How to Write Unfancy Web Apps

Ever since the advent of HTML5 and ES6, the web is moving forward at the speed of the Millennium Falcon.

While the world was still in awe at Angular’s superpowers, the React phenomenon happened. And while the average corporate Java dev gets over the overwhelming pace of events, Angular 2 and Polymer will be ready to refill their pile of things to be amazed at.

And that is a good thing. It means better APIs, better developer ergonomics, and most importantly, better resulting products.

However, sometimes people forget that they do not need a Batmobile to get to the grocery store. When you’re building a simple web app that does one small thing, you do not need an MV* framework, with a component-driven view layer, powered by a Swiss Army CSS Toolkit. All you need is the bare minimum abstraction, just enough to save you from the nitty-gritty of the raw JavaScript and CSS. Continue reading “How to Write Unfancy Web Apps”

Font of the Week: Merriweather

I first discovered Merriweather when The Daily Post revamped their design. Since then, I believe in love at first sight. It’s become my favourite serif font, besides Liberation Serif and Bitter. The best thing about Merriweather is its top-notch readability. It looks gorgeous everywhere from web pages to printed documents. Continue reading “Font of the Week: Merriweather”