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Linkdump for January 14th

by Rob Friesel
  • Hot on the heels of Ian Feather's piece on SVG vs. icon fonts (vide infra), the Filament Group published their own lessons learned about using icon fonts in the wild.
  • Tim Bray's current "state of the union" on the software engineering field, with a slant toward developing for web apps and mobile.
    (tagged: Tim Bray article )
  • Waterfall Smell: Large Resources

    Patrick Meenan on what I'd like to call "waterfall smells". In a nutshell, he uses shrunk-down images of resource waterfalls to demonstrate that sometimes you don't need to actually drill down into the nitty-gritty — that sometimes there are certain shapes that are dead giveaways of certain performance problems.

    (tagged: performance webdev )
  • Nicholas Zakas, this time on the subject of (surprise!) how to be an effective mentor:

    Your goal is to prevent career-threatening lapses in judgment.

  • Ian Feather:

    Through a combination of all of the above, using font-face for icons has always felt like a hack. It is a brilliant hack, no doubt, but it's still a different asset type masquerading and being manipulated into something greater.

    I have a feeling this is going to become one of those "classic" web dev blog posts.

    (tagged: icon fonts SVG )
  • Maria Konnikova, writing for The New Yorker:

    That increased satisfaction, however, may merely mask the fact that younger workers also suffer in open offices. In a 2005 study, the psychologists Alena Maher and Courtney von Hippel found that the better you are at screening out distractions, the more effectively you work in an open office. Unfortunately, it seems that the more frantically you multitask, the worse you become at blocking out distractions.

  • Kraken is a convention-over-configuration framework for building web applications on top of Express.js (which is itself built on top of Node.js). Looks fully-featured and, like most similar frameworks, is actually a collection of modules with some convenience inter-op middleware.
  • At Going to keep these kits in mind; this may be the year I break the seal on brewing my own beer.
    (tagged: beer homebrewing )

About Rob Friesel

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

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