Tag: JavaScript

Growing Developers

Growing Developers

The growth roadmap for a developer can vary from person to person. Unfortunately experience isn’t always a good indicator of talent or ability. “Do you have 20 years experience or do you have the same 1 year of experience twenty times?” –Scott Hanselman from I know apps How do we stretch beyond the same one […] 

How to Build a Web (abridged)

How to Build a Web (abridged)

First off, I’ll just concede that I’m weird; I enjoy reading specifications. If you’re like me, this post isn’t for you. I’ll see you at our annual convention. (If you get there first, please reserve a four-topper for the rest of us.) If you’re not like me–if you do not enjoy reading specifications–this post is for you. […] 

FluentConf: jQuery-free JavaScript Video

FluentConf: jQuery-free JavaScript Video

I was honored to speak again at FluentConf in San Francisco. This was the third year O’Reilly has organized the event, and, with more than 1,600 registered attendees, it continues to grow. This year I chose to address a topic that has been gaining a lot of attention recently, especially in light of the site http://youmightnotneedjquery.com/. Abstract […] 

Prototyping (Part 1)

Prototyping (Part 1)

High-fidelity prototyping is a lot like a hatching egg. Both are processes of discovering the real product within piece by piece. After months of peeling back the layers, researching, sketching, and doing user studies, you may think you have revealed the solution (just like you think you might know what’s going to jump out of […] 

Headless Automation with PhantomJS

Headless Automation with PhantomJS

Most web developers are well-versed in the uses of headless browsers for testing purposes, but are they good for anything else? As with any job, using the right tool can make all the difference. I’ve recently been working on a project to provide better statistics regarding some of our lead-generation forms. Over the years, we’ve […] 

I Find Your Lack of Semicolons Disturbing

I Find Your Lack of Semicolons Disturbing

The other day, one of our senior developers was at my cube to give a code review, and he made a pretty funny comment. We were looking at a JavaScript file, and when he noticed that I had omitted the optional semicolons, he was a little thrown. “I find your lack of semicolons disturbing,” he […] 

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