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The Radar: May 25, 2016

May 25th, 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.

DuckRails

DuckRails is a development tool that allows you to mock up API end points quickly.

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Blisk Browser

The Blisk browser claims to be developed specifically for web developers who want to ensure sites work correctly on other platforms and in all resolutions. It’s only available for Windows currently.

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Center in CSS

Fill out this form and you’ll get the styles to align your content.

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Why we Built XStream

A discussion of why Cycle.js needed a new reactive framework (xstream), and how it differs from rx.js.

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Marmelab/Restful.js

A JavaScript library for interacting with RESTful resources.

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Software Engineering Daily

A daily podcast about writing software and various new tools. The May 9th episode talks with someone who works on Khan Academy and discusses how they use React for their site, something that we’ve been talking a lot about at the office lately.

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How to Take Charge of a UX Kickoff Meeting

This article outlines how to have a successful kickoff meeting in order to establish your expertise in the field. It starts by asking the right questions, and taking charge of the conversation. The most important part is setting up expectations with your client.

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The Radar: May 4, 2016

May 4th, 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.

Meaningful CSS

An interesting article on how to improve your CSS, by starting with semantic, meaningful markup. It also goes through a comparison of common vs. optimal form markup.

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Sqreen

Sqreen provides a security service that plugs into Ruby on Rails applications to inspect, track and fix security holes.

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Improve Your Designs

When it comes to design, consistency is key. The role of a designer is to find patterns and assign key indicators to create these relationships.

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Prototypal

An article that explains the workings of JavaScript’s prototype-based object oriented programming.

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Node 6 Features

Some of the best new language features in Node version 6.

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An Inferior Paradigm

The creator of Cycle.js (cycle.js.org) discusses why react + redux is an inferior paradigm. He clarifies how React/Redux is not the best in the “Paradigm ergonomy” aspect.

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Learn the World Quiz

A fun quiz to test your world knowledge

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The Radar: April 27, 2016

April 27th, 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.

Chameleon

Chameleon is trying to make it easier to create and maintain effective product tutorials. They are working to provide better user onboarding using nudges to prompt users on their next step.

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Bootstrap 4 Cheat Sheet

A reference site for all of your Bootstrap 4 needs.

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Electron-compatible Runtime on top of Gecko

Some people are working on making a runtime for desktop applications that uses Gecko, the rendering engine of Firefox. It’s goal is to be compatible with code written for Electron, which currently uses Blink, the rendering engine for Chrome.

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Flag Icons

A collection of all country flags in SVG — plus the CSS for easier integration.

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Microinteractions for App Design

Microinteractions act as facilitators for interactions, with feedback, notifications and instructions. Knowing your users and the context behind microinteractions make them more effective.

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User Experience vs. Customer Experience

Your business needs excellent user experience, but it will fall short if you don’t also have an excellent customer experience. The customer experience goes beyond the user interaction with your product and extends to your organizational structure, customer service, etc.

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The Radar: April 20, 2016

April 20th, 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.

Brainstorm Questions

When you begin by brainstorming solutions, you are assuming that you already know the problem. By challenging your initial assumptions you will find the real problem.

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Monod

A react-based markdown editor that works offline, and is encrypted so you can safely share.

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Capital One Resource Management

Cloud Custodian is an open source AWS resource management tool created by Capital One. This tool is a nice way to define policies in an organized manner.

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Interactive Mall Map

An interesting 3d rendering of a mall map which shows all the floors in perspective. Transitions are done with css.

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Redux

State container that leverages immutability to to provide time travel debugging, easy testability, and predictability.

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GoldenLayout

A docker paradigm which creates draggable windows for desktop web apps.

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Designing for Your Mother

Our client’s user base is on the older age spectrum so we did some research about how to design for that demographic.

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The Radar: April 13, 2016

April 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.

1Clipboard

Universal clipboard management across devices… finally!

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Hacker Lexicon

After the San Bernardino hack, it was reported that a “gray hat hacker” saved the day. Learn the difference between white-, gray-, and black-hat hackers.

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Super Markup Man

An upcoming game that teaches html by making the user order the tags correctly.

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Ruby Enumerable Module

The Enumerable module in Ruby is powerful, and understanding it can help you understand everyday Ruby code better. This post explains what it is, how it is used, and how you can use it.

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Martanne/Vis

A text editor that re-creates a lot, but intentionally not all of, the behavior of Vim.

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Interactive Infographs

These interactive, multi-media sites make sure to deliver information in an engaging learning style.

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