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    1. All platforms. Professional features. Beautiful UI. Totally free. FontBase is the font manager of the new generation, built by designers, for designers.

  2. datatracker.ietf.org datatracker.ietf.org
    1. The WebSocket Protocol is designed on the principle that there should be minimal framing (the only framing that exists is to make the protocol frame-based instead of stream-based and to support a distinction between Unicode text and binary frames). It is expected that metadata would be layered on top of WebSocket by the application Fette & Melnikov Standards Track [Page 9] RFC 6455 The WebSocket Protocol December 2011 layer, in the same way that metadata is layered on top of TCP by the application layer (e.g., HTTP). Conceptually, WebSocket is really just a layer on top of TCP that does the following: o adds a web origin-based security model for browsers o adds an addressing and protocol naming mechanism to support multiple services on one port and multiple host names on one IP address o layers a framing mechanism on top of TCP to get back to the IP packet mechanism that TCP is built on, but without length limits o includes an additional closing handshake in-band that is designed to work in the presence of proxies and other intermediaries Other than that, WebSocket adds nothing. Basically it is intended to be as close to just exposing raw TCP to script as possible given the constraints of the Web. It's also designed in such a way that its servers can share a port with HTTP servers, by having its handshake be a valid HTTP Upgrade request. One could conceptually use other protocols to establish client-server messaging, but the intent of WebSockets is to provide a relatively simple protocol that can coexist with HTTP and deployed HTTP infrastructure (such as proxies) and that is as close to TCP as is safe for use with such infrastructure given security considerations, with targeted additions to simplify usage and keep simple things simple (such as the addition of message semantics).
    2. The goal of this technology is to provide a mechanism for browser-based applications that need two-way communication with servers that does not rely on opening multiple HTTP connections (e.g., using XMLHttpRequest or <iframe>s and long polling).
    1. Platforms of the Facebook walled-factory type are unsuited to thework of building community, whether globally or locally, becausesuch platforms are unresponsive to their users, and unresponsive bydesign (design that is driven by a desire to be universal in scope). Itis virtually impossible to contact anyone at Google, Facebook,Twitter, or Instagram, and that is so that those platforms can trainus to do what they want us to do, rather than be accountable to ourdesires and needs

      This is one of the biggest underlying problems that centralized platforms often have. It's also a solid reason why EdTech platforms are pernicious as well.

  3. Jul 2021
    1. As I wrote in January, silence is effectively impossible on the contemporary internet, where “voids are just filled by other people’s content, and thus vanish instantly.”

      Where are the empty spaces on the internet? How can we design them into existence?

    1. Can A.I. Grade Your Next Test?Neural networks could give online education a boost by providing automated feedback to students.

      What problem is AI solving in education?

    1. In case of conflict, consider users over authors over implementors over specifiers over theoretical purity. In other words costs or difficulties to the user should be given more weight than costs to authors; which in turn should be given more weight than costs to implementors; which should be given more weight than costs to authors of the spec itself, which should be given more weight than those proposing changes for theoretical reasons alone. Of course, it is preferred to make things better for multiple constituencies at once.

      Priority of Consituencies

    1. something called federated wiki which was by ward cunningham if anyone knows the details behind that or how we got these sliding panes in the first place i'm always interested

      it looks like my comment got moderated out, and I didn't save a copy. Not going to retype it here, but the gist is that:

      • Ward invented the wiki, not just the sliding panes concept.
      • Sliding panes are a riff on Miller columns, invented by Mark S. Miller
      • Miller columns are like a visual analog of UNIX pipes
      • One obvious use case for Miller columns is in web development tools, but (surprisingly) none of the teams working on browsers' built-in devtools at this point have have managed to get this right!

      Some screenshots of a prototype inspector that I was working on once upon a time which allowed you to infinitely drill down on any arbitrary data structures:

      https://web.archive.org/web/20170929175241/https://addons.cdn.mozilla.net/user-media/previews/full/157/157212.png?modified=1429612633

      https://web.archive.org/web/20170929175242/https://addons.cdn.mozilla.net/user-media/previews/full/157/157210.png?modified=1429612633

      Addendum (not mentioned my original comment): the closest "production-quality" system we have that does permit this sort of thing is Glamorous Toolkit https://gtoolkit.com/.

    1. 如果说在 1993 年,他把 Grunge 或者街头风格设计到时装中,2021的他就是把高定时装设计到街头风格里。

      Marc Jacbus 也是将一个年代符号放到了一季度的作品当中,我也可以到我很喜欢的一个年代符号放到我的collection当中。

    1. as a more experienced user I know one can navigate much more quickly using a terminal than using the hunt and peck style of most file system GUIs

      As an experienced user, this claim strikes me as false.

      I often start in a graphical file manager (nothing special, Nautilus on my system, or any conventional file explorer elsewhere), then use "Open in Terminal" from the context menu, precisely because of how much more efficient desktop file browsers are for navigating directory hierarchies in comparison.

      NB: use of a graphical file browser doesn't automatically preclude keyboard-based navigation.

    1. So often, at least in my experience, the final product isn’t produced but discovered. When done right, it feels like the inevitable outcome of where you started.
    1. An interesting collection of readings on design.

      <small><cite class='h-cite via'> <span class='p-author h-card'>Murray</span> in #indieweb 2021-07-02 (<time class='dt-published'>07/02/2021 10:15:39</time>)</cite></small>

  4. Jun 2021
    1. Worse still is the issue of “service” layers requiring you to basically build your own ORM. To really do a backend-agnostic service layer on top of the Django ORM, you need to replace or abstract away some of its most fundamental and convenient abstractions. For example, most of the commonly-used ORM query methods return either instances of your model classes, or instances of Django’s QuerySet class (which is a kind of chained-API results wrapper around a query). In order to avoid tightly coupling to the structure and API of those Django-specific objects, your service layer needs to translate them into something else — likely generic iterables to replace QuerySet, and some type of “business object” instance to replace model-class instances. Which is a non-trivial amount of work even in patterns like Data Mapper that are designed for this, and even more difficult to do in an Active Record ORM that isn’t.

      I see what this guy means and he has a point. However, I don't think about reimplementing these things when talking about services on Django. I want a centralized place to store business logic (not glue queries) and avoid multiple developers writing the same query multiple times in multiple places. The name "service" here sucks.

    2. A second problem is that when you decide to go the “service” route, you are changing the nature of your business. This is related to an argument I bring up occasionally when people tell me they don’t use “frameworks” and never will: what they actually mean, whether they realize it or not, is “we built and now have to maintain and train our developers on our own ad-hoc private framework, on top of whatever our normal business is”. And adopting the service approach essentially means that, whatever your business was previously, now your business is that plus developing and maintaining something close to your own private ORM.

      I don't think these two things are even close to be the same thing. Django's ORM is not replaced by services, from what I know services are the ORM with the difference that they are concentrated in a module.

    1. This isn't about writing boilerplate setter properties for each field in the model, but rather about writing methods that encapsulate the point of interaction with the database layer. View code can still inspect any field on the model and perform logic based on that, but it should not modify that data directly. We're ensuring that there is a layer at which we can enforce application-level integrity constraints that exist on top of the integrity constraints that the database provides for us.

      Addresses the issue raise on this tweet. We are not writing getters and setters out of obligation or convention.

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    1. cooperative learning, jigsaw, and information gap 

      An opportunity to include links or hover-overs with examples from CALL classrooms for these

    2. History of Computer Aided Language Learning Infographic by E-learning Infographics is included on the basis of fair use as described in the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Open Education 

      Attributions for non original content can be handled many ways - due to the brevity and simulated nature of this example, I managed them this way. But as in the original OER, a full attributions page would eventually become necessary for clean attribution and decluttered document layout.

    3. Consider the following infographic

      This would have been selected with SME. I wanted to demonstrate multiple means of representation and use an insert to demonstrate use of Code of Best Practices for Fair Use in OER.

    4. following video

      Video embed to illustrate content & address diverse learning styles. Handy that I found one from the author, but as with all media inserts I've added, these would be chosen with the SME!

    5. References

      As there are in-text citations, this page gets a link to the References page for one-click findability

    6. Social Interaction in CALL

      Inserted header to contextualize introductory paragraphs

  5. oeidsanders.pressbooks.com oeidsanders.pressbooks.com
    1. Padlet

      By including these learning checks within Pressbooks, I'm overlapping with LMS functions. This would be another decision to work out with SME. The purpose is not to have course activities in 10 different places or to overextend the Pressbooks format, but simply to show the committee some range in my interactivity options.

    2. Some

      Again, a video insert to illustrate content in a new format to engage diverse learning styles. The selection would be worked out with SME.

    3. Tools

      Inserted section title & heading structure

    1. CALL

      I've added some multimedia throughout the text (possibly too much) to demonstrate UDL principles of representing information in multiple ways for learner diversity. The amount of multimedia, placement, and content selection would be a SME-driven, OEID-facilitated endeavor in real life. Here, I'm just demonstrating my thought process. The original OER this chapter was drawn from doesn't use a lot of graphical inserts or multimedia, which suggests to me it wasn't appropriate for the audience/purpose. Hence, these are examples of UDL options I may suggest in an OER hypothetically in collaboration with faculty.

    2. Check your learning

      Free pressbooks.com accounts don't have the H5P plugin...only EDU accounts. So this is an image placeholder for where I would embed interactivity for learner-content engagement.'

    3. STE Standards for Students

      Revised link

    4. TESOL Technology Standards

      Heavy references to standards in this chapter could be represented in a table format in addition to text for UDL reasons.

    5. CMC gives language learners access to more knowledgeable individuals, either native speakers of the target language or more advanced nonnative speakers, than they might be able to encounter in a face-to-face environment, thus increasing their potential ability to learn. Indeed, in some environments, CMC provides the only possibility for access to NSs. (p. 12)

      Indented and italicized to offset the quote for navigability and readability.

    6. Chapter 1

      This links to the Egbert & Shakroni OER as a placeholder for my suggested practice of linking to previous readings/chapters for easy student reference.

    7. CALL

      I created a few glossary terms as an example of improved interactivity.

    1. ‘Discussion 4: Evaluate your classroom using CALL principles.’

      In real life this would be linked

    2. Course outcome 1

      These would be linked to syllabus or course map - wherever the instructor has explored the course outcomes with students.

    3. Reference List

      I culled the in-text citations to create a structured reference list, then placed it with the conclusions. Students are one click away from the extensively cited works while reading.

    4. Tasks

      Continuation of TILT framework

    5. (Course outcome 1)

      Mapped chapter outcomes to course outcomes. Helping students see why they are being asked to do work leverages motivation, engagement, metacognition, and building connections.

    6.  Hypothes.is

      Simulated open pedagogy exercise - group note-taking.

    7. Identify techniques to support communication and collaboration

      Rewrote chapter outcomes to use observable, measurable, specific language for assessment.

    8. By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:

      Framed outcomes in student-centric language to leverage motivation, metacognition, engagement

    9. Purpose of Chapter 4

      Applied Transparency in Learning and Teaching (TILT) assignment design principles (https://tilthighered.com/)

    1. Now complete the following exercises before returning to Canvas to complete Discussion 4.

      Indicated learners' next steps, continuing the TILT framework. In real life, this would either be linked or not exist, depending on the audience for the book. Given this is a revision of a larger title, I'm simulating that this revision is just being used for a particular course audience.

    2. References

      Full list of sources cited in this chapter. In real life, these would all be properly formatted citations with links to articles.

    1. Our journey toward being completely open is continuous. Yet, in the relatively brief time that we’ve been doing this, we’ve observed three important lessons that we want to share with you:Access stimulates progressWorking openly promotes communication and accountabilitySlowing down first allows us to speed up later
    1. Looks like this is the sort of community that would attempt to put into action some of the ideas behind the book Ruined by Design.

    1. At its core, The Meritocracy Trap is a comprehensive — and rather scathing — critique of the aspirational view. Markovits argues that meritocracy itself is the problem: It produces radical inequality, stifles social mobility, and makes everyone — including the apparent winners — miserable. These are not symptoms of systemic malfunction; they are the products of a system that is working exactly as it is supposed to.
    1. PhotoADKing - Online Graphic Design Software

      PhotoADKing is a design-driven Graphics and Ad maker that’s entirely cloud-based. It is used to create impressive posters, banners, and attractive flyers for social media, marketing, or website within minutes. PhotoADKing provides thousands of pre-defined templates for many different categories. You will also find intro/outro makers and YouTube thumbnail maker in this tool which is hard to find in other online graphic design tools.

      PhotoADKing comes with free, standard, and pro plans. With a pro plan, you can download unlimited graphic designs and videos in high quality and also get priority support for your queries.

    1. Persistent navigation drawers can toggle open or closed. The drawer sits on the same surface elevation as the content. It is closed by default and opens by selecting the menu icon, and stays open until closed by the user. The state of the drawer is remembered from action to action and session to session. When the drawer is outside of the page grid and opens, the drawer forces other content to change size and adapt to the smaller viewport.
    1. I'm not sure if there's any cost in terms of contributing either, especially when by design git can have any branch as default, and will not hinder your experience when you use something other than master.

      git is neutral/unbiased/agnostic about default branch name by design

      And that is a good thing

    2. The primary branch in git can have any name by design.
    1. Prettier intentionally doesn’t support any kind of global configuration. This is to make sure that when a project is copied to another computer, Prettier’s behavior stays the same. Otherwise, Prettier wouldn’t be able to guarantee that everybody in a team gets the same consistent results.
  6. May 2021
    1. The conversational feed design of email inboxes, group chats, and InstaTwitBook is fleeting – they're only concerned with self-assertive immediate thoughts that rush by us in a few moments.

      The streamification of the web had already taken hold enough by this point. Anil Dash had an essay in 2012 entitled Stop Publishing Web Pages which underlined this point.

    1. The expansion increased the capacity of the center to offer individualized consultations with faculty who were new to online teaching.

      What options do we have as we won't be adding additional staff?

    1. An orientation module survey

      I've included a pre-assessment quiz to help gauge what my students know. (In my graduate sats class students range from never having taken a stats class before to some that have taken 2-3 classes). I may add a question or two on course design in Canvas and general navigability.

    1. select * from users

      We can preview the data, and since that looks good, let's add a table to the canvas to display it. When we do this, it helpful pre-fills the data from our last query.

    1. The limitations associated with the analysis of class-evaluation surveys in Study 2 largely result from the difficulty of extracting precise information from large groups of subjective ratings.

      Such a study might be more profitably done first at the undergraduate level in a pre-med course and then followed up 1-3 years later at the graduate medicine level. In particular, there are many universities that are pre-admitting undergraduates to their graduate programs where these studies, though still possibly small, could be done with reasonable controls and better retention to cover the time differential cases. This is especially the case since many of these biological processes like the TCA cycle, etc are repeated at both levels of education.

    1. Charlotte Jee recently wrote a lovely fictional intro to a piece on a “feminist Internet” that crystallized something I can’t quite believe I never saw before; if girls, women and non-binary people really got to choose where they spent their time online, we would never choose to be corralled into the hostile, dangerous spaces that endanger us and make us feel so, so bad. It’s obvious when you think about it. The current platforms are perfectly designed for misogyny and drive literally countless women from public life, or dissuade them from entering it. Online abuse, doxing, blue-tick dogpiling, pro-stalking and rape-enabling ‘features’ (like Strava broadcasting runners’ names and routes, or Slack’s recent direct-messaging fiasco) only happen because we are herded into a quasi-public sphere where we don’t make the rules and have literally nowhere else to go.

      A strong list of toxic behaviors that are meant to keep people from having a voice in the online commons. We definitely need to design these features out of our social software.

    1. Differences between Designing Native iOS Apps and Native Android Apps

      As an amateur or a professional native app developer, you should bear in the mind the difference in designing Native iOS Apps & Native Android Apps. This distinctiveness of each platform is what, firstly, helps create the best native app design. Secondly, it helps provide the best user interface experience

    1. However, as powerful as the <picture> element is, sometimes it gives us more power than is actually needed to achieve suitable responsiveness. Sometimes all it really takes is a regular <img> element using the srcset and sizes attributes inline.
    1. If you're trying to use flexbox as a responsive way to adapt your mails in different devices, well there's a framework for that called MJML hope it works for you.
    1. Components are the core of MJML. A component is an abstraction of a more complex email-responsive HTML layout. It exposes attributes, enabling you to interact with the final component visual aspect.
    2. MJML has been designed with responsiveness in mind. The abstraction it offers guarantee you to always be up-to-date with the industry practices and responsive. Email clients update their specs and requirements regularly, but we geek about that stuff - we’ll stay on top of it so you can spend less time reading up on latest email client updates and more time designing beautiful email.
  7. Apr 2021
    1. The main difference is in the flow of how messages are ultimately sent to devices for output. The standard library Logger logic converts the log entries to strings and then sends the string to the device to be written to a stream. Lumberjack, on the other hand, sends structured data in the form of a Lumberjack::LogEntry to the device and lets the device worry about how to format it. The reason for this flip is to better support structured data logging. Devices (even ones that write to streams) can format the entire payload including non-string objects and tags however they need to.
    1. Best Practices for Minimalist Website Design

      Minimalism, the art of less, is a popular modern design approach. Experimenting with colors, transitions, navigation, broken composition, or even the complete removal of all elements – there are more ways to implement minimalism than you can imagine. In this article, we explore minimalism as it’s applied in digital product design, going over its main principles and elements and illustrating them with real-life examples of stunning minimalist websites' designs

    1. As designers, we are often burdened by the responsibility of producing and managing website content. It’s not our job to write it, but it’s not the client’s either. In many cases a vacuum emerges which ultimately gets filled with poor content. We can avert disaster by including content production in the design process.

      Es geht auch um Rollen und die eigenständige Funktion von Contentstrategie neben Design und Coding.

      Wie wichtig ist Inhalt im Entwicklungsprozess einer Website, un wie überzeugt die Auftraggeber davon? Sehr zugängliche Einführung in zentrale Aspekte der Contentstrategie. Danke Matt Saunders/@WeAreCharityBox: Why Content Is Such A Fundamental Part Of The Web Design Process — Smashing Magazine

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      Apptale is one of the top-notch web design and mobile app development company enriched with efficient and experienced developers who are all sincere and dedicated to work on the projects prior to the deadline. The high-end technologies are integrated to develop and deliver the projects with utmost results and make our clients satisfied.

    1. Impressive graphics have always been among the first elements noticed by your audience while associating themselves with a brand, whether online or offline. Our highly creative and experienced graphic designers understand your business objectives and create designs that ideally blend with your business goals and ideologies. As a leading graphic design services company, we work closely with our clients to bring out brand ideals to make a statement through graphic design.

    1. A Type is the highest-level differentiation a component can have.

      This is the word i have been looking for to use with consistency about something above a state.

    1. It's at the right position: the first frame or artboard of all is located at x:0 y:0

      This is something I always miss, and it seems to s obvious way to anchor the chaos

    1. If you belong to private Teams, Free or Basic, your Teams will be listed in the left navigation on all Stack Exchange sites. Currently, they appear only when you are visiting Stack Overflow. If you don’t belong to any teams, there will be a prompt to start a team, which can be minimized.
    1. Hammy wasn’t born in our fantasies, but in a Silicon Valley office.

      Per Yoni De Beule, UI (user interface) developer at Yelp: "Why a hamster? Why not a hamster!" . This quote gives some insight into how this design style is viewed internally (at least at the developer level) - it's not really a matter of deliberate infantilization or overtly sinister - although the end result - infantilization of the user (and all the broader cultural impacts this infantilization creates) is definitely not a neutral outcome.

      Source: Quora. “Why Does the Yelp Ios App Use Hamsters in Their Loading Animations and Error Screens?,” January 14, 2014. https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2014/01/14/why-does-the-yelp-ios-app-use-hamsters-in-their-loading-animations-and-error-screens/?sh=3253fefa462c.

    1. I LOVE the hover effects for the book covers on this site which is also a great example of someone collecting highlights/annotations of the books they read and hosting them in public on their personal website.

      Melanie has written about the CSS part of the hover effect here: https://melanie-richards.com/blog/highlights-minisite/ and like all awesome things, she's got the site open at https://github.com/melanierichards/highlights. I may have to do some serious digging for figuring out how she's creating the .svg images for the covers though.

    1. Incredible Mandy is a great example of design by subtraction, focusing on puzzle-solving and atmosphere and eschewing mechanics which do not contribute to the developer’s singular vision.
    1. An example of this would be a button that looks clickable but isn’t, underlined text that doesn’t contain a link, or a TV remote that turns on your lights but not the TV. False affordances are often present by mistake or occur due to lack of effective design techniques.
    2. “when affordances are taken advantage of, the user knows what to do just by looking: no picture, label, or instruction needed.”
    3. For instance, when you see a door handle, you assume its function is to open a door. When you see a light switch, you assume it can be flicked to turn on a light. When looking at a chair, you know it can be sat in. All of these are affordances. Don Norman refers to affordances as relationships in his book The Design of Everyday Things. He goes on to say that, “when affordances are taken advantage of, the user knows what to do just by looking: no picture, label, or instruction needed.”
    4. What is an affordance? An affordance is a compelling indicator as to how an item operates and includes both its perceived and actual functions.
    5. Many designers strive to create products that are so easy to navigate, their users can flow through them at first glance. To design something with this level of intuitiveness, it’s imperative designers understand affordances—what they are and how to use them.
    1. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was building a design system.

      This is why reluctance to use a design system is weird. It basically HAS to exist even if unused to properly do prototyping.

    1. And some VR designs are literally spaces of floating panels.

      The laziest, but often most practical VR design

    2. the commonality of clicks, buttons, and even the icon with three horizontal lines now apparently means “menu” to everyone.

      And yet I hate this pattern

    1. A Game-design MasterpieceTake one simple game mechanic, and make the absolute most of it – that's exactly what the developers of Jim is Moving Out did, and it worked really well! The core of this game is stunningly simple: a few little boxes (furniture) inside a big box (Jim's house), one or two flying fellas (the players) and a physics engine. Think about the most creative ways you could make this into a game. Anything you think about, this game did it. What if you had to squeeze through narrow holes without breaking too much furniture? It's in the game. What if the room had wheels? Yep, it's there too. What if one of the walls was missing and you had to avoid losing the furniture? The whole co-op is about this. Zero gravity? Yes, even that is in the game.
    1. “UX/UI Designer” become a real position, which is the equivalent of an “Architect/Interior Decorator.”

      Why, it is possible to combine artistry with sensitivity to helping users/customers thrive with a product. In fact it’s a powerful combination.

      An architect may well get extremely detailed over key ‘decorative’ features.

    2. Design is not a synonym for decorative creative decisions.

      And yet it also IS, and there is no problem with it being both. The gardener can create function but also great expression for the sake of beauty itself.

    1. Hérigone's only important work is the six volume Cursus mathematicus, nova, brevi, et clara methodo demonstratus Ⓣ<span class="non-italic">(</span>Course on mathematics : new, short, and with clear methods shown<span class="non-italic">)</span> or, to give it its French title, Cours mathematique, demonstre d'une nouvelle, briefve, et claire methode which appeared between 1634 and 1642.

      There is a clever little bit of UI on this page in which there appears a red letter T in a circle after the Latin title. If one clicks it ,there's a pop up of the translation of the title into English.

  8. Mar 2021
    1. I love the ideas hiding in some of these design elements. The pieces are very atomic, but can be built up into some fascinating bigger designs.

      I'm curious if there are any mnemonics attached to these that add additional levels of meaning in the art in which they're embedded?

      The attached video was incredibly helpful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kc3K-MyH3xg

    1. I originally said: It feels like the principle of least power in action. But another way of rephrasing “least power” is “most availability.” Technologies that are old, simple, and boring tend to be more widely available.

      This is also the reason that space platforms are built on incredibly old computing systems, we know what all the problems and issues are. Then when the satellite is up in outer-space where it's not accessible and not easily repairable, it will hopefully work as expected forever.

    1. jake2h@chrisaldrich that spreadsheet party is so brilliant! I would love to attend events in all kinds of mediums, tools, and games. @nastroika, do you think your cohort could automate a cyberparty together as a group project?

      @jake, your comment also reminds me of the atmosphere created by the game Candy Land which was designed for a particular setting which we often forget about today. There's an Atlantic article about it which helps to underline the idea of designing for particular contexts to make people feel welcomed and empowered: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2019/07/how-polio-inspired-the-creation-of-candy-land/594424/

    1. @ajlkn has several related projects including this one:

      Might be an interesting experiment to make one or more of them IndieWeb friendly and create a set up to dovetail one or more of them in with the GitHub pages set up.

    1. Books are inherently visual, and cover design is in something of a golden age at the moment with designers like Alison Forner, Gray318, Rodrigo Corral, Suzanne Dean, and many others producing consistently outstanding work.

    1. A nice list of replacement words to make one's writing seem warmer and more human.

      It would be cool if tools like Grammar.ly or Hemmingway.app had pieces like this built in.

    1. User stories are a great way of designing features, but when you are designing community features on the web it is also useful to have user stories that start “I am an absolute arsehole and I want to…”

      Solid advice.

    1. It just reads better sometimes. Think @honda.kind_of? Car and @person.is_a? Administrator, Ruby's all about the aesthetics.
    2. As to why both is_a? and kind_of? exist: I suppose it's part of Ruby's design philosophy. Python would say there should only be one way to do something; Ruby often has synonymous methods so you can use the one that sounds better. It's a matter of preference.