Friday, February 21, 2014

Reading digest 04


Not an easy time to for my country and for me, hard to watch the unfolding events and do something else — yet I am looking forward to a better future (what is man without hope?), and thus continue to learn and grow, as a human being and as a professional too.

Also, I would have many more cool links to share if I held off any longer, don't want to War-and-Peace you, my dearest reader.

Developing

The Current Generation of CSS3 Selectors — a good reminder of some potentially useful things. For example, I completely forgot about first-/last-/nth-of-type, and these could come in handy one day.

45 Useful JavaScript Tips, Tricks and Best Practices — even if you quickly scroll through it, I am quite sure you'll find something you didn't know — or knew and forgot. Nice and concise collection, not too verbose, so easy to quickly scroll through :)

Thinking

Choose the Right Chart Type for your Data — a “thought starter”, now that's a good approach! You may not agree with some of the choices, but — ha, that made you think, didn't it? So the thought-starter did its job! Also, it doesn't have Sankey diagrams, so may be you don't see some other cool — even if not very useful, — chart types? Let me know, I like this topic.

Everything we know Google is working on in 2014 — some stuff is cool, some is mundane, but Google in general is becoming scarier and scarier…

The Psychology of Waiting, Loading Animations, and Facebook — Houston airport extends walking distance to baggage claim by 500% — now that explains a lot of airports' I've seen! Back to the topic — the observation about custom vs stock waiting animation is also a neat one, even if not entirely credible it still makes sense.

The Reciprocity Principle: Give Before You Take in Web Design — love the idea that you need to provide value, show care, before expecting a return from your visitor. This correlates greatly with the Golden Rule of the Bible — “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you” (Mattew 7:12a), great to see that our society and good work depends on following such timeless principles

Motivating

Something small, every day —  I can testify how much small but steady steps can make, and it is indeed easy to find this time. The hard part is faithfully keeping at it.

Two big announcements (by 37 Signals) — hey, I actually liked their name! The decision about focusing on one product is… controversial. On the one hand, focused teams and products are for the win. On the other hand, there is always the issue of “all eggs in one basket”. Yet post-factum of Basecamp's overwhelmping success this is probably not a concern to them. Still, they had a cool name, shame about that.

10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative — «A work of art represents a struggle against limitations!» — love this! Despite a markety title (10 things? Nobody told me? Rrrrright) — good and ponder-some points. Keep scrolling after the final photo, for some more tidbits of advice.

Simple street art personifies inanimate objects — to this I say, always try to find a way to bring joy to what you do, and to people who surround you!

With that in mind — take care.

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