-filmmakers-ask-nikon-canon-sell-encrypted-cameras/
  12. 12 http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2016/12/web-users-metadata-tracked-targeted-ads-leaked-draft-eu-law-reveals/
  13. 13 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2016/12/gpu-animation-doing-it-right/
  14. 14 http://calendar.perfplanet.com/2016/prefer-defer-over-async/
  15. 15 https://theintern.github.io/
  16. 16 https://www.sitepen.com/blog/2016/12/13/accessibility-testing-with-intern/
  17. 17 https://accessibility.blog.gov.uk/2016/12/09/patterns-for-accessible-webchats/
  18. 18 https://www.sitepen.com/blog/2016/12/13/accessibility-testing-with-intern/
  19. 19 https://www.sitepen.com/blog/2016/12/13/accessibility-testing-with-intern/
  20. 20 https://toddmotto.com/building-tesla-range-calculator-angular-2-reactive-forms
  21. 21 https://www.contentful.com/blog/2016/12/06/unicode-javascript-and-the-emoji-family/
  22. 22 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2016/11/character-sets-encoding-emoji/
  23. 23 https://remysharp.com/2016/12/13/format-numjsor-es6
  24. 24 https://medium.com/dev-channel/introducing-the-web-share-api-40c69d93fe2a
  25. 25 http://stylelint.io/
  26. 26 http://mxstbr.blog/2016/12/linting-styles-in-js-with-stylelint/
  27. 27 https://www.contentful.com/blog/2016/12/06/unicode-javascript-and-the-emoji-family/
  28. 28 https://www.contentful.com/blog/2016/12/06/unicode-javascript-and-the-emoji-family/
  29. 29 http://csswizardry.com/2016/12/css-shorthand-syntax-considered-an-anti-pattern/
  30. 30 https://remysharp.com/2016/12/10/in-the-detail-close-button
  31. 31 http://calnewport.com/blog/2016/12/07/from-deep-tallies-to-deep-schedules-a-recent-change-to-my-deep-work-habits/
  32. 32 https://m.signalvnoise.com/work-ethic-e34bd63d2489
  33. 33 https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/dec/11/google-frames-shapes-and-distorts-how-we-see-world
  34. 34 https://newrepublic.com/article/139147/year-silicon-valley-went-morally-bankrupt
  35. 35 https://wdrl.info/donate
  36. 36 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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    Hi, I’d like to add a little note on “powerful tool that can handle most conversions really well is toLocaleString” (since I don’t know how to leave comment in remysharp’s blog…)

    toLocaleString is available since ES3, so if you just need .toLocaleString(), you don’t even need ES6-supported enviroment

    However, its parameters (locales and options to format to), is a part of ES6. So, if you need option like minimumFractionDigits then yes, you need ES6-supported enviroment (or polyfill)

    Moreover, if you are interesting in Number format, then check out Intl.NumberFormat too. It shares the same specs with Number.prototype.toLocaleString (and same browser support), but a lot faster when format many numbers

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    Disqus .. guess which “external comment system” has been blocked for obnoxious behaviour for the last few years? .. yeah.

    No wonder they went that way. With us “baaaad” people blocking their shite all the time. Break-even? Only with ads.

    My comments are nastier, much more stingy AND honest via direct communication (mail, twitter PN and so on) anyway :)

    cu, w0lf.

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      Anselm Hannemann

      December 18, 2016 5:44 pm

      Wolf, I’m happy to read your feedback via email if you think it’s a better way.

      But what I don’t understand is why people blocking Disqus should have lead the company into focusing on tracking (therefore forcing even more people to block it). Isn’t it rather that they didn’t have any pricing model for their service and, thus, no business model behind their solution?

      Cheers,
      Anselm

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    Interesting post to know about web development reading list. This is helpful to know about the wrap up my own list of things. This is also can be done easily using AngularJS.

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    It’s very useful and good information. Glad to see more post from you.

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    Web accessibility is more critical than ever! Dedicated to accessibility in all forms, Emerge Interactive just launched an accessibility app checker: http://www.wcagchecklist.com/

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