Articles by Marc Schenker

Marc’s a copywriter who covers design news for Web Designer Depot. Find out more about him at marcschenkercopywriter.com.

Getting started with Facebook’s Create React App

React was always a bit hard for the average developer to easily get started with. Facebook’s open-source library was meant to encourage developers to efficiently create apps as well as their interfaces within JavaScript. Unfortunately, developers also had to learn a lot of other tools besides JavaScript just to set up their React projects. Yes, Facebook has mentioned its own tooling for React. However, the simple truth is that the majority of developers and small startups just don’t have the...

Microsoft releases .NET Core and ASP.NET Core 1.0

Microsoft has been in the news a lot lately, with its biggest announcement being the recent purchase of LinkedIn. There’s no sign of this tech giant slowing down as it recently announced .NET Core and ASP.NET Core 1.0. In a lengthy blog post on its .NET Blog, Microsoft unveiled the new release, which is available on Windows, Linux and OS X. .NET Core, developers will recall, is an open-source, cross-platform and modular .NET platform for building modern web apps, console apps, libraries and micro...

Opera releases VPNs for desktop and mobile

It’s been quite a year of milestones for Opera. In March, Opera made headlines when it let users block ads natively. Now, Opera is making another huge impact by offering a free VPN (virtual private network) that’s integrated into the browser. In a recent blog post, the company announced that Opera is the first big browser to incorporate an unlimited and free VPN. This means that users won’t have to shell out extra money for VPN subscriptions or download any VPN extensions. The company’s rationale...

GitLab partners with Digital Ocean for free testing space

GitLab—the website that’s an app for coding, testing and deploying code together—recently announced a new feature that should make developers very happy. Users consistently had free access to the site’s programmer toolset, such as GitLab Runner. Now, developers can use GitLab Runner Autoscale, which is the new feature that permits constant code testing at scale. To sweeten the deal for developers, GitLab has partnered with Digital Ocean, the cloud infrastructure provider, to offer...

Apple debuts new browser for developers

Apple is making strides to support web development with its release of the Safari Technology Preview. This is a browser made especially for developers, which lets them get a glimpse of future technologies in both OSX and iOS and play around with these technologies in websites and extensions. What sets the new browser apart is its handy standalone role. This means developers can run it side-by-side with the mainstream version of Safari, which makes workflows easier as it allows seamless switching...

Google unveils early, surprise preview of Android N

If you’ve been following Android N-related news over the last, little while, you’d have been forgiven for thinking that Google would only begin publicly talking about Android N in May, when it holds its I/O developer conference. Android N is the company’s codename for its Android mobile operating system’s upcoming release. In a completely surprise move, however, Google preempted this expectation by throwing the development world a curveball. The company just announced the Android...
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Avalanche CSS grid system debuts

Colour Garden, the brainchild of front-end web developer Tom Hare, from Cambridge, England, has released Avalanche, a CSS grid system that’s responsive, SASS-based, extremely clean and powerful. Sounds too good to be true? We look at it in more depth. For a grid system to be well-received, it must have many benefits, and Avalanche promises plenty. They include: A flexible naming convention ... Your width class names now come with three naming conventions: fraction (1/4), percentage (25) and...

Meet Unslider, the simplest jQuery slider

In short, Unslider is the quickest and most straightforward way to have a slider up and running on your website. All it takes is a bit of valid markup, jQuery and some additional CSS. Then, Unslider takes over and does the rest. Sure, Unslider is small, but that’s its unique value proposition. Both flexible and extensible, it allows designers the freedom to pretty much alter anything they want through options/settings, methods or callback events. Let’s look at some of its features… Automatic...
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