Resource Roundup – Week of 12/28

This is just a dumping ground for articles/books/tools that stuck out to me over the last week.

Most of the articles I read come from some excellent newsletter sources: Javascript Weekly, HTML5 Weekly, Ruby Weekly, Node Weekly, Database Weekly, and the Code Project Newsletter. Books are from a variety of sources, including Achieve Your Goals podcast, Entrepreneur on Fire and the Ameer Rosic Show (among many others and random internet discoveries).

Articles

http://www.vanseodesign.com/web-design/html5-structural-elements

This is exactly how I feel about HTML5 elements. I’ve been reading about the benefits of a semantic web for years, but when will we actually see it being used consistently or being truly embraced by big players.

http://etfdailynews.com/2014/12/29/billionaire-warns-of-massive-crash-that-will-wipe-out-americas-colleges/

Very interesting perspective that makes load of sense to me. When someone can be over 100k in debt and graduate with a degree in liberal arts, there’s a problem.

http://html5hub.com/deploying-hybrid-html5-games-on-the-desktop-using-node-webkit

Cool approach to deploying HTML5 games as desktop applications.

http://csstriggers.com/

Amazing reference for how different CSS properties affect browser performance.

http://quickleft.com/blog/6-easy-ways-to-prevent-your-heroku-node-app-from-sleeping

Keeping a free Heroku dyno running is a popular topic. This is from a node.js perspective, but gives some options outside of that as well.

http://andrzejonsoftware.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/how-to-write-ruby-related-book-tools.html

Some nice advice and options for writing books in general, and ruby in particular.

http://www.gatesnotes.com/About-Bill-Gates/Year-in-Review-2014

Nice to end 2014 on a positive note.

Sites

http://codyhouse.co/library

Some great articles and demos that offer practical advice and solutions for implementing useful web features using newer browser features.

http://pomodorotechnique.com/

Been getting into the Pomodoro technique lately for focusing my time. Here’s a little intro.

Tools

http://materializecss.com/

I’m new to the Material Design concept, but i’m very intrigued by it. This is a framework that implements those concepts. Not sure if i’d use it just yet, but it feels great. The Material Design concept seems to give the web a very native feel, which is definitely an attractive concept.

https://github.com/mozilla/shumway

Because people will write anything in Javascript.