Links We Like: Frontend Development and Design

August 2nd, 2013 by Harry

As a frontend engineer at Chartbeat I am constantly on the lookout for the next new and exciting web trend. Things change so quickly on the web that if you don't keep yourself constantly immersed in learning you can easily fall behind. Personally I take great joy and pride in staying ahead of the ever-changing curve that is frontend design and development. One of the main ways that I keep myself educated is by always being on the lookout for new articles and resources as they surface. I've thrown together a sampling of recent articles that I've been reading. Their topic matter ranges but inevitably the focus is on web development, teaching and guiding readers to be the best engineer they can be.
  • Making Medium.com - A wonderful in-depth article about the process taken to create Medium.com.
  • Tiff - if you're looking to brush up on your knowledge of fonts and typography this is an invaluable tool. It allows you to visually see the difference between fonts.
  • Daux.io - good code is worth almost nothing without good documentation. Daux.io is a new tool that automates the process of creating documentation for your software.
  • ECMAScript 6 and Proxy - a forward thinking yet timely article discussing the future benefits of the Proxy feature set to land in the next version of ECMAScript - aka JavaScript.
  • SlimerJS - the Gecko equivalent to the Webkit powered PhantomJS. Basically a headless browser that you can script. Great for testing.
  • Mind the Gap - An interesting analysis of the gap that arises between the conception and creation of a product.
  • The Making of Face to GIF - one of the coolest tech demos I've seen in a long time is the very awesome Face to gif tech demo. It lets you take a gif of your face directly from your web browser. This article discusses how that demo was created.
I hope you enjoyed this link roundup. Let me know what you think on Twitter!