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You definitely have at least a few products in you. The collection of tips and tricks you keep for yourself could be valuable to others as well.
Shortly before finishing it, I had to change direction on my last side project. Had I proceeded with the original idea, I would have entered a legal gray area.
When we need to gather statistics or other logs from our projects, we don’t always need to use full, privacy-invading analytics solutions.
When changing from one domain name to another, we can use redirects to keep all existing links in place and avoid a dip in search engine rankings.
Sites like Twitter and LinkedIn cache the preview image that appear when sharing links. We can clear that cache to have them pick up new versions faster.
Once you speak the language experts in your field use every day, it becomes harder to remember what it was like to not know what you know now.
Building for everybody is as bad as building for nobody. By defining an audience, we can focus on activities that support those we want to help.
Instead of navigating many layers of directories when importing files, we can use aliases that cover that error-prone part for us.
Without a specified target audience in mind, the content we create ends up being for nobody instead of being for everyone.
This nonsense test string reveals some of the main differences when comparing typefaces, like their weight and related characteristics.
If good artists copy and great artists steal, why shouldn’t new artists destroy? Break some designs to learn the details that make them work.
As I am drawing many more icons for my upcoming set, I follow a few constraints to ensure they all look like they belong together.
Now that I am working on a product that I will sell, the decision between what I can reasonably build myself takes on a new shape.
I am working on a set of 200+ icons that will be free for personal use. The paid version will include benefits that I have not defined yet.
Building a work schedule helps us minimize distractions and focus on what is important. Follow these instructions to build one for yourself.
Splitting a day that would otherwise be “eight hours of work, some of them productive” into dedicated blocks helps maximize the value of these hours.
Writing many small functions instead of a few large ones is common wisdom. It took a book from the 90s for me to understand why that’s better.
When I looked at my site’s analytics for the first time in forever, I found that someone ran a script against it to find known vulnerabilities.
By setting canonical links on posts shared on services like dev.to, Hashnode, and Medium, you can start building a SEO reputation for your own domain.
Media queries are essential for doing Responsive Design. They can test for many features beyond browser width. We can use one of them to build a dark mode.
After writing on my blog and newsletter, I’m adding a new medium to my rotation. I’m taking some of my content and recording videos for it.
We can customize the look of our git log to get more value out of fewer lines. In this issue, I walk you through how we can build a prettier log step by step.
A flat todo list helps us get projects done, but it doesn’t help us decide what project to work on next.
I have not done any marketing for this newsletter at all, and it shows. It’s about time I change something about that.
A few emoji included in a font are responsible for Firefox not showing syntax highlighting in my code snippets.
There was never a technical reason for us to call the source of truth “master” in Git. We can rename it to “main” or any other term in a few minutes.
Distractions and the internet have conditioned us to do shallow work. To engage in Deep Work, we need to learn how to concentrate again.
Refactoring old code shows you how much you have grown since you wrote it. Sometimes, that’s just the boost you need to unlock creativity.
Running Google Analytics is the most obvious reason for showing a consent form to visitors. There are many less obvious ones you also need consent for.
Every October, DigitalOcean celebrates the open source community by running Hacktoberfest. Let’s code a few things together this month.
Instead of ignoring the same files specific to your machine in every project, exclude them globally once for all your projects.
Moment.js is now a legacy project. While you can keep using it, these other projects might be better fits for you.
“Being busy” is not a good measure of progress. By focusing on what creates real value, we can make good use of our limited time.
What looks good in a design tool doesn’t necessarily look good in a browser. Working in both at the same time helps you catch those mistakes early.
Tutorials often default to todo-apps. These twists on that idea help you dig into how the framework you’re learning really works.
The format of “two hosts talking about what is going on in their businesses” is fascinating. Know any others like the ones in this list?
A coherent and high quality icon set can level up a design. FontAwesome is good, but there are alternatives.
Design is not only about visuals. Start here to take your first steps into becoming a better designer.
Consolidate many tools into few tools and automate what you can. These three help me stay productive.
I have not found the best format for this newsletter yet. I’ll try a few different ones to see what works best for my readers.
By default, an array of numbers will not be sorted numerically. To avoid unexpected results, we can tell it how to sort an array.
Apple is adding mouse support to iPadOS. The thinking that went into the UX of the iPad’s new pointer is a fascinating evening watch.
Before we spend too much time on the details, we need to figure out the overall structure of a design.
The bite-sized tips I started sharing on Twitter show how code can be improved gradually. You can read them all on this site now.
One of the harder parts of product development is knowing what to focus on. Your latest cool idea might not need immediate attention.
A good job is not defined by salary alone. There are other things you can look for in a potential position.
Quarantine has showed us what work could look like going forward. Let’s reconsider how we work instead of urgently wanting to go “back to normal”.
Double-check you’re working on the right things by asking if the solution helps you solve important problems.
A backlog full of tasks you don’t ever intend to do only weighs you down. Saying no to tasks allows us to focus on what is important.
Annoyed with how browsers log variables to the console? We can access and do more useful things with them.
Options are good but distracting. By starting with an end in mind, we can find out what the best next thing to learn is.
Clever code isn’t always the most readable. Especially when working in teams, readability has to come first.
The latest version of my website is an improvement over the previous one, not a completely different thing.
Web servers can send different files to browsers based on headers in a request. Knowing this, we can send WebP-files only to browsers that support them.
You’re probably working longer hours than normal during quarantine. Even when working from home, it is okay and important to take breaks.
Treat existing codebases as a blackbox. Take small pieces and write tests for them to understand a project’s inner workings step by step.
No code starts out as unmaintainable legacy we don’t dare to change. All codebases end up there because of a lot of small decisions like these examples.
Separate “work” and “home” when working from home to not go crazy during quarantine. Take breaks and talk to other people, as you would in an office.
Job interviews are tests for both sides. Use them to figure out if the company you are applying to is a place you really want to work at.
With @supports, we can start using features that will come to CSS soon in supporting browsers today.
Retrospectives that end after letting everybody complain are a waste of time. Turn that frown upside down for a better result.
If you have been working somewhere for a while, others are likely looking to you for guidance and leadership.
The US keyboard layout puts many of the symbols we need a lot when coding on their own dedicated keys.
Streaks limit us to short-term thinking, yet we can only see long-term effects in retrospect. It’s okay to break a streak along that way.
iOS 13 now has a built-in swipe keyboard called “QuickPath” that is much faster than typing individual letters.
By looking at what others have done before us, we can find combinations of their ideas that work for us.
ConvertKit recently introduced a new free tier that makes it easier than ever to get started building an audience.
No matter what you are passionate about, there is a vibrant community out there where you can exchange ideas with likeminded people.
Getting rid of projects and plans that we will not get back to frees up mental space for things that excite us.
A good goal is one that makes it easy to follow through. The SMART criteria help us in setting better goals.
2019 is almost over, and I am looking forward to a few weeks of vacation. There are always more things to learn or to work on. All of that can wait.
Big goals take a long time to achieve. By taking many small steps in the right direction, we can get closer and closer to them without losing motivation.
I had my expectations of how software is used challenged last week when talking to the CTO of a med-tech startup.
In utility-first CSS, we do not limit ourselves to single classes. Instead, we use many small classes that each add small pieces of styling.
While Scrum works well for many teams, it’s not for everybody. Basecamp’s Shape Up is an alternative that might work better for you.
Talking about mobile-, tablet- and desktop-layouts worked well when the lines between those classes were well-defined.
We can design better pages and screens if we use real data when creating our mockups. I released a Sketch-plugin that replaces texts with dad jokes.
Variable fonts are about to fix some of the performance issues caused by adding many custom fonts to our sites.
I have not met anyone that never said “I don’t have time for that”. So many of us are “too busy” to do the things we really care about.
There are disagreements in all teams about what we build and how we build it. Given several options, we need to understand each of their effects.
Writing is best when it is easily understood by readers. Everything I write goes through an extensive editing phase to improve its readability.
Don’t let perfectionism keep you from shipping things. Release (too) early, then clean it up after you got some real feedback on it.
My wife and I were supposed to relax on Mallorca right now. Our trip was cancelled less than 24 hours before our flight was supposed to take off.
To opt out of tracking scripts on websites, you can set the “Do Not Track”-setting in your browser. Unfortunately, websites are not required to honor it.
I am often creating custom icons for my projects. Because many share a similar style, I will assemble them into a free icon pack.