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In this section you will find in-depth how-tos involving common web development and web design techniques.

Playground

In this category you will find experiments, plugins and articles related to web development and programming. Here we present some new ideas and inspiration for solving problems and tackling challenges around web development.

Blueprints

The Blueprints are a collection of basic and minimal website concepts, components, plugins and layouts with minimal style for easy adaption and usage, or simply for inspiration.

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The best Xcode plugins

iosdevtips:

There are a lot of Xcode plugins to augment the IDE with additional features, conveniences etc., but it is a pain to discover and install such plugins. Alcatraz is a really great package manager that makes it a breeze to install Xcode plugins. Here’s how it looks:

In Alcatraz, you’ll find plugins, color schemes and templates for code fragments. You can install it by visiting alcatraz.io.

Here are some of the best Xcode plugins available in Alcatraz to boost your productivity:

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How to Test Your iOS Battery Drain

Head on over to Settings > General > Usage and check out your times.

The key to look for is that your Usage time should be significantly lower than your Standby time (…)

So here’s the test:

  1. write down your usage and standby time, press the sleep/wake button (…) to put the device to sleep, and
  2. set the device down for five minutes.

When you come back, take note of the change in time.

  • If your device is sleeping properly, then the Standby time should have increased by five minutes and your Usage time by <1 minute.
  • If your Usage time rises by more than one minute, you have a drain problem.

Here are the main causes of iOS battery drain I’ve found, and how to resolve them.

  • Step 1: Disable Location and Background App Refresh for Facebook
  • Step 2: Disable Background App Refresh for Apps You Don’t Care About
  • Step 3: Stop Quitting Your Apps in Multitasking
  • Step 4: Disable Push Email Temporarily
  • Step 5: Disable Push Notifications for Apps That Annoy You
  • Step 6: Turn Off Battery Percentage
  • Step 7: Go to an Apple Retail Store
  • Step 8: Enable Airplane Mode in Areas of Poor Cellular Service
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The software development landscape is shifting rapidly, and Leanstack is helping developers make sense of it all.

Hundreds of thousands of developers have already discovered new tools to improve their products and workflows through Leanstack.

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(via Five Reasons to use Debian as a Server)

What to choose for a low maintenance, secure and reliable server-side Linux distro: Debian

Rock solid and stable
Easy and smooth upgrades, even between major versions
Best of breed package manager
Search inspired by Marco Arment’s Web Hosting For App Developers post.

(via Five Reasons to use Debian as a Server)

What to choose for a low maintenance, secure and reliable server-side Linux distro: Debian

  • Rock solid and stable
  • Easy and smooth upgrades, even between major versions
  • Best of breed package manager

Search inspired by Marco Arment’s Web Hosting For App Developers post.

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Because this seems to keep popping up in my discussions from time to time:

1. Sketch

  • Fidelity: – – (very low)
  • Time: ++ (very fast)
  • Cost: ¢ (cheap)
  • Use: quick brainstorm of ideias; easy communication of purpose; pen & paper rough drawings

2. Wireframe

  • Fidelity: (low)
  • Time: + (fast)
  • Cost: $ (low)
  • Use: quick communication of interactions; documenting the interface; black & grey representation

3. Mockup

  • Fidelity: + / ++ (medium / high)
  • Time:  (slow)
  • Cost: $$ (high)
  • Use: gather feedback and buy-in from stakeholders; static visualisation

4. Prototype

  • Fidelity: + / ++ (medium / high)
  • Time: – – (very slow)
  • Cost: $$$ (expensive)
  • Use: user testing; possibly reusable into the product; real interactive implementation

See also:

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(via Why It’s Important to Sketch Before You Wireframe - UX Movement)
Where by “Code” you should really read “Prototype”.

(via Why It’s Important to Sketch Before You Wireframe - UX Movement)

Where by “Code” you should really read “Prototype”.

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(via What’s wrong with this picture? | Code.org)

Computer science is a top paying college degree and computer programming jobs are growing at 2x the national average.
Less than 2.4% of college students graduate with a degree in computer science. And the numbers have dropped since last decade.
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Everybody’s reachable. (by Gary Vaynerchuk)

Interesting left field concept of each business becoming it’s own media company focused on a collateral subject area their target audience is interested in, and not directly about their core business.

You’re in the “media business, legal services”
I’m in the “media business, agency/wine”

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uxdtoday:

"When you don’t consider UX/UI in design: These pencils were withdrawn from US schools” 
- @raju

uxdtoday:

"When you don’t consider UX/UI in design: These pencils were withdrawn from US schools”

- @raju

(via crankyangela)

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sketchplanations:

Mobile is snorkelling. Desktop is diving.
Metaphors for interface design from Rachel Hinman via Mobile First.

sketchplanations:

Mobile is snorkelling. Desktop is diving.

Metaphors for interface design from Rachel Hinman via Mobile First.

(via crankyangela)

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And still on the note of video stock footage…

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(via Everything You Hate About Advertising in One Fake Video That’s Almost Too Real | Adweek)

This is a Generic Brand Video

Made entirely with stock footage from Dissolve

… and adding to the shopping card all the licensed clips of this 2:30 movie would set you back:

Total: $6,645.00 USD

yikes! :-/

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fundersandfounders:

Too Late To Start?
quarter-life crisis and mid-life crisis

fundersandfounders:

Too Late To Start?

quarter-life crisis and mid-life crisis

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“Java is still not dead—and people are starting to figure that out.”

Welcome to my introduction to Java 8. (…) At the end of the article you’ll be familiar with the most recent API changes like streams, functional interfaces, map extensions and the new Date API.

No walls of text - just a bunch of commented code snippets. Enjoy!

  1. Default Methods for Interfaces
  2. Lambda expressions
  3. Functional Interfaces
  4. Method and Constructor References
  5. Lambda Scopes
  6. Built-in Functional Interfaces
  7. Streams
  8. Parallel Streams
  9. Map
  10. Date API
  11. Annotations