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    Check Out Atom, GitHub's New Development EditorAtom wide retina preview
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    It's been awhile since we've seen any updates in the editor space. The last big splash was made by Sublime Text which took the web development community by storm, especially once Package Control came around to serve as the package manager for the editor.Read More…
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    Debugging With the Firefox DevToolsFirefox wide retina preview
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    Over the past year I have given a presentation about using the browser for debugging client-side bugs. Throughout the presentation I would focus on using Chrome, as it's my primary browser and I just don't have the time to use multiple browsers while presenting. Now, I do suggest to others that they try out other browsers, as it can be very helpful. So here's a screencast where I'll show you a few sample applications, with some bugs, and how you can use the Firefox DevTools to debug them and compare and contrast the different tools.Read More…
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    How to Use New Relic Custom Dashboards & Why You'd Want To36729
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    Today we're going to look at New Relic custom dashboards. Specifically, I will show you three ways that I tend to use custom dashboards:Read More…
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    Working With LESS and the Chrome DevToolsLess devtools retina preview
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    This is a complete tutorial to using LESS with Chrome's DevTools. If you've used Sass with Chrome's DevTools, you'll most likely already be familiar with the concepts introduced here.Read More…
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    Browser Testing in the Cloud ReduxBrowser testing cloud redux retina preview
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    I've written quite a bit about browser testing solutions trying to help identify techniques and tools that make cross-browser development easier. My last article on the subject covered how to use BrowserStack to test any number of browsers all from one central tool; your own browser. I was on a Windows PC back then so testing multiple browsers was a bit easier and testing tools were mainly complementary to my work. Now that I'm on OS X, the need for tools to round out my testing strategies is even more important, specifically because of the lack of Internet Explorer on the OS. I'm a bit of a stickler for what I install on my computers and I prefer online tools when available. I'm also always on the hunt for new tools that make cross-browser testing easier and decided to give CrossBrowserTesting.com a run. I'll go over some of the key features of the service and how to leverage it to improve your testing capabilities.Read More…
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    Testing in Node.jsNodejs testing chai retina preview
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    A test driven development cycle simplifies the thought process of writing code, makes it easier, and quicker in the long run. But just writing tests is not enough by itself, knowing the kinds of tests to write and how to structure code to conform to this pattern is what it's all about. In this article we will take a look at building a small app in Node.js following a TDD pattern.Read More…
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    Coding in the CloudCoding in cloud retina preview
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    The Internet has allowed us to work anywhere we want, giving us tremendous flexibility in choosing where we'd like to plant ourselves to build the next great app. Not being tied to an office desk has been a blessing to many who cherish the ability to work in varying environments and draw inspiration from their surroundings. But for the most part, we've needed to have a full-blown development machine to make this happen. What if we could leverage the cloud as a development environment itself, freeing us up to choose from a variety of devices to accomplish the same thing. That's what we'll explore in this article.Read More…
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    Deeper In the Brackets EditorDeeper in brackets retina preview
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    Brackets Turns 30 (Ditches the Minivan and Goes for the Jet Pack!) Nearly one year ago, Jeffrey Way reviewed the open source Brackets project. In the time since that review Brackets has come quite far, recently celebrating it's 33rd Sprint release. In this article I'll talk about many of the updates as well as demonstrate why Brackets is my favorite editor.Read More…
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    Using BrowserStack for Cross-Browser TestingBrowserstack retina preview
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    Browser testing is the bane of our existence. Well, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much. Multiple browser versions and browser fragmentation can make it difficult to get good test coverage for your sites especially when you factor in the different operating systems developers use to build with. Over the years, we've relied on a variety of tools to help us with this challenge including virtual machines, tools that simulate browsers and even having multiple devices on hand to work with. It'd be great if there were a way to have one viewport that allowed us to easily test across any major browser and their individual versions without jumping through hoops. BrowserStack.com aims to offer this via it's browser-based virtualization service and in this article we'll cover the service and how it helps tackle the cross-browser testing problem.Read More…
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    Setting Up a Mac Dev Machine From Zero to Hero With DotfilesMac dev zero hero preview 400
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    Setting up a new machine can often be an exciting prospect. However, as developers, there are a lot of tools we need that don't come as standard. In this post, I'd like to go through some of the techniques I use to help set up my machine quickly, efficiently and with added super powers.Read More…
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    Tips to Avoid Brittle UI TestsUi test retina preview
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    In the last article I talked about a few ideas and patterns, like the Page Object pattern, that help write maintainable UI tests. In this article we are going to discuss a few advanced topics that could help you write more robust tests, and troubleshoot them when they fail:Read More…
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    New Relic & JMeter - Perfect Performance Testing34978
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    Following on from the great introductory articles featured recently on Nettuts+, this article looks to show how you can take New Relic to the next level. As a performance monitoring tool New Relic is fantastic, but what about performance testing, before you go live. That's where JMeter comes in to play. In this tutorial, you will see how we can stress test our application under realistic load, and combine the output of JMeter and New Relic to give you confidence in your applications performance, before releasing into a production environment.Read More…
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