Editor’s Note: Welcome to this month’s web development update. Anselm has summarized the most important happenings in the web community that have taken place over the past few weeks in one handy list for you. Enjoy!
As web developers, we’re working in a very diverse environment: We have countless options to specialize in, but it’s impossible to keep up with everything. This week I read an article from a developer who realized that even though he has been building stuff for the web for over seven years, sometimes he just doesn’t understand what’s going on: “I’m slamming my keyboard in frustration as another mysterious error appears in my build script,” he writes.
Monthly Web Development Update 10/2017: CSS Grid, CAA Pitfalls, And Image Optimization
What has been your biggest web development challenge recently? Was it a development issue, a communication issue or an education issue in your team? Facing so many things that don’t work as expected these days in many different teams and projects, I now realize that we all are part of a very young industry, and by challenging not only our technical foundations but also traditional working habits, we have yet to find how we want to work.
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Web Development Reading List #132: The Challenges In Our Field, Debouncing And The Contain CSS Property
Whenever you start a project, you have to repeat certain tasks and set up certain structures: create new folders, choose a framework, set up your development tasks. But configuring settings once and reusing them would be simpler. An easy way to achieve this is by using some kind of generator — for example, Yeoman Generator — or tools such as INIT, which can perfectly coexist with and even be used through a generator.
Kickstart Your Project With INIT And Grunt
Hardly a day goes by without hearing a client horror story from one designer or another. Whether I hear about it in person, by email, over the phone or on Twitter, one thing seems clear: designers seem to like complaining about their clients almost as much as they enjoy taking their money.
Everyone has a client horror story. Plenty of websites and blog articles feature creative professionals venting their spleen.
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There’s No Such Thing As A Bad Client
Email signatures are so easy to do well, that it’s really a shame how often they’re done poorly. Many people want their signature to reflect their personality, provide pertinent information and more, but they can easily go overboard. Why are email signatures important? They may be boring and the last item on your list of things to get right, but they affect the tone of every email you write. Email signatures contain alternative contact details, pertinent job titles and company names, which help the recipient get in touch when emails are not responded to.
The Art And Science Of The Email Signature
“We really love this new website you’ve built! Now we’d like to send out an email to all of our customers, friends and anyone, and it should look exactly like the website except with a spinning mailbox at the bottom, and have my photo, and my cat’s photo…” Ever had that conversation with a client?
You’ve built plenty of websites in your time and could knock off a blog template in your sleep, but HTML email?
Design And Build HTML Newsletter Without Losing Your Mind
There’s very little to stop anyone becoming a freelancer
. In a highly competitive and, in most places, saturated market, you need to make sure your reputation as a freelancer is well-managed and continues to grow. It’s very possible to get a good reputation without being the best in the world, and it’s even easier to lose that reputation. You may also be interested in the following related posts:
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Essential Habits Of An Effective Professional Freelancer
When it comes to icons, web designers and graphic artists have an excellent opportunity to showcase their craft, prove their experience and explore their creativity. A sweet, nice icon pack is a perfect showcase of designer’s work and a powerful instrument to build up your reputation online. In fact, designers make use of it, creating absolutely amazing icon sets and offering them for free download.
In the overview below we present 40 excellent, free and professional icon packs for desktop and web design.
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40 Professional Icon Packs For Free Download
Spam is probably one of the most difficult problems we have to deal with. E-Mail-filters, such as those used in GMail, provide accurate results, but not every company is willing to use extern services for its private mails. The problem occurs when web-developers have to display e-mail-addresses on a web-page.
How can you make sure that not a single spam mail will find its path to the inbox of your client?
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Preventing Spam: Bulletproof Solutions