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18 Learning Resources for Front-end Developers

As many of you are aware, it’s tough to keep up with what’s new in web development. Even from a front-end perspective alone, it can be easy to fall behind and allow our skills to become a little stale. I’m certainly guilty of this. So every once in a while it’s good to take a few minutes, or even a few hours, to sharpen your coding skills by learning a new technology, API, or library. Or maybe there’s an area you’re already familiar with but want a more in-depth refresher. To help you out in this regard,...

Is It Time to Spring Clean Your Developer Resources?

The world of technology moves at a fast pace, and web development is no different. You may have a stockpile of themes and plugins you use on a regular basis, but what about all of the other resources you use? Is there anything that’s outdated or something you can change to streamline your development workflow? It may be time to do a complete audit of the tools, resources, and workflow you use and “spring clean” your resources of any weak spots. Let’s take a look at a few common resources you may use...

10 CSS grids for streamlined web design

One of the greatest things about being a web developer today has got to be the abundant amount of resources available to help you code better, faster, and easier than ever before. CSS frameworks, commonly referred to as the building blocks of web development, are one of those such resources. As you aim to reduce the time spent establishing a base to lay your website down upon, CSS frameworks are an excellent place to start. Sometimes, however, you just want something a little more lightweight and flexible....

Snyk: the easy way to find code vulnerabilities

Security in programming is essential, and a massive headache. As the things that people build become more sophisticated and complex, their code bases get bigger and bigger. With that extreme growth comes an increasing number of potential weak points in any project’s security. Factor in dependencies (bits of code handled by third-party programmers which they have shared out of the kindness of their hearts), and you’re looking at more code then you could ever practically revisit. In this case,...

Underappreciated frameworks part 4: Schema UI

This is a part of the Under-appreciated series, where we explore CSS frameworks that are well-made and have great ideas, but never took off like the “big two”. For a full introduction, see the first article in the series. You can tell that Schema UI’s last update was at least a year ago because the framework is still using LESS. Okay, that was unnecessarily snarky, but I’m still bitter about Bootstrap switching over to SASS. Schema UI is another one of those frameworks that I absolutely love. You...

Apple finally open-sources Swift

Swift, Apple’s programming language targeted towards OS X and iOS developers, has just been released as open source. Under the Apache License, all of the source code—which covers code for a unique package manager—is going to be open to edit and compile. This means that programs can be created without any attribution. In a press release on the Apple site, the company announced that developers from all over the world can contribute to new Swift optimizations and features, thereby bringing Swift...

Project Maelstrom: a peer-to-peer browser for the Web

For the first time ever, publishers have a brand new way of distributing content, one that doesn’t rely on a web server. BitTorrent, the company that still maintains the protocol of the same name, recently announced the release of the beta version of its peer-to-peer browser. Project Maelstrom’s alpha was first announced back in late 2014. The differentiating factor behind Maelstrom is that it uses the very same, distributed protocols of its torrent clients. The result is a unique new browser...

40+ essential JavaScript tools for the Web

JavaScript is a flexible and diverse scripting language used in millions of web pages and server applications worldwide. You can use it for countless purposes, but you need some tools. Fortunately, across the Web there are countless JavaScript tools being released by developers to perform distinctive tasks. Here are 45 tools for use with JavaScript. All these tools will help you to create modern websites with all the features users have come to expect. They offer clean design and simple interfaces...
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