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With GraphQL, FQL, and IndexedDB2, we have new tools at our fingertips that allow us to build products that are not only more flexible but also faster. With this week’s Web Development Reading List, we’ll dive a bit deeper into these promising technologies and combine this with thoughts about the openness of the internet, ethical choices, and building inclusive products. So without further ado, let’s get started!

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Chrome 57 just hit stable, now the Chrome developer team announced Chrome 58 beta. It includes IndexedDB2.0 support and improvements to iframe navigation. Among the smaller changes are also auto-pause/resume of video on Android when the window is in the background and the fact that HTTPS is now required for the Web Notifications API.

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The Road To Resilient Web Design

by Jeremy Keith on March 23, 2017

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Editor’s Note: In the world of web design, we tend to become preoccupied with the here and now. In “Resilient Web Design“, Jeremy Keith emphasizes the importance of learning from the past in order to better prepare ourselves for the future. So, perhaps we should stop and think more beyond our present moment? The following is an excerpt from Jeremy’s web book.

Design adds clarity. Using colour, typography, hierarchy, contrast, and all the other tools at their disposal, designers can take an unordered jumble of information and turn it into something that’s easy to use and pleasurable to behold. Like life itself, design can win a small victory against the entropy of the universe, creating pockets of order from the raw materials of chaos.

The Road To Resilient Web Design

The Book of Kells is a beautifully illustrated manuscript created over 1200 years ago. It’s tempting to call it a work of art, but it is a work of design. The purpose of the book is to communicate a message; the gospels of the Christian religion. Through the use of illustration and calligraphy, that message is conveyed in an inviting context, making it pleasing to behold.

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How to Pick Effective Photos and Videos for Your Blog

by Daniel Scocco on March 23, 2017

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When people think of blogs they often think of the written content, but for those in the business it’s clear that there is a whole lot more to consider than just the copy. Including photos and/or videos in your blog can help its Google rankings, get more attention from readers, and engage with visitors in a more effective way. If you’re convinced that your blog needs photos and/or videos but don’t know how to go about picking them, you’ll enjoy reading through these tips on how to pick effective content.

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Tap Into Your Creative Side

Perhaps you took the steps necessary to design a website. Once you’ve got the website up and running, it’s time to start bringing in visitors and one way to increase traffic is to start up a blog. Blogs offer you an excellent way to share helpful information with visitors, feature guest posts from industry experts, and build your own brand and reputation in the industry. They allow you an opportunity to tap into your creative side, even if you didn’t know it existed.

Why are Videos and Photos Necessary?

So now that you’ve gone to all the work to pen the perfect blog you may be asking why videos and photos are even necessary. Aren’t your words enough? The simple answer is no, words alone aren’t enough. It is a fact that by adding videos and photos it will drive more traffic to your blog, and in turn your website.

Some other reasons you’ll want to include a photo or video is the simple fact that it is visually appealing. It can really help to drive home the message in your blog. Photos and videos tend to be shared through social media a lot more often than text, and let’s not forget if someone is performing an image search on a search engine your blog will then come up.

Factors to Consider

When picking that right image or video there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind. The most important should be whether or not it is legal to use the image. Finding images on Google does not give you permission to use them! Instead, look for royalty free images on platforms like Pixabay. It can’t be some randomly selected photo that you thought was cute or funny. And lastly you want to make sure the image is high quality. There is nothing worse than a pixelated photo, or one that is out of focus.
You can use all these same sorts of criteria when picking a video for your blog.

Your Visuals are Ready

Now that you understand why it’s so important to have visuals in your blog, and you’ve considered all the important criteria, you’re ready to go ahead and post them. Photos and videos are a fun and effective way to engage with your visitors, and shouldn’t be overlooked.

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Improve Your Billing Form’s UX In One Day

by Margarita Klubochkina on March 22, 2017

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The checkout page is the last page a user visits before finally decide to complete a purchase on your website. It’s where window shoppers turn into paying customers. If you want to leave a good impression, you should provide optimal usability of the billing form and improve it wherever it is possible to.

Improve Your Billing Form’s UX In One Day

In less than one day, you can add some simple and useful features to your project to make your billing form user-friendly and easy to fill in. A demo with all the functions covered below is available. You can find its code in the GitHub repository.

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Beyond The Browser: From Web Apps To Desktop Apps

by Adam Lynch on March 21, 2017

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I started out as a web developer, and that’s now one part of what I do as a full-stack developer, but never had I imagined I’d create things for the desktop. I love the web. I love how altruistic our community is, how it embraces open-source, testing and pushing the envelope.

Beyond The Browser: From Web Apps To Desktop Apps

I love discovering beautiful websites and powerful apps. When I was first tasked with creating a desktop app, I was apprehensive and intimidated. It seemed like it would be difficult, or at least… different.

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4 Web Monitoring Tools You Should Know

March 20, 2017
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Whether you have a blog, online app or eCommerce store, monitoring your server and security is essential. If your website goes down and you are not aware, it might stay down for hours or even days, is this is terrible, both for your human customers who will not be able to find your site, and […]

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Which Responsive Design Framework Is Best? Of Course, It Depends.

March 20, 2017
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In 2017, the question is not whether we should use a responsive design framework. Increasingly, we are using them. The question is which framework should…

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Web Development Reading List #174: The Bricks We Lay, Remynification, And 0-RTT

March 17, 2017
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We’re all designers. Whether we do a layout, a product design or write code to design a product technically doesn’t matter here. What does matter though, is that we always take the context of a project into consideration. Because as someone shaping a project so that it is appealing to the clients and works in the best way possible for the target audience, we have a pretty big responsibility.

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Imagine architects building a wall out of recycled material that also looks nice — sounds pretty great, right? But seen in the context that this will be a wall that divides people and encourages racism and even more inequality in our society, our first impression of the undertaking suddenly shifts into the opposite direction. We have to make new decisions every time we start a new project, and seeing things in context is crucial to live up to our responsibility — both in our work and our lives.

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A Little Surprise Is Waiting For You Here — Meet The Next Smashing Magazine

March 16, 2017
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Smashing Magazine is changing: a new design, a new layout, a new technical stack, a new printed magazine, a new Smashing Membership, and the same good ol’ obsession with quality content. Here’s a sneak preview of what’s coming up.

A Little Surprise Is Waiting For You Here — Meet The Next Smashing Magazine

No, this is not a broken page or a sneaky landing page. Today marks an important milestone in Smashing Magazine’s life, and this very page is an early preview of what’s coming up next: many experiments, new challenges, but still a good ol’ obsession with quality content. A complete overhaul, both visually and technically, a fine new printed magazine, and a shiny new Smashing Membership, with nifty features and goodies for you, our lovely community. Curious? Well, fasten your seatbelt and browse around — it’s going to be quite a journey!

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Marketing: A Comprehensive Strategy for Web Designers

March 16, 2017
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As a web designer, it’s easy to get lost in the art of creation – after all, conceiving and realizing first-rate websites is what the industry is all about. However, just as important as creating…

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