Web Development Reading List #152: On Not Shipping, Pure JS Functions, And SameSite Cookies

Web Development Reading List #152: On Not Shipping, Pure JS Functions, And SameSite Cookies

This week’s reading list consists of a lot of little, smart details that you can use on websites. From tweaking the user’s reading experience during page load to pure JavaScript functions and verifying the integrity of external assets. And finally, we see some articles on thinking differently about established working habits — be it working on AI without data or the virtue of not shipping a feature.

Please note that I’ll be on vacation for the next four weeks, so please don’t expect any new Web Development Reading List before October, 7th. Enjoy September, your work, your life!

General Link

  • Jason Zimdars explains why not shipping a feature can be a virtue1. An article about hidden costs and why shipping does not equal success.
  • While many think Apple isn’t in the Artificial Intelligence game, this exclusive look gives some insights2 into why Apple handles things differently. An interesting read that reveals how Apple tries to do Artificial Intelligence with less user data and without tracking you — contrary to the industry’s big players.
Not shipping can be a virtue4. Jason Zimdars shares how one of the most important features he ever designed for Basecamp didn’t make it into the product. (Image credit: Jason Zimdars5)

Concept & Design Link

  • The Web Methodology Project6 is a fresh guide to building web projects, and even though it’s still a work in progress, it already looks very useful. So keep an eye on it.

Tools & Workflows Link

  • Google’s Closure Compiler is one of the best tools out there to compile JavaScript, but so far has only been available as a Java platform tool. Now, the team released a JavaScript version of Closure Compiler7 designed to run in Node.js environments. Available on GitHub8 or npm9.

Security Link

Accessibility Link

Illustration of a person being left behind as travellers speed away in a futuristic ship14
Don’t leave your users behind. Mischa Andrews shares thoughts on how we can make the web more accessible15. (Original artwork by Adam Van Winden16)

JavaScript Link

CSS/Sass Link

  • Michael Scharnagl shares some neat techniques to reduce content shifting during page load19 to ensure a smooth reading experience for users. By setting intrinsic ratios for media, font-size-adjust, or new techniques such as scroll anchoring, you can improve the situation enormously.

Work & Life Link

And with that, I’ll close for this week. If you like what I write each week, please support me with a donation21 or share this resource with other people. You can learn more about the costs of the project here22. It’s available via email, RSS and online.

— Anselm

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://m.signalvnoise.com/not-shipping-is-a-virtue-b880badb623c
  2. 2 https://backchannel.com/an-exclusive-look-at-how-ai-and-machine-learning-work-at-apple-8dbfb131932b
  3. 3 https://m.signalvnoise.com/not-shipping-is-a-virtue-b880badb623c
  4. 4 https://m.signalvnoise.com/not-shipping-is-a-virtue-b880badb623c
  5. 5 https://m.signalvnoise.com/not-shipping-is-a-virtue-b880badb623c
  6. 6 http://webmethodologyproject.com/guide/
  7. 7 https://developers.googleblog.com/2016/08/closure-compiler-in-javascript.html
  8. 8 https://github.com/google/closure-compiler-js
  9. 9 https://www.npmjs.com/package/google-closure-compiler-js
  10. 10 https://blog.mozilla.org/security/2016/08/26/mitigating-mime-confusion-attacks-in-firefox/
  11. 11 https://www.troyhunt.com/protecting-your-embedded-content-with-subresource-integrity-sri/
  12. 12 https://www.igvita.com/2016/08/26/stop-cross-site-timing-attacks-with-samesite-cookies/
  13. 13 https://medium.com/@MischaAndrews/the-inaccessible-web-how-we-got-into-this-mess-7cd3460b8e32
  14. 14 https://medium.com/@MischaAndrews/the-inaccessible-web-how-we-got-into-this-mess-7cd3460b8e32
  15. 15 https://medium.com/@MischaAndrews/the-inaccessible-web-how-we-got-into-this-mess-7cd3460b8e32
  16. 16 http://adamvanwinden.tumblr.com/
  17. 17 http://staltz.com/is-your-javascript-function-actually-pure.html
  18. 18 http://staltz.com/react-could-love-web-components.html
  19. 19 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2016/08/ways-to-reduce-content-shifting-on-page-load/
  20. 20 https://m.signalvnoise.com/its-urgent-really-8050dfe3b921
  21. 21 https://wdrl.info/donate
  22. 22 https://wdrl.info/costs/
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