How To Stay Up To Date on Web Technology

How To Stay Up To Date on Web Technology

And stuff!


Chris Coyier

December 12, 2012


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  4. 9. Three beautiful, illustrated hardbound books a year, each holding

    six articles and six personal lessons that use the maturing of the discipline of web design as a starting point for deeper explorations of our work and who we are as designers.
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    “And what is it that you do?” “I’m a web

    designer.” “Oh, that’s nice.”
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    Once more, I’ve proven to be a poor representative of

    the industry I’m so proud to belong to.
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    I’m about to start a new project. I want to

    make smart decisions on what tech to use.
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    Is the tech right for the project? Is it just

    short-term cool or long-term right? What is the fail cost?
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    Will the team be into it? Can I hire people

    that know it? How big is the community around it?
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    Watch the “Big” Players Look at Enormous GitHub Repos Be

    aware of tech you hear about over and over Look at Community Sizes Research Investment Costs Employ Good Decision Making
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    3 “I’m getting old.” S U B T E X

    T N U M B E R T H R E E
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    It might not be that you’re getting old. It might

    be that you’re getting bored.
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    Pick the best one and do it 4 D O

    N ’ T B E A W I M P
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    Who do you choose to work with? What is my

    attitude? What culture am I trying to cultivate?
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    Am I letting UX drive choices? Am I building something

    people love? Am I writing things people want to read?
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    Should I start using icon fonts? Is single-color OK? Is

    performance better or worse? Will it speed up or slow down development? Can we deal with all accessibility concerns? Can I find ones that work for me? I can build my own? Do they look better to my audience?
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    Should I use HTML5 form features? <input type=date> What is

    the browser support? Quirks to watch out for? What features do I need? What control do I have? What kind of fallback is acceptable?
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    Should we use Sass? What is the cost to switch?

    Can we get the whole team on board? What is the learning curve? What are other people saying/doing? What other benefits/effects does it have?
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    What browsers should I support? Look at YOUR data What

    are trending indicating? What is the cost of support? What do you gain from that support? Do the math
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    IcedCoffeeScript is a superset of CoffeeScript... it will interpret almost

    all existing CoffeeScript programs. IcedCoffeeScript (ICS) adds two new keywords: await and defer. parallelSearch = (keywords, cb) -> out = [] await for k,i in keywords search k, defer out[i] cb out
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    I BET if you stopped reading any dev tech news

    for a year, you could catch up in a week. Binge on some blogs. Go to a conference or two.
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    CSS-Tricks Smashing Magazine Cognition NetTuts+ Web

    Platform CSS Wizardry BRICSS 24 Ways Codrops HTML5 Doctor
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    Paul Irish Jeremy Keith Martin Wolf Ryan

    Seddon Zoe Gillenwater Estelle Weyl Nicolas Zakas Nicole Sullivan Dave Rupert Rebecca Murphey Tab Atkins Christian Heilman
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    ShopTalk The Web Ahead Non Breaking Space

    The Big Web Show Build Podcast Rails Casts The Industry This Developer’s Life The East Wing BizCraft
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    Elijah Manor @elijahmanor Mike Taylor @miketaylr Ethan Marcotte @rwd David

    Walsh @davidwalshblog Jeff Starr @perishable Lea Verou @leaverou Divya Manian @divya Ben Alman @cowboy Scott Jehl @scottjehl Mat Marquis @wilto Simon @simurai Hakim El Hattab @hakimel
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    Web Design Weekly CSS Weekly JavaScript Weekly

    HTML5 Weekly RWD Weekly
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    “And what is it that you do?” “I work at

    a small web design shop and we’re building a website that sells car parts for old cars. ”
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    If you’re looking for a few quick wins, there are

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