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Performance Waterfall Chart

User Experience Waterfall Charts

When we as designers and developers are building websites and webapps, we use waterfall charts to show us the general picture of what happens when someone visits our site. Information about DNS and HTTP requests, time to acquire HTML and assets, and generally identify bottlenecks. Using this information, we can optimize things for better performance.

Better performance means better UX, right?

I’d like to introduce a metaphor based around performance waterfalls that visualizes element acquisition and user flow. With this visualization, we can make objective decisions about how to iterate our user experiences and get the most out of what we have.

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A Modern WordPress Workflow

According to history, WordPress’s initial release was in May of 2003, about 13 years ago at the time of this writing. A lot has changed in the development world in the past 13 years; heck, the past 6 months have had some major improvements.

I’d tentatively suggest that we are in dire need of a┬ámodern WordPress workflow. Sure, the advent of child themes, the Settings API, and Customizer have made things a little better for developers; but integrating modern tooling and ideologies into things could stand to be brought up to date as well.

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Visual Studio Code Editor

Continuing with Microsoft's initiative to thrust more projects into the open source and cross platform ecosystem, the Visual Studio Code editor has been released. Available for Windows, OSX, as well as Linux, I've taken the liberty to try out the … Continue Reading ...

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Elementary OS Freya on C720 Chromebook

So, following the release of HugeGreenBug's Elementary OS Freya on C720 Chromebook, I've been using Freya for the past week or so.For the uninitiated, Elementary OS feels very much like a frugal man's OSX. Very polished interface that doesn't … Continue Reading ...