Recently I’ve been working on a showcase website for a group of game developers based in Austin Texas called Red Moon Workshop. I’ve worked with them in the past on other projects, so I was happy to get the opportunity to revisit. Red Moon Workshop creates cosmetic items for Valve titles such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2. They are also working on their own title called Shot One.
HTTPS (HTTP Secure) has been around for a while, however it’s becoming increasingly important to implement it. Not only does it provide enhanced security, but it’s becoming more common for browsers to prevent access to useful API’s without it. For example without a valid certificate Chrome will block access to the Geolocation and Service Worker API. In addition certain search engines are also starting to favor sites using HTTPS in their site rankings.
Something I’ve been working on lately has been reducing the CSS footprint of the Alaska Dispatch site. During the mad rush to launch it had become bloated and was failing to meet best practices. There were specificity issues, a rampant use of !important tags and the file size was getting too large.
After almost a year in development the site I’ve been working on for Alaska Dispatch News has been released. The website was developed on top of the Washington Posts Arc Publishing tools, and was even featured on their site. In this post I want to give a breif overview of how the website gets its content, and how the newsroom staff at Alaska Dispatch can utilize the tools to modify the entire site on a day-to-day basis with almost no developer involvement.
I spent three days in April in the town of Oxford located in the South West country side of England.
I was there to attend a Front-End Developer conference called “Render”. The conference boasted some great speakers from companies such as Google, Facebook, npm and more.