Eloquent Javascript, Parallax Websites & More | FINE Tech Links
Back to Mingle

Tuesday Tech Links 8.12.14

Posted in Insights — August 12, 2014

Our dev team’s weekly recurring links to resources and techy stuff that puts some geek in your week!

Our favorite image type and easily Slack’s most shared, GIFs succeed as a happy balance between tasteful, entertaining, and informative. DevOps Reactions takes that middle-ground to another: a light-hearted yet subliminally frustrated Tumblr. It echoes technophile sentiment with humor that carries the tone were-laughing-but-seriously-do-I-need-to-physically-poke-you-in-the-ribs-to-get-this-joke-across with each 256-color frame. I mean, who hasn’t changed one line of code and collapsed a city bridge?

Teen heartthrob and Chrome Dev Relations guru, Paul Irish returns with another conference talk highlighting the browser’s toolset. This time, he focuses on performance, debugging fan favorites like paint and layout by cleaning up some popular sites (including a NYTimes graphic). *swoon*

Carrying the torch from Codepen, GitHub, and Lonely Planet, Groupon has compiled its own reader on the company’s CSS. Highlights include an emphasis on DRY programming (a concept we consider gospel), an exposition on internal front-end framework Toolstrap, and tips on migrating between original and redesign by maintaining the same folder structure.

MooseX, which bills itself as a postmodern object (we’re already postmodern?), is an experimental DSL Ruby gem. It’s a port from the Perl extension, making conditional variables a breeze to check and implement.

JavaScript can be messy. And overwhelming. It’s the railties to a website’s train, but placing each peg and praying the track holds is a daily ritual for developers. Fortunately, we don’t live in the wild wild west anymore and can rely on tried-and-true practices from manuals like Eloquent JavaScript. The book is available for free online – under a CC license, no less – with a print edition promised to be in the pipeline.

There’s a million-and-one ways to hack out a parallax feature, but this pure CSS rendition arguably takes the cake for the simplest we’ve seen. Along with witchcraft, there are some bleeding edge properties that make the floating design trend just work in modern and postmodern browsers.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *