Web Weekly #1
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As mentioned in my previous email, my ambitious goal for 2021 is to send this newsletter every week. And now that I have another cute character, it's time to get going!
I'm still working on the format, but I'll include the usual things. The newsletter will consist of GitHub projects, articles, talks, some music, and whatever I enjoyed during the week. :)
With that, let's do it!
The Global diversity CFP day is a wonderful event series that aims to get underrepresented or marginalized groups on conference stages. I organized the event in Berlin two times, and this year it will take place online.
The last year I was giving the talk Did we(b development) lose the right direction?. The post My stack will outlive yours goes into the same topic. Steren, the author, explains that he's writing his blog posts in vanilla CSS and HTML without any tooling.
For my taste, Steren's approach is a bit too pure, but yeah... the point stands. Web development is too over-engineered these days.
This week someone linked to my blog and used query parameters to send me a hidden message (
stefanjudis). I saw this message showing up in my analytics, and it made my whole week. Thank you!
Let me be honest: I'm not into machine learning, artificial intelligence and all these other trending topics. But when machines create images that look real after receiving human sentences, I have to admit that this is impressive (and creepy). 🙈
This week, I learned that
scroll-behavior: smooth is also applied to the in-site search in Chromium browsers. As a daily
CMD + f user, I prefer snappy scrolling. Schepp wrote a post explaining how to handle this behaviour in CSS.
Building features in-house is not always the best option. If you're looking for arguments to convince someone to use a 3rd party service instead of spending engineering resources, this talk is for you.
I'm changing the way how I write notes at least every six months. I came across this nicely nerdy way to archive daily notes. It's not an app but a combination of shell scripts. I'm inclined to adopt this approach!
- sverweij / dependency-cruiser – Validate and visualize dependencies.
- Arkweid / lefthook – Fast and powerful Git hooks manager for any type of projects.
- kiprotect / klaro – A privacy and security tool for your website.
I'm not sure if I should know this Joel Goldberg who recently retired after working four decades in tech. But the post What I’ve Learned in 45 Years in the Software Industry is worth reading and included a sentence I liked.
When you know something, it is almost impossible to imagine what it is like not to know that thing.
Another song from the past entered my Spotify; The Cardigans - I Need Some Fine Wine And You, You Need To Be Nicer. What a hit!
That's a wrap for the first Web Weekly! 🎉
And if you enjoyed this edition, if you share it, that would mean the world to me. :)
Stay safe, and I'll talk to you next week! 🎉 👋
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