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PanelKit, a UI framework enabling floating and pinned panels on iOS

Great stuff by Louis D’hauwe, a former student of mine: PanelKit is a UI framework that enables panels on iOS. A panel can be presented in the following ways: Modally As a popover Floating (drag the panel around) Pinned (either … Continue reading

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Reflecting On One Very, Very Strange Year At Uber

Susan J. Fowler, whom left Uber after about a year of employment there: I joined Uber as a site reliability engineer (SRE) back in November 2015, and it was a great time to join as an engineer […] After the … Continue reading

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Use box-decoration-break: clone; to consistently style fragments of wrapped elements

The box-decoration-break CSS property specifies how the background, padding, border, border-image, box-shadow, margin and clip of an element is applied when the box for the element is fragmented. Fragmentation occurs when an inline box wraps onto multiple lines, or when … Continue reading

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Jasonette – Build cross-platform mobile apps using JSON

Just like how web browsers turn HTML into a web page, Jasonette turns JSON into iOS native components. This lets you build native apps by writing a simple JSON. Here’s a small snippet/example: { “$jason”: { “head”: { “title”: “{ … Continue reading

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Behind the Magic: Creating Jedha and Scarif for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

A taste of the Oscar Nominated Visual Effects work behind the destruction of Jedha and the battle on the beaches of Scarif in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Hope to see a longer cut of this in the future, … Continue reading

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Understanding the Critical Rendering Path

When a browser receives the HTML response for a page from the server, there are a lot of steps to be taken before pixels are drawn on the screen. This sequence the browsers needs to run through for the initial … Continue reading

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Typora – a minimal markdown reading & writing app

Typora will give you a seamless experience as both a reader and a writer. It removes the preview window, mode switcher, syntax symbols of markdown source code, and all other unnecessary distractions. Replace them with a real live preview feature … Continue reading

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Dode Hoek (Blind Spot)

Over the weekend I went to the movie theatre to see “Dode Hoek” by Nabil Ben Yadir featuring Peter Van den Begin, Soufiane Chilah, and Jan Decleir. Dode Hoek (Blind Spot) is the story of Jan Verbeeck, the uncompromising commissioner … Continue reading

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JavaScript Start-up Performance

As web developers, we know how easy it is to end up with web page bloat. But loading a webpage is much more than shipping bytes down the wire. Once the browser has downloaded our page’s scripts it then has … Continue reading

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Driving Navdy, a (Kinda) Review

Back in August 2014 I pre-ordered a Navdy. Last week, 2 years later than expected, my unit finally arrived. Was this long wait worth the while? YES! Navdy? The Navdy is an aftermarket “Head-Up Display” for your car. Where your … Continue reading

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