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Linkdump for April 25th

by Rob Friesel
  • Russell Davies:

    Anyway. It's not just sci-fi. I'm also depressed about the lack of future in fashion. Every hep shop seems to be full of tweeds and leather and carefully authentic bits of restrained artisinal fashion. I think most of Shoreditch would be wondering around in a leather apron if it could. With pipe and beard and rickets. Every new coffee shop and organic foodery seems to be the same. Wood, brushed metal, bits of knackered toys on shelves. And blackboards. Everywhere there's blackboards.

    Part of my "New Aesthetic round-up".

  • James Bridle:

    And what of the render ghosts, those friends who live in our unbuilt spaces, the first harbingers of our collective future? How do we understand and befriend them, so that we may shape the future not as passive actors but as collaborators?

    Part of my "New Aesthetic round-up".

  • A Tumblr of "New Aesthetic" art, design, and philosophy. Part of my "New Aesthetic round-up".
  • Bruce Sterling (at Beyond The Beyond):

    The New Aesthetic is image-processing for British media designers. That’s more or less what it is, and although it belongs to a small group of creatives right now, we have every reason to take it, and its prospects, seriously.

    Part of my "New Aesthetic round-up".

  • By Peter Michaux — an interesting dive into JavaScript mixins, and techniques for making them more efficient (plus some of the gotchas to watch out for).
  • Rebecca Murphey with a list of skills that ought to be assumed as present-and-accounted-for in any front-end developer worth her salt. I don't agree with all of it,1 but I agree with enough to give my own thumbs up. For me, the most interesting bit was the test-driven JS assessment w/r/t/ evaluating folks.
  • Eugene Fedorenko, writing at Wildbit about refactoring Beanstalk's 14k+ lines worth of stylesheets from 'pure CSS' into some more manageable Sass. A good look into a real-world re-factoring, along with some metrics to show their improvements.
  1. I.e., client-side templating is a compelling solution to a lot of problems, but not every problem. Saying that front-end devs “saw the light” on this might be stretching the case a bit; it’s my sense that the jury is still out on this, and that client-side templates are a sort of natural result when you’re designing your application a certain way (e.g. with (potentially 3rd party) REST consumers of your server-side APIs, etc.) []

About Rob Friesel

Software engineer by day, science fiction writer by night. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

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