In late 2016, Apple released an update to its popular MacBook Pro. Two key features were the replacement of the functions keys by the Touch Bar, and the simplification of the available ports. Gone are MagSafe, SD card readers, USB Type A, and HDMI. In their place you’ll find four Thunderbolt 3 ports and one audio port. There were both proponents and detractors for both of these changes, and often much angrier than I think they should be.
Site owners. If your site asks me immediately upon first visit if you can send me push notifications, the answer will always be “no”.
Apple just celebrated ten years of the iPhone. I didn’t get the first iPhone, but by iPhone 3G still works.
I’ve long been a fan of the IndieWeb movement. The core principles of the independent web are essentially as follows:
- Own your own content
- Syndicate to other services
- Control your content and format
My presentation for HighEdWeb 2016 in Memphis was about how to use Service Workers to build offline websites and progressive web apps.
This month on #startYourShift, we’re talking about Tech Adoption. I find this topic fascinating personally, since during my career I’ve been accused of both adopting technology too quickly, and of being a wet blanket by blocking the implementation of the new and shiny. Let’s take a look back at some of them, as well as my personal viewpoint on tech adoption.
Progressive Enhancement can mean different things to different developers. To me, it means building in a way that doesn’t lock out devices or browsers from consuming the primary content of a site. Let’s get into some specifics.
My last report on Higher Ed homepage performance was January 2015. According to the HTTP Archive report for January 2015 through June 2016, page weight increased from 1.94 MB to 2.5 MB, and the average number of requests went from 94 to 116. So how is Higher Ed stacking up to the rest of the industry? Let’s find out.
Our industry has been embroiled in a battle of ideals. On one side you have the native app advocates, and on the other, those pushing the web forward as an alternative (or supplement) to native apps. I don’t know if the folks that run #startYourShift had this debate in mind when they selected this months topic, but it’s the lens I’m going to use. This months topic: “What do you think is the most powerful characteristic of the web?”.