Any front-end engineer worth their salt is aware of the challenges that the fragmented ecosystem of devices brings. Different screen sizes, resolutions, and aspect ratios make it difficult to deliver a consistent experience. More so for those who want to deliver a pixel-perfect experience.
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVGs) help in solving a part of that problem, and do it very well. Although they have their limitations, SVGs can be very helpful for certain occasions and, if you have a good design team, you can also create a more visually stunning experience without putting undue burden the web browser or hampering the load times.
During the last few months, I have [...]
Sharing related information among isolated systems has become increasingly important to organizations, as it allows them to improve the quality and availability of data. There are many situations where it is useful to have a data set that is available and consistent in more than one directory server. That’s why knowing the common methods for performing SQL Server data synchronization is important.
Data availability and consistency can be achieved by data replication and data synchronization processes. Data replication is the process of creating one or more redundant copies of a database for the purpose of fault tolerance or accessibility improvement. Data synchronization is [...]
Once, while doing page speed optimization for a [...]
Domain specific languages (DSL) are an incredibly powerful tool for making it easier to program or configure complex systems. They are also everywhere—as a software engineer you are most likely using several different DSLs on a daily basis.
In this article, you will learn what domain specific languages are, when they should be used, and finally how you can make your very own DSL in Ruby using advanced metaprogramming techniques.
This article builds upon Nikola Todorovic’s introduction to Ruby metaprogramming, also published on the Toptal Blog. So if you are new to metaprogramming, make sure you read that first.What Is a Domain Specific Language?
Performance optimization is one of the biggest threats to your code.
You may be thinking, not another one of those people. I understand. Optimization of any kind should clearly be a good thing, judging by its etymology, so naturally, you want to be good at it.
Not just to set yourself apart from the crowd as a better developer. Not just to avoid being “Dan” on The Daily WTF, but because you believe code optimization is the Right Thing to Do™. You take pride in your work.
Computer hardware keeps getting faster, and software easier to make, but whatever simple thing that you Just Want to Be Able to Do, Dammit always takes longer than the last. You shake your head [...]
People like to categorize programming languages into paradigms. There are object-oriented (OO) languages, imperative languages, functional languages, etc. This can be helpful in figuring out which languages solve similar problems, and what types of problems a language is intended to solve.
In each case a paradigm generally has one “main” focus and technique that is the driving force for that family of languages:In OO languages, it is the class or object as a way to encapsulate state (data) with manipulation of that state (methods). In functional languages, it can be the manipulation of functions themselves or the immutable data passed from function to [...]
Laravel is a PHP framework developed with developer productivity in mind. Written and maintained by Taylor Otwell, the framework is very opinionated and strives to save developer time by favoring convention over configuration. The framework also aims to evolve with the web and has already incorporated several new features and ideas in the web development world—such as job queues, API authentication out of the box, real-time communication, and much more.
In this article, we’ll explore the ways you can [...]
Unless you’ve been living inside a shipping container, you’ve probably heard about containers. The industry has been making a distinct move away from persistent to ephemeral infrastructure, and containers are square in the middle of that move. The reason is quite simple: While containers certainly help dev teams get up and running quickly, they have even more potential to completely change the face of operations.
But what exactly does that look like? What happens when you’re ready to take the leap off of running containers locally, or manually on a few servers? In an ideal world, you want to just throw your application at a cluster of servers and say “run it!”
There are countless articles out there debating whether React or Angular is the better choice for web development. Do we need yet another one?
The reason I wrote this article is because none of the articles published already—although they contain great insights—go in-depth enough for a practical front-end developer to decide which one may suit their needs.
In this article, you will learn how Angular and React both aim to solve similar front-end problems though with very different philosophies, and whether choosing one or the other is merely a matter of personal preference. To compare them, we will build the same application twice, once with Angular and then [...]
The realm of web front-end development has made considerable progress over the last few years. However, the web front-end, as the users see it, is still the same: HTML markup styled with CSS.
Many layout problems can seem simple at first but often proves to be tricky. Without extensive knowledge of how certain CSS features work, these advanced layouts can seem impossible to achieve with CSS alone.
In this article, you will find eight expert CSS tips and tricks that leverage lesser known CSS features to implement some of these advanced layouts and effects.1. Maximizing CSS Sibling Selectors
The problem: You are losing optimization opportunities by not [...]