Landing Page Design: Building the Ultimate Landing Page

When I started to implement the Ultimate Hacking Keyboard, I wasn’t very marketing savvy. As an engineer, all I could see ahead was product development and technical challenges. However, marketing is just as important and must not be overlooked. A good landing page is a must-have.

Luckily for us, we realized that there’s a lot to do before we start our crowdfunding campaign, and an attractive site could turn this otherwise idle time to our advantage by capturing people’s attention, generating more subscribers and priming us for the campaign.

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How To Improve ASP.NET App Performance In Web Farm With Caching

A Brief Introduction to Caching

Caching is a powerful technique for increasing performance through a simple trick: Instead of doing expensive work (like a complicated calculation or complex database query) every time we need a result, the system can store – or cache – the result of that work and simply supply it the next time it is requested without needing to reperform that work (and can, therefore, respond tremendously faster).

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Webpack or Browserify & Gulp: Which Is Better?

As web applications grow increasingly complex, making your web app scalable becomes of the utmost importance. Whereas in the past writing ad-hoc JavaScript and jQuery would suffice, nowadays building a web app requires a much greater degree of discipline and formal software development practices, such as:

  • Unit tests to ensure modifications to your code don’t break existing functionality
  • Linting to ensure consistent coding style free of errors
  • Production builds that differ from development builds

The web also provides some of its own unique development challenges. For example, since webpages make a lot of asynchronous requests, your web app’s performance can be significantly degraded from having to request hundreds of JS and CSS files, each with their own tiny overhead (headers, handshakes, and so on). This particular issue can often be addressed by bundling the files together, so you’re only requesting a single bundled JS and CSS file rather than hundreds of individual ones.

Bundling tools tradeoffs: Webpack vs Browserify

Which bundling tool should you use: Webpack or Browserify + Gulp? Here is the guide to choosing.

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Build Ultra-Modern Web Apps with Angular Material

At the Google I/O Conference back in 2014, Google announced Material Design, their new design language. They have since converted much of their popular applications to adhere to this new spec in an effort to provide a consistent experience. Now they are trying to convince you to follow along as well.

Angular Material: Superheroic Javascript Framework Meets Ultra-Modern Design

What is Material Design?

After a visit to the official Material Design spec, you will immediately get a feeling of ultra-modern minimalism. Basic shapes and flat colors are the theme here. Going through the documentation is quite an experience. I recommend taking a look for yourself, but I will summarize it here.

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Google Cloud Source Repositories vs. Bitbucket vs. GitHub: A Worthy Alternative?

Without much fanfare, Google introduced a new version control platform, hosted on its vast cloud. If this sounds somewhat familiar, you may be thinking of Google Code, which is now defunct. The big difference is that Google’s new Cloud Source Repositories is a git platform, which means it is a lot more flexible (and useful) than Google Code.

Google Code was launched back in 2006, a couple of years before GitHub and Bitbucket appeared on the scene, quickly overtaking Google Code in popularity. Google finally pulled the plug on Google Code in March 2015, citing lack of interest.

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