Collective #534

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Using CSS Grid: Supporting Browsers Without Grid

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When using any new CSS, the question of browser support has to be addressed. This is even more of a consideration when new CSS is used for layout as with Flexbox and CSS Grid, rather than things we might consider an enhancement.
In this article, I explore approaches to dealing with browser support today. What are the practical things we can do to allow us to use new CSS now and still give a great experience to the browsers that don’t support it?
Source: Smashing Magazine, Using CSS Grid: Supporting Browsers Without Grid

Collective #366

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The Cost Of JavaScript

Addy Osmani writes on how to optimize your JavaScript to load faster and be interactive quickly on mobile devices.

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Avataaars

An outstanding Sketch library by Pablo Stanley where you can mix and match avatars.

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Inclusive Web Design Checklist

A repo by Heydon Pickering that aims to be the biggest checklist of inclusive design considerations for the web, including items for accessibility, performance, device support, interoperability and language.

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Datasette

Datasette is a new tool for creating and publishing JSON APIs for SQLite databases.

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Collective #366 was written by Mary Lou and published on Codrops.


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Mobile Interface Myths You Should Throw Out The Window

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If anything’s clear in 2017, it’s that lying is back in fashion (if it ever left us at all). From the heated fake news debate to the false data provided by Facebook, lying is all the rage these days. A white lie here and there is no big deal. We’re all guilty of it. The problem arises when lies turn into full-grown myths, then become accepted as truths.
In an era of digital chaos, we understandably gravitate to our trusted sources of information.
Source: Smashing Magazine, Mobile Interface Myths You Should Throw Out The Window

Creating Secure Password Resets With JSON Web Tokens

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When a user of your application has forgotten their password, it can and should be reset securely. To accomplish a secure password reset, I will demonstrate how to use JSON Web Tokens (JWT) to generate a URL-safe token. The JWT contains encoded information about the user and a signature that, when decoded, is validated to ensure that the token has not been tampered with.
Once the JWT is validated, your application can securely allow the user to generate a new password, instead of sending them their forgotten one.
Source: Smashing Magazine, Creating Secure Password Resets With JSON Web Tokens

10 Simple Tips To Improve User Testing

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(This is a sponsored post). Testing is a fundamental part of the UX designer’s job and a core part of the overall UX design process. Testing provides the inspiration, guidance and validation that product teams need in order to design great products. That’s why the most effective teams make testing a habit.
Usability testing involves observing users as they use a product. It helps you find where users struggle and what they like.
Source: Smashing Magazine, 10 Simple Tips To Improve User Testing

Maximizing The Design Sprint

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Following a summer of Wonder Woman, Spiderman, and other superhero blockbusters, it’s natural to fantasize about having a superpower of your own. Luckily for designers, innovators, and customer-centric thinkers, a design sprint allows you to see into the future to learn in just five days what customers think about your finished product.
As a UX consultant and in-house design strategist, I have facilitated dozens upon dozens of design workshops (ranging from rapid prototyping sessions to, of course, sprints).
Source: Smashing Magazine, Maximizing The Design Sprint

Right-To-Left Development In Mobile Design

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The Middle Eastern market is growing at a rapid pace, and, as a result, demand for various IT products is also booming in the region. What is peculiar, though, is that Middle Eastern countries require design that is not only compatible with their needs and comfortable for their users, but that is also suitable to their language standards, making a serious adaptation process very important. Given that most languages spoken in the Middle East are written and read from right to left (such as Arabic, Hebrew and Urdu), developers often face a range of problems when creating products in those languages.
Source: Smashing Magazine, Right-To-Left Development In Mobile Design

Developing A Chatbot Using Microsoft’s Bot Framework, LUIS And Node.js (Part 1)

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This tutorial gives you hands-on access to my journey of creating a digital assistant capable of connecting with any system via a RESTful API to perform various tasks.

Developing A Chatbot Using Microsoft Bot Framework, LUIS And Node.js (Part 1)

Here, I’ll be demonstrating how to save a user’s basic information and create a new project on their behalf via natural language processing (NLP).

The post Developing A Chatbot Using Microsoft’s Bot Framework, LUIS And Node.js (Part 1) appeared first on Smashing Magazine.

Source: Smashing Magazine, Developing A Chatbot Using Microsoft’s Bot Framework, LUIS And Node.js (Part 1)

How To Build Your Own Action For Google Home Using API.AI

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For the holidays, the owner of (and my boss at) thirteen23 gave each employee a Google Home device. If you don’t already know, Google Home is a voice-activated speaker powered by Google Assistant and is a competing product to Amazon’s line of Alexa products.

How To Build Your Own Action For Google Home Using API.AI

I already have the Amazon Echo, and as Director of Technology at thirteen23, I love tinkering with software for new products. For the Amazon Echo, you can create what are called “skills”, which allow you to build custom interactions when speaking to the device.

The post How To Build Your Own Action For Google Home Using API.AI appeared first on Smashing Magazine.

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How To Build Your Own Action For Google Home Using API.AI

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For the holidays, the owner of (and my boss at) thirteen23 gave each employee a Google Home device. If you don’t already know, Google Home is a voice-activated speaker powered by Google Assistant and is a competing product to Amazon’s line of Alexa products.

How To Build Your Own Action For Google Home Using API.AI

I already have the Amazon Echo, and as Director of Technology at thirteen23, I love tinkering with software for new products. For the Amazon Echo, you can create what are called “skills”, which allow you to build custom interactions when speaking to the device.

The post How To Build Your Own Action For Google Home Using API.AI appeared first on Smashing Magazine.

Source: Smashing Magazine, How To Build Your Own Action For Google Home Using API.AI