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The Radar: April 26, 2017

April 26th, 2017 - by Isabel - Salt Lake City, Utah

The Right User-Experience Method

Trying to figure out which user-experience method, or combination of methods, to use for a project? This article offers a nice guide for when to use specific user-experience research methods.

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Royalty-Free Music

These 10 sites offer royalty-free music to support your video project.

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Facebook’s New React Fiber

Facebook is taking lessons learned from their JavaScript library builder, React, and applying them to their new React Fiber framework. Version 16.0 is expected to be released later this year.

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When Machines Justify Knowledge

This article goes in depth about human versus machine knowledge. The author proposes that the machine-learned way of seeing the world may be a better reflection of how the world actually works than pure human knowledge.

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From Bootstrap to CSS

The author walks you through the process of replacing a Bootstrap layout with CSS Grid.

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Composing Components

A different way of seeing React components and programming logic.

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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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