Things we've been reading
Front End Development is Development
Quick discussion of what makes front-end development different from back-end development and why it's so hard.
Sitecore Patterns Matching with Solr
An interesting insight into pattern matching with Solr and Sitecore.
The reason every meme uses that one font
Enjoyable read about the history of the impact font and why it is well suited for internet memes.
They will take no for an answer
A quick read on why saying no is a normal and healthy thing to do.
Moving Fast With High Code Quality
Interesting look at how Quora move quickly without sacrificing code quality.
On The Verge
Performance, responsibility and how to make money from websites. Jeremy Keith weighs in on making websites faster and how we tend to hamstring ourselves by hoping the hardware will fix it for us.
Choose Boring Technology
Really well put together slide deck on choosing 'boring' technology.
Browserify vs Webpack
Nice overview of both with a leaning towards webpack.
Windows 10 Review
A good write up of the recently-released Windows 10.
Empathy: the difference between product ownership and scope creep
Insightful view into the difference between product ownership and scope creep.
Minimum Viable Bureaucracy
A look at a chaordic approach to teams and managers as mentors.
Git 2.5, including multiple worktrees and triangular workflows
Github gave a nice overview of some of the new features coming in the new version of git.
Why TFS is the probably the worst choice for Sitecore
An in-depth look at why TFS might not be the best choice for a Sitecore project.
A Programming Language For Robot Swarms
A programming language for swarms of drones, which allows programming at the swarm and individual drone level.
PHP7 Beta 2
PHP7 reaches Beta 2 as it nears its release.
Agile is hard
An interesting view on why agile seems easy, but is hard to do properly.
Power consumption of the world's most popular websites calculated on different browsers
An interesting article on how different browsers use different power consumption to display the same webpages.
Introducing TagHelpers in ASP.NET MVC 6
An introductory post on the new TagHelpers feature of MVC6.
The story of the .io
An interesting look at the story behind the .io.
What do ES6 modules export?
A comprehensive look at what ES6 modules export and how it differs to CommonJS.
Tools that have interested us
Smartphone Test Farm (STF)
An open source, browser-driven smartphone test farm framework. Connect a bunch of Android devices to one machine and run tests remotely.
Full release for Amazon's MySQL compatible relational database engine.
This week saw the release of version 1 for this excellent PHP profiler.
Videos we've been watching
Fixing NPM Permissions
Quick tutorial video on fixing NPM permission issues.