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Getting Started with GraphQL – Website Design Article

GraphQL was developed by Facebook in 2012 to power up its mobile apps. Since open-sourcing GraphQL specification in 2015, it gained a lot of popularity and is now used by many development teams, including giants like GitHub, Twitter or Airbnb. Why so? And what exactly is a GraphQL? Let’s take a look. What’s GraphQL GraphQL is a query language for APIs and a runtime for fulfilling those queries with your existing data. GraphQL provides a complete and understandable description of…

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Build a Decentralized Web Chat in 15 Minutes – Website Design Article

In this 15 minute tutorial we’re going to build a simple decentralized chat application which runs entirely in a web browser. All you will need is a text editor, a web browser, and a basic knowledge of how to save HTML files and open them in the browser. We’re going to use Bugout, a JavaScript library that takes care of the peer-to-peer networking and cryptography. If you just want the files, download index.html in this repo. Ok, let’s get started! Start with the HTML boilerplate To keep…

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Adding Search to Your Site with JavaScript – Website Design Article

Static website generators like Gatsby and Jekyll are popular because they allow the creation of complex, templated pages that can be hosted anywhere. But the awesome simplicity of website generators is also limiting. Search is particularly hard. How do you allow users to search when you have no server functions and no database? With JavaScript! We’ve recently added Search to the TrackJS Documentation site, built using the Jekyll website generator and hosted on GitHub Pages. GitHub wasn’t too keen on…

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Using Slack Slash Commands to Send Data from Slack into Google Sheets – Website Design Article

Since I work from home, most of my daily work interactions happen through Slack. It’s my equivalent to the water cooler. A place to hang out and discuss ideas with friends. I’m part of a book recommendations channel. People share books all the time, but they disappear quickly, lost in a sea of messages. I needed a way to log the books people recommended. So I built a little Slack app to send book recommendation data directly into a Google…

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Chris Coyier’s Favorite CodePen Demos IV – Website Design Article

Did you know you can triple-heart things on CodePen? We’ve had that little not-so-hidden feature forever. You can click that little heart button on any Pen (or Project, Collection, or Post) on CodePen to show the creator a little love, but you can click it again and again to heart it just that little bit more. That’s useful for a couple of reasons. It gets calculated into the algorithms-that-be for popularity, and also, you can see items you’ve loved at…

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