Collective #524

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Content Marketing And WordPress: Tips, Plugins, And How To Make An Impact

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Content marketing is the practice of creating a piece of content (generally digital) that is both useful and valuable to certain members of your target market(s).
This piece of content is generally free, though it may be hidden behind a simple email/lead-capture form, and it usually is meant to be found through search or through free/low-budget distribution methods (think social media, low-cost PPC, a small press release).
Some might call this permission marketing, the idea being that your target customers have given you permission to market to them by choosing to access your content.
Source: Smashing Magazine, Content Marketing And WordPress: Tips, Plugins, And How To Make An Impact

Debugging JavaScript With A Real Debugger You Did Not Know You Already Have

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console.log can tell you a lot about your app, but it can’t truly debug your code. For that, you need a full-fledged JavaScript debugger. The new Firefox JavaScript debugger can help you write fast, bug-free code. Here’s how it works.
In this example, we’ll crack open a very simple to-do app with Debugger. Here’s the app, based on basic open-source JavaScript frameworks. Open it up in the latest version of Firefox Developer Edition and then launch debugger.
Source: Smashing Magazine, Debugging JavaScript With A Real Debugger You Did Not Know You Already Have

Think Less, Embrace More: Inspiring Desktop Wallpapers For February 2018

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Time flies by… The first month of the new year is already behind us, and with February just around the corner, it’s time for some fresh inspiration. So how about some wallpapers to tickle your ideas? Wallpapers that are a bit more distinctive as the ones you usually find out there? Well, we’ve got you covered.
As every month since more than nine years already, artists and designers from across the globe once again fired up their favorite illustration tools and got out their paint brushes and cameras to create charming desktop wallpapers that are sure to breathe some fresh life into your desktop.
Source: Smashing Magazine, Think Less, Embrace More: Inspiring Desktop Wallpapers For February 2018

A Comprehensive Guide To Product Design

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(This is a sponsored article.) What is a product? Until recently, the term was used only in relation to something material and often found in a retail store. Nowadays, it is coming to mean digital products as well. Apps and websites are modern products.
When it comes to building great products, design is the most important “feature.” We’ve moved into the stage where product design dominates — it’s what sets companies apart and gives a real edge over competitors.
Source: Smashing Magazine, A Comprehensive Guide To Product Design

A GraphQL Primer: The Evolution Of API Design (Part 2)

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In Part 1 we looked at how APIs have evolved over the last few decades and how each one gave way to the next. We also talked about some of the particular drawbacks of using REST for mobile client development. In this article, I want to look at where mobile client API design appears to be headed — with a particular emphasis on GraphQL.
There are, of course, lots of people, companies, and projects that have tried to address RESTs shortcomings over the years: HAL, Swagger/OpenAPI, OData JSON API and dozens of other smaller or internal projects have all sought to bring order to the spec-less world of REST.
Source: Smashing Magazine, A GraphQL Primer: The Evolution Of API Design (Part 2)

Respect Always Comes First

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The past years have been remarkable for web technologies. Our code has become modular, clean and well-defined. Our tooling for build processes and audits and testing and maintenance has never been so powerful. Our design process is systematic and efficient. Our interfaces are smooth and responsive, with a sprinkle of beautiful transitions and animations here and there. And after so many years, accessibility and performance have finally become established, well-recognized pillars of user experience.
Source: Smashing Magazine, Respect Always Comes First

Automated Browser Testing With The WebDriver API

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Manually clicking through different browsers as they run your development code, either locally or remotely, is a quick way to validate that code. It allows you to visually inspect that things are as you intended them to be from a layout and functionality point of view. However, it’s not a solution for testing the full breadth of your site’s code base on the assortment of browsers and device types available to your customers.
Source: Smashing Magazine, Automated Browser Testing With The WebDriver API

Enter The Dragon (Drop): Accessible List Reordering

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Over the years of being a web developer with a focus on accessibility, I have mostly dealt with widely-adopted, standardized UI components, well supported by assistive technologies (AT). For these types of widgets, there are concise ARIA authoring practices as well as great tools like axe-core that can be used to test web components for accessibility issues. Creating less common widgets, especially those that have no widely-adopted conventions for user interaction can be very tricky.
Source: Smashing Magazine, Enter The Dragon (Drop): Accessible List Reordering

Offboarding In The Online World

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By now, we’ve all heard about onboarding — the beginning of a relationship between a company and a user — but what about offboarding? Both go hand in hand as being two of the most important interactions you can have with a user, but offboarding gets much less publicity and sometimes is even altogether ignored. So, what exactly is it, and why is it so important?
Offboarding is usually described as the interaction between a company and their customer at the end of the customer journey.
Source: Smashing Magazine, Offboarding In The Online World

Collective #386

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Courseroot

A database of online courses categorized after price, difficulty, certificate quality, and more.

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The UX of AI

An article about Google Clips and what it means in practice to take a human-centered approach to designing an AI-powered product.

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Left

An open source, distraction-less writing tool with auto-complete, a synonyms dictionary, writing statistics, markup-based navigation and a speed-reader.

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Greenlet

With Greenlet you can move an async function into its own thread. By Jason Miller.

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Collective #386 was written by Pedro Botelho and published on Codrops.


Source: Codrops, Collective #386