Joseph Rex

Design, Code, Fitness and Food

The power of reduced browser tabs

A developer with many browser tabs open is a cliche. It feels inevitable to have opened tabs for articles, demos, or tools, especially in the web industry where everything is always changing and there’s usually new things to learn about.

Creative Fitness and Developer Fitness

I’ve been into physical fitness and I’m supposed to be writing about that on this blog but I’ve had to put a hold on it. This is about keeping fit at creative work which include code, design, animation, modeling.

Boosting user experience through prediction

One of the biggest reasons why single page apps (SPA) are very common in the web industry today is because of how fast navigation can be from it. Besides the decoupling of server-side logic for client-side engineering focus, SPAs have improved performance of web apps greatly by saving users from waiting for server responses before pages are rendered.

CRIC: Confidence Reflex Intuition Consistency

I went into the basketball court to play last week after a long time. That was maybe 2 years ago and the last time before that some other 2 years. There were a few times I’d gone and just made some hoops while a playing team is on a timeout but this time I really played and it was for just 10 minutes.

Enter Sass namespacing

Sass has always been to me that one preprocessor that makes others not worth learning. I think stylus is quite okay but I’ve never used Less and I don’t even know if it is spelled LESS or Less but we’re not here to talk about less we are here to talk about more (pun intended). More features to the amazing Sass.

Beautiful world of houdini

Besides the beautiful name, houdini would be a great addition to web technologies when eventually implemented by browsers. Before going into what it is exactly, you can think of it as the babel of CSS. Each time I come across the name Houdini, I imagine Agent Phil Coulson saying “tahiti, it’s a magical place”.

Understanding the shadow dom

For the decades programming have existed there have been abstractions over abstractions which to many appear only as simplification of process and better DX. Yes that is the ultimate goal but it gets there by taking some tunnels.

Cohesion against coupling

Coupling and Cohesion are two major principles for structured design in software. It’s commonly heard that high cohesion and low/loose coupling leads to good software design. Cohesion is an act of sticking together. In physics cohesion gets contrasted against adhesion as the sticking together of particles of the same substance where adhesion happens with dissimilar substances. With this in mind we know that any 2 things can be put together and we could assume a cohesive code.

Why go to college

We are in an era where knowledge has become so accessible that we question the need for higher education which was once known as the touchstone for professional excellence. Having so much data at our fingertips and knowing how to apply them is a great advantage of living in this century.