During the the week of November 25th, I really started to dive into Angular JS. My top 5 articles of the week are mainly about AngularJS, an MVC framework by Google.
AngularJS seems to be gaining ground quicker than Backbone.js, or at least the support seems to be much better. Batarang is a useful Chrome Developer tool for working with AngularJS, its free and very easy to use. Check it out!
In this presentation which was originally created for a conference, but has been repurposed to view on the web – the creators provide best practices for getting started with AngularJS. The hardest part for me on any project is getting started and making sure Im setting up my application with the right structure for scalability. This article provides best practices and other tips.
I found this resource while looking for tutorials on AngularJS. Egghead.io provides video tutorials on the basics of getting started with AngularJS for free, and more advanced tutorials for a fee. This one in particular I thought was very cool, you can setup filters in AngularJS very quickly!
The week of November 18 was a busy one, but I did read some interesting articles and these are the top 5 that I would like to highlight.
I closely follow the guys at Zurb.com, they have put out some nice software and Foundation definitely falls into that category. It’s a responsive framework, similar to Twitter Bootstrap – but focuses more on Responsive – less off a full-pattern design library. The supporting website has great documentation and is very well done, would highly suggest checking it out for your next project.
I LOVE the Harvard Business Review Blog articles, I want to get a magazine subscription and hoping around Black Friday that there will be some sort of coupon or deal! Anyways, I read a lot of articles on management, process, etc. and happened to come across this one this week. Its an important thing to think about as you grow in your career and you become more successful, you can’t do everything! You need to say No to some things and be happy/confident with that decision. Check out the article, its a quick read!
I love reading about innovation and ways to make it happen, innovation is as much about execution as it is about ideas and strategy. Its about getting to market quickly and making things happen, small quick releases instead of building the whole kitchen sink. I’ve read a few books on Lean Startup, Agile, etc. and this article talks about a consulting company called OneLeap and some of the methodologies they are using to help companies innovate. Definitely worth a read if you are trying to innovate in your big company. If a small startup with 3 people can move fast, why cant a big company with 30 people move fast? This article will help you understand how you can move faster!
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This is the kickoff post for a new weekly post Im going to start writing, I consume a lot of articles on a daily basis and would love to share the top 5 articles/tools/tutorials I have read/found with everyone. This will also give me a nice archive of links to go to. Feel free to submit your suggestions too.
#2 : SpeedCurve.com
I have been looking for a nice tool to run some Front-End Optimization (FEO) reports for our websites at work. I have used Gomez, YSlow, and Webpagetest.org in the past, what I really love about this tool is that it’s actually running Webpagetest.org tests. You can also compare against competitors and do ad-hoc testing for $20. It’s still in it’s early stages, but I spoke with the developer and he has some big, exciting plans for the software.
I follow the Google Analytics Blog very closely, Google has been dumping a ton of money/resource into making Google Analytics a better tool over the past 2 years. I’m like a kid in a candy store when they write a new blog post about a new feature, this one came up in my feed and I was very excited. Ive used the page speed tool for Google, but now that it’s integrated into Google Analytics it has become front of mind.
#4 : BrowserStack.com
I get so excited about new tools that make it easier to test and optimize web sites and applications, Browserstack is one to be very excited about. It has 4 different toolsets: Live Testing, Screenshots, Responsive and Automation with support for over 200 browsers and 10? operating systems. It makes it dead easy to test your site/application in any operating system/browser without having the manage multiple VM’s, etc. Best of all, the price tag is low! It’s a no-brainer, we have since signed up for a subscription at work!
#5 : GruntJS
I have just finished doing some research on using HTML5 Local storage instead of Cookies for website personalization and have come to the conclusion that everyone should be using HTML5 local storage in place of cookies from this point forward. The only disadvantage I have read about is browser support, local storage is supported by IE8+. If that’s not a concern, at this point it shouldn’t be as IE7 is on it’s way out the door – then start using local storage where you can.