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May 2016 Review

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My collection of articles / tips / tricks / talks / screencasts / code snippets that I’ve found interesting throughout the course of May. Enjoy!

How flexbox alleviates some common front end development pains

A great article outlining ways flexbox can make the pains of CSS much better!

Devtools – An Animated Journey 2016

A great slideshow/presentation outlining many tips for Chrome DevTools. I’m sure you will learn something new!

Laravel Valet

Valet is a Laravel development environment for Mac minimalists. No Vagrant, No Apache, No Nginx, No /etc/hosts file. I was quite content with just running php artisan serve for the majority of my projects. This makes it even easier! Even supports other projects like WordPress!

Sublime Tutor

An interactive in-editor keyboard shortcuts tutorial for Sublime Text 3. I’ve been using Sublime Text for a while and I’ve got a lot of keyboard shortcuts commited to memory. I did pick up a few useful commands after going through this tutorial.

Chris Coyier AMA on Hashnode

Some great Q and A with Chris Coyier, founder of CSS-Tricks and CodePen.

Franz – A free desktop app that aggregates all popular IM clients

Franz is a free messaging app that combines chat & messaging services into one application. It supports WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Slack and a whole bunch of other popular IM clients. I actually heard about it after the release of WhatsApp Desktop, and it works just as well. Will definitely be using this from now on!

Flash on it’s last breath

Flash is being phased out of Chrome, apparently later this year, some time in the fourth quarter.

Refactoring to Collections

Adam Wathan has released a great ebook and video course that teaches you how to apply functional programming principles to write clean, maintainable PHP. Learn how to use collection pipelines to break down ugly, complex functions into a series of simple transformations, free of loops, complex conditionals, and temporary variables.

Mostly Adequate Guide to Functional Programming (JavaScript)

A wonderful ebook on the concepts of Functional Programming in JavaScript. Definitely on my to read list!

GitHub now shows private contributions on your profile

Those little green squares make you feel good about contributing to open source, don’t they? GitHub now has an option to show contributions to private repos (anonymously) so you can feel even better with those extra green squares! 👍

DevTools in 2016: Accelerate your workflow – Google I/O 2016

Great presentation at Google I/O outlining some cool features coming to Chrome DevTools.

Plyr – A simple HTML5, YouTube and Vimeo player

A simple, accessible HTML5 media player

Bideo.js – Fullscreen HTML5 Background Video for the Web

A great JS plugin that easily allows you to add fullscreen video to your website.

A list of everything that goes in the <head> of your document

Josh Buchea has collected “A list of everything that goes in the <head> of your document”

And the Most Popular Programming Language is

A look at how different sites ranked the most popular programming languages.

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