(Another) Intro to Scrum and Agile

Software development presents a variety of new challenges that traditional project management (waterfall) styles struggle to overcome. Scrum is a product development methodology developed in 2002, a year after the Agile manifesto was released. In this post, I'll be looking at what Scrum is and the possible benefits of following the methodology.

Text Contrast for Web Pages

How easy a page is to read — its legibility — is a concern that page and type designers have grappled with for centuries. The practice of laying out text is a technical and artistic tradition that stretches back to Gutenberg and far beyond. The web presents all-new challenges for legibility, and understanding contrast can help you ensure you're not excluding visitors with vision impairments. This post addresses ways to test and improve the contrast of the text on your web page.

Checking for Keyboard Events in JavaScript with Cross-Browser Support

How to use KeyboardEvent.key to check which key was pressed with cross-browser support including IE 11 and older versions of Safari and Opera.

Linting ES2015+ — ESLint with StyleGuides: Google, AirBnB, Common

One refrain I return to over and over again when I tutor web development is that most bugs during development are caused by typos. That could be an improperly placed semicolon or a failure to close a section of code. These kinds of code errors rarely make it into production code. However, spending time weedling them out is frustrating and wasteful, especially because there’s a better way. Enter linting, or static code analysis.

Net Neutrality Under Threat

The call for comments on the Net Neutrality policy up for debate is open and has received almost 350,000 comments in the two weeks since it opened on April 26th, 2017. Here’s my response:

Image Types (and when to use them)

Creating content for the web, there are a variety of image file types to choose from. For photographs, jpeg is the best choice. For animated content, gif is the clear winner. For still images with transparency, png works best. Let's cover some common file types in order to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of file types.