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The Radar: April 19, 2017

April 19th, 2017 - by Isabel - Salt Lake City, Utah

Is a Flat Design The Right Approach?

Flat designs are an attractive trend on the web that, when used appropriately, can convey a sense of luxury and strategic simplicity. This article suggests factors to consider when deciding if flat design is the right fit for your project.

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Prettier Code

Announcing the release of Prettier 1.0, a Javascript formatter that removes all original styling and ensures consistent code.

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The Art of Risky Business Decisions

Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO, explains how he makes risky business decisions quickly.

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Thinking of Starting an Online Business?

A 14-chapter guide to finding, evaluating and validating online product ideas to build an online business.

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Flexbox VS Grid

Not sure when to use Grid versus Flexbox? This article offers a great comparison between the two as well as how they can work together.

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Review of Elixir and Phoenix

This article is an insightful review on the use of Elixir and Phoenix to improve productivity and maintainability of web APIs.

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The Radar: April 13, 2017

April 13th, 2017 - by Isabel - Salt Lake City, Utah

CSS – The Struggle is Real

This author takes a fun approach at describing the challenges of working with CSS.

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Securely Disposing of Your SSD

If you’ve found that you’re outgrowing your current Solid State Drive (SSD) model and want to destroy it, you’ll want to read this article before you do. The author discusses the Do’s and Don’ts of securely destroying your SSD.

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Tech News and Trends

Looking for ways to stay up-to-date with trends in technology? This site features 10 tech blogs to watch this year.

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Better List Views in React Native

React Native launched the release of a series of new components and features that better support the majority of use cases.

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Creatively Simple

Great use of a simple concept for an effective webpage!

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WebVR Experiments

Google is building a home for its VR web content with the launch of their WebVR Experiments page that now works with Google Cardboard. It’s open to all browsers, allowing developers to create content quickly and share with everyone. Users can now play VR games on the web without downloading an app.

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The Radar: April 5, 2017

April 5th, 2017 - by Isabel - Salt Lake City, Utah

Become a Cloud Foundry Certified Developer

The Cloud Foundry Foundation launched a cloud-native developer certification initiative. The program will focus on all major public cloud platforms currently offered by Cloud Foundry and better prepare developers to meet company needs related to building and managing cloud-native applications.

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Database Inside-Out

This article describes traditional databases as a shared mutable state that quickly becomes messy at scale. The author explores four aspects of databases and proposes that organizing database architecture around streams and materialized views is the direction for the future.

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IoT is Changing How We do Business

Emerging opportunities with loT (Internet of Things) are changing the way organizations operate as technology begins to better automate workplace, classroom and healthcare applications and processes.

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Compressing JPEG

Guetzli is a JPEG compression library that can get JPEGs a lot smaller than other compression libraries without losing out on quality.

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Write Better Code Faster

Introducing Kite, a development “copilot” that adds ranked code completions, documentation, popular patterns and examples into your favorite editor. Currently, it’s only available for Python, but more languages are on their way!

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One-Stop-Shop

An all-in-one platform for automating modern web projects.

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The Radar: March 29, 2017

March 29th, 2017 - by Isabel - Salt Lake City, Utah

Easier to Use Amazon EC2 RIs

If you’ve ever had to manage AWS Reserved Instances, you know it’s a pain to match RIs with existing EC2 instances. Thankfully AWS just simplified that process by allowing RIs to be matched with instances of a different size.

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Googler Has Grown

Googler now allows google search functionality from the terminal. This article reviews some of the additional features supported by googler.

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Angular 4.0.0 is Now Available

You can expect a smaller and faster application, new features, packaging changes and more!

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Stay Ahead of the Game

This company has come up with a unique way to market pre-planning for death by helping the reader anticipate the various scenarios that may lead to death.

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Simplify Integration Testing

This article offers principles of effective testing with Capybara that make the process simple and fun.

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Action Cable on Steroids!

An alternative to Action Cable, AnyCable is written in Go and is much more performant than Action Cable, but can easily tie in with an existing Rails app.

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The Radar: March 23, 2017

March 23rd, 2017 - by Isabel - Salt Lake City, Utah

Story Mapping

Researchers at the University of Vermont are using technology to map the emotional trajectory of common stories and fairytales. The implications suggest that machines can be trained to generate their own compelling stories by reverse-engineering what they learn about emotional trajectory.

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Introducing the Create React Native App

Until recently, installing and configuring React Native was a struggle for developers, especially when it came to Xcode and Android Studio. Those days are over! React Native just came out with a tool that cuts out a lot of the hassle.

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Join the Bus Factor Community!

Bus Factor is a collaborative space that brings together developers to help review code or contribute to projects in other ways. This service displays libraries, plugins, and other open source software that have 1 or few maintainers, and invites developers to contribute to the project.

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Designers Who Can Code

This article describes how the line between design, writing and engineering is becoming increasingly blurry. More and more, innovative companies are looking for designers who can write code.

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Google is Speeding Things Up

Google is moving toward web technology that uses fewer resources than current websites and apps. The latest version of Google Chrome (v57) will restrict the CPU usage of background tabs to 1%!

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Web Development for Beginners

The only HTML/CSS tutorial you’ll ever need.

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