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28 Sep. 2017 Posted by A List Apart in External

What I Talk About When I Talk About Sorting: Untangling Array#sort

Sorting things is a fundamental part of our daily lives—it’s something we do everyday, following all kinds of criteria to make our lives easier. Whether you’re looking for a person’s phone number, the location of your favorite book, or even matching up your socks, sorting allows us to find what we are looking for in a faster and more effective way.

This is also the case in the world of web development. But if you thought you knew exactly how JavaScript’s Array#sort works under the hood, think twice.

26 Sep. 2017 Posted by A List Apart in External

Considering Open Source Licenses

So you have a project that you want to use open source tools to create—well, I tip my hat off to you as a developer. But do you know the questions you need to answer before you get started?

What stage of development is your project in right now? Have you finished the planning phase? Are you going to work with a team? Will the project be split up into different modules? And so on.

26 Sep. 2017 Posted by Six Revisions in External

How Web Design Impacts Content Marketing

The design a company chooses impacts how a potential consumer perceives them. From color choice to style, different elements add up to create a first impression.

This means that bad design – or lack of design – can have potential customers closing the browser and seeking other businesses. As a result, your company’s design can affect several components of your digital marketing strategy, and this is especailly true of content marketing.

What is content marketing?
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22 Sep. 2017 Posted by Six Revisions in External

How to Choose a Navigation Setup

Do you want users to spend time on your site and stick around long enough to convert? If so, it’s essential that your content is easy to navigate. If finding information is difficult, users will likely become frustrated and leave, in search of a site that provides a better user experience.

A website that is easy to navigate will lead to longer visits and increased conversions. And given that your website’s ultimate goal is to generate sales and leads for your business, this is essential.

21 Sep. 2017 Posted by A List Apart in External

How People Perceive Lossy Image Quality: A Study

The notion that lossy image quality is subjective is not an unreasonable hypothesis. There are many factors that play into how humans perceive quality: screen size, image scaling, and yes, even performance.

Many research projects have tackled this subject, but I’ve recently launched a survey that attempts to understand how people perceive image quality in a slightly different way: in the context of performance.

19 Sep. 2017 Posted by A List Apart in External

The Ten Essentials for Good API Documentation

API documentation is the number one reference for anyone implementing your API, and it can profoundly influence the developer experience. Because it describes what services an application programming interface offers and how to use those services, your documentation will inevitably create an impression about your product—for better or for worse.

13 Sep. 2017 Posted by A List Apart in External

A List Apart volunteer update

A note from the editors: A few days ago, we announced a reimagined A List Apart, with you, our faithful readers of nearly 20 years, contributing your talents. The response from this community was humbling, thrilling, and, frankly, a bit overwhelming. If you volunteered to help A List Apart and haven’t heard back from us yet, here’s what’s up.

7 Sep. 2017 Posted by A List Apart in External

New A List Apart wants you!

As A List Apart approaches its 20th anniversary—a milestone in independent, web-based publishing—we’re once again reimagining the magazine. We want your feedback. And most of all, we want you.

We’re getting rid of advertisers and digging back to our roots: community-based, community-built, and determinedly non-commercial. If you want to highlight local events or innovations, expand your skills, give back, or explore any other goal or idea, we’re here to support you with networking and backing from the community.

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