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Can We Fix CSS?

CSS will have its 20th anniversary as a W3C Recommendation later this year. During those 20 years, CSS has evolved from a single, fairly simple specification into a giant (and growing) collection of modules at different levels of standardization, as …


Skype for Business: How to train ten angry managers who don’t want to get rid of their phones!

I recently gave an onsite class to ten key managers to introduce Skype for Business as the replacement for their organization’s legacy phone system. Each manager communicated with their direct reports, on average 7 per manager, via email, messaging, and …


The Real Benefits of the Virtual DOM in React.js

There’s some confusion and misunderstanding over what benefits the use of a Virtual DOM in React.js provides. We’ve all heard that updating the Document Object Model (DOM) directly is inefficient and slow. However, few of us actually have the data …

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Lessons in SEO: Survive the Google Penguin Update with Higher Domain Authority

Google has been taunting webmasters for months with a new Penguin 4 algorithm update for 2016, but they have been coy about when it would be released, only saying it would march out in Q1. Well played, Google, well played. …


JavaScript ES2015 Classes and Properties (Part 2 of 2)

Classes, Objects and Properties In the previous post, JavaScript ES2015 Classes and Prototype Inheritance (Part 1 of 2), we explored the new class syntax and the many intricacies of prototype inheritance. In this post, we will continue to explore properties …


JavaScript ES2015 Classes and Prototype Inheritance (Part 1 of 2)

What is JavaScript ES2015? With the finalizing of the ECMA Script 2015 (ES2015) specification in June of last year, the JavaScript community can move towards the implementation of ES2015 in the many JavaScript engines in the marketplace.  ES2015 was formerly …


The Many Faces of Python (And How to Manage Them)

Python is Definitely Not a Snake What is Python? You probably know it’s a programming language. But is Python a program? A language? An ecosystem? It’s all of these and more. What is the actual software that lets us create …


Groovy Vampires: Groovy, REST, MongoDB, and Scary Marketing

Table of Contents Part the First: A Warning Part the Second: Temptation Part the Third: Execution (the Good Kind) 3.1. To die, to sleep (or at least to REST) 3.2. Go Groovy Or Go Home Let’s Give Him to Mongo! …

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Web Page File Uploads: Web Sockets (Part 3 of 3)

This final blog post on file uploads focuses on web sockets, the latest approach to browser/server communication. Part 1 of this series reviewed the history of file uploads including the original specifications, as well as the client-side code to upload …


Web Page File Uploads: AJAX (Part 2 of 3)

In the previous post, we examined the history and the technical details of HTTP-based file uploads using web browsers. In this post, we explore two modern file upload methods: AJAX and Web Sockets. Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX) is powered …


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