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The latest edition of the Agency Developer Newsletter
The Agency Developer Newsletter is for web developers, and focusing on digital agencies. Keep yourself up-to-date with our weekly round-up of trending web-dev content, including articles, how-tos, tool reviews and other tips & tricks.
🗞 News around the Web
PHP 7.4 is currently in feature-freeze beta and is set to be released on November 28th, 2019. Get prepared and take a first look at the update.
This is older news, but GitHub announced new dependency graph support for PHP repositories with Composer dependencies. This means that PHP repositories will get security alerts, automatic security fixes, dependency insights, and more. Nice!
💡 Tools, Tips, Resources
7 Lines of Javascript and 5 lines of CSS, this is a pretty trim implementation of a reveal-on-click menu navigation pattern. Very cool! #css #css3 #javascript
In their never ending quest for simplicity, Sidney Liebrand discovered FZF and ripgrep: two command-line tools that have the potential to make every day programming tasks easier and less annoying. Check out the tips!
Very visually interesting smooth-scrolling effect for images. I really like this effect!
Modularity has been a key principle in software development since the 1960s. This article presents the topic of building a component library without focussing on anyone specific framework. Very nice high level overview.
Whenever you start using new tools you might feel a bit intimidated. Here's a Vue.js tutorial for beginner developers to help you out.
🧠 Articles, Books & Podcasts
Python $95k, Java $88k, JS $87k. This article will help you choose the right languages and skills to maximize your value in the workforce.
Rob Fitzpatrick and Brian Rhea talk about common mistakes made when conducting customer / user interviews and how to avoid them.
As I focus on becoming a better manager of engineers, I have been reflecting more and more on the advice that produced a 10X boost in my abilities at that same stage. More often than not the best
"[S]ix years after finishing college, 57 percent of computer science graduates are working as programmers; at 15 years the figure drops to 34 percent, and at 20 years when most are still only in their early 40s it is down to 19 percent. In contrast, the figures for civil engineering are 61 percent, 52 percent and 52 percent."
Get a piece of paper and start writing--or typing, doesn't really matter--anything and everything that comes to mind. Its weird and unnatural at first - push through it. Save it, or burn it. Don't overthink it.
🤣 Fun, Funny and Funky
Channel-hop through a collection of weird and bewildering videos.
Illustrated Sci-Fi is mixing up a big batch of robots, spaceships, and miraculous wonders with a big bunch of video, audio, and design to help you engage with public domain sci-fi stories in new ways. So freakin' cool!
Every Noise at Once is an ongoing attempt at an algorithmically-generated, readability-adjusted scatter-plot of the musical genre-space, based on data tracked and analyzed for 3,431 genre-shaped distinctions by Spotify.
The emissions for a plane seat flying from Vancouver to Toronto will be 1.4 tons of CO, resulting in the loss of 4.2m of arctic ice.
Wrapping Up
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