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Prototyping Design Ideas with Chatbots
How do we know what people need? As anthropologist Margaret Mead put it: “What people say, what people do, and what people say they do are entirely different things.” When we build working prototypes, we let our users interact with them. Rather than asking users what they would do, we can observe what they actually do.
design  prototype  chat  bot  ux 
2 days ago
Slick Slider Carousel
is a responsive carousel jQuery plugin that supports multiple breakpoints, CSS3 transitions, touch events/swiping & much more!
design  javascript  jquery  carousel  gallery 
12 days ago
302 Found
"You’ll still need to monitor and test your bot for quite a while before you’ll have a nice user experience. Even then your bot won’t be able to handle the most complex of conversations." via Instapaper https://chatbotnewsdaily.com/natural-language-processing-328aa760f8ce
instapaper  highlight 
5 weeks ago
Publishing JSON-LD for Developers
A case for publishing JSON-LD regardless whether you are working with linked data or RDF, with some simple examples.
json  data  schema  content-discovery  metadata 
6 weeks ago
Scheduling Slack messages using AWS Lambda
One of those keystone tutorials that helps bring together important concepts for both serverless and Slack API development.
slack  tutorial  things  lambda  awscli 
7 weeks ago
Helpful tools for building custom Slack apps
Building a great Slack app is more than just connecting to APIs. You also want to prototype your workflows, eye up your interactive messages, and rapidly iterate your code. Here are a few tools that can help.
slack  app  development  tools 
7 weeks ago
How to Prepare a Talk
"Once you have a talk idea, it's time to build the talk. Conference talks are scary, so you'll want to avoid it. You'll silently make slides or silently write an outline. These would be great preparations if you were going to stand on stage and perform the act of silently writing notes in a text editor. You're going to stand on stage and talk, so your preparation should be made up primarily of talking."
advice  presentation  speaking  talk 
7 weeks ago
Running a Government Department on Ruby for over 12 Years
Experiences running the programming unit for a small government department for the last 15 years, using Ruby as the main programming language for the last 12.
ruby  sinatra  rails 
7 weeks ago
UX Guidelines & Criteria
Each guideline has been operationalized to include 5 key criteria for a multi-faceted evaluation.
guidelines  standards  ux 
7 weeks ago
Rails project jumpstart
GitHub is where people build software. More than 27 million people use GitHub to discover, fork, and contribute to over 80 million projects.
ruby  rails  templates 
7 weeks ago
5 Awesome Boilerplates/Templates For VueJS Projects
If you're about to begin an important Vue project, a template will ensure you have a solid foundation. This article covers the 5 best templates for common features like Webpack, PWA support, authentication and more.
vuejs  javascript  templates 
7 weeks ago
GrapesJS
Free and Open source Web Template Editor - Next generation tool for building templates without coding
editor  javascript  templates  webdesign  tools 
7 weeks ago
5 Ways to Make HTTP Requests in Node.js
How to make HTTP requests and parse JSON API responses using the Node standard lib, Request, Axios, Super Agent, and Got.
javascript  nodejs  programming  reference 
8 weeks ago
Contextual styling with custom properties
Something I’ve been wanting for a long time, define different regions like a footer section, or side bar and not have to deal with all the contextual styling hassle. A.k.a. “Now that this button is used on a dark background, the button needs to change its colors too. Where should the styles live?”.
color  css  webdev  variables 
8 weeks ago
Best Ruby & Ruby on Rails Resources
An ultimate list of Ruby resources, books, courses, people to follow, etc... This list contains resources I have used over the years while learning and writing Ruby (on Rails) professionally.
book  learning  ruby  rails 
8 weeks ago
How to Pick a Career (That Actually Fits You)
Our career path is how we spend our time, how we support our lifestyles, how we make our impact, and even sometimes how we define our identity. Let’s make sure we’re on the right track.
career  life  work  advice 
8 weeks ago
textql
Execute SQL against structured text like CSV or TSV
database  github  sql  text  csv 
9 weeks ago
structured-text-tools
A list of command line tools for manipulating structured text data
bash  cli  text  tools  terminal 
9 weeks ago
Viz Palette
Nice color palette tool to show you how colors will work in charts and graphs.
tools  data-visualization  graph  color 
9 weeks ago
Welcome to Google's Python Class
Assorted educational materials provided by Google for learning Python.
python  development  google  programming  tutorial  training 
10 weeks ago
Træfik
HTTP reverse proxy
docker  http 
10 weeks ago
How to implement scrollytelling with six different libraries
Scrollytelling is the best (or the worst depending on your point of view). We love it here at The Pudding. But creating a scroll-driven story is hardly a standardized practice, and there are many libraries out there that can help make it happen. Check out my follow-up post, where we look at mobile solutions.
storytelling  webdesign  javascript  tutorials  scroll 
10 weeks ago
Introducing Postlight’s WordPress + React Starter Kit
People who publish on the web love WordPress. Engineers love React. With some research, configuration, and trial and error, you can have both — but we’d like to save you the work. Meet Postlight’s…
api  headless  react  wordpress  javascript 
march 2018
The Lost Art of the Makefile
"Make has been around long enough to have solved problems that newer build tools are only now discovering for themselves."
javascript  linux  make  programming  development  build 
march 2018
Ruby on Rails with Visual Studio Code
Here’s my set up for optimising Visual Studio Code for Ruby on Rails development. I’ve been using it for just over a week and I have to say, I’m really enjoying it!
rails  rubyonrails  vscode  development 
march 2018
Machine Learning Crash Course
Educational resources for machine learning
google  machine-learning  tutorial 
march 2018
How Trump Conquered Facebook Without Russian Ads
Former Facebook engineer Antonio García Martínez on why Russia’s Facebook ads were less important to Trump’s victory than his own Facebook ads.
advertising  facebook  politics  chapter  russia  social-media 
february 2018
He Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now He's Worried About An Information Apocalypse.
“What happens when anyone can make it appear as if anything has happened, regardless of whether or not it did?" technologist Aviv Ovadya warns.
chapter  social-media  video  artificial-intelligence  news 
february 2018
Using Devilbox for Local WordPress Development in Docker
For some time now I’ve been wanting to move all of my local development sites over to Docker instead of running them natively on my machine.
docker  lamp  wordpress  development 
february 2018
How Twitter Bots and Trump Fans Made #ReleaseTheMemo Go Viral
Russian bots and their American allies gamed social media to put a flawed intelligence document atop the political agenda. That should alarm us.
twitter  trump  politics  chapter 
february 2018
Slack is the opposite of organizational memory
Productivity conflates delivery and business value. We know how to measure the first but we mostly care about the second. Optimizing delivery rate has bad effects on products and teams.
slack  management  teams  tools 
february 2018
UX Kits by Eric Miller Design
UX Kits for designers and developers are beautiful, detailed deliverables in template format. Save time while impressing clients and team members. OmniGraffle Stencils, Illustrator Templates and Sketch Templates.
design  kit  ux  template  tools 
february 2018
Everything Easy is Hard Again
Lovely essay by Frank Chimero about being a person who builds things on the web.
design  talk  philosophy  work  advice  things  html 
february 2018
Slack is the opposite of organizational memory
"I think most people agree that when knowledge workers work together on teams they need to use writing to agree on what to do. On slack the quality of that writing is plumbing new depths. There’s a world of difference between a well-considered G doc that has been edited by multiple people vs a stream of consciousness mixed in with people’s WFH announcements and ‘look what my cat did’." via Instapaper https://abe-winter.github.io/plea's/help/2018/02/11/slack.html
instapaper  highlight 
february 2018
Everything Easy is Hard Again – Frank Chimero
"Illegibility comes from complexity without clarity. I believe that the legibility of the source is one of the most important properties of the web." via Instapaper http://frankchimero.com/writing/everything-easy-is-hard-again/
instapaper  highlight 
february 2018
How to Convert a Shortcode to a Gutenberg Block
Shortcodes will continue to work when WordPress 5.0 is released, but should be converted to to Gutenberg blocks for optimal user experience—Learn how.
wordpress  development  tutorial  gutenberg 
february 2018
'I Hope This Is an Instance of Fake News': FBI Messages Show the Bureau's Real Reaction to Trump Firing James Comey
What more than 100 pages of internal FBI communications after Comey's dismissal show about the bureau.
politics  fbi  comey  trump  chapter  things 
february 2018
The Follower Factory
Everyone wants to be popular online. Some even pay for suspicious companies for followers. Inside social media’s black market.
social-network  chapter  society  social-media  things 
february 2018
FBI Messages Show the Bureau's Real Reaction to Trump Firing James Comey
Quite a stark contrast between the thoughtfulness of the leaders within the FBI and the feckless lying from the White House.
things  politics  leadership 
february 2018
Advice from young terminally-ill patients
Be kind. Read more books. Spend time with your family. Crack jokes. Go to the beach. Hug your dog. Tell that special person you love them.
things  life  advice 
february 2018
Tumblr has a Ph.D in cat captions
Simply the best cat photo captions ever rendered on the internet.
tumblr  cat 
february 2018
Webpack 3 quickstarter: Configure webpack from scratch
WEBPACK! Simply, it’s a module bundler, means — you can create as many modules(not only JS, but also HTML & CSS too!) while developing an app.
javascript  webpack  tutorial 
january 2018
Start Here With Machine Learning
Your guide to getting started and getting good at applied machine learning with Machine Learning Mastery.
machine-learning  tools  tutorial  beginner  programming 
january 2018
Four Keys to Building a Love that Lasts
"The point is not to force positive emotions but rather to put yourself in those contexts where positivity naturally tends to arise for you and your partner."
quote  advice  joy 
january 2018
Birdcage liners – Joel on Software
"In a world where the tech industry was cranking out millions of dumb little social applications, this one happens to limit messages to 140 characters and that happens to create, unintentionally, a subtlety-free indignation machine, which is addictive as heck, so this is the one that survives and thrives and becomes a huge new engine of polarization and anger." via Instapaper https://www.joelonsoftware.com/2018/01/12/birdcage-liners/
instapaper  highlight 
january 2018
Toast UI Markdown editor
Good looking Markdown editor for the browser.
tools  js  wysiwyg  editor  markdown 
january 2018
The Agency
From a nondescript office building in St. Petersburg, Russia, an army of well-paid “trolls” has tried to wreak havoc all around the Internet and in real-life American communities.
politics  russia  hacking  propaganda  social-media  twitter  facebook  chapter 
january 2018
Casting a $20 Million Mirror for the World’s Largest Telescope
The glass arcs that will let astronomers peer back millions of years is decades in the making.
telescope  science  mirror  manufacturing  astronomy 
january 2018
Ether - starting point for a design system
Get the code and Sketch files to start your Spacing, Typography, and Color Systems. Made with love by The Scenery.
css  design  framework  layout  design-system 
january 2018
Migrating Existing AWS Lambda Functions to Apex
Migrate current AWS Lambda functions to be managed by apex serverless
lambda  aws  amazon  javascript 
january 2018
Eloquent methods OrCreate and OrNew
Imagine that you have a record, and you need to check if that record already exists in the database - to prevent duplicate, you wouldn't save it second time. There's an elegant way to perform it in Eloquent.
laravel  php  developer  orm 
january 2018
UserTesting: User Experience Research Platform
Usability testing has never been easier. Get videos of real people speaking their thoughts as they use websites, mobile apps, prototypes and more!
design  testing  tools  usability  ux 
january 2018
UsabilityHub
Capture design feedback quickly and easily with our online usability tests.
design  testing  tools  usability  ux 
january 2018
Rachel Andrew and the Smashing community on being productive
We asked the community on Twitter and Facebook to share their best productivity tips, and in this article I’m going to round these up alongside some things I’ve learned that work well for me.
productivity  things  tips  advice  career  life 
january 2018
Understanding CSS Layout And The Block Formatting Context
Great write-up demonstrating the BFC and how to overcome some common issues with floats.
css  layout  float  grid 
december 2017
Cory Doctorow on Russian election meddling
"The most disturbing thing about a foreign power playing a dispositive role in a US election is that it implies that the US's own political apparatus is as brittle as, say, the Allende-era Chile, a country that had been looted for decades."
twitter  politics  things 
december 2017
Modern JavaScript Explained For Dinosaurs
Learning modern JavaScript is tough if you haven’t been there since the beginning. The ecosystem is growing and changing so rapidly that it’s hard to understand the problems that different tools try to solve.
javascript  js  tutorial 
december 2017
Load testing your site with Siege
Siege is a useful load testing tool to add to your performance testing tool kit. This blog post will cover installing Siege on OS X and Linux, and running a basic load test with Siege.
performance  tools  load  testing  php 
december 2017
Awesome List: Leading and managing
Awesome List of resources on leading people and being a manager. Geared toward tech, but potentially useful to anyone.
leadership  management  tech  technology  work  career  job  advice  things 
december 2017
MORI Impact Tracker for WordPress
The MORI Impact Tracker, from Chalkbeat. A WordPress plugin to help track and report the impact of your organization's journalism.
wordpress  plugin  journalism  tracking  tools  php 
december 2017
Remy Carrerio on Uranium One
Such a nice takedown of GOP fake scandal.
twitter  politics  clinton  russia 
december 2017
Running in Circles
"People in our industry think they stopped doing waterfall and switched to agile. In reality they just switched to high-frequency waterfall."
development  engineering  process  teams  agile  philosophy 
december 2017
How to use Rails Active Job
Learn how to give users faster & quicker server response times by using Rails Active Job. You can achieve this by using a queuing system. Here's how!
redis  rails  tutorial  activejob  ruby 
november 2017
Using ActiveStorage today
You can actually use ActiveStorage today. This post will explore the how you can update your Rails app to use ActiveStorage.
rails  ruby  storage  tutorial  s3  aws 
november 2017
Mac keyboard shortcuts
By pressing a combination of keys, you can do things that normally need a mouse, trackpad, or other input device.
apple  keyboard  mac  shortcuts 
november 2017
Some thoughts and feelings on RubyConf 2017
Love this: "I have been trying to be the Jim I want to see in the world."
ruby  rails  conference  thoughts 
november 2017
In-depth critique of the NYT profile of a Nazi
"The NYTimes is densely defending their article by claiming it was intended to shed light on the normalcy of racism in American society. I agree this is a worthy topic of discussion. So, let’s talk about all the things the Times could have *actually* achieved this."
ethics  twitter  politics  nytimes  things 
november 2017
Simple Icons
Free SVG icons for popular brands.
icons  icon  svg  webdesign 
november 2017
PostWill
Posting to the most popular social media from Ruby.
ruby  gem  social-media  development 
november 2017
Amor Fati: Learning To Love And Accept Everything That Happens | Thought Catalog
"“You ought to be preparing yourself…to hear truths, which no inflexibility will be able to withstand,” James Madison once wrote to Thomas Jefferson." via Instapaper https://thoughtcatalog.com/ryan-holiday/2015/07/amor-fati-learning-to-love-and-accept-everything-that-happens/
instapaper  highlight 
november 2017
How social media fires people's passions – and builds extremist divisions
"A recent Mashable article blamed social media for fueling the horrific ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, a country where Facebook viewed on mobile devices has become for many people the sole source of news." via Instapaper http://theconversation.com/how-social-media-fires-peoples-passions-and-builds-extremist-divisions-86909
instapaper  highlight 
november 2017
How to Measure UX with Google HEART Framework
Google HEART framework helps you measure the quality of user experience and the progress towards key goals and product-related decisions.
guidelines  measurement  ux  usability  framework  tools 
november 2017
Orion Icon Library
The best Icon Tool. 5922 Free SVG & PNG Icons. Search, organize, edit and download our highly flexible Icons.
design  graphics  icon  svg 
november 2017
Frappe Charts
A simple, responsive, modern charts library for the web.
charts  javascript  library  svg  visualization 
november 2017
The Iceberg of Life
Life looks more like an iceberg. So much of life (and being an entrepreneur in particular) can be explained with the example of the simple iceberg.
depression  mental-health  career  advice 
november 2017
Stagg pour over kettle
Variable temperature control, optional Acaia Bluetooth app connectivity, and a stunning, minimalist design.
kettle  coffee  gear 
november 2017
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