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Web Dev. Reading List #125

Web Dev. Reading List #125

It’s Friday again, and I found some interesting articles for you to read over the upcoming weekend. In projects, developer, manager and product leaders still try to put pressure on the people who work on a task. Somehow they feel relieved, more secure if they do that. On the other hand, the people experiencing the pressure of urgency are struggling massively with it.

The fallacy here is that while the ones spreading the pressure feel better, the people experiencing it usually do a worse job than without the pressure. It leads to more bugs, unstructured work and, in the end, all people involved will suffer from the result. So instead, a team, which includes everyone from a developer to a manager, should focus on the purpose of the work. Give it a try, y’all, and now, enjoy your weekend!

General Link

Tools Link

GitHub templates5
GitHub’s new Issue and Pull Requests templates6 help contributors add the right details at the start of a thread.

Security Link

  • A bug in glibc has been disclosed7. As it’s a very bad and easy to exploit bug, you should patch every server (and clients) as soon as possible.
  • Never say “We’ll just use defaults, for now. That password will do, for now.” in the context of security. It’ll be forgotten, and this is the most dangerous threat8 to your data, giving attackers the possibility to do anything with very little effort. Do you have a VoIP phone with a default password? A WiFi router? Change it to something secure. And please tell your friends and family as well. This is important.

Privacy Link

  • This week, Apple started a new discussion about privacy, encryption and built-in backdoors on their devices. They received an order to build a custom iOS built, signed by Apple, that lacks several security measurements so that the FBI could hack into phone data relatively easily. In an open letter9 Apple shared why they declined to do so. Luckily, a lot of companies seem to agree with Apple, and I hope we can find a good way to protect our privacy, and with that, our personal security. Because, as we all know, even if such a backdoor is kept secure, no one could assure that this piece of software won’t get stolen and abused by someone who shouldn’t have access to it.

Web Performance Link

JavaScript Link

CSS / Sass Link

Responsive containers in Gmail19
The Fab Four technique20 lets you create responsive emails without media queries.

Work Life Link

Going beyond… Link

  • Last week, I wrote that most of the time the software we write is not critical to people. But what happens if it is? For example, if you sell a smart thermostat and due to a bug in its software the heating is disabled entirely with no option to fix it yourself? This happened to Nest users23, showing the problems of ‘smart’ devices that control critical things in our lives.

And with that, I’ll close for this week. If you like what I write each week, please support me with a donation24 or share this resource with other people. You can learn more about the costs of the project here25. It’s available via E-Mail, RSS and online.

Thanks and all the best,
Anselm

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 http://jessicaabel.com/2016/01/27/idea-debt/
  2. 2 https://textlint.github.io/
  3. 3 https://github.com/blog/2111-issue-and-pull-request-templates
  4. 4 https://help.github.com/articles/adding-a-file-to-a-repository/
  5. 5 https://github.com/blog/2111-issue-and-pull-request-templates
  6. 6 https://github.com/blog/2111-issue-and-pull-request-templates
  7. 7 http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/02/extremely-severe-bug-leaves-dizzying-number-of-apps-and-devices-vulnerable/
  8. 8 https://paul.reviews/pwnphone-default-passwords-allow-covert-surveillance/
  9. 9 https://www.apple.com/customer-letter/
  10. 10 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2016/02/getting-ready-for-http2/
  11. 11 http://www.jstips.co/en/detect-document-ready-in-pure-js/
  12. 12 http://eslint.org/blog/2016/02/eslint-v2.0.0-released
  13. 13 http://eslint.org/docs/developer-guide/code-path-analysis.html
  14. 14 https://jeremenichelli.github.io/hunt/
  15. 15 https://medium.freecodecamp.com/the-fab-four-technique-to-create-responsive-emails-without-media-queries-baf11fdfa848
  16. 16 http://codepen.io/enxaneta/full/adLPwv/
  17. 17 http://kushagragour.in/blog/2016/01/backgroundcolor-in-currentcolor/
  18. 18 https://justmarkup.com/log/2016/02/theme-switcher-using-css-custom-properties/
  19. 19 https://medium.freecodecamp.com/the-fab-four-technique-to-create-responsive-emails-without-media-queries-baf11fdfa848
  20. 20 https://medium.freecodecamp.com/the-fab-four-technique-to-create-responsive-emails-without-media-queries-baf11fdfa848#.glnp0tyg9
  21. 21 https://medium.com/@kimber_lockhart/don-t-create-a-sense-of-urgency-foster-a-sense-of-purpose-724e309ecdb0
  22. 22 https://medium.com/@moritzplassnig/hiring-the-single-most-important-skill-as-a-founder-1028ccc5fc79
  23. 23 http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/14/fashion/nest-thermostat-glitch-battery-dies-software-freeze.html
  24. 24 https://wdrl.info/donate
  25. 25 https://wdrl.info/costs/
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Web Dev. Reading List #125

Web Dev. Reading List #125

It’s Friday again, and I found some interesting articles for you to read over the upcoming weekend. In projects, developer, manager and product leaders still try to put pressure on the people who work on a task. Somehow they feel relieved, more secure if they do that. On the other hand, the people experiencing the pressure of urgency are struggling massively with it.

The fallacy here is that while the ones spreading the pressure feel better, the people experiencing it usually do a worse job than without the pressure. It leads to more bugs, unstructured work and, in the end, all people involved will suffer from the result. So instead, a team, which includes everyone from a developer to a manager, should focus on the purpose of the work. Give it a try, y’all, and now, enjoy your weekend!

General Link

Tools Link

GitHub templates5
GitHub’s new Issue and Pull Requests templates6 help contributors add the right details at the start of a thread.

Security Link

  • A bug in glibc has been disclosed7. As it’s a very bad and easy to exploit bug, you should patch every server (and clients) as soon as possible.
  • Never say “We’ll just use defaults, for now. That password will do, for now.” in the context of security. It’ll be forgotten, and this is the most dangerous threat8 to your data, giving attackers the possibility to do anything with very little effort. Do you have a VoIP phone with a default password? A WiFi router? Change it to something secure. And please tell your friends and family as well. This is important.

Privacy Link

  • This week, Apple started a new discussion about privacy, encryption and built-in backdoors on their devices. They received an order to build a custom iOS built, signed by Apple, that lacks several security measurements so that the FBI could hack into phone data relatively easily. In an open letter9 Apple shared why they declined to do so. Luckily, a lot of companies seem to agree with Apple, and I hope we can find a good way to protect our privacy, and with that, our personal security. Because, as we all know, even if such a backdoor is kept secure, no one could assure that this piece of software won’t get stolen and abused by someone who shouldn’t have access to it.

Web Performance Link

JavaScript Link

CSS / Sass Link

Responsive containers in Gmail19
The Fab Four technique20 lets you create responsive emails without media queries.

Work Life Link

Going beyond… Link

  • Last week, I wrote that most of the time the software we write is not critical to people. But what happens if it is? For example, if you sell a smart thermostat and due to a bug in its software the heating is disabled entirely with no option to fix it yourself? This happened to Nest users23, showing the problems of ‘smart’ devices that control critical things in our lives.

And with that, I’ll close for this week. If you like what I write each week, please support me with a donation24 or share this resource with other people. You can learn more about the costs of the project here25. It’s available via E-Mail, RSS and online.

Thanks and all the best,
Anselm

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 http://jessicaabel.com/2016/01/27/idea-debt/
  2. 2 https://textlint.github.io/
  3. 3 https://github.com/blog/2111-issue-and-pull-request-templates
  4. 4 https://help.github.com/articles/adding-a-file-to-a-repository/
  5. 5 https://github.com/blog/2111-issue-and-pull-request-templates
  6. 6 https://github.com/blog/2111-issue-and-pull-request-templates
  7. 7 http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/02/extremely-severe-bug-leaves-dizzying-number-of-apps-and-devices-vulnerable/
  8. 8 https://paul.reviews/pwnphone-default-passwords-allow-covert-surveillance/
  9. 9 https://www.apple.com/customer-letter/
  10. 10 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2016/02/getting-ready-for-http2/
  11. 11 http://www.jstips.co/en/detect-document-ready-in-pure-js/
  12. 12 http://eslint.org/blog/2016/02/eslint-v2.0.0-released
  13. 13 http://eslint.org/docs/developer-guide/code-path-analysis.html
  14. 14 https://jeremenichelli.github.io/hunt/
  15. 15 https://medium.freecodecamp.com/the-fab-four-technique-to-create-responsive-emails-without-media-queries-baf11fdfa848
  16. 16 http://codepen.io/enxaneta/full/adLPwv/
  17. 17 http://kushagragour.in/blog/2016/01/backgroundcolor-in-currentcolor/
  18. 18 https://justmarkup.com/log/2016/02/theme-switcher-using-css-custom-properties/
  19. 19 https://medium.freecodecamp.com/the-fab-four-technique-to-create-responsive-emails-without-media-queries-baf11fdfa848
  20. 20 https://medium.freecodecamp.com/the-fab-four-technique-to-create-responsive-emails-without-media-queries-baf11fdfa848#.glnp0tyg9
  21. 21 https://medium.com/@kimber_lockhart/don-t-create-a-sense-of-urgency-foster-a-sense-of-purpose-724e309ecdb0
  22. 22 https://medium.com/@moritzplassnig/hiring-the-single-most-important-skill-as-a-founder-1028ccc5fc79
  23. 23 http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/14/fashion/nest-thermostat-glitch-battery-dies-software-freeze.html
  24. 24 https://wdrl.info/donate
  25. 25 https://wdrl.info/costs/
SmashingConf Oxford

Hold on tiger! Thank you for reading the article. Did you know that we also publish printed books and run friendly conferences – crafted for pros like you? Like SmashingConf Oxford, on March 15—16, with smart design patterns and front-end techniques.

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