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Dispatches from the Spry Hive: Week 35

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

This post is part of a weekly series featuring the latest buzz around the Spry Hive.

“I write funny. If I can make my wife laugh, I know I’m on the right track.”
– Gene Wilder

Graphic Design

Thanks to these DIY resources, you don’t need to accrue a ton of student debt to get a design education.


Courtesy The Academy on Medium.

Courtesy The Academy on Medium.

The American Academy of Motion Picture & Sciences shares the design process behind seven iconic movie posters.


Content Strategy

18F has updated their content guidelines for Government projects, and its worth a look.


Web Design & Development

Pantsuit: The Hillary Clinton UI pattern library.

Pantsuit: The Hillary Clinton UI pattern library.

How do web designers achieve Hillary Clinton’s “I’m with her.” look? With the aptly named Pantsuit UI pattern library.


An article about building extensibility with HTML/CSS components.


Technology

You can now Google Cast to Hangouts directly from Chrome.


Watch a SpaceX rocket explode and take Facebook’s Internet.org satellite along with it.


Misc

EpiPen Tycoon

Mylan CEO Heather Bresch made waves last week with a multifold price hike of the company’s EpiPen product, while giving herself a size-able pay raise, and the Internet has responded with Epipen Tycoon, a brilliant exercise in corporate greed vs. public health.


QRATES helps recording artists with “vinyl as a service”. Only $15 per pressing.


In Memoriam

 

Gene Wilder captured our imagination with his portrayal of Willy Wonka and many other characters. The essence of Wilder’s style can be seen in this video essay of every comedic pause across his career.


 

Spry Hive will be back next week. Enjoy your long Labor Day weekend!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2016: Week 9

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

With the Primaries commanding the headlines, it’s never a bad idea to take some time to catch up on all the new you may have missed throughout the week. That’s where the Spry Hive comes in, so sit back and enjoy!

The Web

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Show someone how you really feel about their status with the new Facebook reaction buttons.

Design

The futura font is getting a lot of use these days, so mix things up with these 10 alternatives.

Cyber Security

Evidently, after 724,000 Americans had their data stolen during a cyberattack on the IRS in 2015, the IRS failed to upgrade their systems and the same data was hacked again.

It was also announced this past week that there is a major vulnerability in internet security called the DROWN Attack. Here is a list of the most popular sites affected by the weakness.

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On the bright side, companies like Google are still looking out for internet users everywhere, developing protective measures like Project Shield.

Web Development & Design

Put your Angular skills to the test with the 48-hour, online hackathon known as Angular Attack.

While not fully supported by all browsers (IE 10 and below), here are 6 good reasons to start using Flexbox

Let’s look at design systems like a living, changing product instead of a project with end.

Misc.

How long would it take you to bring society to a screeching halt? Find out with Collapse, a quick, interactive introduction to Ubisoft’s new game title The Division.

We got an “extra day” this month on Monday, February 29th! If the calendar never shifted we would be in the heat of summer (next year) right now. See what happens to the calendar
if we didn’t have a Leap Day?

Nostalgia has been a driving force of the movie industry for quite awhile now, and this is more present than ever with the announcement of Nikelodeon’s Legends of the Hidden Temple movie and the reboot of Ghostbusters.

Ever dreamed of owning a military grade flamethrower? Well, now you can for just $1,600!

From time to time brevity can describe an experience more powerfully and clearly than a paragraph, essay, or entire book. The University of Pennsylvania provides a beautiful example of this with their collection of Six Word Memoirs.


Well, that’s all for this week, folks. Enjoy the first weekend of March and don’t forget to stop by the Hive again next Friday.

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2016: Week 8

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

The final week of February saw a handful of developments in technology alongside a plethora of news from the web development industry. So, dive into this week’s news with another exciting Spry Hive!

Apps

The wishes & dreams of millions have finally become a reality as the navigation app Waze will allow you to receive directions from Morgan Freeman.

Web Development & Design

The saying, “Never judge a book by it’s cover,” applies to more than just paperbacks and hardcovers. For example, while studies show that women tend to produce better computer code, their work is less often approved when the public knows they are female.

Robots don’t only exist in the physical world. Find out how and why graphical user interfaces (GUIs) are finally being replaced by bots on Slack, Facebook, and SMS.

Jump on Google’s newest mobile-bandwagon by enabling Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) on your WordPress site.

Software fixes can sometime lead to more problems than they solved. That’s because software maintenance is an anti-pattern that desperately needs more attention.

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Bring your code to life and get a better idea of how unique each piece of code truly is with Codeology.

Are you familiar with SASS? Well, you may recognize more of the features in ES2015 than you first thought.

Skip the constant bouncing back-and-forth between applications and prototype your design in Sketch with Silver.

Tech

Keeping up with the ever-changing computer industry can be quite the chore, but blogger Chris Dixon just made it a little easier with a comprehensive overview of what’s next in computing.

While the video game industry has already begun dabbling in virtual-reality and 3D scanning, Sword Art Online: The Beginning may be the first to combine these technologies with IBM’s supercomputer, Watson.

Boston Dynamics released a new video this week, announcing the newest version of Atlas and demonstrating the robot’s ability to navigate and manipulate objects.

Misc.

Cable cutters took a huge step forward this week as the FCC proposed that cable companies should allow people to access your favorite channels via devices like Apple TV, the Roku Box, or Amazon Fire.

Wish starting a business was easier? Most people agree, which is why Stripe Atlas launched a service that helps you easily incorporate your business, open a bank account, receive payments, and get legal advice.


And like that, February is now behind us as we push towards Spring. Enjoy your weekend and don’t forget to stop by next week for another dose of the Spry Hive.

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2016: Week 4

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

As we finish off the first month of 2016, businesses on Facebook are in for a treat with the release of various new tools. That’s not all that happened this week, though, so sit back and enjoy another dose of the Spry Hive.

The Web

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Facebook has rolled out a whole new way for companies to share stories and engage their audiences with Canvas.

Web Development & Design

Proving that age & experience have little to do with your ability to develop an app, the 83-year-old former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, recently released his own mobile game.

Take your website to the next dimension with quick loading, easy to build 3D models using Voxel.CSS.

Use Gridlover’s online HTML/CSS editor to set your website’s font styles.

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Creating brand assets for Social Media has never been so simple. Check out Social Kit Pro for Photoshop.

Use Sketch for your app and web design needs? Be sure to check out all the changes made in Sketch 3.5.

There are more tools for designing and building websites than ever before, but some are beginning to think that process and use of these frameworks is killing creativity on the web.

Misc.

If you own one, you’ve probably already experienced some of Apple TV’s gorgeous aerial video screensavers. Well, now you can watch them on any device.

Are you a fan of the Bachelor, Game of Thrones, or even both? Then you’ll definitely get a kick out of Lena Headey reading insults from the Bachelor as Queen Mother Cersei on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

For those who have been doubting the unprecedented nature of last year’s temperatures, the world’s leading meteorologists have the data to prove that 2015 was by far the hottest year on record.


With that, the weekend and the end of January is in sight. Don’t forget to drop by next week for February’s first Spry Hive!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 39

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

Chipotle wasn’t the only company playing around with video games, space, or lawsuits over the past week. So, catch up on all of the latest news in another edition of the Spry Hive!

Web

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Source = Chipotle

Tired of taking fire from the competition over their alleged use of GMOs, Chipotle is making their point by letting you shoot down the additives!

Don’t think you’re so sneaky. Facebook and employers everywhere are well aware of how much time is spent on Facebook at work. Now you have an excuse, though, with the introduction of…(wait for it)…“Facebook at Work”.

Tech

Volkswagen is taking some serious heat from the USA. Unfortunately for the company, their rigging software can only hide the truth during an emissions test and not the news cycle.

The world of technology is chock-full of overly complicated bugs and hacks, but the latest flaw on Android is just plain silly.

The once unthinkable for Microsoft has now become a proud reality for the tech giant; the company has started using Linux to run it’s cloud.

Somehow, it seems only fitting that the individuals behind Cards Against Humanity are actually very interested in preserving our own humanity by supporting Women in STEM.

Design

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Source = Nodegram

Looking for a little inspiration to end the year on a high note, or maybe just some eye-candy? You’ve got to check out the best isometric designs of 2015 (so far).

Having trouble convincing clients to buy those pieces of paper you value so much as a designer? Here is a helpful article on teaching the purpose of a style guide.

Learning should be constant, but it shouldn’t be a constant struggle. Use this guide to make it easier to keep up with the latest and greatest tools for web designers.

Development

Wondering whether or not your favorite modules are ready for Drupal 8? Keep up with the latest news using this database that details the status of the top 100 contributed modules for Drupal 8.

Misc.

Seeing the Earth as the size of a marble can change anybody’s perspective. Thankfully, a group of friends took it upon themselves to bring the scale of the solar system to us.

Pluto might not be considered a planet anymore, but it’s still a part of our gorgeous solar system! So, show our farthest cousin some love and check out the newest pictures of it’s landscape.

For the first time in decades we are seeing a video game like no other. Panoramical centers itself around meditative music that manipulates fascinatingly artistic and engrossing visuals.

In case you weren’t aware enough, there is only one day left in Sea Otter Awareness Week, so make it count!


So, now you can enter the weekend with a new view on life and a few new talking points. Don’t forget to stop by next week and, as always, have the spryest of weekends!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 38

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

Roller coasters and preteens weren’t the only ones breaking records and setting precedents this week, so enjoy another dose of the Spry Hive and catch up on all the news!

Tech

feeling prosthetic

Source = Darpa

This week in Tech brought quite a touching story… Researchers at Johns Hopkins have developed a neural prosthetic that returns the sensation of touch to its owner.

This one on the other hand… has us seeing red.

Web

Users Beware: Some websites are beginning to identify and strike back against those running ad blockers.

Facebook is finally developing a dislike button, but they are exploring options that would make the feature less alienating and more empathetic.

Design

Facebook empathy design

Source = Wired

Almost immediately after Facebook spoke their piece, designers jumped right into the challenge of designing empathy.

Your design team becoming too chummy and designs too processed? Don’t forget that it’s okay to fight with each other.

Life becomes stagnant when learning is no longer constant, so check out these 50 books every web designer should read.

Development

It’s no secret that the Web has been held together with popsicle sticks and glue. It’s been a fun ride, HTTP, but it’s time to move on.

Forked a repo and can’t get up? You may need first aid for git.

Web designers, ensure that you’re pleasing users instead of making them sick. Take these resources for a spin and learn how to make your animations more accessible.

Misc.

Our stomachs are already dropping and turning at the sight of Cedar Point’s newest world-record breaking roller coaster.

What is this magic? Trust us when we say your life will change after trying these cotton candy grapes.

Forget the gondola men of Venice. Visit Osaka, but not without your wasabi! Evidently, the city’s turned their river into a conveyor belt of floating sushi.

Space exploration is inherently exciting, but we were on the edge of our seats reading about these two preteens who sent a homemade ship to the edge of space.


So, keep an eye out for giant balloons in the atmosphere and new features on Facebook. Don’t forget to stop by next week, as it will surely bring even more exciting news!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 30

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

In case you didn’t hear, NASA has once again captivated the world by announcing the discovery of a planet eerily similar to Earth. While everybody else may not have been performing rocket science this week, the founder of Wikipedia announced his plan to revolutionize social networking and a group of hackers figured out how to wirelessly control a car. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the rest of this week’s news!

Web & Apps

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Source = tindog

For those who aren’t adventurous enough to explore the popular dating app Tinder, the developers at Holidog have created an alternative that puts your canine in the spot light. Whether the app is really for the dog or the owner doesn’t really matter as both benefit from the genius of Tindog.

If you frequently engage major companies on Facebook, asking a question or even complaining about service, then you’d better look out! Evidently, a couple comedians out of Atlanta have taken the popular social media site by storm, providing customers with fake answers while posing as ‘Customer Service’.

Evidently, the founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, is preparing to launch a donation based social network in the United States. Allowing users to connect with and receive updates from participating charities and individuals, The People’s Operator, or TPO, is self-described as, “similar to Twitter, but better.

Design

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As creative teams everywhere continue to utilize and experiment with digital design for their clients, it’s become more and more difficult to remember how beautiful and fitting physical, visual art can be. So, to help jog the memory and provide some inspiration, take a look at these gorgeous examples of analog typography.

Businesses require design that is both intelligent and enjoyable. Like most tasks, though, such an accomplishment is much easier said than done. Alina from Zurb Blog writes that the root of the problem may stem from the inability of a company to properly utilize their own design team.

Development

Those who have never come across Sitepoint’s, “12 Little-Known CSS Facts,” now have some catch up to do! Following up to last year’s successful and helpful blog post, Louis Lazaris provided coders with 12 more little-known CSS facts.

Looking to add beauty, class, and powerful, data-driven widgets to your web-based dashboard? Then you have to check out this charming yet powerful framework called Dashing.

WordPress has served the web development community since its first appearance 2003, growing from a simple blogging system to the multi-purpose CMS it is today. Now, the system is on it’s way to becoming a fully integrated and functioning application framework, making it easier external, mobile programs to communicate with the WordPress database using the new WP Rest API.

Tech

Just as a disclaimer, stopping a vehicle on the highway in the middle of the day is never a good idea, and can probably end up with a ticket. That said, we should probably give a free pass to the team of researchers who showed the world how vehicles like the Jeep Cherokee are currently vulnerable to cyber attacks.

Have you been following the incredible progress Tesla Motors has been making with electric cars? Well, if you haven’t, then there’s no better time than now. Touting acceleration of 0 to 60mph in 2.8 seconds, the popular car company has announced the release of “ludicrous mode,” for the Model S.

While the technology behind music has expanded leaps and bounds in the recent decades, it took almost 500 years for someone to finally create Leonardo da Vinci’s musical invention. Dubbed the Viola Organista, da Vinci’s instrument combines the qualities of the harpsichord, organ,and viola da gamba.


So, while the likes of Tesla Motors and Jimmy Wales continue innovating life here on Earth, NASA might want to consider some creative upgrades for their rockets to expedite the journey to our planet’s newest cousin. We hope you were able to find at least one piece of interesting, informative, or just plain entertaining news. Don’t forget to stop by next week and enjoy a well-deserved break of the weekend!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 29

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

Welcome back to the end of the week and another weekly dose of Spry Hive. While the majority of the world was busy looking at Pluto’s true colors for the first time ever, companies like Doppler Labs and Facebook were once again attempting to change the way we interact with the world around us. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the rest of this week’s news.

Tech

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Source = Doppler Lab

Are you tired of hearing all drums and no vocals at a concert or that expectedly unhappy infant on your flight? Well, the team at Doppler Labs agrees and has raised about 17 million dollars to commercialize their revolutionary ear-piece that gives you full control of the sounds you hear.

Web & Apps

During this past week, one of our team members came across an awesome website that gives you a fantastic perspective of space, how far sound travels and how fast. The best part? The long list of tunes used to serenade you through space.

It seems like just yesterday that we were giving Microsoft a hard time for choosing the name ‘Edge’ as a replacement for their current web browser, ‘Internet Explorer’. In reality, it’s been nearly two months since then, and the first wave of speed and stability tests are beginning to surface. Based on it’s early performance tests, the browser’s new name might be more relevant than anybody could have imagined, especially Chrome.

We all know that as email became one of the most popular tools for communication, it also became one of the most powerful tools for sending and receiving spam. According to the security firm Symantec, unwanted and malicious email messages have continued to decline and now sit at an all time low.

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Source = Engadget

Those of you who use the Facebook app on iOS may have noticed an update to the software earlier this week. In an attempt to provide users with a more personal and enjoyable news feed, Facebook has made it easier to choose which friends and pages appear first as well as those you don’t want to see at all!

Design

Do you regularly use Adobe’s Photoshop and curse the image editing program for its inability to recognize and utilize custom set variables? The plugin Ditto is just what you’re looking for, allowing you to easily set variables for settings like fill, x/y positioning, and visibility.

Development

If you’re a digital developer that doesn’t follow Cubic Drone, where Curtis Lassam combines hilarious comics with the ideas and principles of coding, then you are missing out on some well-rounded comedic relief. His most recent piece deals with the constant cycle of issues and solutions with Javascript in what he calls ‘Relentless Persistence’.

As Sass gets more complex, with functions, variables, and control directives and expressions, it’s becoming clear that your Sass code should be included in testing. Sitepoint wrote up a nice tutorial on setting up unit tests for Sass.

Acknowledging how long it has been since providing a major update to their system, jQuery proudly released the alpha versions of jQuery 3.0 and jQuery Compat 3.0. Take a look at all the details release by the company and let us know how you feel about the changes.

Misc.

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Source = Youtube Screenshot

Apparently, McDonald’s recently encountered a bit of resistance after releasing a series of Minions toys in their Happy Meals. Standing their ground, the fast-food restaurant announced that they will not comply with the demands of irate parents claiming that one of the creatures is saying ‘WTF’.

A couple of people on our team, along with the rest of the USA, can’t stop talking about the new tv series Mr. Robot. Some are going as far as saying that it’s the most accurate portrayal of a hacker’s life, ever.

As noted in the beginning, humanity received the most detailed pictures of Pluto ever this past week from NASA’s New Horizons probe, and the world went nuts trying to figure out what’s happening on the surface of our solar system’s wannabe planet. While such news is obviously historic and important, our team’s favorite interpretation came from the comic genius of XKCD.


Well, as Porky Pig would say, that’s all folks! We’ve heard about topics ranging from augmenting sound in real time to seemingly vulgar toys, and even seen some major changes from companies like Facebook and jQuery. Hopefully you could find some form of entertainment or enlightenment in this week’s post, and, as always, we wish you the spryest of weekends!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 23

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

The first week of June brought out all the big names in the news. Between Facebook, Netflix, Paypal and Google, the week gave us a little taste of everything. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s Spry Hive!

Web

Facebook is far and above the social media site with the largest following. Because of this reigning popularity, the platform’s lack of support for the extremely popular GIF file type has always seemed a little odd. That shortfall is in the past, though, as the company now fully supports GIFs.

While Facebook remains the king of social media, Netflix is continuing to solidify itself as the king of the internet in North America. Evidently, during the evening hours, when internet usage peaks, Netflix accounts for 37% of all activity.

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Source = Geek.com

Blowing up in everybody’s face this week was the new Terms of Service that Paypal released following their split with Ebay. Evidently, Paypal failed to include a section detailing how customers can prevent the company selling their phone number or how to opt out of the obnoxious robocalls. Thankfully, for Paypal and their customers, the company has backed down and claims that it will provide customers with an option to opt out of the much unwanted service.

The digital scrapbooking website Pinterest has always be proud of the fact that their product helps people around the world discover new things. The company now seems to be taking things a step further, announcing the ability to buy the items you come across on their site.

Design

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Source = FastCoDesign.com

Most news about the popular company Linkedin focuses on new features they offer or how to get the most out of their services. That said, the latest news pertaining to the business-oriented social media website is all about design! If you haven’t seen their stunningly hip New York office yet, then you are in for a treat.

While Linkedin was laboring over every detail of design for their office, IHOP was busy trying to make their brand smile. Unfortunately for the home of unlimited pancakes, people have already started describing their new logo as a “deranged clown”.

Development

Are you interested in learning how to code using Javascript? Well, you are in luck! Fellow developer Max Ogden has created a guide to learning the language that is so easy your cat could grasp it.

If you are more familiar with the vocabulary and grammar of Javascript and looking for a tool that will make your coding life easier, then look no further! The individuals at Konstantin Sokhan have come up with the website called JavaScripting  where you have access to browse and search through a multitude of libraries, frameworks, and plugins.

Tech

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Source = Surrey NanoSystems

Have you ever wondered what a black hole looks like? Well, Surrey NanoSystems may have come up with the closest possible alternative. Named Vantablack, the material reflects 99.96% of all white light, making it the darkest object humans can observe with the naked eye.

Google recently held their I/O event for developers, and, as always, they featured a number of new, quirky technologies. Attempting to revolutionize the function of fashion, Google has been working on touch-sensitive thread and stitching that would turn any piece of clothing into a touchscreen.


And just like that, another week has come and past, leaving some new technological advancements, a few lessons, and every other type of news behind it. We hope you enjoyed the week as much as we have, and, as always, wish you the spryest of weekends!

 

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 14

Posted by Ben Scherliss & filed under Tips.

April inevitably arrives with a few pranks, but also with plenty new to discuss. Amazon wants you to push their buttons while Facebook wants to create a social presence for your children. We’re no fools here, so let’s discuss it all in the latest edition of Spry Hive.

Tech

April Fools Day has now passed, and who wasn’t fooled by the 360 Selfie Ring or Google Fiber dial-up? But there were more than a few other enjoyable fabrications launched in the tech world this year and here is a fun collection of some of the best.

And in what was not a hoax, Amazon announced that it wants you to be able to re-order your products from any room, closet or corner of your house. So they’ve made it all possible with their new “Dash Buttons” which will instantly purchase an order and can be placed literally anywhere in every residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse.

Google had to kill about 200 different Chrome extensions this week, having to reclassify them as Malware. Apparently more than a third of these extensions which inject ads were, in fact,  deceptive and merited the reclassification.

If boring, traditional round pancakes are causing you ongoing morning depression, life no longer has to go on that way thanks to PancakeBot. The device pairs an electric griddle and a batter dispensing system which will effectively “print” pancakes into nearly any shape.

Social Media

We all know that there just isn’t a large enough of a social presence for babies on Facebook, so luckily the social media giant has announced Scrapbook. The company says this feature will “grow with your child” as you add photos of them. Nothing creepy here.

Facebook’s Engineering Director is now headed to the White House. 28 year-old David Recordon will join the administration as Director of Information Technology, a position which was created specifically for him.

Twitter has been showing ads in the news feed for some time now, but they’re about to take it up to another level — a personal one. The social company has apparently been testing promoted tweets which would begin showing-up on user’s actual profile pages, possibly appearing as tweets endorsed by or from that account.

Misc

A warning that this one may hurt your eyes a bit. Two of the most cringe-worthy fonts – Comic Sans and Papyrus –  are now merging to create Comic Papyrus.

SOURCE = Adweek

Moving on to some much more pleasant writings, you won’t believe how perfectly this calligrapher effortlessly re-creates the logos of iconic brands like Google, Adidas, Star Wars and Converse with pen and ink.

Cards Against Humanity has ironically found a means by which to benefit humanity. The popular, typically raunchy game is now releasing a science themed expansion to benefit women in STEM.

Development

Bloomberg’s been cooking-up a new single-page application framework called Brisket. The company is billing it as having “the best perceived speed, the greatest code freedom, and the strongest search engine optimization.”

If you’re a beginner with AngularJS you may get some good value from the interactive book Angular Basics. It covers Directives, Modules, Services, Controllers, Routing and is free.

Docker marked it’s second birthday this past week and as this article suggests, we should continue to expect big things from the open source software project.

SEO

With “mobilegeddon” fast approaching, many businesses and website administrators are scrambling to get in front of Google’s upcoming new mobile-friendly algorithm. Google is stating that it will impact more sites than their previous Panda or Penguin updates did, with the bottom line being that you’d better get mobile-friendly and fast.

Spam bots cause multiple annoyances such as corrupting your analytics data and using-up your server’s resources just to name a few. But there are some effective steps you can take to stop them from ruining your analytics referral data.


That’s a wrap for the first week of April. See you next Friday and we’ll have another go ’round again.