The Objective Blog

The Radar: August 17, 2016

August 17th, 2016 - by Michelle Mann - Salt Lake City, Utah

Keeping up with design and technology is a lot of work. Luckily, we enjoy wading through the noise just to find the gems of awesomeness sprinkled throughout. The Radar is our gift to you, Current or Potential Client, so that you can enjoy all of the awesome without any of the drudgery. Unwrap it each week, and know that you’re loved by the geeks and pixel-pushers at Objective.

Practical SVG

Great article on how to work with SVG sizing.

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Monitor your site with Google Docs

A lot of website monitoring tools use the freemium model. Use Google Sheets to create your own website monitoring tool for free.

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RSpec Expectations Cheat Sheet

A comprehensive cheat sheet for RSpec expectations.

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Picking SQL or NoSQL

An opinion piece on how to choose the database(s) for your application. This piece focuses on using “the right tool for the job”, even if that means using multiple types of databases for one application.

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10 Tools from Design to Development

Some tools to help your work flow from design to development.

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The Radar: August 08, 2016

August 8th, 2016 - by Michelle Mann - Salt Lake City, Utah

Keeping up with design and technology is a lot of work. Luckily, we enjoy wading through the noise just to find the gems of awesomeness sprinkled throughout. The Radar is our gift to you, Current or Potential Client, so that you can enjoy all of the awesome without any of the drudgery. Unwrap it each week, and know that you’re loved by the geeks and pixel-pushers at Objective.

Dummi

A handy tool for creating dummy data files for testing.

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You’re Doing DevOps Wrong

Some helpful tips for getting a proper devops process in place early on in the product lifecycle.

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Basic Web Design

Basic Web Design/css in 4 minutes.

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Graal & Truffle

Disruptive innovation in the works that could change programming language design.

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Tomnomnom

This is a tool that makes it easy to search through JSON documents, in a grep-like fashion.

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React.js Best Practices

An opinion on best up-to-date practices for React in 2016, as well as useful libraries to make your #reactlife easier.

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Use RxJS with React

Rxjs, and the reactive programming paradigm has been gaining momentum. This article helps explain how to turn react components into reactive components.

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Home Dial

A pretty smooth dial interface component. Snaps to the nearest value and has momentum.

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The Radar: July 13, 2016

July 13th, 2016 - by Michelle Mann - Salt Lake City, Utah

Keeping up with design and technology is a lot of work. Luckily, we enjoy wading through the noise just to find the gems of awesomeness sprinkled throughout. The Radar is our gift to you, Current or Potential Client, so that you can enjoy all of the awesome without any of the drudgery. Unwrap it each week, and know that you’re loved by the geeks and pixel-pushers at Objective.

Google Fonts

Have you checked out the new redesign of the Google Fonts site?

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Ruby or Rails

A fun quiz to see if you remember “where Ruby ends and Rails starts.”

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Felony

Felony is an application built using Electron, React, and Redux. It allows you to send and receive encrypted messages.

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apisauce

A JSON API client for JavaScript that helps provide a clean fashion for dealing with successful HTTP responses as well as errors.

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Tensorflow

An overview of how to do computations in Tensorflow, Google’s machine learning library. A few months ago, O’Reilly published an article with a summary of terms used by Tensorflow.

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Psychology of Color

An article outlining the misconceptions, appropriateness, and importance of color theory applied to branding.

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Pokémon Go

How Pokémon Go is taking smartphone gaming to a whole new level.

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The Radar: June 29, 2016

June 29th, 2016 - by Michelle Mann - Salt Lake City, Utah

Keeping up with design and technology is a lot of work. Luckily, we enjoy wading through the noise just to find the gems of awesomeness sprinkled throughout. The Radar is our gift to you, Current or Potential Client, so that you can enjoy all of the awesome without any of the drudgery. Unwrap it each week, and know that you’re loved by the geeks and pixel-pushers at Objective.

How Facebook Live Streams to 800,000 Simultaneous Viewers

Learn how Facebook handles live streaming to hundreds of thousands of viewers at a time.

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Teach Kids to Code

Google announced Project Bloks, an open hardware platform, which helps kids learn to code.

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The Importance of Code Review

Excellent article about why we need code review and how to get it done.

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Improving CSS quality at Facebook and Beyond

Learn about Facebook’s process of improving their css code linter by using some third party tools.

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Migration Code Review

This is a list of things to check when reviewing your own, or others’, migrations code.

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Presenting Creative Work

Nothing is worse than an unfocused design review. This article gives tips on how to present concepts to clients.

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The Radar: June 15, 2016

June 15th, 2016 - by Michelle Mann - Salt Lake City, Utah

Keeping up with design and technology is a lot of work. Luckily, we enjoy wading through the noise just to find the gems of awesomeness sprinkled throughout. The Radar is our gift to you, Current or Potential Client, so that you can enjoy all of the awesome without any of the drudgery. Unwrap it each week, and know that you’re loved by the geeks and pixel-pushers at Objective.

Alloy

Alloy web browser. Browse with purpose my friend.

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Quiver

A note taking app that allows you to mix plain text with markdown, code, and diagrams.

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Bullshit Complex

Some people fall into the trap of thinking that talking about work is as valuable as doing work.

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Pokémon Go

Ingress gets a companion (or competitor) in the augmented reality playing field. Makes our little experiment many years ago with robots stomping around on a Google map look downright lame.

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A Protocol for Dying

Pieter Hintjens, the author if ZeroMQ and the creator of many developer communities, is dying. This is his take on how to die, and how to talk to someone who is dying.

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Monads in JavaScript

A design pattern used to describe computations as a series of steps.

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Boxy SVG

Create SVG in the browser, without Illustrator or Sketch.

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