Flutter is a mobile SDK that, at its core, is about empowering everyone to build beautiful mobile apps. Whether you come from the world of web development or native mobile development, Flutter makes it easier to create mobile apps in a familiar, simplified way, without ever giving up control to the framework.
I love shopping online. I can find what I need and get most things for a decent price. I am Nigerian currently working and studying in India, and two things I dread when shopping online are:
- Filling out a credit card form
- Filling out shipping and billing address forms
Maybe I’m just lazy, but these things are not without challenges! For the first one, thanks to payment processing services like PayPal and e-wallets, I neither have to type in my 12-digit credit card number for every new e-commerce site I visit, nor have to save my credit card details with them.
For the second, the only time-saving option given by most shopping websites is to save your shipping address, but you still have to fill the form (arrghh!). This is where the challenge is. I've had most of my orders returned because my address (which I thought was the right address) could not be located or confirmed by the app for one reason or another.
I recently came across an article by Rory Cellan-Jones about a new technology from Jigsaw, a development group at Google focused on making people safer online through technology. At the time they'd just released the first alpha version of what they call The Perspective API. It's a machine learning tool that is designed to rate a string of text (i.e. a comment) and provide you with a Toxicity Score, a number representing how toxic the text is.
The system learns by seeing how thousands of online conversations have been moderated and then scores new comments by assessing how "toxic" they are and whether similar language had led other people to leave conversations. What it's doing is trying to improve the quality of debate and make sure people aren't put off from joining in.
As the project is still in its infancy it doesn't do much more than that. Still, we can use it!
It lists a whole bunch of PWAs out there and you can filter them by Lighthouse metrics – that’s the auditing tool from Google that scores a web app and gives us developers the ability to improve them.
The following is a guest post by Catalin Rosu, who along with some colleagues, dug up a ton of data about the HTML content of web sites. This is the most recent study of its kind and wildly fascinating to see the results. I find it especially fun to compare the top results to what I would have guessed would have won.
We've all been there. We try to improve our HTML code making it clean, beautiful, and readable. We do this in pursuit of better semantics and better accessibility, so that everyone can use it. It's our top priority. And we always have questions:
- What is the best way to structure the markup?
- How are others doing it?
It's a big redesign of a site I'm sure all of use have visited many, many times. It even resides on a new subdomain: fonts.google.com.
Live typing samples in the search index for the win! There are also much nicer font specimen pages with clearer examples, cool/nerdy data visualizations, and pairing recommendations. Reminder that you may want to use a bit more sophisticated font loading than the snippets they provide, though.
Also, if you're interested in hearing more about this "Progressive Web Apps" stuff and the debate around it...
Remy Sharp attended Google's first Progressive Web Apps event:
Here's how most people use Google Analytics: you copy and paste the default tracking snippet into your templates. Look at the pageview data that comes in. That's all good, but that isn't the most useful analytics for many sites. Google Analytics can track just about anything. It's very flexible and very powerful. Philip Walton and I co-wrote this article to show you how to do some custom GA stuff to help you collect data you maybe didn't know you could collect and how you can look at that data in useful ways.
The following is a guest post by David Attard of DART Creations. David is going to introduce us to AMP (no idea what that is? read on) as well as how you might go about converting an existing site to an AMP site. Hint: it's for big performance gains. AMP is becoming quite a thing. WordPress is doing it. I've got Google telling me to do it and that Analytics supports it.