Damian Sowers

Some basic css/js tweaks for your app

A few adjustments to make your site look & feel better

Here are a few tricks you can use to make a more modern UI for your web app. I tend to use these settings for every new project. Enjoy!

Flash Messages

Most application flash messages are short, such as "successfully saved" or "there was an error." These messages shouldn't stick around on the page and take up space. . . .

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April 11, 2014

Start with the User Interface

Your feature set will emerge more naturally

Most apps are riddled with buttons. They've been infected with button plague, the worst of all app diseases because they are noticeably sick to everyone.

The problem is most developers work from the back-end to the front-end. We will spend countless hours building features, and when the time comes to unleash these new features, we need . . .

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December 21, 2013

Mycelial CodeFlower

A little d3.js visualization

I found this cool D3.js plugin called CodeFlower recently. I decided to make a codeflower for the Mycelial source code. It’s interesting to see an app clustered visually like this.

To make a codeflower you just need to download the perl script “CLOC” to count the lines of code in your app. The codeflower plugin then takes that clocfile and . . .

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May 05, 2013

Making a site that can handle #1 on Hacker News

I recently launched my new consulting site, AppRaptor. I was completely surprised to see it vault all the way to #1 on Hacker News and stay there for a couple hours.

The unfortunate thing was my server couldn’t handle all of that traffic. At the height of the surge, I was seeing 287 concurrent users hitting my site.

I learned a lot about what . . .

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April 28, 2013


Cover image credit: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap110517.html