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Implementing Tree Shaking for FontAwesome
Implementing Tree Shaking for FontAwesome Article Featured Image

Tree Shaking is the process of stripping out parts of libraries that you’re not actually using in your applications in order to optimize the file size of your build. In this short tutorial I’m going to apply it to CSS and a WOFF2 file, but you can use the same technique for other types of files as well; e.g.: JS files.

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JavaScript, Tutorials & Guides
How To Move the Cursor Inside an Input
How To Move the Cursor Inside an Input Article Featured Image

I’ve hit this problem when I was working on a @mentioning system for a chat I’m developing at work. When the user selected a mentionee from the results, I needed to insert that user in the input at the current cursor / caret position.

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Concepts, Tutorials & Guides
Another Method to Protect Against Web Scrapers
Another Method to Protect Against Web Scrapers Article Featured Image

It’s common practice for people to use Web scraping (copying) to fetch the content of other sites in order to reuse the information. Sometimes this is well intended, for example, when people curate only the best of the best of the content from multiple sites. There’s also the case of news aggregators that combine news from multiple sites to provide their users with a complete list of news.

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Hacking, Tools
How To Programmatically Download VideoJS Files
How To Programmatically Download VideoJS Files Article Featured Image

Someone came up to me recently with the task of downloading a few video files hosted via OpenLoad. The files belonged to them, and OpenLoad has an API designed for this, but I didn’t find out about it until it was too late.

Nevertheless, the process of programmatically (headless) downloading files loaded with VideoJS, as is the case for OpenLoad, is pretty interesting, so I thought I should share my approach.

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Tools, Tutorials & Guides
How To Automatically Deploy Your PHP Apps
How To Automatically Deploy Your PHP Apps Article Featured Image

A typical developing environment includes versioning the application with Git, so how does one get the project into production without logging into the server every time to pull the new code, refresh the cache, compile the assets, and so on?! This seems like a bad idea to do every time you want to deploy something into production. In this article, we’re going to talk about a tool called PHP Deployer, which allows us to create a script that will do all that, and more, for us.

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Tutorials & Guides
How to Create a Pull Request
How to Create a Pull Request Article Featured Image

A pull request is a way of contributing to a Git project as a 3rd party. If you’ve found a bug or a way to improve something in an open-source project, you can use this to submit (commit) your changes to be reviewed by the moderators of that repo. The moderators have the ability to accept your changes and add them to their project, reject them, or alter and then accept them.

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Hacking, Tutorials & Guides
Hacking Electron Apps: How To Restyle the New Skype
Hacking Electron Apps: How To Restyle the New Skype Article Featured Image

If you don’t know what Electron is, it’s a wrapper of Chromium which allows you to develop desktop applications using Web technologies like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. It’s been largely adopted by big companies in the last few years because it allows developers to use these very common technologies to develop desktop apps and because it provides multi-platform support out of the box. It works as an extension of Node.js and it’s open-sourced, meaning that anybody can use it.

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CSS, Tutorials & Guides
CSS on Steroids: Introduction to SASS and LESS
CSS on Steroids: Introduction to SASS and LESS Article Featured Image

Did you ever wish you could get more out of CSS?! Maybe to be able to nest your selectors as opposed to rewriting them over and over. Or to have some functions that take care of the repetitive properties. Or maybe to just having the ability to set variables. Well, you can leverage that, and more, by using a CSS compiler, and in this tutorial, we’re going to talk about how to do this. Continue reading…

JavaScript, Tutorials & Guides
Assets Compilation: Using the Newest Features in the Browser, Today
Assets Compilation: Using the Newest Features in the Browser, Today Article Featured Image

You’ve probably heard of asset compilers like Webpack or Gulp. They’re a way of using cutting-edge features of JavaScript in the browser, without breaking backward-compatibility with older browsers. But that’s not all that they can do. They also allow you to use language extensions likes SASS, LESS, CoffeeScript, Jade, etc. Using them, you will save precious development time and you will get your projects more organized. Continue reading…

Tutorials & Guides, WordPress
WordPress: How to Generate a Table of Contents for Posts
WordPress: How to Generate a Table of Contents for Posts Article Featured Image

You’ve probably noticed by now that the site’s theme includes a table of contents for each post. You might be wondering if I actually spend time creating that table of contents myself. Well, sorry to disappoint, but the answer is: No. It is in fact generated automatically based on the headings inside the article. I think it’s pretty slick, so I decided to share with you how it’s done.

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