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Jul 20, 2017

A Guide to Process-oriented Programming in Elixir and OTP

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 [...]
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Jul 12, 2017

Laravel API Tutorial: How to Build and Test a RESTful API

With the rise of mobile development and JavaScript frameworks, using a RESTful API is the best option to build a single interface between your data and your client.

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 [...]

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Jul 7, 2017

Ramping up Software Deployment – A Docker Swarm Tutorial

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!”

Well [...]

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Jun 30, 2017

Angular vs. React: Which Is Better for Web Development?

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 [...]

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Jun 16, 2017

Eight CSS Tips for Advanced Layouts and Effects

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 [...]

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Jun 9, 2017

Building an Angular Video Player with Videogular

The Videogular project is supported by Toptal Open Source Grants. Toptal Open Source Grants supports members of the Toptal network pursuing Open Source projects.

As one of the first Open Source Grants recipients, Raul Jimenez Herrando is adding new features, fixing bugs, and writing documentation for the Videogular project. To learn more about Toptal Open Source Grants, email

According to online traffic statistics, video is taking over control of the web. The good old TV is dying and companies are moving fast to dominate a market that will represent the 80% of online traffic by 2019 .

Many media providers and products rely on HTML5 video [...]

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Jun 2, 2017

Android DDMS: A Guide to the Ultimate Android Console

Developing is a tricky business. The target keeps moving, new technologies and domains periodically come to life, new tools pop every now and again, and languages change in what seems to be managed havoc.

Still, even with all these changes, the fundamental rules stay the same. One of the most important of these underlying rule states that to create really awesome software, you must gain deep, ongoing and detailed introspection into your executing system. Diagnostics, debugging, and profiling are terms sometimes used in this context, but the rule goes deeper. A top-notch developer literally “feels” his system. He knows what will cause is to chunk waiting for more memory to [...]

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May 25, 2017

How to Build CSS-only Smart Layouts with Flexbox

Flexible box, or Flexbox in short, is a set of properties in CSS introduced in 2009 to provide a new, exceptional layout system. The Flexbox module is identified as a part of the third version of CSS (CSS3).

You are probably already using many of the new properties in CSS3, such as box-shadow, border-radius, background gradients, and so on. However, Flexbox has yet to see the widespread adoption that it deserves. This may be because of all the breaking changes it has suffered over the years, or because it is only partially supported in Internet Explorer 10, or just because Flexbox is a whole ecosystem while previous paradigms have been predominantly based on single, [...]

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May 18, 2017

Demystifying iOS 9 Spotlight Search for Developers

There are three search points built into iOS: Siri, Spotlight Search, and Safari search. Siri, one of the most iconic features of iOS, is something that most iPhone users are already familiar with. But many people are not aware of Spotlight search – something that has been an integral part of iOS long before Siri existed. Spotlight Search can be accessed when you slide the home screen downwards, or new to iOS 9, swipe right from your personal home screen. This reveals a search bar at the top of the screen.

The focus of this search tool in iOS 8 and earlier was searching the phone itself, so its results page lists apps that are on your phone, as well as emails, messages, [...]

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May 1, 2017

Swift Tutorial: An Introduction to the MVVM Design Pattern


So you’re starting a new iOS project, you received from the designer all the needed .pdf and .sketch documents, and you already have a vision about how you’ll build this new app.

You start transferring UI screens from the designer’s sketches into your ViewController .swift, .xib and .storyboard files.

UITextField here, UITableView there, a few more UILabels and a pinch of UIButtons. IBOutlets and IBActions are also included. All good, we are still in the UI zone.

However, it’s time to do something with all these UI elements; UIButtons will receive finger touches, [...]

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