10 Front-End Development Tools

Posted in Apps, Front-End

I saw this list of ten supposedly tools “you can’t live without” and found it lacking; it’s more of a list of IDEs/text editors and frameworks which a front-end could choose from. I wanted a …

Keeping up with Front-End Technologies

Posted in Front-End

Given the speed that web front-end technologies evolve and change, it’s daunting for many to keep on or even just close to the bleeding edge, so I’ll let you in on a little secret: one …

The Hubris of Front-End Developers

Posted in Engineering, Front-End, Rant

A colleague pointed me to an interesting article by a senior Yahoo front-end engineer. It goes through what companies need to do to hire “great FE engineers”, that A developers are attracted by other A players …

Fragments of the Web

Posted in Front-End, Mobile, Rant

With Apple’s introduction of the Retina-display-equipped Macbook, we’re starting to enter a transitional period in display resolutions. As usual, Apple’s leading the charge while keeping things simple via pixel doubling, but much like Android and …

How to get Front-End Developers

Posted in Engineering, Front-End

Javascript has won the internet. It beat out Actionscript/Flex in mobile, while a new breed of MVC, client-side frameworks are taking over jobs that used to employ server-side code (e.g., your Rails’s, Djangos, and CakePHPs). …

Good UI Begets Great UI

Posted in Apps, Front-End

With the recent updates to apps like Flipboard and Path[1] (not to mention the existing base of well-designed apps on iOS), it’s about time iOS developers are breaking away from the standard mobile app UI. …

User-Centric Development

Posted in Front-End, Thoughts

When Adobe announced this week that it is no longer trying to make Flash viable on mobile platforms, there was a good amount of developer talk on the ramifications. In particular, some on Hacker News …

Google Just Likes Java

Posted in Engineering, Front-End

Google went ahead and released their new proposed language for the web, Dart. It’s a well-meaning gesture to upgrade the state of client-side web dev, but has had a lukewarm reception. Not surprising, when it …