I make it short this week: Thank you so much for the great, constructive discussion last week about hiring people and web development basics. I took-away very interesting thoughts from it and hope you, too. Now, let’s go through the newest things that I found.
- The new Chrome 48 stable build now includes a security panel in the developer tools. This panel shows you how secure your site is, including details on HTTPS and mixed content warnings. Unfortunately, it’s not super detailed yet, and it also doesn’t provide information like HSTS, HKPK and other security details, but I’m excited to see this and bet that they’ll integrate more features over time.
- This week, Firefox 44 has been released to the public. The new version offers better video support (VP9, WebM in addition to h.264) and adds support for Brotli compression (a new, better compression than gzip) for HTTPS connections. Service Workers are also supported now. Furthermore, the new Firefox requires add-ons to be signed and it doesn’t connect to sites anymore that allow RC4 ciphers in their HTTPS configuration.
- Francesco Iovine wrote down how you can make your web application installable on most mobile (and some Desktop) browsers and operating systems with the latest web standards.
- Most of the time, we see boring data visualizations. But they don’t have to be boring — instead, with inspiration from artists, we can make data very beautiful and enhance the user experience through it.
- If you already have your logo as an SVG file, you might want to optimize it not only for bright backgrounds but also for dark backgrounds. With logomono you can now automate the process easily to get a great, reliable SVG that works on both types of backgrounds.
- Brad Frost has built a super-simple Performance Budget Builder. You just need to enter your personal project goals to see if you match your performance budget or not.
- Since responsive images are a thing you can (and should) use now in production, we face the problem of resizing our images in various resolutions, sizes and qualities. There are some neat server integrations that help you with that, however, for many cases, it’s still a problem. Luckily, there’s now an open source tool you can use, along with a guide on the whole topic.
HTML & SVG
- When we see our development stack as an accessibility stack and follow some basic principles, we can easily build an accessible web solution that integrates all kind of users, no matter how they consume the content on the website.
- Firefox 44 also introduces the Web Push API, and you can learn in this article how to use it to notify users about for example an incoming WebRTC call for example.
- Mikito Takada wrote up a mini-book about CSS. Learn CSS Layout The Pedantic Way explains basic CSS properties in a very detailed, clear way so that no questions are left unanswered.
Work & Life
- As an industry, we have become accustomed to getting hundreds of hours of work, and the benefit of years of hard-won knowledge for free. But we often forget that free software (OSS) is not entirely free, as it is paid for by people paying their time for it.
- Discussions about Uber need to go beyond the fact that they offer a cheaper ride. In fact, Uber challenges courts and politics, lawmakers and many other established systems and people. They try to circumvent existing laws, and while this offers a great chance for lawmakers to finally improve such laws, the issue is, that if Uber succeeds in a case, other companies will use the same strategy as well.