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In the last few years, I’ve seen a lot of code. As a freelancer working on multiple big projects with a lot of people, you’ll inevitably see all varieties of code styles. But I also realized how much writing JavaScript changed over the past years.

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Having learned JavaScript before ES6 was there, a great mentor (Hans Christian Reinl) taught me the most important lesson: Always write clean, understandable code. Avoid ternary operators, declare variables in one place, make functions as simple as possible. Basically things that so many JavaScript style guides also advise. But with the growing adoption of ES6/ES2015, I also saw an increase of code where most of these principles (except for keeping functions small) are ignored.

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Best Website Creators To Cut Your Design Time in Half

by Justas Markus on August 26, 2016

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Whether you’re a small-time blogger or the mastermind behind a multi-billion dollar agency, building a quality website is crucial to your success. With 16% of the world’s population owning a website,…

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Picking the right theme for building an eCommerce website is obviously important. Fortunately for you, it’s impossible to make a poor choice if you pick one of the top eCommerce themes described…

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Upgrading CSS Animation With Motion Curves

by Nash Vail on August 25, 2016

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There is UI animation, and then there is good UI animation. Good animation makes you go “Wow!” — it’s smooth, beautiful and, most of all, natural, not blocky, rigid or robotic. If you frequent Dribbble or UpLabs, you’ll know what I am talking about.

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With so many amazing designers creating such beautiful animations, any developer would naturally want to recreate them in their own projects. Now, CSS does provide some presets for transition-timing-function, such as ease-in, ease-out and ease-in-out, which add some level of smoothness and realism, but they are very generic, aren’t they? How boring would it be if every animation on the web followed the same three timing functions?

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Top 10 Blogs for Startup Founders and Entrepreneurs

by Mark Zeni on August 24, 2016

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Sometimes a single insight can completely change the direction of your startup or business, so make sure you are reading blogs that can offer such sparks of creativity and mindset change.

Below you will find a list of blogs that every startup founder or entrepreneur should read regularly. Enjoy.

1. Paul Graham Essays

Perhaps not a blog in the strict sense of the word, but close enough, given it’s a collection of essays he writes and publishes online. Paul Graham is an entrepreneur and co-founder of Y Combinator, and as a result of that he has worked with hundreds, if not thousands of tech startups over the last 10 years.

2. Ben Horowitz Blog

Ben is a seasoned technology entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. He co-founded Opsware, which was acquired by HP. More recently he started a venture capital firm with Marc Andreessen, called Andreessen Horowitz. Curious fact: Ben is a fan of rap music, and he starts most of his posts with rap lyrics!

3. Quicksprout

Pretty much every business has a digital component these days. That is why you need to know about digital marketing, which includes SEO (Search Engine Optimization), email marketing, content marketing and so on. There is no one better to teach you about that than Neil Patel. His posts are always value-packed and straight to the point.

4. Fred Wilson – A VC

Fred Wilson has been playing the venture capital game for a long time. According to his website, he started in 1986! Was it even called venture capital back then? You’ll find new posts on his blog almost daily, and most are packed with useful information and insights about the tech scene.

5. Steve Blank

Author and serial-entrepreneur Steve Blank shares his views about technology, startups and business in general on his blog. He has worked with 8 startups over the years, 4 of which have gone public!

6. Chris Dixon

This guy co-founded SiteAdvisor (sold to McAfee), co-founded Hunch (sold to eBay), invested in Uber, Makerbot, Buzzfeed, and more! He probably knows what he is talking about, right? The link above is to his Medium profile, where he blogs these days. You can also visit his old blog to read over 400 articles he published there.

7. Jason Ball

Jason is a partner at Qualcomm Ventures. On his blog you’ll find his analysis of the latest technology trends and startups, as well as pieces about personal development, like this one.

8. Seth Godin

It’s all about marketing, and Seth Godin is the master marketer! One big advantage of Seth’s blog posts is that they are very short (from 200 to 300 words) and straight to the point. If you are not reading them, don’t say it’s because you are busy!

9. Both Sides of the Table

Mark Suster is an American entrepreneur, angel investor and investment partner at Upfront Ventures. In his blog you will find tips about books, trends, analysis of startups, markets and so on.

10. 500 Hats

Dave McClure is an entrepreneur and angel investor based in the San Francisco Bay Area, who founded and runs the business accelerator 500 Startups. His blog is updated quite regularly, and he is always very outspoken about tech and business issues.

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Diverse Test-Automation Frameworks For React Native Apps

August 24, 2016
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The bar is set high for today’s mobile apps. First, apps must meet the standard of quality that app markets expect. Secondly, mobile app users are very demanding. Plenty of alternatives are available to download, so users will not tolerate a buggy app.

Diverse Test-Automation Options For React Native Apps

Because mobile apps have become such a crucial part of people’s lives, users won’t be shy about sharing their love or hate for an app — and that feedback gets in front of millions of users in seconds.

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Ultimate Guide To Accessible Responsive Web Design

August 24, 2016
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Accessible websites are made to support all browser types and all users with disabilities. This is a big topic for the W3C and it’s growing in popularity each year.

Designing for accessibility is…

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WordPress + WooCommerce Dominates

August 23, 2016
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eCommerce Usage Statistics

Is your eCommerce website powered by the most popular tools in the industry?

If you’re not using WordPress + WooCommerce, then the answer is “No”.

According to BuiltWith, WooCommerce powers 39% of all eCommerce websites on the Internet. I already knew that WordPress has dominant market share, but I was happy to see that more and more online stores and merchants are relying on WooCommerce.

39% of all eCommerce sites are powered by WooCommerce and WordPress — over 1.5 million active stores. Add in the usage of additional eCommerce platforms powered by WordPress and the CMS’s own 17.6 million live sites (over 26% of the entire internet!), and, well… that’s a lot of sites.

With the continued growth and improvement of WooCommerce, it’s really no surprise that this incredible platform is skyrocketing in popularity. Benefits like ownership, scalability, flexibility, simple feature add-ons and ease of setup make WooCommerce the most powerful and versatile option for just about anyone selling anything.

eCommerce Usage Statistics

Source: Why stores running on WordPress are winning

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I Contributed To An Open-Source Editor, And So Can You

August 23, 2016
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A few months ago, Jason Grigsby’s post about autocompletion in forms made the rounds. I loved the idea of allowing users to fill in their credit card details by taking a picture of their card. What I didn’t love was learning all of the possible values for autofill by heart. I’m getting lazy in my old age.

Contributing to the open source community is easy

Lately, I’ve gotten spoiled from using an editor that does intelligent autocompletion for me, something that in the past only massive complex IDEs offered. Opening my editor of choice, I created an input element and added an autocomplete attribute, only to find that the code completion offered me the state of on or off. Disappointing.

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How Freelancers Can Balance Business Objectives and User Needs

August 23, 2016
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No, I don’t want to be my healthiest self.

No thanks, I don’t care about staying up-to-date on world news.

That’s okay, I enjoy going to sleep alone every night.

Chances are, while browsing the…

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