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Tuesday Tech Links 8.19.14

Posted in Insights — August 19, 2014

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

Some of us, Tom Hanks and his sleeper typewriting app included, like to do things the old-fashioned way. Type some words, grab your result, no POST, UPDATE, or database-driven API standards about it. For these modern traditionalists, there is Prose, a way of managing static content through GitHub. Jekyll is the favorite flavor (after all, it was written in part by one of GitHub’s founders), although Markdown and other languages are also supported.

Reliving the college days doesn’t always include beer bong nostalgia – sometimes seeing a Big O graph can bring you right back to the third-row aisle seat of Computer Science 101. Cascadia Ruby speaker Davy Stevenson presented a lovely Ruby gem that recalls those collegiate glory days of swooping curves with raw benchmark data.

Literal CSS Wizard Harry Roberts puts the rest of the CSS standards guides to shame with a full, comprehensive, borderline maniacal guide to writing stylesheets. In his defense, he announces the site’s definitive nature before diving too far down the rabbit hole, but like his follow-up on BEM syntax, we have a feeling this will become a de facto reference.

Source documentation in JS is helpful, and doubly so on open projects. Now Rubyists can get in on the fun that is clicking through sidebars of functions and methods until sense is made of that recently inherited project with copious legacy code.

Chris Coyier is coming to town this Friday. In anticipation of the front-end champion’s arrival, we’re playing his CSS Conf Rdio mix on repeat.

Templating languages are a dime-a-dozen these days, but what about a templating language that’s also super fast? Loyalists will always claim theirs is the land’s quickest, but we’re holding our breath for HTMLBars, the latest improvement to Mustache.

Most animated entries to new pages only occur on load in not load inandload out. Miguel Ángel Pérez decides to cover all the bases with a new jQuery plugin animating the next navigated landing, adding keyframes to the birth and death of a page.

We love you Firefox, but you’re bringing us down.

In Ned Stark’s immortal words, “Brace yourselves, grid lovers. Flexbox is coming.” As the new spec gains wider browser support, more industry leaders will opine on the merits of rethinking the current width-explicit column structure most grid systems utilize. Philosophical or practical, once flexbox secures a substantial foothold, we’ll be ready.

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