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Web Development Reading List #174: The Bricks We Lay, Remynification, And 0-RTT

Quick Summary

We’re all designers. Whether we do a layout, a product design or write code to design a product technically doesn’t matter here. What does matter though, is that we always take the context of a project into consideration. Because as someone shaping a project so that it is appealing to the clients and works in the best way possible for the target audience, we have a pretty big responsibility.

Imagine architects building a wall out of recycled material that also looks nice — sounds pretty great, right? But seen in the context that this will be a wall that divides people and encourages racism and even more inequality in our society, our first impression of the undertaking suddenly shifts into the opposite direction. We have to make new decisions every time we start a new project, and seeing things in context is crucial to live up to our responsibility — both in our work and our lives.

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We’re all designers. Whether we do a layout, a product design or write code to design a product technically doesn’t matter here. What does matter though, is that we always take the context of a project into consideration. Because as someone shaping a project so that it is appealing to the clients and works in the best way possible for the target audience, we have a pretty big responsibility.

Imagine architects building a wall out of recycled material that also looks nice — sounds pretty great, right? But seen in the context that this will be a wall that divides people and encourages racism and even more inequality in our society, our first impression of the undertaking suddenly shifts into the opposite direction. We have to make new decisions every time we start a new project, and seeing things in context is crucial to live up to our responsibility — both in our work and our lives.

Further Reading on SmashingMag:

News

Plugins in Sketch
Sketch already benefits from a thriving third-party plugin ecosystem and thanks to it’s new open-source file format, Sketch 43 will enable even more powerful integrations for third-party developers. (Image credit)

General

  • Ethan Marcotte wrote a thought-provoking article about “the bricks we lay”. In it, he describes a situation where people do work claiming they’re only focusing on the task they do and therefore are apolitical. But your work is never neutral.
  • In the last edition of the web development reading list, I shared the first part of Bruce Lawson’s story about the “World Wide Web, Not Wealthy Western Web”. Today comes the second part of the mandatory read of this week.

Tools & Workflows

  • Remy Luisant came up with a tool that optimizes your CSS output just a little bit better than you’re used to: CSS Remynification.
  • Bit is an interesting concept of a distributed virtual component repository that combines a lot of existing strategies into one universal component manager.

Security

Web Performance

0-RTT
With 0-RTT, encrypted HTTPS requests become just as fast as unencrypted HTTP requests. (Image credit)

JavaScript

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