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.


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.


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: Week 34

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

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

“The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.”
– Tim Berners-Lee


The Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri School of Journalism delivers the scoop on malvertising and its affect on the publishing and advertising industries.

Custom Avocados

Custom Avocados is pushing the boundaries of corporate tchotchke. That’s expensive guacamole.

Web Design & Development

Accessibility Refresher

If you design and build web products for humans, then this article about accessibility design from the team at Vox Media is a must read. Slide show included.

Some friendly pointers from UX Thought of the Day about designing a better style guide.


Blackbox Shipping

The creators of Cards Against Humanity have started a new shipping company that “works like a co-op” for independent artists and creators to get the lowest price.

Nextdoor has tweaked its algorithm for reporting incidents that has resulted in a significant reduction of racial profiling by its online community.


The Revenant movie reimagined as an 8-bit battle game. Warning: possible spoilers.

NASA wants YOU to go to Mars. These official posters put the call out for teachers, explorers, and farmers to help inhabit the red planet.

Enjoy your weekend and we’ll see you next week for the final Spry Hive of Summer, 2016!

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


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.


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.


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!

Front End Does What?

Posted by bgoldstein & filed under Web Development.

On November 4th A List Apart hosted their latest online panel, “The State of Front End Development”. At Spry Digital, we love any chance to get together as a team, eat some great food, and learn how to improve at our craft, so we turned the panel discussion into a lunch and learn, something we do just about every week.

On the panel were some of the leading Front End Developers in the US today, like Una Kravets (@Una), Rebecca Murphey (@rmurphey), Jina Bolton (@jina), and Marco Rogers (@polotek). The panel was moderated by Chris Coyier (@chriscoyier) of css-tricks.com.

They all work on some of the most interesting and complex front end development problems around for companies like IBM and Salesforce, and startups like Clover.


The entire hour long panel is embedded above, but if you don’t want to take an hour to watch the whole thing, we’ve recapped it for you here.

What Is It You’d Say You Do Here?

The panel started with the question of “What is front-end development today?” Chris began by listing various web technologies like HTML (check) and CSS (check). Where this question got interesting were two points of contention. The first was on JavaScript, which is such a broad topic and has seemingly a new framework du jour every month. What everyone came to agree on was that, yes, knowing how to use JavaScript at some level is definitely part of being a front-end developer. Moreover, they all agreed that being an expert at Angular or React or another particular framework wasn’t necessarily that important.

The other point of contention was on related-but-definitely-distinct disciplines like User Experience, Visual Design, Optimizing Performance, and server side programming languages like Ruby, Python and PHP. The consensus was that good Front End Developers definitely do not have to latter day webmasters, or full stack engineers, but need to be aware of the issues and concerns that other designers and developers might to bring to a project.

I really liked hearing that; one of the reasons I joined Spry Digital is our belief that crafting great, nimble web products is a team sport.

This conversation about awareness of different disciplines led to a great discussion on the usefulness of “Front End Developer” as a title. The panelists didn’t come to a conclusion – there’s both the problem of the title not being very descriptive of the work and the problem of it not being terribly indicative of the technical skill a front end developer might have. One panelist quipped that the job title front end developer could include both “someone who can barely use jQuery and someone who could recreate jQuery”.

If the title isn’t meaningful, does it matter whether you are a generalist, or should you specialize in a specific framework or technology? Fortunately this question was easier to answer: not only is front end development broad enough to include specialization under it, but most of those specialities are in demand. If you have or are willing to develop a speciality, you can basically pick where you want to work and the problems you want to solve.

Leveling Up

Piggybacking on the conversation about technical skill was a conversation about what determines a Junior Front End Developer from a Senior Front End Developer.  Unanimously the panel agreed that years of experience doesn’t play a determinative role in whether someone is Senior or Junior. Rebecca Murphey did comment however that experience does yield know-how in solving problems and working with colleagues. What most of the panel agreed on was that a Senior Developer has to be able to multiply the effectiveness of the team. This can happen in many ways, whether by teaching Junior Developers and improving their skills, or helping the team work better together. In fact, some of the panelists suggested that the only difference between a Senior and Junior Developer might be their ability to be a “force multiplier.”

Sine Qua Non

All of the panelists agreed that a healthy intellectual curiosity and a willingness to embrace changing technologies, standards, and practices was necessary for every front end developer, regardless of seniority.

It was a great panel that really helped me and our whole team at Spry think a little bit more clearly on what Front End Development is and is not, and what we should be expecting from Senior Developers as we continue to grow as a company.


A smattering of the tweets I live tweeted out during the panel:

Other people’s best tweets:

Have your own thoughts about what it means to be a Front End Developer? Share your comments with us below.

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 20

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

Well, we have made it back to the one and only Spry Hive, which means it’s finally Friday! This week, the office was buzzing with talks of pet cameras, Drupal development, curse words and more. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s news!


Interested in keeping up with the development of Google’s Self-Driving Car? Well, after traveling 1.7 million miles, the team has plenty to share about their experiences thus far, including 11 minor accidents.


Source = TechRadar.com

Ingeniously combining the characteristics of a drone, a self-driving car, and a Go-Pro, a group of individuals from the University of California – Berkeley has developed a flying camera that follows you! Named Lily, this ground-breaking device provides a hassle-free way to record your every move.


This week saw another win for the Net Neutrality movement, and the internet in general, as the FCC has refused to budge on any aspects of their new regulations for Internet Service Providers. If everything goes as planned, the new rules should go into effect June 12, 2015.

In an attempt to regain their footing in the market of internet browsers, Microsoft has announced that they are shutting down Internet Explorer and releasing their new browser, Microsoft Edge. Hopefully the logo’s changes aren’t indicative of how much (or little) effort went into the new browser’s functionality.


Source = imageidentify.com

While we have been able to search through Google using images for a few years now, Wolfram has now provided the internet with a tool that will identify an image for you! The web-tool isn’t perfect, yet, but this marks a huge step in the direction of legitimate artificial intelligence.


Here in the office, our team uses a combination of Sketch and Photoshop for web-development purposes. This past week they came across Daniel Schwarz’s article about the various ways to extract HTML/CSS code from the two platforms.

As it is one of the major Content Management Systems used by our team, Drupal is discussed thoroughly around the office. So,our interests were piqued when we heard about the new Drupal Console, a platform built to help manage the complexities of Drupal CMS.

Interested in joining the Drupal community and learning how to develop using the CMS? Well, you’re in luck! This May 22nd, Drupal developers around the world are hosting a slew of free or low-costing training sessions for new & beginner users!



Source = Titans Creations

LEGOLand Malaysia takes the 4th of May very seriously. So seriously that they hold a Star Wars event in honor of the aging “May the Fourth be with you” puns. What stole the show, however, was Titans Creations’ 10,000 brick model of the Millennium Falcon.

Do you find yourself cursing like a sailor whenever you get hurt? Well, keep it up! Evidently, researchers have found that an individual can strengthen their emotional resilience by cursing their way through pain.

So, with another week in the books, be sure to keep an eye out for Google’s Self-Driving Car and camera’s following people around, take a look into joining or engaging the Drupal community, and keep on swearing! We hope you join us next week and, as always, have a spry weekend!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 15

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

It can be difficult staying spry and motivated with the kind of week the St. Louis area has endured. From 20 inches of hail in the Manchester area to a tornado in Farmington to rain just about everywhere, we have finally made it to Friday. Fortunately, the sun is out and we can all relax as we jump into this week’s Spry Hive!


SOURCE = Youtube.com

While everyone else was preparing their wrists and wallets for the reviews on the Apple Watch, Netflix was working on something of it’s own. With the debut of the Netflix Watch across the internet, one might think that Netflix forgot the date of April Fool’s day.

For those looking to camp outside the Apple Store for a chance to be one of the first with their new device, Apple suggests ordering online first. The company hopes to curb the crowds and madness often associated with the release of their products.

Where Netflix was trying to bring a little joy to those of us as robotic as the computers we work on, a company called MudWatt is using kickstarter to teach and entertain the kids. Their goal? Allowing kids to create electricity using Mud. Maybe we will think twice before telling our kids to not play in the mud?

Wrapping up this week’s world of tech is a company we are all familiar with; Amazon. According to recent news, the FAA has officially given Amazon the ability to begin testing their drone delivery service. Evidently, in the 6 months it took the FAA to respond to the company’s first request, Amazon had enough time to develop an entirely new system. A system that wasn’t a part of their first request. Like it or not, we could soon start seeing robots at our doorstep.


For individuals looking to break into the C++ world or even seasoned developers just looking for another pool of samples, the website C++ Samples was launched April 6 just for you! They make it easy to find the code you are looking for, breaking the samples into categories like Common Tasks, Patterns, and Algorithms.

Looking to couple this knowledge with a better understanding of source code? Aria Stewart has your back, providing a lengthy post about how to read source code based on a talk she gave at Oneshot Nodeconf Christchurch.

Website performance optimization is an ongoing process, and there’s no shortage of articles on how to squeeze every extra millisecond out of website response time. With so many ways to approach performance, sometimes it’s easy to overlook the basics. This article by Sam Dutton reminds us of the importance of clean, concise HTML structure for high-performing websites.


SOURCE = Engadget.com

In a big win for customers and the Internet in general, HBO has finally released the long awaited HBO Now service. While you can still watch HBO through your contracted cable service, all you need for HBO Now is a computer with the internet and $15 a month. With Game of Thrones’ new season beginning this Sunday, maybe HBO’s new service can help fix the major pirating problem they face.

While HBO is attempting to give customers an option that doesn’t include a $30+/month contract for unwanted channels, Youtube is in the process of developing a plan for customers to enjoy Ad-Free web-based videos. With web-based shows premiering directly on the site and the introduction of companies like Vessel, Youtube has found itself scrambling to keep it’s hold on the market.

On the other side of the web this week, Microsoft and Dropbox announced their enhanced integration of services. Attempting to compete with the all-in-one package that Google offers the working world, you will now be able to utilize Microsoft Office Online with all of your Dropbox files. This includes easy and effective editing, commenting, and saving. Will you stick with Google Drive & Docs, or will you give Microsoft and Dropbox a try?


From innovative operations to unorthodox practices to another merger, the business world has seen some promising changes throughout the week.

Over the past year, venture capitalists have taken the healthcare system by storm, utilizing untapped features of the Affordable Healthcare Act. In 2014 alone, venture capital dedicated towards implementing high-tech programs into the healthcare system rose to $308 million. Compared to 2013, that is a 250% increase from $88 million raised. Compared to 2012, $308 million raised is a 556% increase in funds per year. With the new digital infrastructure being put into place, we can all be happy with the potential for fewer costs and better coverage.

Are you in the market for a new employee? Evidently, Google has gone out of their way to implement more informative interview questions in their hunt to hire the best. Check this article out to see how Google does their hiring.

While Google shares their experience in hiring the best, LinkedIn is on a quest to purchase and merge with the best. Over the past week, news has surfaced stating that LinkedIn is attempting to enter the online education business by purchasing the site Lynda.com. Offering lessons, courses, and workshops about Development, Design, Business, Video, and more, a visit to Linkdin may soon include more than networking and job hunting.


As a final note, we would like to congratulate our very own Sheila Burkett. Sheila has been recognized for her extraordinarily hard work & talent in the St. Louis business world. This time around the St. Louis Small Business Monthly has included Sheila in their list of “100 St. Louisans You Should Know.” If you haven’t already, reach out to Sheila and get know her and Spry Digital a little better.

And with that, Week 15 can become another shining star in our collective past. Enjoy the weekend, come back next Friday, and, as always, stay Spry.

Hiring A Front-End Developer in St. Louis

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Jobs.

We are currently seeking an adept Front-End Developer that gets satisfaction from building elegant and highly-functional web products.


This candidate enjoys the fast-pace of agency life and embraces the challenge of working on multiple projects while putting their skills to the test. They won’t be alone – we are a creative and collaborative team that arrives at solutions together. They can expect to learn while they lead. We regularly host meetups, lunch and learns, and provide stipends for personal growth. As a growing team, this candidate can also expect to mentor others on the team to arrive at the best results.


We are looking for a skilled technician that uses HTML, CSS, media queries, JavaScript, and PHP to craft attractive, functional and adaptive web products based on designs from our in-house UX and creative team. This candidate should also have a firm grasp of usability, accessibility, compatibility and performance/optimization.


We offer great pay and benefits, including health insurance, a retirement plan, and three weeks paid vacation, amongst others. We are a casual work environment but have high output.

Other perks include:

  • Competitive salary
  • Full healthcare coverage for employees
  • Retirement plan
  • Technology and educational stipends
  • Flexible schedule
  • Casual work environment
  • Leadership opportunities on a growing team

To read more about the position and qualifications, see our job page. If you fit the bill, send us an email telling us why you’re the right person for the job.

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2014: Week 46

Posted by Ben Scherliss & filed under Tips.

In a week during which the human race somehow, some way managed to land a space explorer on a freaking COMET, much of the news was naturally dominated by the Moon of Kim Kardashian. But then, maybe this is why we compile Spry Hive each week. We’re out here trending a little differently with a little tech, a little development, and some silliness too. So let’s get on to it.


If you read last week’s Spry Hive, we discussed Mozilla’s launch of a new browser for developers. As an additional part of it’s tenth anniversary the company is also launching a special release of Firefox with new features that it says puts the user in control. Much of this appears to translate into one word: privacy. New additions include a pre-installed search option which doesn’t track the user’s identity or search results and a “Forget” feature which clears-out recent activity.

With Google’s recent announcement that https sites are a positive factor in search engine rankings, many with http addresses are taking notice and coming on board. Google itself also provided a few additional positive points as to why a non-ecommerce site should go https, such as the protection of data integrity and the trust factor amongst users. If you also find that interesting, Bill Hartzer expounds a bit more in this article.


Tuesday Microsoft released a gang of hot fixes for a set of bugs called Schannel which, according to the company, could be one of the most serious threats that the Windows operating system has faced in years. As this affects nearly every version of Windows currently on the market, here’s more detail as to why you should drop what you’re doing and apply the latest update now (if you haven’t already).

Big Hero 6

Animation takes another big step forward with the release of Disney’s Big Hero 6.The film features the debut of Hyperion, which is a cutting-edge light rendering software that Disney’s artists and engineers have been working on for the past two years. In simpler terms, the software tracks how light rays bounce off multiple objects in an environment before they enter your eyes. “Seeing is believing,” may have never been as fitting as it is now.


Do you suffer from “Blank Walls Syndrome?” Do you tend to think every nook and cranny is screaming for an object, painting or piece of furniture? Well, often these same urges can overcome Developers during site builds as well. It’s a concept called horror vacui, which is the natural tendency of humans to fill empty spaces with stuff. As this writer explains, the lesson for both interior design and development is simple: “If you want your software to be perceived as valuable, don’t fill every empty corner with some kind of feature or widget.”

Not to be outdone by Google’s debut last week, Amazon has now followed with their own announcement of it’s first docker-centric product. Their EC2 Container Service for managing Docker containers on its cloud computing platform. It’s available in preview now and developers who want to use it can do so free of charge.

If you’d like to manage all of your Vagrant machines in one place, take a look at Vagrant Manager for OS X, which is both customizable and has indicators for which VM’s you have up or halted.

From our friends at Javascriptissexy.com come these guides for learning Meteor for both beginners and seasoned developers. They even start-off with a comprehensive overview of the technology before you invest any time and resources.

If you’d like a little primer for SVG’s and their benefits, we like this write-up on Styling And Animating SVGs With CSS. They also go over how to export and optimize SVGs, techniques for embedding them and how each one affects the styles and animations applied.


What’s in a Gnome? Well, a lot for non-profit Gnome Foundation, which recently challenged Groupon’s use of it’s trademarked Gnome namesake. Groupon attempted to strong-arm the small company and take over the “Gnome” name for it’s new tablet point-of-sale system. The non-profit then raised over $87,000 in donations to oppose registration for the trademark, and Groupon eventually backed-off.

So, you think you’ve got skills? Well, let The Skill Project be the judge of that. Their aim is to build the largest, most accurate skills database ever made by allowing a diverse and skillful community to contribute their individual skills to a global map. The thinking is that humans have been around for centuries, yet we have no actual comprehensive database of all the various human skills.

With that, we’ve reached the finish line of Week 46. Come on back around next week for another full serving, and we’ll have you covered. And as always, please do leave a thought or comment below – we’d love to hear from you!

Improving Productivity with Atom Editor

Posted by Phil Ecker & filed under Web Development.

As a web developer, I’m always looking for new applications/technologies to improve my efficiency. With a large percentage of my time being spent in a code editor, what better place to look to improve productivity?

Why I Chose Atom

In the past, my code editor of choice was Coda 2, but after a recommendation I switched to Sublime Text as my primary editing tool. Sublime Text had a lot of great features, but one feature it lacked was the ability to position the sidebar. I decided to explore some other options to see if there was a better fit for me. Of the editors out there, I considered Brackets, Coda 2, Sublime Text 3, Light Table and Atom. After trying Atom, it quickly became very comfortable to use and better yet, I was able to choose the position of my sidebar!

What really sold me on Atom is the fact that Github built Atom on common web technologies like HTML, CSS, Node and JavaScript so it’s easily customizable without having to learn another language.

Atom Packages

One of the easiest ways to customize Atom is with the community built packages. My top 5 packages are listed below:


Emmet isn’t exclusive to Atom, but it was definitely a selling point when making the switch. Emmet is a plugin for many popular text editors which greatly improves HTML and CSS workflow. It makes it possible to quickly write large amounts of code. If I could only install one package, this would definitely be it.

Sublime Tabs

As the name implies, this a package that mimics the way tabs work in Sublime Text. The main benefit of Sublime Tabs is that it allows you to quickly preview a file without having to open it. This greatly assists in preventing tab clutter in your environment.


Minimap is nice for being able to quickly scan large files. I find it especially useful for looking for code within projects using Foundation. I can look at Minimap to find sections in the file where I have uncommented variables, etc.

Autocomplete Plus

Autocomplete Plus works in conjunction with Emmet – it provides a dropdown list of options as I type, which increases the speed in which I can write code.

File Icons

File Icons isn’t as elaborate as some of the other packages, but I find this to be useful when you’re looking at hundreds of files in the tree view. It visually separates the files, making it quicker to locate the file I’m trying to find.

Atom Themes

Other ways you can modify Atom to be the editor you want is with a combination of available themes for Atom. My personal choice is the default Atom Light UI theme with the Dimmed Monokai syntax theme.

Atom Light UI with Dimmed Monokai Syntax Theme

Themes are another way that Atom allows you to have exactly what you want in an editor, instead of making those choices for you.

The difference between good and great is in the small details that might not be important to someone else. The great thing about Atom is if it’s not exactly what you want out-of-the-box, you can customize it. Between the default features of Atom, the community contributions of Packages/Themes, and it’s overall ease-of-use, Atom quickly became my default editor. It has increased my productivity as a developer, and hope it does the same for you.

Dispatches from the SpryHive 2014: Week 23

Posted by spry & filed under Tips.

Happy Friday and Happy National Donut Day! The Spry staff had their morning sugar rush courtesy of Strange Donuts, a local shop responsible for this amazing photo project. We really like the behind the scenes making of from a design perspective.

Grab a box of crullers and a hot cup of coffee and kick back and relax with your friendly neighborhood SpryHive. You want links? Lucky you! We’ve got links!

Tech News

An Apple a day…

Unless you were vacationing under a rock this week, you probably caught wind that Apple made some pretty interesting announcements at WWDC 2014, its worldwide developer conference. We got to see the future of Apple with a look at OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. While most people were expecting some hardware announcements, their software stole the show. We’ll spare you a play-by-play with this summary of the 22 most important things Apple announced.

Apple is already running into some criticism from designers for the selection of Helvetica Neue to replace Lucida Grande. Neue is being dinged for potential under-performance in its web functionality and appearance at smaller sizes. However, typograpy-philes have been expressing their love of Helvetica for a long time (there’s even a movie about it). We agree, it’s clean and slim, but is this a case of form over function?

Women in Tech

De-coding women

It’s no secret that development can be a bit of a boy’s club. Some have even called it “brogramming”. Often, this attitude manifests in subtly hostile and misogynistic assumptions and language that lets women know they’re not welcome. The latest example came from Atlas Camp – a developers conference run by software developer Atlassian, who makes Spry’s internal chat program HipChat. A presenter compared a plugin framework to his girlfriend, saying it “doesn’t play well with others”, “demands attention”, and “complains a lot”. For their part, Atlassian denounced the presenter’s comments as not being part of their company culture and issued a lengthy apology.

Re-coding women

Sadly, incidents like Atlas Camp aren’t isolated. How do we encourage women and girls to step in to the ring and get involved with more tech and coding? Simply put, we need to talk about it more. We need to make it more acceptable and encouraged. This excellent Op-Ed from this week’s New York Times offers a lot of resources. More and more startups are springing up across the country to address this question. Locally, LaunchCode has started a new offshoot called Coder Girl. Even a cursory Google search will let you know that this isn’t an isolated initiative; similar programs are gaining steam across the United States via broadening participation by girls in STEM programs and the Equal Futures Partnership.

Developer Goodies

“What’s this built with?”

Find a site you really like? Take a peek under the hood with Built With. Billing itself as a “Technology Profiler” (among other things) it’s one of our go-to resources. It offers a snapshot of all the technologies found on a site to help devs and designers make more informed decisions. Even better, there’s a Chrome extension that makes sneaking that peek a total breeze.

Learn Swift

With all the buzz Apple had in the news this week, there’s been a flurry of interest around their newly announced programming language, Swift. Swift is the successor to Objective-C for creating iOS and OS X apps. If you want to learn it, Apple is offering a free eBook from iTunes.

Miscellaneous Goodies

LEGO just *gets* us.

Two LEGO tidbits from this week. Based on public interest and petition, LEGO announced that it will be rolling out a women scientists set. We can’t wait to get our hands on it. Also, in LEGO’s latest ad campaign an artist re-imagines famous works of art using LEGO bricks creating pixilated, but recognizable, works of art. On both counts, we do advise you NOT to step on them. We hear it’s pretty much the worst.

Rock out with your HTML out.

If you need a little afternoon distraction, we’ve got you covered.  Check out the HTML5 Drum Machine. Makes getting into your work groove even easier with a good beat.

13 minutes of “WORTH. IT.”

You might remember our soapbox on net neutrality from a couple weeks ago. It’s a topic that’s not going away. John Oliver takes on net neutrality and motivates an army of internet dwellers – “for once in your lives, focus your indiscriminate rage in a useful direction. Seize your moment, my lovely internet trolls!” And, man, they did. Between Oliver and impassioned Redditors, 45,000 comments and 300,000 emails went to the FCC. The general rule of the internet is “Never read the comments” but that FCC site might be worthy.


That’s it for this week. You’ve got a whole weekend to recover from your donut-induced sugar coma.
We’ll catch you on the flip side. Pass the TUMS?