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TEN THINGS TRENDING


CSS TRICKS

1. CSS-Tricks – Sharing Buttons Poll

12.5 thousand CSS-Tricks visitors voted. The results are in! Here are the choices and results:

60% I don’t ever use sharing buttons. I share my own way.
31% I can go either way.
9% I typically only share pages that have sharing buttons.
Of course, these are CSS-Tricks visitors. You can decide how relevant that is for yourself. I like to think that front end developers aren’t entirely different from other human beings.


Smashing Magazine

2. Upcoming Web Design Events (Jun. 2014 – Dec. 2014) | Smashing Magazine

This year has brought a number of changes in the conference scene around the world. Quite a few established conferences have taken their last bow, and a whole bunch of new conferences have appeared — and I’m not just talking about the Smashing conferences! There’s even a conference for developing applications of the not-yet-released Google Glass.


Sass Way

3. Using source maps with Sass 3.3

One of the exciting new features in Sass 3.3 that every developer should take advantage of is source maps.

As CSS pre-processors, minifiers, and JavaScript transpilers have become mainstream it is increasingly difficult to debug the code running in the browser because of differences with the original source code.

For example, if you use CoffeeScript (which compiles to JavaScript) you won’t see CoffeeScript while debugging in the browser. Instead, you’ll see compiled JavaScript. The same problem exists for Sass which compiles down to CSS.

Source maps seek to bridge the gap between higher-level languages like CoffeeScript and Sass and the lower-level languages they compile down to (JavaScript and CSS). Source maps allow you to see the original source (the CoffeeScript or Sass) instead of the compiled JavaScript or CSS while debugging.

In practice, for Sass users, this means that when you inspect an element with developer tools, rather than seeing the CSS styles associated with that element, you can see the code we really care about: the pre-compiled Sass.


4. Apple’s new iCloud storage plans: Cheap for consumers, even cheaper for developers

Consumers

Users have long lampooned Apple for its relatively stingy approach to doling out storage allowances. Each iCloud account comes with just 5 gigabytes of disk space by default, an amount that’s easily eclipsed by normal users, especially those who make heavy use of the iPhone’s camera.

Apple’s upgrade options are equally vexing: $20 per year adds just 10 gigabytes of additional space, with $40 netting another 10 gigabytes and $100 adding only 30 gigabytes more, bringing the total allowance to 50 gigabytes. That same $100 per year would buy twice the space — 100 gigabytes — from Dropbox or Box.com and an extra $20 would bring a whopping 1 terabyte from Google Drive.

Cloud Services

Developers

Developers can also take advantage of iCloud Drive to store and synchronize documents and data for their apps, but they’ve got a service all their own: CloudKit. CloudKit is a new, “effectively free” service that lets developers store users’ data in the cloud with asset storage (for things like photos) as well as database space.

CloudKit


Apple Insider

5. OS X Yosemite first look video: AirDrop with iOS 8

In the OS X Yosemite developer preview, AirDrop works much the same it did in OS X 10.9 Mavericks, but extended to iOS devices. The new operating systems, however, will allow file transfers from Mac-to-iOS and vice versa, bringing a higher level of device integration for owners invested in Apple’s ecosystem.

Despite sharing the same name, AirDrop was previously segregated into two versions; one for iOS-to-iOS transfers and another for Mac-to-Mac. This made the process of transmitting files a bit confusing for some users who expected AirDrop to work seamlessly across Apple’s computer and mobile platforms.

With the new continuity functions built into Yosemite and iOS 8, which are themselves based on the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi wireless standards, Apple is able to integrate high-level sharing assets into its two major OS lines. There exists third-party software that can swap certain files or raw data between the platforms, but the new AirDrop is the first truly seamless, system-wide solution.


6. iOS 8 first look video: Spotlight now searches iTunes, movie times, locations & more

Spotlight is less tethered to local content than ever before, offering quick links to services like the App Store, websites such as Wikipedia, and pulling in data like movie times. Spotlight also searches for recent news stories, iBooks titles, and can even recommend suggested websites.

The same new and improved search functions can also be found in the smart search field in Safari. But with their inclusion in Spotlight, users won’t have to launch an app to access that information if they so choose.

As Apple continues to feud with its chief rival Google, many of the changes made in its iOS platform over the last two years have focused on bypassing the search giant completely. These latest changes only serve to further that effort, though Google does remain the default provider on the iPhone if users choose the “Search Web” result in Spotlight.


7. iOS 8’s Photos app gains more editing functions, search, ‘Favorites’ folder & hidden pics

Like in iOS 7, photos are still sorted into increasingly wider views ranging from collections to years, and are automatically grouped by location. But discoverability is greatly enhanced with a new dedicated search button located at the top of the screen.

Tapping the search icon automatically presents users with a list of categories they can tap to narrow down their results, including pictures that were taken nearby from their current location. Users can also type in what they are looking for to search for images based on location or date.


Inessential

8. inessential: Early Thoughts on WWDC 2014

It was the best WWDC in the years I’ve been going. (Since 2003.) I didn’t actually have a ticket — due in part to not trying to get one — but I was there to speak at AltConf and see friends and make new friends.

We will think of this WWDC as the beginning of a new era at Apple. It’s not true that Apple just woke up one day as a changed company, but it’s a convenient and obvious marker.

I’m excited. Surprised — multiply surprised, surprised over and over — and happy.

I haven’t even watched any of the videos yet. (They’re downloading as I’m writing.) But of course I have a few thoughts already.


Imore

9. Debug 38: WWDC 2014 developer roundtable | iMore

Debug is a casual, conversational interview show featuring the best developers in the business about the amazing apps they make and why and how they make them. On this episode Matt Drance of Bookhouse Software, Ryan Nielsen of Tumult, Daniel Jalkut of Red Sweater, and Jason Snell of Macworld join Guy and Rene to talk about Apple’s WWDC 2014 keynote — the Swift programming language, Extensibility, Cloud Kit, Metal, and more.


Free code

10. SmartGit/Hg – Freecode

SmartGit/Hg is a graphical user interface for Git and Mercurial which can work with SVN repositories. It supports cloning from common repository providers (e.g., GitHub, Assembla), assists Git newbies, and also offers the advanced, powerful Git features. It provides several tools to help create clean commits, for example by allowing the user to commit just parts of changes files and reordering and squashing unpushed commits. If you are using GitHub or GitHub Enterprise, SmartGit/Hg can work easily with pull requests (creation, resolving) and commit comments. SmartGit/Hg ships with a built-in SSH client, file comparer, and merge tool which are capable of syntax coloring for many languages.