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Front End Development is Development

Quick discussion of what makes front-end development different from back-end development and why it's so hard. 
https://css-tricks.com/front-end-development-is-development/

Sitecore Patterns Matching with Solr

An interesting insight into pattern matching with Solr and Sitecore.
https://alexandersmagin.wordpress.com/2015/07/27/sitecore-patterns-matching-with-solr/

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.
http://www.vox.com/2015/7/26/9036993/meme-font-impact

They will take no for an answer

A quick read on why saying no is a normal and healthy thing to do.
https://the-pastry-box-project.net/kate-kiefer-lee/2015-july-23

Moving Fast With High Code Quality

Interesting look at how Quora move quickly without sacrificing code quality.
http://engineering.quora.com/Moving-Fast-With-High-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.
https://adactio.com/journal/9312

Choose Boring Technology

Really well put together slide deck on choosing 'boring' technology.
https://speakerdeck.com/mcfunley/choose-boring-technology

Browserify vs Webpack

Nice overview of both with a leaning towards webpack.
https://medium.com/@housecor/browserify-vs-webpack-b3d7ca08a0a9

Windows 10 Review

A good write up of the recently-released Windows 10.
http://www.theverge.com/2015/7/28/9045331/microsoft-windows-10-review

Empathy: the difference between product ownership and scope creep

Insightful view into the difference between product ownership and scope creep.
http://inviqa.com/blog/empathy-the-difference-between-product-ownership-and-scope-creep

Minimum Viable Bureaucracy

A look at a chaordic approach to teams and managers as mentors.
https://speakerdeck.com/lauraxt/minimum-viable-bureaucracy

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.
https://github.com/blog/2042-git-2-5-including-multiple-worktrees-and-triangular-workflows

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.
http://cardinalcore.co.uk/2015/07/15/why-tfs-is-the-probably-the-worst-choice-for-sitecore/

A Programming Language For Robot Swarms

A programming language for swarms of drones, which allows programming at the swarm and individual drone level.
http://www.technologyreview.com/view/539761/a-programming-language-for-robot-swarms/

PHP7 Beta 2

PHP7 reaches Beta 2 as it nears its release.
http://php.net/index.php#id2015-07-24-1

Agile is hard

An interesting view on why agile seems easy, but is hard to do properly.
http://ouarzy.azurewebsites.net/?p=971

Event Sourcing in Javascript

An excellent look into Event Sourcing in a Javascript application.
http://tomseldon.co.uk/blog/event-sourcing-in-javascript/

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.
http://blog.getbatterybox.com/which-browser-is-the-most-energy-efficient-chrome-vs-safari-vs-firefox/

Introducing TagHelpers in ASP.NET MVC 6

An introductory post on the new TagHelpers feature of MVC6.
http://www.mikesdotnetting.com/Article/274/introducing-taghelpers-in-asp-net-mvc-6

The story of the .io

An interesting look at the story behind the .io.
http://citizen-ex.com/stories/io

What do ES6 modules export?

A comprehensive look at what ES6 modules export and how it differs to CommonJS.
http://www.2ality.com/2015/07/es6-module-exports.html


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.
https://openstf.github.io/

Amazon Aurora

Full release for Amazon's MySQL compatible relational database engine.
https://aws.amazon.com/rds/aurora/

Blackfire Profiler

This week saw the release of version 1 for this excellent PHP profiler.
https://blackfire.io/

Iron Node

A powerful javascript debugging tool for NodeJS.
http://s-a.github.io/iron-node/


Videos we've been watching

Fixing NPM Permissions

Quick tutorial video on fixing NPM permission issues.
https://docs.npmjs.com/getting-started/fixing-npm-permissions

About the author

Ian Jenkins

Ian Jenkins

Ian Jenkins is a Principal Developer at Box UK. Ian works mostly with PHP, but loves trying out new things. When not sat in front of a computer, he likes to read, watch films and follow sport. Ian thinks he is the only blog contributor who does not play the guitar.

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