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Introduction to APIs and REST
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APIs allow us to leverage a 3rd party’s computing power and features, programmatically. In simple terms, we send some input data to a certain endpoint and receive a processed result back. An API can provide us with a variety of possibilities, from simple text processing to building out entire websites. This is the standard way of creating a communication channel between us and a 3rd party. In this article, we’re going to learn what an API is and how to use them.

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Content Placeholders: A Way to Style Waiting Time
Content Placeholders: A Way to Style Waiting Time Article Featured Image

You’ve probably seen by now applications and websites that use content placeholders before the actual content loads. These are simple mockups of the content that’s going to be displayed. Implementing this technique lets a user know what to expect, it makes your page appear more ‘reliable’ because it removes sizing glitches that happen when the content doesn’t load instantly, and, also, it replaces the boring loading screens. Some people refer to this as “Skeleton CSS.”

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Contrast: Its Role in Everything We Do
Contrast: Its Role in Everything We Do Article Featured Image

Contrast is the state of each and every design element in relation to its neighbors. A lot of designers ignore it or simply take it for granted. Most people think of it only as it applies to colors, but contrast applies to all types of design elements. Contrast is important because everything gets its value from its relative elements. Nothing has value by itself, hence, controlling the level of contrast, we can increase or decrease the value of any particular element. Continue reading…

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Wireframing: What It Is and How To Use It on Your Projects
Wireframing: What It Is and How To Use It on Your Projects Article Featured Image

Have you ever spent a bunch of time working on something, based entirely on written or spoken instructions from your client or boss, only for them to realize at the end that it wasn’t what they had in mind? Of course, you did, we all did. It’s very frustrating, and, most of the times, it wastes everybody’s time completely unnecessarily. But don’t worry, wireframing can solve this! Continue reading…