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    Thursday Thoughts | Getting Your First Dev Job, What You Should Do as a Junior Developer, and Helping Developers Be Leaders

    Thursday Thoughts | Getting Your First Dev Job, What You Should Do as a Junior Developer, and Helping Developers Be Leaders

    Today is January 28, 2021, and for this Thursday Thoughts episode we're covering:


    Getting Your First Dev Job
    What You Should Do as a Junior Developer
    Helping Developers Be Leaders

    Let's dive in!

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    When starting off as a web developer it can be difficult to juggle learning and job searching. Therefore, it is important to know what potential employers are looking for to ensure you are prioritizing the right tasks and opportunities. A recent post on freeCodeCamp gives a handful of tips from a hiring manager's perspective of what they look for when reviewing developer résumés. One of the key factors is regular commits on Github, which shows that you are just as passionate about coding as you claim to be.

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    Starting your career as a junior developer is very exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. A post on Hello Dev World from last week outlines some things you can do to improve as a junior developer. This includes asking questions, finding a mentor, and learning to debug. Remember, these first few years are all about learning and growing as a developer, so don't stress!

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    As a manager of a development team, it is important to help developers that aspire to be a leader to do so. Fostering an environment that allows career growth for these developers can be done with a bit of effort on your end. Monday's post on The Next Web gives some helpful insights on how to help developers be leaders. By providing opportunities, openly communicating, and more you can help boost your developers to the next level.

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    Wednesday Wisdom | Fullstack Development Trends, Responsive CSS Frameworks, and State of Design in 2021

    Wednesday Wisdom | Fullstack Development Trends, Responsive CSS Frameworks, and State of Design in 2021

    Today is January 27, 2021, and for this Wednesday Wisdom episode we're covering:


    Fullstack Development Trends
    Responsive CSS Frameworks
    State of Design in 2021

    Let's dive in!

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    Fullstack development has moved from rarity to commonplace over the past few years. In 2021 it is easier than ever to be a fullstack developer simply because of all of the tools available. A recent post on noupe.com highlights the top 7 fullstack development trends to follow In 2021. It provides a stellar prediction of what to expect as the industry progresses this year and might even give you some ideas on new skills to learn.

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    Love 'em or hate 'em, CSS frameworks have become an integral part of web design and development. There are many out there, each with its own cult following, so Super Dev Resources has published a list of the 15 best responsive CSS frameworks for web design in 2021. Unsurprisingly, Bootstrap and Tailwind topped the list, but check out some of the others if you are looking for an alternative or have never used a framework before.

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    The design field is always changing and evolving so it's important to assess what happened last year to predict changes this year. Luckily, Abstract has done all of the hard work for us with their State of Design in 2021. Besides the beautiful design and interface of the website, there are several key points that are thoroughly elaborated on with charts, data, and research. A couple of the top ones are the necessity for better ways to measure impact and the pain points of design collaboration.

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    Tuesday Tips | How to Setup Your M1 MacBook for Web Development

    Tuesday Tips | How to Setup Your M1 MacBook for Web Development

    Today is January 26, 2021, and for this Tuesday Tips episode we're covering How to Setup Your M1 MacBook for Web Development

    Let's dive in!

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    The worst part (or perhaps the most fun for some) of getting a new laptop is setting up everything you need as a web developer. Adding programs and tools that you had installed over the many years of ownership of your previous laptop can seem daunting. With the release of the new Macbook M1 laptops, there are some interesting new considerations as well that you may not be aware of. So, let's jump in and get the basics set up so you can hit the ground running developing your next project.

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    The first thing you should install is Rosetta 2, which allows you to run Intel-based software on the new ARM chip. Because Apple has created their own chips they needed a way to provide backward compatibility with programs that do not yet support ARM and Rosetta 2 is that solution.

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    Homebrew will be the best way to add the other software and tools on our computer, so we want to install that next. A quick tip that is good to know is when you go to open the built-in Terminal in the Applications folder: right-click, select Get Info, and check the Open with Rosetta box.

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    There are a lot of tools to consider when setting up your Macbook from scratch, so one of the quickest ways to add a lot of the important ones is to use a script. I recommend the script created by the author of the original post that this is based on, but feel free to use a different one or modify this one for yourself.

    Opening the download script folder in your terminal you can choose to run the install script or modify what will be installed from the brew-installs.sh file. Once you're satisfied, run the script.

    Some of the tools and applications included in the script are:


    MongoDB
    node
    git
    zsh
    Firefox
    Chrome
    VSCode
    Zoom
    Slack
    Discord
    Notion
    and more...

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    Something that is not included in the script is nvm because there have been difficulties installing this with the ARM chip. To get around this you will have to use a curl command and make a couple of modifications afterward.

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    Git was installed with the brew install script so make sure to configure the settings and use a personal access token to authenticate GitHub.

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    Make sure to use the Settings Sync plugin to keep all of your VSCode settings in sync with a stored GitHub gist.

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    You should now be all set to start developing! Thanks to the script many tools and applications were installed for us, minimizing the manual install process.

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    Today’s Tuesday Tips was adapted from a post on the Logrocket blog.

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    Monday Medley | Success as a Creative in 2021, Chrome 88, and Performant Animations and Micro-Interactions

    Monday Medley | Success as a Creative in 2021, Chrome 88, and Performant Animations and Micro-Interactions

    Today is January 25, 2021, and for this Monday Medley episode we're covering:


    Success as a Creative in 2021
    Chrome 88
    Performant Animations and Micro-Interactions

    Let's dive in!

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    Last year changed the game for most designers as we had to find new ways to be collaborative, adaptive, and productive in a different environment. Hopefully, 2021 brings better predictability, but regardless it is important to stay up to date with trends and learn new skills. The latest post on Dribbble's blog outlines how to get ahead as a digital creative in 2021. With tips like learn to work with new tools and work on your management skills, it is a great overall guide to get your professional career started off right this year.

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    As of last Tuesday, version 88 of the Chrome browser has begun to roll out to the stable release. This version brings some great new features for developers such as manifest v3 for Chrome extensions and the aspect-ratio CSS property for any element. There are tons of new features, bug fixes, deprecations, and more to read about, so check out the release post on the Chrome Developer blog.

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    There's no doubt about it, animations give your website that next-level, polished look. But there is a fine line between tasteful animations that enhance the experience and animation for animation's sake. Luckily, Logrocket is here to help with a recent post from their blog that explains how to design highly performant animations and micro-interactions. This highly detailed guide breaks down the importance of performance on website speed and accessibility through actionable examples, like trying to stick to the composition properties transform and opacity.

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    Tuesday Tips | The Modern Way to Center Content in CSS

    Tuesday Tips | The Modern Way to Center Content in CSS

    Today is December 8, 2020, and for this Tuesday Tips episode we're covering The Modern Way to Center Content in CSS

    Let's dive in!

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    For many years the bane of any web designer's existence was something simple: centering an object on the page. Horizontally centering was one thing, but getting an item to vertically center was a whole different monster. Even worse was both vertically and horizontally centering an element. However, modern CSS stylings have made this a snap with just a few lines of code. Gone are the days of absolute positioning an element 50% of the top and left of its container and bumping it back negative 50% with a transform. Now we can use Flexbox or CSS Grid to quickly center the element and move on.

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    Flexbox makes it very easy to align items in the center of the container with just three lines of CSS. Just set the display to flex and center the items horizontally (justify-content: center) and vertically (align-items: center).

    .container {
       display: flex;
       justify-content: center;
       align-items: center;
    }
    Now all items originate from the center of the container!

    It is important to note that if you change to flex-direction: column the properties have the opposite effect: justify-content becomes the vertical axis and align-items becomes the horizontal. Think of it as rotating the container element's axes.

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    Meanwhile, CSS Grid makes it even easier by only needing place-items: center to center elements in the grid. Just set the display to grid, place the items, and you're off to the races.

    .container {
       display: grid;
       place-items: center;
    }
    If you want to control the individual axes you can use the same properties as we did with Flexbox instead, justify-content for the horizontal axis and align-items for the vertical.

    .container {
       display: grid;
       justify-content: center;
       align-items: center;
    }
    Never get tripped up with centering an element on your website again. Whether you are using Flexbox or CSS Grid add a couple lines of code and move on to something more deserving of your skill and attention.

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    Today’s Tuesday Tips was adapted from a series of posts on Daily Dev Tips.

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    Monday Medley | Reactathon 2020, Helping Clients with a Website Content Strategy, and Questions to Ask as an Interviewee

    Monday Medley | Reactathon 2020, Helping Clients with a Website Content Strategy, and Questions to Ask as an Interviewee

    Today is December 7, 2020, and for this Monday Medley episode we're covering:


    Reactathon 2020
    Helping Clients with a Website Content Strategy
    Questions to Ask as an Interviewee

    Let's dive in!

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    Reactathon is typically a conference that takes place in San Francisco every March and involves technical talks and workshops centered around React. This year the conference has gone completely online and starts today through Wednesday. Tickets are available on the Reactathon website, but freeCodeCamp will also be livestreaming the entire conference for free on their YouTube channel. If you are a React developer or just interested in React, this is one of the biggest conferences of the year.

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    As website designers and developers there is an aspect of the process that most of us lack experience in: website content. Our clients are not typically writers and neither are we, so how do we solve this problem? Speckyboy posted an article today outlining how to help clients with their website content strategy. The post gives suggestions like focusing on the most important details and promoting ease of use as strategies to help both you and your client.

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    Interviews are a challenging but necessary part of any profession. However, it is important to remember that they are not just a one-sided affair: you should be asking questions to the interviewer as well. A very thorough post on the DEV community yesterday broke down some reverse interview questions for software engineers. With questions from categories like the company's technology stack, career paths, and more, this post is a perfect guide to read through before any interview.

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