Slack's bait and switch
Slack, like so many others before them, pretend to care about interoperability, opening up just so slightly, so that they can lure in people with the promise of "openness", before eventually closing the gate once they've achieved sufficient size and lock-in.
chat  slack  business 
5 weeks ago
I am a mediocre developer
I personally know some developers who are very talented and can create wonderful pieces of software with no or little struggle. Because of these gifted individuals, our industry is full of high expectations. But the sad truth is: not everyone is a ninja/guru/rockstar developer
coding  development  programming 
5 weeks ago
Inside Google’s plan to make the whole web as fast as AMP
Can the most contentious piece of the web form the basis of a new standard?
google  web  standard  performance 
6 weeks ago
History of the browser user-agent string
In the beginning there was NCSA Mosaic, and Mosaic called itself NCSA_Mosaic/2.0 (Windows 3.1), and Mosaic displayed pictures along with text, and there was much rejoicing.
browser  history  internet  web 
6 weeks ago
The House That Spied on Me
The larger pattern that emerged about the smart home was that all of the devices phoned home daily, even if they hadn’t been used, telling the companies that made them, “Hey. I’m still here. I’ve still got power. Have any updates for me?”
privacy  security  surveillance  Technology 
6 weeks ago
Amazon built its hyper efficient warehouses by embracing chaos
Items aren’t organized by where they’re being shipped; they aren’t—aside from very big items—organized by size; and they aren’t organized by the type of customer who is likely to order them. A shipment of 50 tubes of toothpaste may ultimately be distributed to and stored in 50 different places.
amazon  gestion  warehouse  organization 
7 weeks ago
Facebook forme les chômeurs, Google forme les étudiants. Et les universités vous emmerdent.
Notez également que "La brouette thaïlandaise de la formation universitaire et le sandwich néerlandais de la fraude fiscale" était le titre alternatif de cet article, mais je le trouvais moins explicite. J'espère qu'il le sera davantage (explicite) à la fin de votre lecture.
université  GAFAM  enseignement  formation 
8 weeks ago
Website Sameness™
There’s something comforting about knowing to look for a horizontal list of links across the top of a page. With each additional site that adopts this across-the-top navigation pattern, users become conditioned to look for navigation in the same spot, helping them achieve their goals faster. Hooray, affordances!
design  inspiration 
10 weeks ago
If You Multitask During Meetings, Your Team Will, Too
You have begun multitasking, which means you’ll be far less effective at both writing your email and participating in the meeting. Yes, I know you think you’re good at multitasking, but while you’re busy typing away at your keyboard, your body language is telling everyone else in the room that this email is more important than the meeting you just called.
management  productivity  meetings 
10 weeks ago
DuckDuckGo, le canard aux pratiques boiteuses
Depuis quelques années, et principalement depuis les révélations de Snowden, DuckDuckGo est mis sur le devant de la scène en tant qu’alternative à Google. Si sur papier, et d’après leurs dires, DuckDuckGo ne trace pas ses utilisateurs et protège leur vie privée, la réalité peut être bien différente.
10 weeks ago
Automatic visual diffing with Puppeteer
So testing, right? We should do it. The thing is, testing is hard, and good testing is reaaaaaaally hard, and tbh I’m pretty bad at testing. So I end up not testing my apps, and then I feel guilty about it, but I’ll stop you now: you can’t run guilt on Travis. If this sounds familiar, then this blog post is for you.
javascript  testing  visual-testing 
10 weeks ago
Modern-normalize: Normalize browsers' default style
Smaller, Includes only normalizations for the latest Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, Sets box-sizing: border-box, Improves consistency of default fonts, Sets a more readable tab size
css  style  normalize  browser 
10 weeks ago
Create and share beautiful images of your source code.
Start typing or drop a file into the text area to get started.
code  display  presentation 
10 weeks ago
Google, You Creepy Sonofabitch
Google is equally needy, but feels a lot more insidious than Facebook. Unlike Facebook, Google isn’t just a place you go. It’s built into the infrastructure of your life. It’s your house. It’s the roads and sidewalks you travel on. Google is a lot more infrastructural than Facebook, which is why breaches of trust feel a lot weirder and scarier.
android  privacy  tracking 
12 weeks ago
Web is Dead. Et sa grand-mère aussi.
Et la promesse du web, en tout cas, sera morte, celle pour qui chaque homme pouvait posséder et disposer d'une page et d'une adresse, ce qui n'a rien à voir avec le fait de disposer de dizaines de comptes soumis à d'ahurissantes CGU et vecteurs d'autant de possibilités de flicage et d'asservissement sur quelques méga-plateformes privées propriétaires.
web  opinion  gafam 
12 weeks ago
Please Stop Using Local Storage
I don’t know what it is, exactly, that drives so many developers to store session information in local storage, but whatever the reason: the practice needs to die out. Things are getting completely out of hand.
architecture  javascript  security 
12 weeks ago
People leave managers, not companies. Don't let that manager be you
I’ve led teams of engineers for almost a decade but when I look back at my own management career I regularly thought I was a “good manager”, at times even a great one. I attributed any problems I encountered to the people I managed rather than myself. Looking back now it’s clear I was actually a blindingly naive, over-confident, under-skilled, inexperienced manager who made lots of mistakes.
business  management  advice 
12 weeks ago
Routing and Route Protection in Server-Rendered Vue Apps Using Nuxt.js
You might have had some experience trying to render an app built with Vue on a server. The concept and implementation details of Server-Side Rendering (SSR) are challenging for beginners as well as experienced developers. The challenges get more daunting when you have to do things like data fetching, routing and protecting authenticated routes. This article will walk you through how to overcome these challenges with Nuxt.js.
vuejs  javascript 
12 weeks ago
Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto, Tell us Your Secret
Twitter has a checkmark for confirmed accounts. How about a checkmark for bots? It’s not hard to do. On today’s Twitter, humans, bots, and feeds look identical. Adding a checkmark for bots and give them a different, robotic typography could do wonders
twitter  bots  UI 
january 2018
Google Memory Loss
I think Google has stopped in­dex­ing the old­er parts of the We­b. I think I can prove it. Google’s com­pe­ti­tion is do­ing bet­ter.
google  search 
january 2018
Copy/paste anything over the network
Ever needed a copy/paste clipboard that works over the network?
Piknik seamlessly and securely transfers URLs, code snippets, documents, virtually anything between arbitrary hosts.
No SSH needed, and hosts can sit behind NAT gateways, on different networks.
cli  clipboard  network 
january 2018
A very intelligent browser based Webpack dashboard
J.A.R.V.I.S. (Just A Rather Very Intelligent System) will put in your browser all the relevant information you need from your webpack build whether in dev or in prod.
Tons of features are on the roadmap but still, this beta version will improve the way you look at webpack-dev-server or webpack production build bundle, chunks and other output assets.
dashboard  development  javascript 
january 2018
Bad Month for the Main Thread
But darn it all, I just want to build modular websites using HTML and a little bit of JavaScript.
browser  cpu  performance  javascript 
january 2018
De la souveraineté… fonctionnelle
Sur le blog collectif Law and Political Economy (@LPEblog), le professeur de droit Frank Pasquale (@frankpasquale), l’auteur de Black Box Society, développe le concept de souveraineté fonctionnelle.
GAFAM  internet  antitrust  economy 
january 2018
Hawaii missile alert: Blame terrible interface design for the Hawaii debacle
Imagine you have just arrived to work on a Saturday morning, and you are told to select “Test missile alert” from a drop-down menu. You should absolutely not select the second option. What are the chances you don’t mess it up?
UI  UX  form  error 
january 2018
Web Trend Map 2018
Don’t get too excited. We don’t have it. We tried. We really tried. Many times. The most important ingredient for a Web Trend Map is missing: The Web. Time to bring some of it back.
industry  internet  trends 
january 2018
Third-Party Scripts
Third-party scripts are probably the #1 cause of poor performance and bad UX on the web. It's no wonder things like AMP exist. The fact that it disallows third-party scripts is probably the largest contributor to it making sites fast. Controversial as hell, though, in its other choices.
javascript  performance 
january 2018
How the industry-breaking Spectre bug stayed secret for seven months
When Graz University of Technology researcher Michael Schwarz first reached out to Intel, he thought he was about to ruin the company’s day. He had found a problem with their chips, together with his colleagues Daniel Gruss, Moritz Lipp, and Stefan Mangard. The vulnerability was both profound and immediately exploitable. His team finished the exploit on December 3rd, a Sunday afternoon. Realizing the gravity of what they’d found, they emailed Intel immediately.
security  hardware 
january 2018
Endless Content
When I think about all the books I’ll never read, the movies and TV shows I’ll never see, podcasts I’ll never hear, and the games I’ll never play; I get a bit overwhelmed. It sounds a bit mid-life crisis’y, but sometimes it feels like the world and news is moving so fast, I feel like I’m drowning in a sea of endless content.
content  information 
january 2018
Google Announces Plan to Improve URLs for AMP Pages ...
... But Even If It Happens, Which Remains Uncertain, AMP Will Still Suck. Even if it all works out, it only solves one problem: URLs. It doesn’t solve the deeper problem of content being hosted on Google’s servers, rather than publishers’ own servers.
google  safari  browser  speed  loading 
january 2018
I’m harvesting credit card numbers and passwords from your site. Here’s how.
The following is a true story. Or maybe it’s just based on a true story. Perhaps it’s not true at all.
csp  javascript  npm  security  web 
january 2018
Everything is too complicated
All of that is exciting — I love gadgets and am one of the few crazy people that think CES is incredibly fun! — but I want to take a half-step back before it all begins and point out something obvious: most people have no idea how any of these things work, and are already hopelessly confused by the tech they have.
technology  UX  people 
january 2018
Careful Now
The web is the best platform to build for and generally heading in a direction that makes that even truer. The easiest way to screw that up is not being careful with standards.
web  standards  browser 
january 2018
IKEA effect
The IKEA effect has been described as follows: "The price is low for IKEA products largely because they take labor out of the equation. With a Phillips screwdriver, an Allen wrench and rubber mallet, IKEA customers can very literally build an entire home's worth of furniture on a very tight budget. But what happens when they do?" They "fall in love with their IKEA creations. Even when there are parts missing and the items are incorrectly built, customers in the IKEA study still loved the fruits of their labors.
business  psychology 
january 2018
The Daily Plan Bar
This past year I’ve started using a modified form of the Bullet Journal approach, using a dot-grid notebook, thanks to a gift of an official Bullet Journal Notebook from creator, Ryder Carroll.
daily  design  journal  task  todo 
january 2018
The Rise of the Butt-less Website
Because there’s no back-end, get it? 😶
It takes a few steps to go butt-less:
- Setup a single page app with Vue
- Generate each route at build time
- Create blog and article components
- Integrate Webpack to parse Markdown content
- Extend functionality with plugins
- Profit!
webdev  static  vuejs 
january 2018
Chrome is Not the Standard
But there is an important difference between those platforms and the web. Those platforms are the domain of a single vendor. The web is a shared platform. This is its unique benefit, and its unique cost. It uniquely allows us to write software that can actually run, and run reasonably well, everywhere
chrome  standard  internet 
january 2018
To Serve Man, with Software
Software is easy to change, but people ... aren't. So in the new year, as software developers, let's make a resolution to focus on the part we can change, and keep asking ourselves one very important question: how can our software help people become the best version of themselves?
coding  people  ethics 
january 2018
Chrome is turning into the new Internet Explorer 6
Chrome, in other words, is being used in the same way that Internet Explorer 6 was back in the day — with web developers primarily optimizing for Chrome and tweaking for rivals later. To understand how we even got to this stage, here’s a little (a lot) of browser history. If you want to know why saying "Chrome is the new Internet Explorer 6" is so damning, you have to know why IE6 was a damnable problem in the early ‘00s.
browser  chrome  google 
january 2018
L’imperfection : un trésor pour votre entreprise ?
la quête excessive de perfection en entreprise produit beaucoup de déperdition, de craintes, enferme la pensée, et provoque l'effet inverse de ce que l'on en espérait : l'action est figée dans le temps qui attend le process ou la technique parfaite, les décisions deviennent de plus en plus difficiles à prendre, l'imagination se bride, les individus s’effacent...
entreprise  performance  work 
december 2017
Silicon Valley Techies Still Think They're the Good Guys. They're Not
As we discussed the latest sexual harassment scandal, he posed a question: Will anyone ever write another positive story about a tech startup.
I said probably not.
technology  culture  siliconvalley 
december 2017
Amazon wants a key to your house. I did it. I regretted it.
I gave Amazon.com a key to go into my house and drop off packages when I’m not around. After two weeks, it turns out letting strangers in has been the least-troubling part of the experience.
amazon  privacy  security 
december 2017
lowdb is a small local JSON database powered by Lodash (supports Node, Electron and the browser)
Lowdb is perfect for CLIs, small servers, Electron apps and npm packages in general.
It supports Node, the browser and uses lodash API, so it's very simple to learn. Actually, if you know Lodash, you already know how to use lowdb
database  javascript  json 
december 2017
Storify va fermer ! Et si on le faisait renaître en communs ?
Voilà aussi ce qui montre de manière éclatante que les relations entre les pouvoirs publics et les communs marchent à l’envers. Les bibliothèques (services publics) financent avec de l’argent public des bases de outils fermés sans jamais contribuer financièrement aux communautés qui développent des logiciels/services libres…
opensource  logiciel  public 
december 2017
J'ai tenté de travailler sans Google pendant une semaine
Est-il vraiment raisonnable de se passer des services de Google ? Un journaliste d’Usbek & Rica s’est dévoué pour tenter l’expérience. Avant de plonger dans la jungle des services alternatifs, encore faut-il passer par la case désintox pour supprimer l’ensemble des programmes estampillés Google dans lesquels baigne une rédaction web...
google  gafam  web 
december 2017
How the Sausage Gets Made: The Hidden Work of Content
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content  website  cms 
december 2017
Les frameworks, c’est pas automatique !
Bootstrap, Foundation, jQuery, Angular, React, plugins divers et variés, frameworks en tous genres… Autant de concepts qui peuplent aujourd’hui l’écosystème du développement Web. Autant d’outils qui semblent être des pré-requis obligatoires pour réaliser un site Web. Obligatoires, vraiment ? Pas si sûr…
framework  web  standard 
december 2017
Clearing cache in the browser
Caching assets in the browser is the most common and most obvious way to improve front end performance. But at some point every developer accidentally makes a bad release of an asset with a long cache lifetime. There is a way back! Here’s how to throw the kill-switch.
cache  browser 
december 2017
Parcel: 📦🚀 Blazing fast, zero configuration web application bundler
There are many web application bundlers out there with huge adoption, including webpack and browserify. So, why do we need another one? The main reasons are around developer experience.
build  bundler  github  javascript 
december 2017
Bitcoin could cost us our clean-energy future
If you’re like me, you’ve probably been ignoring the bitcoin phenomenon for years — because it seemed too complex, far-fetched, or maybe even too libertarian. But if you have any interest in a future where the world moves beyond fossil fuels, you and I should both start paying attention now.
bitcoin  coding  environment 
december 2017
Lutter contre les mouchards des apps, une cause citoyenne : voici l'histoire d'Exodus Privacy
Fin août, une poignée d'internautes se retrouvait sur un chat chiffré pour parler de leurs découvertes. Après l'article de Numerama concernant l'entreprise Teemo, ils ont découvert dans les applications populaires des dizaines de mouchards. Cette bande de hackeurs et hackeuses singulière passera les trois mois suivants à créer Exodus Privacy, une plateforme pour la transparence qui espère changer les pratiques.
security  privacy  android 
december 2017
Why Slate is moving its URLs to https.
As a web developer and product dabbler, I love URLs. URLs say a tremendous amount about an application’s structure, and their predictability is a testament to the elegance of the systems behind them. A good URL should let you play with it and find delightful new things as you do.
cms  navigation  url 
december 2017
Donner vie à des personas
Nos clients ? Des libraires. Les clients de nos clients ? Des gens qui lisent.
Cela fait donc six ans que l’on conçoit des outils pour des lecteurs et aussi six ans que l’on fait des suppositions sur qui sont ces clients finaux.
persona  UX  research 
december 2017
Progressive Image Loading using Intersection Observer and SQIP
If you visit sites such as Facebook, Pinterest or Medium regularly, you may have noticed that the first time you load the page, you’ll see a page with low quality or even blurry images. Then as the page continues to load, the blurry / low quality images are then replaced with the full quality versions. To see an example of this in action, let’s take a look at the image below.
images  performance  svg 
december 2017
A Front End Developer’s Guide to GraphQL
No matter how large or small your application is, you’ll have to deal with fetching data from a remote server at some point. On the front end, this usually
graphql  json  javascript 
december 2017
Web Typography: Designing Tables to be Read, Not Looked At
Good designers spend a great deal of time sweating over typography. They agonise over typefaces, iterate through type scales and meticulously apply white space, all in the service of the reader. Then comes along a table with the temptation to get creative, and all thoughts of the reader go out of the window. And yet tables are there to be read, referenced and used, not merely looked at.
design  typography 
december 2017
A Pinterest Progressive Web App Performance Case Study
Pinterest’s new mobile web experience is a Progressive Web App. In this post we’ll cover some of their work to load fast on mobile hardware by keeping JavaScript bundles lean and adopting Service Workers for network resilience.
browser  performance 
december 2017
Google : trois scénarios pour un démantèlement
Depuis quelques semaines, en Europe comme aux Etats-Unis, pleuvent les appels à démanteler les géants de la tech. Google est en première ligne. On s'est risqué à imaginer trois scénarios sur les moyens qui permettraient de rapetisser ou de ralentir l’ogre : se révolter contre son omnipotence, le taper au portefeuille, ou bien le démanteler sous la pression populaire.
google  antitrust 
december 2017
Jobs-to-Be-Done in Your UX Toolbox
In other words, a “job” in JTBD lingo is a way to express a user need or provide a customer-centric problem frame that’s independent of a solution.
december 2017
Stop aux `npm install -g` sauvages (ou pourquoi vous ne devriez pas installer en global de packages et outils CLI)
À chaque fois qu’un développeur installe un outil globalement, une discussion tabs vs spaces commence. Et Dieu sait que c’est inutile. Les espaces c’est mieux. Fin de la discussion.
tools  opinion 
november 2017
WebAssembly Will Finally Let You Run High-Performance Applications in Your Browser
Seven years ago, the team I work with at Mozilla chose to focus on one of the oldest and hardest obstacles to progress: the performance of the JavaScript programming language.
web  browser  performance 
november 2017
Creating Secure Password Resets With JSON Web Tokens
Does your site still send password reminders via email? This should be a red flag to you, as both a user of the website and as a developer. Either your password is stored in plain text or it can be decrypted, instead of having the much stronger, more secure one-way encryption.
programming  security 
november 2017
How Facebook Figures Out Everyone You've Ever Met
Shadow contact information has been a known feature of Facebook for a few years now. But most users remain unaware of its reach and power. Because shadow-profile connections happen inside Facebook’s algorithmic black box, people can’t see how deep the data-mining of their lives truly is, until an uncanny recommendation pops up.
facebook  privacy  security  surveillance 
november 2017
I hate telephones
I dialled their number, and navigated around their robot which tries to direct you back to their website. Yes, Barclays’ internet presence insists you call them, and then when you call them, they try very hard to move you back to the internet
communication  fear 
november 2017
WTF is a Source Map
At its core, a source map allows a browser to map the source of an asset to the final product. In our previous example of an error happening in a JS file, if the JS file had a source map, it would allow the browser to translate the location of the error to the original unmodified file on disk. Pretty cool.
css  html  code  developer 
november 2017
Teletype for Atom
Teletype(beta) for Atom lets developers share their workspace with team members and collaborate on code in real time.
atom  coding  collaboration  editor 
november 2017
Google Books et le filtrage géographique du domaine public
Ce billet présente un problème auquel les internautes situés en France sont confrontés lorsqu’ils essaient d’accéder à certains documents du domaine public numérisés par Google.
numerisation  droit 
november 2017
I’ve seen the future of the web, and it's Ethereum
From the developer’s perspective there’s no database, and no cloud. The “ads table” is the smart contract and the “users table” is the Ethereum wallet. The user-facing application is just html & javascript, hosted on Github pages.
engineering  ethereum 
november 2017
Data visualization: Stop making charts when a table is better
The table may not be sexy. It won’t wow your boss. It won’t win any awards. It won’t get you upvotes on the “Data is Beautiful” subreddit. Still, it is often the best way to actually help people understand your data.
chart  graphic  data  visualization 
november 2017
The Medium
I’ve had a few similar conversations lately with colleagues I admire in the Web industry. They’ve all mentioned that they are a bit tired and burnt out. This happens, especially over time. But there is a trend
opinion  web  burnout 
november 2017
Not every article needs a picture
Websites fear that this makes them look unprofessional—or worse, boring—and drives away potential clicks. Even the fucking Economist now has a photo on every article on its website.
facebook  images  media 
november 2017
RSS: there's nothing better
Yes, the technology is dated, but it remains the best at what it does and isn’t closed source or tied to some Silicon Valley company. It still works, is widely supported and does what it does better than any alternative that’s come out since.
internet  opinion  rss 
november 2017
Why We Switched from Python to Go
Switching to a new language is always a big step, especially when only one of your team members has prior experience with that language. Early this year, we switched Stream’s primary programming language from Python to Go. This post will explain some of the reasons why we decided to leave Python behind and make the switch to Go.
development  go  python 
november 2017
Netflix functions without client-side React, and it's a good thing
The story isn't that they're abandoning React, it's that they're able to defer it on the client until it's was needed. React folks should be championing this as a feature.
react  browser  framework  performance  UX 
november 2017
Le supercalculateur Muse de l'Université de Montpellier monte à 280 Tflops
Pour les besoins en calcul haute performance des scientifiques, industriels et start-ups de sa région, l'Université de Montpellier a confié à Dell EMC la refonte de son infrastructure HPC. Le projet, réalisé en 12 mois, s'est concrétisé dans le cluster Muse qui offre une puissance de 280 teraflops.
october 2017
Le “citizen developer” : quelle est sa place dans l’entreprise actuelle ?
Dans une époque dominée par la transformation digitale et l’agilité, la réponse apportée aux équipes en matière d’application est devenue un vrai casse-tête pour de nombreuses entreprises ou start-up.
work  developer  product 
october 2017
One person’s history of Twitter, from beginning to end
I remember walking around the city on those days. Lotta hope. Feeling a bit cocky to be honest. But we thought we were gonna change the world.
Here’s the bad news: we did.
Twitter was built at the tail end of that era.
history  politics  twitter 
october 2017
Le « piratage » du réseau Chappe, ancêtre des cyber-attaques modernes
Si l'histoire est dépourvue de toute morale – elle porte tout de même une leçon toujours valable aujourd’hui : en matière de sécurité des transmissions, c’est souvent le facteur humain qui pose problème.
hacking  telecommunication  history 
october 2017
Documenting the Web together
We’re committing our resources towards making MDN Web Docs the best place to go for web API reference. To kick things off, today we started redirecting over 7,700 MSDN pages to corresponding topics in the MDN web docs library powered by Mozilla.
browser  documentation  microsoft  mozilla 
october 2017
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