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Weekly Platform News: Emoji String Length, Issues with Rounded Buttons, Bundled Exchanges

In this week's roundup, the string length of two emojis is not always equal, something to consider before making that rounded button, and we may have a new way to share web apps between devices, even when they are offline.… Read article

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Git Pathspecs and How to Use Them

When I was looking through the documentation of git commands, I noticed that many of them had an option for <pathspec></pathspec>. I initially thought that this was just a technical way to say “path,” and assumed that it could only accept directories and filenames. After diving into the rabbit hole of documentation, I found that the pathspec option of git commands are capable of so much more.… Read article

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Automatically compress images on Pull Requests

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Web Developer Search History

Sophie Koonin blogged "Everything I googled in a week as a professional software engineer," which was a fascinating look into the mind of a web developer and what they need to look up during day-to-day work. We all joke that we just Google stuff (or StackOverflow stuff) we don't know off the bat and copy and paste, but this is more to the heart of it.

A few just from one day:

react-apollo release notes
jest silence warnings

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How Web Content Can Affect Power Usage

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A Comparison of Static Form Providers

Let’s attempt to coin a term here: "Static Form Provider." You bring your HTML <form></form>, but don’t worry about the back-end processing that makes it work. There are a lot of these services out there!

Static Form Providers do all tasks like validating, storing, sending notifications, and integrating with other APIs. It’s lovely when you can delegate big responsibilities like this. The cost? Typically a monthly or annual subscription, except for a few providers and limited plans. The cost … Read article

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Two Browsers Walked Into a Scrollbar

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A Color Picker for Product Images

Sounds kind of like a hard problem doesn't it? We often don't have product shots in thousands of colors, such that we can flip out the <img src="product-red.jpg" alt="red product"/> with <img src="product-blue.jpg" alt="blue product"/>. Nor do we typically have products in a vector format such that we can apply SVG fills to them and such.

There is a clever way to do it though, even when your product shots are bitmap graphic files, like JPG or PNG. … Read article

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Overflow And Data Loss In CSS

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